After reviewing school meals at Christ Church we took the decision to completely change the way that we provide school meals. From September 2014 we no longer have a school meals provider, we employ our own kitchen Chefs directly. The new lunch provision has been very much informed by the feedback from children, staff and parents.
The advantage of having our own kitchen staff is that they can work more closely with the teachers to promote healthy eating and contribute to the food education that is already going on in the school.
Sonia D'Agostino Katie Dance
For this week's menu - go the school home page!
We, as a school, can also have complete control over the sourcing of food in the school and choose the best quality suppliers. Every penny that comes into the school for school meals can be spent on the staffing and the best possible raw materials for cooking.
Fishmonger, James Knight of Mayfair
Butcher, Jago of Elystan Street, Chelsea
Fruit, First Choice, www.firstchoice-produce.com
first day of the new academic year we had all of the Reception parents join us
for Reception Class’ first school dinner. This was great fun and allowed all of
these new parents a chance to see an example of the food that their children
will be eating. All parents are invited to join the children for lunch in
regular “Parents to Lunch” sessions over the year. This is an opportunity for
parents to enjoy lunch with the children and see how school food is provided.
regularly eat lunch with the children and set an example on good eating habits
and healthy choices. There are now three sittings for lunch so that all the
children have a positive experience and have lots of time to eat and spend time
at the table with their friends. There are a maximum of Good manners and
etiquette are very much promoted by our lunch time supervisors.
is a two-weekly menu that is regularly revisited and is in line with
Government healthy eating requirements. Children help review the menu
and comment on meals they particularly enjoy. There will be a new menu each
term and this will reflect changes in seasonal fruit and vegetables etc. We
also use produce from or school garden in the school meals so the children are
developing an understanding of how their food is grown. Our school chickens
produce eggs for the kitchen too. Great lifelong learning!
We encourage children to eat school meals in preference to packed lunches and cater for allergies where possible. Children eating a school dinner means that they try a range of foods that they would not necessarily eat at home. It is quite hard to provide a balanced diet for a child if they have packed lunch every day. Eating school dinners also means children use cutlery and practise good table manners.
From September 2014 school meals are free for all children in the Early Years and Key Stage One. We encourage parents who can afford to do so, to still contribute towards their children’s school lunch costs as we can do so much more if we have the funding to do it! The current meals take up is 95% which is fantastically high.
Christ Church is a school where visits are used very regularly to enhance and deepen children’s learning. It is very important that school packed lunches for visit days are of the highest quality too. We are developing a range of packed lunch options for children to have throughout the school year. Watch this space for more information on this.
We feel strongly that there should still be parental choice on whether children bring a school lunch or not. Food is a very emotive subject and there are very wide ranging views on how we should feed our children. If parents particularly wish their child to have a packed lunch we ask that parents follow the packed lunch guidance so that children have a healthy lunch. We ask that parents think carefully about and provide a range of lunches for their children, we are keen that children do not just eat the same food every day.
dinners currently cost £2.40 per day and £12 per week. Please
contact the office if you think that you are eligible for your child to
receive free school meals, they have further information so that you can check
if your family circumstances mean your family qualifies. Alternatively, you can now go online and check via the London Grid for Learning website: www.fsm.lgfl.net This service will enable you to confirm eligibility and our school will then be informed by LGFL. This is a totally confidential service.
Christ Church Primary School is committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of all children at the school. We have recently developed a Whole School Food Policy in order to improve food and drink across the school day. Within this policy we have included guidance on which food and drinks are allowed and not allowed within packed lunches.
We hope that this guidance will help you pack a healthy lunch for your child.
The Eatwell Plate
Your child’s lunch box should be based on the Eatwell Plate. The Eatwell Plate has been developed by the Food Standards Agency in order to help us to understand the proportions of the different food groups that make up a healthy, balanced diet.
No single food group will provide us with all the nutrients that we need. The table below gives you examples of foods that sit under each of the food groups. Those foods that are high in fat and/or sugar have been restricted within packed lunches.
Provide sustained energy to help kids run, play and learn
Fruit & Vegetables
An important source of vitamins and minerals
Milk & Dairy
Provide calcium, which helps to build strong bones and teeth
Meat, Fish, Eggs and Beans
Protein and iron in these foods are essential for strong blood and repair of body tissues
Foods High in Fat and/or Sugar
Are low in other nutrients, damaging to teeth and can lead to weight gain