This policy has been developed to further the promotion of health in St. Catherine’s School. Research indicates a strong link between diet and performance. A healthy diet promotes concentration, protects teeth, lessens hyperactivity and reduces health risks in later life.
As part of the Social, Personal and Health Education (S.P.H.E) programme we encourage the children to become more aware of the need for healthy food at lunch time. We ask you to encourage a healthy lunch from the start .
This healthy eating policy will become effective from Term 2 of school year 2009-2010.
The aims of the policy are to:
- Promote nutritional awareness
- Positively affect healthy eating among school age children
- Raise levels of concentration within class through the consumption of healthy food
- Support and encourage long-term healthy eating habits in children
Parents are encouraged to accept the school lunches provided. These lunches have a good variety and are nutritional. If they themselves provide lunch for their child, if possible, it should include a variety of the following:
Fruit and Vegetables
Milk, cheese and yoghurt
Meat, chicken or Tuna
A healthy lunch might be a ham, cheese or tuna sandwich, yoghurt, some fruit and a drink of water, milk or fruit juice.
Foods that are banned at lunch time are;
- Chewing gum
- Fizzy Drinks
- Drinks in glass bottles
Others that are not encouraged are:
- Cakes and buns
- Fruit winders
- Any chocolate products
- Any nut products
- Hot drinks
On treat days parents may give treats to their own child and teachers may give treats to their own class. These would be special occasions such as:
- End of the week on a Friday
- End of term,
- School events and tours
As part of our healthy eating policy, no cakes or treats should be sent into school to celebrate children’s birthdays.
Lunch Time Guidelines
Children will be asked not to swap lunches.
Children are not to share food utensils or drink containers.
As we are trying to reduce the amount of waste in the school, we would encourage parents to try and reduce the amount of packaging in their child’s lunch box. We would greatly appreciate your co-operation with this matter.
If children bring prohibited food or drink into school they will be asked by the class teacher to bring it home .
If children forget their lunch they will be provided with a sandwich and drink that are available in the school.
N.B: Parents/guardians of any child with a medical condition which requires a special diet should contact the school.