Lunch and Snacks
At St. Sidwell's we try to encourage children to lead healthy lifestyles and to help them to understand the importance of a balanced diet and sufficient exercise. We achieved the Healthy School Community Award in July 2007 and Healthy Schools Plus in July 2011. We look for your support in continuing to meet the standards by providing healthy food options for your child.
Drinking water is known to promote healthy bodies and alert minds and we encourage children to drink regularly during the school day. For health and safety reasons, parents are now asked to take responsibility for washing water bottles, but bottles or tops can be bought at a very reasonable price from the school. Children should bring their water bottle to school every day.
Hungry children find learning more difficult! We encourage them to eat a piece of fruit during morning play to keep their stamina up for the rest of the morning. Children in Foundation and Key Stage One are provided with a free piece of fruit each day, funded by the National Health Service. They are encouraged to also bring an extra piece of fruit for later in the day. Children under the age of 5 are additionally provided with a small carton of free milk.
Older children are encouraged to bring a piece of fruit or vegetable (carrot, celery etc) to eat during morning play (NOT biscuits, crisps or chocolate). Please support us in these efforts to develop healthy eating habits.
Children may bring a packed lunch for their mid-day meal, or you may buy a school dinner which is cooked on the premises. There is a wealth of evidence now about the effect of food on children's behaviour and concentration. We therefore ask you to please consider carefully what you provide for your child each day if they bring a packed lunch. Sweets are not allowed, but we also discourage chocolate bars and an over-reliance on processed snacks. Sandwiches and fresh fruit are ideal, providing the right kind of energy for your child to make the most of their afternoon in school.
We have our own kitchen at school and the kitchen manager, Alison Flynn, is working with us to provide healthy meals that will be appealing to children. The menu is based on Devon’s “Fresh Start” initiative which restricts the amount of processed food, fat and sugar and ensures a healthy balance over the week.
A copy of the menu is sent home each term.
School dinners currently cost £2.20 per day and dinner money must be paid in advance, preferably on a Monday for the coming week. We cannot allow a child to have a school meal if money is owed. Payment by cheque is appreciated, made out to Devon County Council.
If your child has a medical appointment and will be late arriving at school, please ring before 10am to let us know if a school meal is required, or send your child in with a packed lunch.
Your child is entitled to free school meals if you are currently in receipt of Income Support, Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance or Child Tax Credit.
If you are entitled, please register for free school meals, even if your child comes home for lunch or has a packed lunch.
This is important to us because schools now receive extra 'Pupil Premium' funding for each child registered for free school meals and this enables us to provide extra support where it is needed. Forms and confidential advice about this are available from the school office.