School Meals

 

We now have a 3 week rolling menu, please click on the links below to see which menu is for the current week.

 

School Dinner Menu Document October 2016 

NEW - Free School Meals Key Stage 1 Initiative 

 

Free meals for primary pupils from September 2014

Reception, Year 1 and 2 pupils in state primary schools will receive free meals from September 2014.  This will save families over £370 per eligible child.

 

Free School Meals

Do you know that you could just be a phone call away from claiming free school meals?

You can claim free school meals if you have responsibility for a child or children and are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit but not Working Tax Credit and the household income does not exceed more than £16,190.
  • Guaranteed State Pension Credit
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 

Also, Hartlepool Council receives an extra £900 from the Government for every successful claim for free school meals to spend in schools and colleges.

 

To find out more call 01429 284188 - email benefits@hartlepool.gov.uk

 If you would like to support the school and apply for free school meals, please contact reception where forms will be made available. 

 

 Fruit Tuck Shop

 Children in Key Stage One and Foundation receive a piece of fruit a day, free, from the Government Fruit Scheme.

 

For Key Stage Two  we have a healthy snack shop open on a morning 10:30 - 10:45am.  Children from Year 6 are in charge and they sell a selection of fruit.A donation of 10p per portion would be apreciated.

  

Packed lunchches

A balanced packed lunch should contain:

  • Starchy foods. These are bread, rice, potatoes and pasta, and others.
  • Protein foods. These are meat, fish, eggs, beans and others.
  • A dairy item. This could be cheese or yoghurt.
  • Vegetables or salad, and a portion of fruit.

Starchy foods are a good source of energy, and should make up a third of the lunchbox. But don’t let things get boring. Instead of sandwiches give kids bagels, pitta bread, wraps and baguettes. Use brown, wholemeal or seeded bread, not white bread.

Get ideas for healthy starchy foods.

Children often like food they can eat with their fingers, so chop up raw veggies such as carrots or peppers, and give them hummus  or cottage cheese to dip the veggies in. Breadsticks and wholemeal crackers are great finger foods and they can be spread with low-fat soft cheese or eaten with reduced-fat cheddar and pickles.

Replace chocolate bars and cakes with fresh fruit, dried fruit.

Vary the fruit each day and get them to try new things, like kiwi or melon.

Unsalted nuts are a great snack food for children to have at home, but it's best to leave them out of your child's packed lunch. Many schools ban nuts to protect pupils with a nut allergy.

Here are more ideas for healthy food swaps.

You could also make up a tasty fruit salad. Be inventive and encourage your children when they try something new.

 

CHOKING HAZARD - Please ensure food is chopped up into small pieces (e.g grapes).

 

 

Making healthier food

It may take a while for your children to get used to a healthier lunchbox. But it will be worth it for their health, so keep trying.

You can help by eating a wider range of foods at home, as a family. For ideas on how to introduce more fruit and vegetables into your family’s diet, read 5 A DAY and your family.

Reading supermarket food labels can help you to buy healthier foods for your child's lunch, and for family meal times. Learn more in Buy healthier food.

Save chocolate and cakes for occasional treats. Remember to praise your child when they've tried something new, to show your encouragement.

You can find lots of ideas for healthy lunches at Change4Life: healthy lunchbox ideas.

Lunchbox ideas

 

There are more ideas for healthy packed lunches at the Children's Food Trust website page on packed lunches.