Healthy Eating, Packed Lunches & Birthdays
Since September 2014, all children in KS1 receive a free school lunch. These have proved extremely popular and ensure that all children who choose to can have a hot meal mid-day.
KS2 children have a choice of a hot school lunch or a packed lunch. The majority of our children opt for school lunch as do many of the staff! Our onsite kitchen staff prepare hot, fresh meals daily; a salad bar, bread and milk is also available daily. Our current catering contractor meets with school leaders and the school council to discuss the menu options. The meat is Halal, Red Tractor and there is a daily vegetarian option.
Packed lunches are expected to be healthy – the meals supervisors will talk to children about healthy options. Chocolate cakes or biscuits are only permitted if part of a balanced lunch.
Currently meals cost £2.05 per day; this is to be paid in advance each week using our online system – ParentPay. Meal arrangements can only be changed at the start of a new half term by letting the school office know. If you think you may be eligible for free school meals, please see the office staff for full details
Fruit and Milk
We are pleased to be part of the Government’s Fruit scheme; every child up to and including Year 2 receives a piece of fruit for free as their mid morning snack. We hope that this is then established as a healthy habit and junior aged children may bring their own fruit. We do not allow any other snacks. Children in Nursery, Reception and KS1 also receive a carton of milk each day.
We encourage pupils in KS2 to bring their own fresh or dried fruit for morning playtime.
There is fresh drinking water available in school and in the playgrounds. Children are encouraged to bring a water bottle with plain non-carbonated water and can have these in the classroom.
Birthdays in school
We all know that birthdays are important to every child and that children like to celebrate with their classmates. Please do not send party bags with sweets and sugary treats or packet of crisps or cake for distribution. We will return them back to you and we do not want children to be disappointed. As a health promoting school we encourage children to share fruit to celebrate birthdays. If you would like to donate book/books to the class or the library to celebrate a birthday, these will be bookmarked a as gift from your family and child with gratitude.
If your child is ill at school
If your child becomes ill during the day, or has a accident, we will always contact you, having taken necessary steps ourselves to ensure your child is safe and cared for. We will call you on the phone if your child has any knock to the head so parents and carers are alerted to be vigilant should there be signs of concussion later in the day. In most cases a letter will be sent home at the end of the day. Parents sign a home school agreement to say they will ensure all their contact details are up to date, particularly mobile phone numbers, and that someone is able to come, if necessary, to take them home.
Supporting children with medical conditions
The school has an assigned Welfare Officer who supports children if they are feeling unwell and those with medical conditions. The Primary Care Trust assign the school with a school nurse. As well as statutory checks, for example, of all our 5 year olds, our Nurse checks hearing and vision and monitors children with particular needs. Please try to attend any appointments set up with the nurse or school doctor. You will be given ample warning of the date and time.
The school has an assigned Brent School Nurse. As well as statutory checks, for example, of all our 5 year olds, our Nurse checks hearing and vision and monitors children with particular needs. Please try to attend any appointments set up with the nurse or school doctor. You will be given ample warning of the date and time.