At Strathmore we encourage all children to take advantage of free schools meal (supplied by Herts catering) for the following reasons:
- It’s not always easy to make a lunchbox which packs in the same variety and nutrition, on a daily basis, as a school meal. Even ‘healthier’ favourites like yoghurts and cereal bars can be packed full of sugar. Our school meals meet the National School Food Standards, designed by leading experts in child nutrition, and mean that your child is getting the levels of energy and essential nutrients they need; research shows not all packed lunches meet these same standards.
- If your child is eating a healthy school lunch every day you can have the confidence that they’re getting the variety and nutrition they need during the school day too. That’s one less thing for you to worry about, at a time in their development when children are growing and learning so much.
- Choosing a school meal will give your child the chance to try new foods and to enjoy eating with their friends, whilst tucking into delicious meals packed full of energy and essential nutrients they need to grow and learn. The daily menus offer a choice of food for all pupils so there’s always something to tempt even the most sensitive taste palate.
If you would like to provide your child with a packed lunch please see below:
- The school will provide appropriate and attractive facilities for pupils eating packed lunches and ensure that fresh drinking water is available at all times.
- The school will work with parents to encourage packed lunches to meet the standards listed below.
- As fridge space is not available, pupils are advised to bring packed lunches in insulated bags with freezer blocks where possible.
- Wherever possible the school will enable pupils eating packed lunches and pupils eating school lunches to sit together
- Packed lunches can include:
- at least one portion of fruit and one portion of vegetables every day
- bottled water (if they wish) water is available for all children on each table
- a starchy food such as any type of bread (white or wholegrain rolls, pitta bread or wraps), pasta, rice, couscous, noodles
- meat, fish, eggs, or a non-dairy protein (e.g. lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas, houmous, falafel) every day
- cakes but encourage your child to eat these as part of a meal
- Packed lunched should not include:
- Salty snacks
- Nuts- we are a nut free school
- Confectionery such as chocolate bars and sweets
- Sugary soft drinks (only water should be supplied for children to drink)
You may like to look at the following website for some further support on what makes a healthy lunchbox: