24th October 2014.
There is a lot of media coverage lately about childhood obesity and healthy eating. We have noticed that some lunch boxes contain items which are of no nutritional value. Children need a balanced diet especially during the school day. Research tells us that hyperactivity is linked to eating foods high in sugars and other additives. This can have a damaging effect on the child’s concentration and can be a cause of disruption in the classroom, thus affecting the learning process. Some fruit drinks such as capri suns/fruit shoots are extremely damaging to teeth which has contributed enormously to the increase in the amount of fillings and teeth extractions in young children lately.
A number of parents have asked about our school policy on lunch content and healthy eating. For these reasons we are updating our Healthy Eating Policy as follows.
The following is a list of the recommended foods to choose from for your child’s daily lunch, Monday to Friday.
Carbohydrates Protein Fruit/Vegetables Dairy Drinks
Rice Cakes (Plain or Yoghurt only)
Nature Valley Bars
Nutri Grain Bars
Slices of Meat
Homemade fruit smoothies
Raw vegetable sticks
Pots (low sugar) (no corner)
Yoghurt drinks (low sugar)
A healthy lunch would include: water, a sandwich with a protein filling, at least 1 portion of fruit, cheese and/or a yoghurt.
Friday Treat – Parents can include ONE item from the following list of treats in addition to their normal healthy lunch on a Friday ONLY.
Cereal Bar Home baked bun/slice cake/flapjack
Chocolate covered rice cake Treat size bar (no bigger than club milk/
Corner yoghurt (2nd to 6th classes only.) penguin etc.)
Ginger bread man Petit pain/Brioche
Popcorn Nutella on bread/crackers/rice cakes only.
2 biscuits Fruit Winder.
The following foods are NOT allowed in lunch boxes:
• Chewing gum
• Chocolate of any description – Friday Treat only.
• Fizzy drinks
• Yazoos and equivalent
• Flavoured drinks
• Fruit shoots and equivalent
• Hot deli food (e.g. chicken fillet rolls, sausage sandwiches, sausage rolls, pizza, chips, pies, jambons, wedges etc.)
• Cake/Brownies etc.
• Chocolate yogurts (e.g. flake yoghurts)
If your child has any special dietary requirements please provide a doctor’s letter confirming same.
We thank you for your support on all school matters to date. We look forward to implementing this revised Healthy Eating Policy with your co-