Children eat their lunch in our light and airy dining room. Children either take a school lunch, cooked on the premises or bring a packed lunch. We can offer guidance on what to include in a packed lunch; as a Healthy School we are keen for our children to enjoy a nutritious and well balanced diet. The children collect their meals on an “air-line” tray. It is important that your child can use a knife, fork and spoon properly. School lunches are prepared on site by Herts Catering Limited who are able to cater for children with medical and dietary requirements.
We operate a pupil choice system where the children are able to choose their own lunch choice from the menu and will be able to have this meal when they come into lunch on the rota. It allows the children to choose their meal in the morning from the menu, either hot meat meal, hot vegetarian meal or cold packed lunch option. Halal options are offered twice a week. The menu operates on a 3 weekly cycle.
From September the Early Years children are given a weekly menu choice letter every Wednesday, to be returned on the Friday, with the lunch choices for the following week. Then from the Summer term the children will be able to choose their own meal each day.
Year 1 and Year 2 children will be asked for their meal choice each morning at registration. A poster displaying the menu options will be displayed in class.
A lunch menu from Herts Catering is sent to parents each term. Please find attached the menu choices for the Autumn Term (up to October Half Term):
Children with packed lunches should be able to cope with opening all containers and eating the food by themselves. Storage is minimal so please only send cold drinks inside the named lunch box which are stored in the classroom. In order that children have a healthy, manageable lunch we ask that lunch consists of the following: small sandwiches, portions of fresh or dried fruit, cheese, yoghurts and one sweet biscuit. No sweets. Please send drinks in cartons or plastic flasks only, no cans or glass bottles. We are a ‘nut-free’ school so please ensure packed lunches DO NOT contain peanut butter sandwiches or nuts of any kind as we have children in the school with severe allergies to these foods.
Our school provides dairy products subsidised by the European Union under the European school milk scheme. A carton of milk can be provided for children on a daily basis. If a child receives Free School Meals he/she is also entitled to Free School Milk. Milk can be ordered through Cool Milk, please see the link below, forms can also be collected from the School Office.
Children who do not have school milk may bring a drink into school to have at milk time. This must be in a carton marked with the child’s name. Fresh water is freely available from the drinking fountains during the day. (Classroom taps are not drinking water sources.)