At Hart Plain Junior School, we believe that the best option for children at lunchtime is to have the hot school dinner, provided through our partnership with HC3S. . This is because we believe that the hot school dinner option is much better for the children’s learning and health. We recognise the evidence that states
· Children are better prepared for learning if they eat well
· Children make more progress if they have eaten the right nutritional lunch
· Only 1% of packed lunches provide the correct nutrition
· Eating hot dinners is an important social occasion and the children learn vital social skills
We are lucky enough to have our own kitchen so all school meals are cooked on site. Each child can select a main item from the menu, which automatically comes accompanied by vegetables, carbohydrate and a dessert (fruit is always a dessert option).
Our menus adhere to the nutritional standards that came into effect from September 2008 and each child will have the opportunity to have at least two portions from a selection of vegetables, salad and fruit with their meal. We will also be continuing to offer additional bread as a free extra to our meals and water is available throughout the lunch period.
Lunch is provided at a cost of £2.00. We ask children to pay for school lunches at the till on a daily basis. Any money brought to school should be kept in a secure purse or wallet and stored in the classroom safe. Small clip-on style purses can be purchased from the School Office.
Our goal is to have ZERO packed lunches.
Free School Meals
Free school meals are available only to children whose parents/guardians are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Job Seekers' Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit, and have an annual gross income, of no more than £16,190 as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs1
- Parents who receive Working Tax Credit in addition to Child Tax Credit do not qualify for free school meals.
Application forms are available from the School Office and when completed and presented together with the necessary evidence, these can be processed at the school office during school hours. All applications must be renewed every term. Entitlement to free meals ceases immediately the applicant is no longer in receipt of any of the above benefits. Parents must inform the School Office as soon as their entitlement ceases. We are always very happy to assist parents with any queries regarding free school meal entitlement.
Healthy Breaktime Snacks
In addition to school lunches, the kitchen sell healthy snacks at breaktime, when children may purchase a maximum of two items.
Children may bring a packed lunch to school as an alternative to a school dinner. Sweets are not allowed, although chocolate covered biscuits are acceptable. Please encourage children to have a balanced meal in their lunchbox, this could include a sandwich and an item of fruit or raw vegetables. Water is provided for all children at lunchtime. If drinks are brought from home they should be in a suitable non-glass container or flask.
All sandwich boxes and drinks containers are collected in at the beginning of the school day for safekeeping and stored in a safe place.