Whole School Food Policy for St Peter’s Primary by kjv35748


									                      Whole School Food Policy
                       Revised Spring 2010

                St Peter’s Catholic Primary School

This policy was implemented in September 2006 following a consultative
approach by the Governing Body, staff and parents of the school. It will
be reviewed annually.

At St Peter’s our aim is to improve the health and well being of the whole
community because research tells us that there are significant concerns
about children’s current and future health.

The governing body in their strategic role are responsible for agreeing
this policy on an annual basis. They will monitor and check that the policy
is upheld and provide support through the work of the Curriculum
Committee each term.

The school has a statutory responsibility for promoting the health and
well being of all its pupils, staff and visitors to the school through
     food provision within the school
     the curriculum
     pastoral and social activities

They are also responsible for maintaining and strengthening the
partnership between the home and school through:
        regular consultation
        communication regarding the promotion of health and well
          share information and good practice about health, nutrition and
           well being
          opportunities to involve parents in the life and work of the
          provide access to other professionals for advice on nutrition
           and well being

The parents are responsible for actively supporting the school in their

Rationale (why have a policy)
    To improve the health of the whole school community by helping to
      influence their eating habits through increasing their knowledge
      and awareness of food issues, including what constitutes a healthy
      and environmentally sustainable diet.
    To increase pupils’ knowledge of food production, manufacturing,
      distribution and marketing practices, and their impact on both
      health and the environment.
    To ensure pupils are well nourished at school, and that every pupil
      has access to safe, tasty and nutritious food, and a safe, easily
      available water supply during the school day.
    To ensure that food provision in the school reflects the ethical and
      medical requirements of staff and pupils, e.g. ethnic, vegetarian,
      medical and allergenic needs.
    To make the provision and consumption of food an enjoyable and
      safe experience.

 Objectives (what we want to achieve)
   To work towards ensuring that this policy is both accepted and
     embraced by governors, school management, teachers and support
     staff, pupils, parents, the school’s wider community.

                           FOOD PROVISION
School Dinners
Havering Catering Services provide a ‘Healthy Options’ fixed price menu
that guarantees a nutritionally balanced meal that complies with and
usually exceeds the Government National Nutritional Standards for
school lunches. The meal consists of a main course of a protein item with
a choice of potatoes, bread or pasta, hot vegetables or salad, and a
desert of the day or yoghurt, fruit or cheese and biscuits. In addition to
this, fruit juice cuplets are available for a fixed price. Water is always
available. During each term a number of ‘themed’ menus are available for
the children to extend their food choices.

Excellent relationships are established between the Headteacher and
staff of the school with our Kitchen Supervisor who acts as a link with
Havering Catering Services and the parents of St. Peter’s. Similarly, the
Headteacher is pleased to maintain very good communication with
Havering Catering Services in regard to the menu range and the quality of
their provision.

Havering Catering Services have been awarded ‘Good Food on the
Public Plate’ by the London Food Board their work in purchasing and
promoting sustainable products. Havering Catering Services have also
recently been awarded the Bronze ‘Food For Life’ Catering Mark in
recognition of the fresh, local and sustainable food they serve in

The Role of the Mid-Day Assisitants
The Mid-Day Assistants (MDAs) are employed by the school to support
the supervision of the children in the dining hall and during the lunchtime
period. Specific roles and duties of the Mid-day Assistants are directed
by the Headteacher to support the children’s personal, social and
emotional development.

MDA staff support the children during their meal by helping them cut
their food if they are having difficulty or by giving assistance in opening
wrappers or lids. At all times, the staff encourage children to help
themselves and be independent. They encourage the children to eat well,
to encourage them to try new foods, but not to ‘force’ or cause anxiety
about their eating. For Infants, particularly, if a child does not eat well,
it will be brought to the attention of the class teacher who may inform
parents if a pattern of poor eating habits emerges.

At St. Peter’s we believe parents wish the school to encourage good table
manners and social behaviour at meal times. As such, MDA staff
encourage children to use their knife and fork correctly.

The Dining Environment
The Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and members of the Senior
Leadership Team supervise the children in the dining hall on a rota basis
each day to promote high expectations of good behaviour and co-
operation. Children are regularly made aware of the code of conduct in
the dining room: To walk, to wait in line quietly and sensibly, to use ‘table
voices’ at the table, to clear away their lunch carefully, to leave quietly.

Attention is given to ensuring that the physical environment of the dining
hall, its furniture and fittings is clean, attractive and functional.

All junior children use plates and bowls.

Features of the dining room include a new serving hatch, a more
attractive waste unit to encourage the children to clear their plates
carefully and a stand alone salad cart that increases the choice of salad
items available. Attractive table cloths chosen by the children, are used
to cover tables in the dining room.

Junior children are encouraged to eat their lunch with their friends
irrespective of whether they are dinners or packed lunches.

Teachers eat their meal with the children in the dining hall when they are
on duty. Other teachers often eat a school meal with the children.

Parents are always welcome to join their child for a school lunch and are
asked to buy a dinner ticket in advance, at least on the morning of their

Packed Lunches
Children have an option to bring in a packed lunch provided by their
The school actively promotes an awareness of healthy eating and has
provided guidelines from ‘Food in Schools –Dept. of Health’ to support
parents and children in making informed choices about what to provide
for a packed lunch.

As a result of the school’s healthy eating promotions and in consultation
with the children, the School Council, staff, representatives of the
parents, Governors and the Local Authority’s Healthy Schools Co-
ordinator, particular limits on packed lunches have been introduced.
Crisps, savoury, salted packet snacks, and all food containing chocolate
are not permitted in a packed lunch. Sweets, fizzy drinks and glass
bottled drinks are not allowed.

Children are encouraged to choose a healthy drink as part of their meal
such as water or plain juice in preference to the high sugar and additives
contained in some other soft drinks.

MDA staff supervise the children having a packed lunch and assist them
in opening wrappers. They sensitively monitor that children are eating
their meal well and are eating much of what their parents provide and not
throwing away food unnecessarily. For Infant children particularly, MDA
staff will encourage children to take home food they have not eaten so
that parents are aware of what they have eaten and enjoyed.

On the occasion when a child is provided with a food stuff not permitted,
children are asked to eat the food provided by their parent, and
depending upon the age and development of the child, will be sensitively
reminded of the school policy. For Infant children, the MDA staff will
inform the class teacher who will speak directly with parents.

In all cases, the MDA staff will inform the Headteacher or Deputy
Headteacher who will monitor the situation. In cases of persistent
refusal to follow the school policy, the Headteacher will speak directly to
parents and if necessary will take formal disciplinary action according to
the school’s code of conduct on the occasion where there is a breach of
Water Provision
The school actively promotes the consumption of water throughout the
school day. Children are permitted to drink regularly in class, under the
specific direction and management of the class teacher.

The school provides each child with a school water bottle when they join
the school. Replacements are available at a charge. It is the school
policy that children are allowed to bring in their own water bottles as long
as there are clear plastic. Drinking water points are clearly labelled.

Water jugs are available on the dining tables at lunchtime for all children
to avail. This may increase the children’s water intake.

Milk Provision for Infants
Under a Local Authority subsidy scheme, milk may be purchased on a
termly basis for infant children. Class teachers are responsible for
managing the organisation of when children will drink their milk; either in
the morning or early afternoon.

Fruit and Vegetable Scheme for Infants
The school is pleased to be part of the National Fruit and Vegetable
Scheme. Each infant child receives a free piece of fruit each day at
morning break. Class teachers promote the eating of fresh fruit and
vegetables, make time to discuss the type of fruit provided and
encourage children to try new fruits.

Mid-Morning Snacks and Healthy Tuck Shop
As part of the school’s promotion of healthy eating, junior children are
encouraged to bring in a piece of fruit to eat at mid-morning break.

A Healthy Tuck Shop is provided by Havering Catering Services at break
time. Children are invited to purchase whole fruits, portions of grapes,
dried raisins, milk and fruit juices.

Packed Lunches on School trips
Parents are asked to support the school policy on packed lunches when
providing a lunch for an educational visit. At times, class teachers may
advise parents to provide a mid-morning snack of a piece of fruit to eat in
the morning of a school trip visit.
                           THE CURRICULUM
Science Curriculum
The School has a statutory responsibility to ensure that the National
Curriculum Programme of Study for Science is taught throughout Key
Stage 1 and 2, and in the Foundation Stage. Specific areas of the
curriculum that relate to this policy are explored in Attainment Target 2
Life Processes and Living Things and include the themes Nutrition and

Design and Technology Curriculum
A statutory requirement for both Key Stages and Foundation Stage is to
teach Food Technology as part of Design and Technology. A programme
of study for Food Technology is mapped across all key stages in each
academic year.

The school also provides further opportunity to learn about food and
cookery. A purpose built cookery room supports our provision. Activities
are supervised by a group of parents who have been trained in the use of
the room and made fully aware of the Risk Assessments in place.

A separate policy describes the purposes of Food Technology:
    To demonstrate our commitment to enhancing and extending pupils’
      skills and knowledge
    To provide a planned curriculum that develops skills and knowledge
      of food technology
    To extend the range of curricular activities offered by the school
    To support the teaching of healthy eating through cooking and
    To provide an opportunity of a fun and social environment which will
      engage pupils and their families in selecting and preparing and
      trying healthier foods
    To develop social and interpersonal skills of pupils through working
      as team
    To provide an opportunity for pupils to develop an interest in
      cooking, food and health
    To support our school’s community links
    To engage pupils in making informed choices about their diet
    To develop contacts between school and home
    At all times, to deal sensitively with issues relating to health, food
      consumption, preparation and hygiene in partnership with the home
      To provide necessary Risk Assessments to establish potential
       hazards and identify the controls that can be put in place to ensure

Enrichment Activities
The school is developing its activities relating to growing food. The Eco
Council and gardener supports the school is enhancing this area.

Local and National Events
The school is pleased to support events that promote Healthy Eating
themes and those relating to health and well-being.

National themes include British Food Fortnight; local theatre groups are
invited to present drama related themes.

National Awards
We believe we can successfully demonstrate that we have achieved the
Bronze standard of ‘Food for Life Partnership Awards’ and are currently
awaiting our application to be approved.

We are currently working towards Silver and Gold Food for Life
Partnership Awards. This involves making progress in four important
    Food Leadership
    Food Quality and Provenance
    Food Education
    Food Culture and Community Involvement


Children’s Birthday Treats
No restrictions are given with regard to the celebrations of children’s
birthdays. Children may indeed bring sweets and treats to share with
their peers at the end of the school day. Party bags are seen as

Parents are asked not to ask the school to cut and distribute birthday
cake for health and safety reasons.
Events of the PA for Children
Due regard to the health and well-being of the children will be given when
organising events of the PA when providing food, snacks or treats for the
children. Inexpensive drinks and food high in sugar and additives will not
be purchased for the children.

Events of the PA and the school
The school recognises that there are times in which food enhances the
celebratory aspects of a particular occasion and aims to complement this
with providing good quality food and drink.

Coffee is served after Mass for parents. Regular coffee afternoons
provide a good opportunity for parents to engage socially. Younger
children and relatives are very welcome to attend.

For the past few years, the School Council have prepared a Christmas
lunch for our guests from the Golden Club; a group of pensioners from
the parish.

Monitoring and Evaluating
This Policy will be evaluated and reviewed annually by the Curriculum
Committee of the Governing Body.

The day to day monitoring of the policy is the responsibility of the
Headteacher and staff of the school.

The school will regularly seek the views of parents on this policy and
involve the School Policy Group in an annual review each Autumn Term.

Signed on behalf of the Food Policy Group

Mrs. J.M. Waterfield
Headteacher Spring Term 2010

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