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School Meals

We are very fortunate to have nutritious meals prepared daily on the school premises. School dinners are planned to ensure children receive all the necessary nutrition that they need as they grow and develop.  Please follow the link below for the current menu and further details, including the nutritional and allergen information for hot meals.

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The catering team also offers a “Pick and Mix” cold meal option at the school. Children opting for a “Pick and Mix” meal will choose their own food items from a selection of sandwiches; fruits/vegetables; savouries and desserts. By choosing one item from each food category the children will create their own healthy and nutritious meal.

From September 2014 the Government’s “Universal Infant Free School Meals” policy entitles all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and 2 to be eligible for free school meals.

 

The current cost of a school meal for children in Years 3 to 6 is £2.30 and dinner monies must always be paid for in advance of the meal being taken. Credits will be given if changes occur and meals are not taken on the planned day(s). You may wish to pay for a half term or term in advance – please contact the School Office to calculate the total amounts due. 

 

School meals can be paid for in a number of ways. Most parents find online payments are a convenient way to pay. The school encourages online payments to assist with administration and to ensure that a record/receipt of payments made is provided to the parent.

The methods of payment for school meals that we accept are as follows:
 

Via the Suffolk County Council Website

Please follow the link below:

Via ParentMail

Payment can also be made via your ParentMail account by visiting the ‘School Shop’ section.


By Cheque at the School Office

Cheques should be made payable to Suffolk County Council with your child's name and ‘dinner money’ written on the reverse. Cheques should be placed in an envelope clearly marked with your child’s name, class, and the dates for which the payment relates and placed in the internal post box within the school foyer. Dinner money payments by cheque should be sent into school on the Monday for the week.

Free School Meals:

If you are in receipt of benefits and think your child may be eligible for free school meals please apply online using the following link:

Alternatively contact the School Office to request an application form.

 

Healthy Packed Lunches:

If you would prefer, you can send a packed lunch into school for your child. Please make sure that your child has a lunch box marked with their name. Packed lunches are eaten alongside school meals under supervision in the school hall. We encourage healthy eating and therefore ask that you do not send into school confectionery such as chocolate bars, chocolate-coated biscuits and sweets. We also ask that no fizzy drinks are brought into school. 

Please provide items that your child can open independently and avoid foods that are hard to manage. It is helpful if you make a snip in the wrapper of tightly packaged items. 

 

Each day a healthy packed lunch should include:

  • A portion of starchy food (e.g. white or wholegrain bread/rolls/pitta bread/wraps/naan/bagel/pasta/rice/noodles/couscous etc)
  • A portion of meat, fish, eggs, beans or other non-dairy source of protein (e.g. sliced meat, chicken, fish, sliced egg, meat alternative (tofu) or pulses (like kidney beans, chickpeas) etc
  • At least one portion of fruit and or vegetable (fresh, frozen canned or dried all count towards 5-A-Day.)
  • A portion of milk or dairy foods (e.g. yogurt, fromage frais, cheese)

 

We would request that desserts, cakes, biscuits and crisps (which are high in saturated fat, sugar and/or salt) are limited as too much of these types of foods can be harmful to teeth.


Drinking water is provided at lunchtimes for all children. If you would like to provide your own drink please provide water, milk or diluted fruit juice. Please be mindful that squash and flavoured waters can contribute to tooth decay and have little nutritional value. Fizzy drinks are not permitted.

 

Please include an ice pack within your child's lunch box as packed lunches are not refrigerated.

 

School Milk:

We are able to provide a 189ml portion of low-fat or lactose reduced milk for your child during break, if requested to do so. This will not only provide them with essential nutrients, but will also bridge the gap between meals to help them stay focused. This will be provided free to children under 5 years of age or those receiving income-related free school meals, not Universal Infant Free School Meals (UFSM). Milk will be subsidised for those children aged between 5 – 9 years old at an estimated cost of less than £15 per term.

 

In order for your child to receive a daily carton of milk, you will be required to register with Cool Milk. Please ask the school office for more details.

 
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