School Dinners

Gipsy Hill

At Gipsy Hill Federation we encourage all pupils to have a healthy and balanced diet, based on the Food Standards Agency’s eatwell plate pictured below.

Our school lunches are provided by our own kitchens and prepared and cooked from fresh produce on the premises every day. We meet the Government standards for school lunches and recognise that the food our children eat is critically important to their health we are strongly committed to adopting healthier catering practices and to encourage healthy and balanced eating.

At Kingswood, Elm Wood, Paxton, Glenbrook and Fenstanton primary schools, the cost of school lunches is £10.75 per week. At Crawford primary school lunches are provided free of charge by the Southwark local authority.

Gipsy Hill Federation menu

Everyday, your child will be able to choose from:

  • A choice of 3 main dishes with;
  • 2 vegetable accompaniments, plus;
  • A salad bar with up to 6 salad choices
  • Fresh crusty bread
  • A selection of hot and cold desserts

In addition, we offer an alternative selection of fresh fruit and yoghurts. All of our dessert items are suitable for vegetarians.

School Lunches

It’s very important to make sure the lunchboxes that children take to school provide a healthy, balanced lunch.

This means plenty of foods that contain the nutrients that children need, and fewer foods that are high in sugar and saturated fat.

A balanced packed lunch should contain:

  • Starchy foods. These are bread, rice, potatoes and pasta, and others.
  • Protein foods. These are meat, fish, eggs, beans and others.
  • A dairy item. This could be cheese or yoghurt.
  • Vegetables or salad, and a portion of fruit.

Starchy foods are a good source of energy, and should make up a third of the lunchbox. But don’t let things get boring. Instead of sandwiches give kids bagels, pitta bread, wraps and baguettes. Use brown, wholemeal or seeded bread, not white bread.

Children often like food they can eat with their fingers, so chop up raw veggies such as carrots or peppers, and give them hummus or cottage cheese to dip the veggies in. Breadsticks and wholemeal crackers are great finger foods and they can be spread with low-fat soft cheese or eaten with reduced-fat cheddar and pickles.

Replace chocolate bars and cakes with fresh fruit, dried fruit or unsalted nuts. Vary the fruit each day and get them to try new things, like kiwi or melon.

You could also make up a tasty fruit salad. Be inventive and encourage your children when they try something new.

Making the change

It may take a while for your children to get used to a healthier lunchbox. But it will be worth it for their health, so keep trying.

You can help by eating a wider range of foods at home, as a family. For ideas on how to introduce more fruit and vegetables into your family’s diet, read 5 A DAY and your family.

Reading supermarket food labels can help you to buy healthier foods for your child's lunch, and for family meal times. Learn more in buy healthier food.

Chocolate and cakes can be saved for occasional treats. Remember to praise your child when they've tried something new, to show your encouragement.

You can find lots of ideas for healthy lunches at Change4Life: healthy lunchbox ideas

More advice

You can learn more about the connection between healthy weight and health in your child's weight.

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Universal Free School Meals

As you may be aware, there have been important changes to school lunch provision in English schools. The Government announced that from September 2014 every child in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 (NOT Nursery), in state-funded schools will be offered a free school lunch. This follows a recommendation in the School Food Plan, which aims to bring about a significant increase in the numbers of children eating good food in schools. The aim is to make sure children are well fed in school, do better in lessons and have improved general wellbeing.

Meal Costs - Nursery, Year 3, 4, 5 & 6

Lunches must be paid in advance at the beginning of each week. The cost of lunches for the academic year will be available at the school office in September. If your child is having a school lunch there can be no changes during that half term. Any changes at the end of the period must be given to the school office and a new School-Meal Agreement form completed.

Payments for school meals are made using the ParentPay online service. At the start of the academic year, children who are new to the school will be given a ParentPay activation letter in order for one or both parents to set up their child's dinner money account. Cash and cheque payments will not be accepted by the school office. If you do not wish to use the online payment service for any reason, cash payments can be made to your child's account via the PayPoint network. If this is your preferred method of payment the school office will give you a letter with a barcode.

If your child's account shows a debt of more than the cost of one week's meals, the provision of meals will be withdrawn with immediate effect, and parents will be requested to provide their children with a packed lunch on that day until the meals are paid for.

The Headteacher will contact parents directly regarding outstanding dinner money. The school cannot sustain any bad debts as this directly impacts upon the finances available for teachers, books and resources which benefit all of our pupils If parents/carers do not take responsibility to provide their child with a packed lunch, pay for their child’s lunch every morning or apply for free school meals ‘then the school has duty of care to report the matter to Social Care at the CYPS under 'likelihood of significant harm'.

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