We believe it is really important that children have a healthy, nutritious and tasty meal at lunchtime. There is lots of research showing that a balanced school dinner can help concentration levels in lessons, and develop long term healthy eating habits.
School Dinners are currently £2.00 per day or £10.00 per week.
If you would like your child to have school dinners please contact the office.
N.B. - All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to free school meals.
Our children enjoy healthy schools dinners prepared on the premises by Eden Foodservices, who work to current health and safety, and food hygiene regulations. Click on Eden Foodservices to find out more.
Please send payments for meals required on Monday morning. Money should be in a sealed envelope with the child's name, class, amount enclosed and the days on which meals are required, written clearly on the front. Payment can be made by cash or cheque (payable to Eden Food Services Ltd.).
Payments can also be made for a month, half term or whole term in advance.
If you think your child is entitled to free school meals, then click on the Central Bedfordshire logo for the latest guidelines. Did you know you could be around £400 better off a year with Free School Meals? Plus you are also helping your school get extra funding.
WE ARE A HEALTHY SCHOOL
The school and Eden Foodservices staff work closely together regarding the National Healthy Schools Programme (NHSP). In 2006 we gained National Healthy School status. This award reflects the work we have been doing to ensure our children are healthy while they are at St. Mary’s, and also to help them learn how to live a healthy lifestyle.
Our children stay healthy at school because they are encouraged to:-
Take part in vigorous physical activity.
Besides PE lessons our younger classes have lots of opportunities for physical play, using bikes and other equipment outside.
Everyone is encouraged to have active playtimes.
Children from the Foundation Stage up to Year 2 are able to have a fruit or vegetable snack at morning play (this is provided by the NHS). Children in Years 3 and 4 may bring their own fruit or vegetable snack. Children in the Pre-School, Nursery and Reception Class have milk or water available each session. Children in other years have the opportunity to buy milk.
Drink to think.
Research has shown that our brains need hydrating regularly. Children (in Years 1 to 6) should bring a sports bottle of water to school each day, which they can have in the classroom to use throughout the day. This should be separate from their lunchtime drink. Fresh water is available in all areas of the school.
If your child has a packed lunch, you can help your child by packing a healthy lunchbox.
We encourage children to bring a healthy mix of sandwiches, fresh fruit or vegetable snack. No fizzy drinks, chocolates or sweets please.
If you would like some ideas, why not try the following links:-