School meals are a great way to ensure your child is eating a healthy and well balanced meal during the day. All food is freshly prepared and cooked on the school premises. Meals cost £2.20 per day, payable weekly in advance at a cost of £11.00.
If your child is entitled to Free School Meals these must be re-applied for before the start of every new school year. A reminder letter is sent out to parents in June for a September start.
If your child is entitled to Free School Meals but prefers to have a packed lunch from home, you should still apply for this benefit as we as a school receive extra funding for every pupil who qualifies.
Healthy School Lunches
Marjorie McClure is part of the Healthy Schools London Initiative which means that we are committed to promoting healthy eating. We are pleased to announce that we have just received the Silver Healthy Schools Award and in achieving this, we need to continue to develop and improve healthy eating within our school. Therefore, whilst our school dinners are nutritionally balanced, our school focus is on working with you, the parents and carers to promote consistency between these and packed lunches.
In order that we can do this, we are now introducing the following guidelines; where possible, for pupils to have at least 2 pieces of fruit or vegetables in their lunch and we are discouraging crisps and chocolate. This will also apply to the snacks available to our pupils during school times, e.g. non-chocolate biscuits at break-times.
We have already begun to inform pupils and we shall continue to do so by providing them with opportunities for tasting sessions as well as developing this throughout the design and technology curriculum. We will be encouraging pupils through competitions and other incentives, e.g. stickers and prizes.
To help with this, there are a number of websites which provide ideas for packed lunches which are very informative, for example,
www.letsgetcookingathome.org.uk (you can look up packed lunches on the right hand side options)
www.food.gov.uk (put in packed lunches in the search box – top right corner)
www.nhs.uk/change4life (Eat well section for a week’s packed lunch ideas for different aged pupils)
We shall be monitoring packed lunches with the help and support of the midday supervisors, so that we can observe and changes and improvements.
Healthy Schools Team
Lauren Hasting (PE)