In last week’s Primary share time we were treated to a suoer rendition of Oliver’s Vegetables from Mr Ali.
Coming back together as a school community for the first quarter provided us many chances to reflect on our daily practices, one of which is the provision of healthy food to our primary pupils. Our school values state our commitment to a healthy lifestyle and as a school we commit to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 24 of which states that children have the right to healthy food.
We are very fortunate to have two options for lunches: home lunches or the extremely high quality food cooked daily by Mezabine and the fantastic kitchen team. Our aim is for every one of our primary pupils to regularly access one of these as part of a healthy lifestyle. Happily this is largely happening, however there are some further steps we can take to help more children regularly access this provision both at lunchtimes and as a part of our wider work as a school and community. This quarter we would like to put in place the following:
We will actively encourage and work with children to eat a balanced meal of carbohydrate, protein, vegetables and fruit and an adequate amount of water.
We will encourage children to try a broader range of food, not just for example a plate of rice, whilst at the same time not wasting food. They will be able to return for seconds if they like it. We know that this may be a challenge for some children but, as stated in the above point, we will support and encourage children who are unsure of unfamiliar foods and celebrate their successes.
In consultation with Mezabine we are reviewing the snacks provided to our nursery and EC children and will try new options this quarter.
We will endeavour to make the food experiences we provide to children as part of the curriculum balanced and healthy.
Mr Ali will run a Share Time with a focus on healthy eating on Friday 16th October.
As a school community we ask for your support in the following:
We will try to make the food available to children at school events (e.g. sports days) healthy and balanced. We request that, if you would like to contribute food to such events, you support this aim.
Try to provide healthy, balanced snacks and home lunches.
Consider healthy options to celebrate birthdays.
Please feel free to speak to us if you have questions and we will support you with advice and ideas.
Mr Ali, P2/3