Healthy Packed Lunch Guidelines

If your child brings a packed lunch to school, below are some government guidelines, ensuring your child has a healthy, nutritional meal at mid-day.

Packed lunches should try to include:

  •   at least one portion of fruit and one portion of vegetables every day.
  •   meat, fish or other source of non-dairy protein (e.g. lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas, hummus) every day
  •   oily fish, such as salmon, at least once every three weeks.
  •   a starchy food such as any type of bread, pasta, rice, couscous, noodles, potatoes or other type of cereals every day.
  •   dairy food such as milk, cheese, yoghurt, fromage frais or custard everyday only water, fruit juice, semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, yoghurt or milk drinks and smoothies.

Packed lunches should not include:

  •   snacks such as crisps. Instead, include seeds, vegetables and fruit (with no added salt, sugar or fat).  Savory crackers or breadsticks served with fruit, vegetables or dairy food are also a good choice.
  •   confectionery such as chocolate bars, chocolate-coated biscuits and sweets. Cakes and biscuits are allowed but encourage your child to eat these only as part of a balanced meal. (Sweets are not allowed at any time in our school.) 
  •   Meat products such as sausage rolls, individual pies, corned meat and sausages / chipolatas should be included only occasionally.

Special diets and allergies

*Nuts of any variety are not allowed in school due to nut allergies.

The school also recognizes that some pupils may require special diets that do not allow for the standards to be met exactly. In this case parents are urged to be responsible in ensuring that packed lunches are as healthy as possible. For these reasons pupils are also not permitted to swap food items.