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Healthy Schools

At West Denton we believe in promoting a healthy lifestyle, we have compiled a few pages of information about how to provide a well balanced healthy packed lunch for your children and menus showing the dinners provided each week in school As well as information about any school initiatives on being healthy.

A healthy school helps pupils  to do their best and build on their achievements.

Food is a statutory part of the Key Stage 1 (5-7 years) and Key Stage 2 (7-11 years) curriculum in England.

By influencing children's eating habits, the diets of whole families can be affected.

Eating habits are formed in childhood and there is therefore potential to break unhealthy habits and form healthy ones for years to come.

     
School Meals

School meals are supplied by City Schools Catering and are served in our school hall. A choice of meal is available to children on a rota basis. School meals should be paid for in advance on the first school day of each week. Children should bring the correct money for the week in a named purse or container, which should be placed in their class&; dinner money basket. Credits for meals not taken are dealt with as they arise. Parents eligible for free school meals; must apply to the Civic Centre. Application forms are available from the school office downloaded from this site or filled in online and must be renewed each year. It is not possible to extend any form of credit for school meals.

Packed lunches may be brought to school and eaten in the school-dining hall. Children are supervised during the lunch break both in the hall and on the schoolyard, by supervisory assistants in accordance with Local Education Authority policy.

City Schools Catering menu is based on a 3 week rotational cycle, which provides a wide range of traditional favourites, including roast lunches, casseroles together with recipes from around the world, such as spaghetti bolognaise, chow-mein and curries. A great proportion of menu items are prepared in the school kitchen.  City Schools Catering are committed to make healthy eating a priority this can be seen in their approach to the products they use by reducing fat, sugar and salt, increasing the availability of fresh fruit, salads and vegetables.

If you have any queries regarding school meals, pleases contact Steve Boon on 0191 2783139 or visit their website (link on the right).

A healthy desert of fruit crumble and custard, a selection of fresh fruits or yoghurt.
Healthy Packed Lunches

Your child might like the idea of a packed lunch - most do - but should you say yes?

Packed lunches might sound cheaper, but by the time you’ve taken into account the extras in your weekly shop, plus those top-up extras from the corner shop when you’ve run out of sandwich ingredients, you may struggle to provide a meal for the same price as a school dinner.

Your child’s packed lunch may not be as nutritious as the lunch the school provides. A 2010 National Survey found that only 1% of packed lunches come up to scratch! Most contained ‘No-Nos’ such as sweets, sugary drinks and high-fat, high-salt savoury snacks.

School dinners must by law provide a balanced diet of protein, carbohydrates, vegetables and fruit, with no confectionary or artificially-sweetened drinks, and there are limits on the fat and salt content in each meal.
How to create a healthy packed lunch

If your child does bring aa packed lunch to school, try not to give in to pressure from your child to include ‘bad’ elements such as sugary drinks and sweets and avoid boring, repetitive ingredients.

Here’s how you can do it:

Make packed lunch rules - eg no sweets - and stick to them. No deviations or little treats!
Have a healthy lunch formula. A good one is that every lunch must include a sandwich or savoury, a piece of fruit and a yoghurt or milk-based, low-fat dessert.
Give your child water (if possible) or well-diluted fruit juice. Water will be much more appealing if you can make sure it stays cold – it might be worth investing in a good lunchbox-sized flask.

Examples of sandwich fillings:

Peanut butter and grated apple

Chicken, lettuce and tomato

Grated cheese and carrot

Tuna and sweet corn

Cheese and cucumber

Mashed banana

Hummus

Cottage cheese, grated carrot or grated apple

Some healthy snacks to try:

Cherry tomatoes

Carrot sticks

Celery sticks

Cucumber chunks

Baby sweet corn

Slices of red or yellow peppers

Pitta bread strips with Cottage cheese

Bread sticks with hummus dip

Choose carefully!

Cereal bars can be a healthier alternative to confectionery, but some can have a high sugar content, harmful to teeth.  Look out for lower sugar varieties.
Crisps are a popular snack but are high in fat and salt. Try to choose 'light' varieties.
Dried fruit e.g. raisins and dried apricots, are easily added to lunchboxes and count towards your child's 'five-a-day'. However, some dried fruit are sweetened with added sugar and these should be avoided. Always check the label!

If you make sandwiches the night before, wrap them up and keep them in the fridge overnight.
If you include a carton of fruit juice, keep it in the freezer until the morning before it will be drunk. Then put it directly in the lunch box - it will have thawed by lunchtime and kept the rest of the food cool.

Use a small insulated cool bag.
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Top tips for healthy packed
lunch ingredients


First of all, invest in proper packaging. There’s nothing quite as unappealing as a soggy packed lunch. Fruit and vegetable sticks that are still fresh when the dinner bell goes are far more likely to hit the spot. Buy different-sized plastic containers with snap-on lids (make sure your child can open them!) and a lunchbox/carry-case with space for an ice pack so the contents stay chilled.

Let your child come up with ideas for what he/she wants – but make sure suggestions fall within your healthy lunch formula (above).

Leftovers from supper the previous evening can be tasty and hassle-free. Try to plan your evening meal with the next day’s packed lunch in mind. Have one basic leftover ingredient – eg rice, couscous, pasta – and add cubes of cheese, cooked meat, tuna, sweetcorn, beans, whatever you have in the fridge or store cupboard.

If your child wants crisps, suggest alternatives such as crackers or crispbreads. You could spread a low-fat soft cheese or hummus on top to make a tasty snack.

Buy different sorts of bread for sandwiches, rolls or wraps - eg pitta, bagels, granary - and steer clear of white bread.

Low-fat soft cheese and fruit (try strawberries, kiwi fruit or banana) make great sandwich fillers.

Tomatoes and cucumber slices make sandwiches soggy. Instead, go for grated carrot or shredded lettuce (choose a variety with crunchy leaves, such as Iceberg or Cos).

If your child wants a healthy snack for break-time, why not include a pack of raisins (or measure out a small handful from a bigger bag and put them into a small plastic container). You can also do the same with dried fruits such as apricots.