Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Children
We ask that your child only has water to drink in school. They should come to school each day with a freshly filled water bottle, which can then be re-filled from the water coolers in school.
Free milk is available for children until the day of their fifth birthday. This needs to be ordered in the School Office.
Newbridge Primary School belongs to the 'Free Fruit for Schools Scheme' which provides fruit to EYFS, and Key Stage 1 children. We encourage the children to eat healthy snacks of either fruit or vegetables during snack time.
Key Stage 2 children may bring in a healthy snack for consumption at break time. This must be a piece of fruit or vegetable.
If you are able to support the 'Free Fruit for Schools Scheme' by helping to distribute the fruit/vegetables into bowls and collecting waste please see your child's class teacher.
From September 2018, we will be taking on our own catering service. The new service will involve changes in how meals are ordered. Children will be able to choose their meal options daily and also can alternate between school meals and packed lunches on a daily basis, rather than weekly, as currently stands.
This will mean that children will need to know which meal they want to order each day. The options will be: vegetarian, non-vegetarian or packed lunch provided from home.
Our new menu is compliant with the Food Standards and offers fresh, healthy options - all served with our extensive range of salads including: carrot and cucumber sticks, coleslaw, rice salad, pasta salad, beetroot and olives.
If your child(ren) will be ordering school meals, please can I ask that you take time to look through the options with them, so that they know what to order each morning. We want to make this process as smooth as possible but do anticipate a few challenges initially as this will be something new for the children.
The teachers will all spend time in class in the first week of term looking at the new menu with the children and learning about the nutritional value of the food and why it is compliant with the Food Standards.
Regarding payment for school meals, these need to be paid for in advance using our electronic payment system. This will apply to children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 and the cost remains at £2.60 per day. Meals can be paid for online through School Gateway - https://login.schoolgateway.com/0/auth/login. All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will receive Universal Infant Free School Meals – so there is no charge.
Please note, if parents are in receipt of qualifying benefits (see free school meals form), again there is no charge for school meals, but parents do need to complete the attached application form so that the funding can be claimed for your child(ren). This applies to children in all year groups and will also enable additional funding to be received by the school to support all aspects of learning for your child – this is known as the Pupil Premium Grant.
You may prefer to send your child with a packed lunch, please ensure all lunch boxes and containers are clearly labelled with your child's name and class.
We ask that packed lunches do not contain nuts as we have some children in school who are severely allergic to them. Only water is to be drunk with the packed lunch and this is provided at each meal time. Please do not send another option to school.