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 have taken on our own catering service. The new service involves changes in how meals are ordered. Children are now able to choose their meal options daily and can also alternate between school meals and packed lunches on a daily basis, rather than weekly basis.
This means that children will need to know which meal they want to order each day. The options are: 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 we 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.
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. 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.