School Dinner Menu - October 2023 to April 2024
All meals are cooked fresh on site by our catering team. Children carry their plate into the server to get their food and then to their table. Cutlery is on the table and a bread basket, which the children can help themselves to. Salad is also available every day.
Lunchtimes are a happy, social time for our children, and good manners and behaviour are rewarded with table trophies through the week and on Fridays with lunch on the "Golden Table".
Teaching staff eat with the children when they have a school lunch.
All infant school children are currently entitled to Universal Free School Meals . This means they have a choice between two options to make every day, usually one meat and one vegetarian. Each mains is served with a choice of desserts which include fruit and yoghurts. The lunches are served on a three week cycle. A new menu is issued in April and October every year.
Our School Council meet each year with Hampshire Caterers to input into the menu. They have excellent ideas and some of these have been taken on board for the main menu!
Please note we do not serve the 'Picnic Lunch' mentioned as it is at the discretion of each school and we simply do not have the storage space to have this facility.
Children with recognised allergies such as wheat, dairy, nuts etc can still have school dinners, but please be aware these menus have to be specially prepared and may take up to three weeks to be in place. Forms for the caterers will need to be filled out before the lunch can be made. These are available from the school office.
Registration for Universal Free School Meals is not required for children to have the free meals. But schools get government funding for all children who meet the standard free meal criteria. The funding is called the Pupil Premium. To let schools get the funding for as many pupils as possible, we encourage parents of children who meet the standard free meal criteria to register. This includes parents of children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, please click the following link https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/hants and follow the on screen instructions. Applications are treated with discretion and all children are completely unaware of their meal status so as to avoid any stigma. If you do qualify for the Pupil Premium funding the school will be able to pay for additional extras for your child out of the Pupil Premium funding such as school trips and one extra curricular club per week.
If your child has special dietary needs, please ensure you complete a Special Diet form and register this with the caterers, so they can provide alternative menu options where required. Please see the website below for more information and a link to the form:
HC3S, Your Award-Winning School Caterer
With over 30 years’ experience of school catering, our successful ethos is to provide healthy, local, responsible sourced food that children love. Our tasty, freshly cooked, nutritious dishes help your children flourish and reach their potential. As part of a balanced diet, our lunches provide a third of a child’s daily calorie intake, to aid concentration levels and give them energy to focus and to play.
In the current climate we want to assure our schools and their communities that we have rigorous risk assessments in place to make sure our teams and the schools they serve have safe working practices. We follow Government and the Food Standard Agency and Public health advice to the letter.
We know that providing award winning meals is not enough and so at HC3S we go that step further, by helping schools and the wider community to encourage children, parents, carers to live healthy lifestyles and think sustainably. Our added value ‘Food to Flourish Classroom’ resources help teachers educate children in an innovative, food related fashion that cuts across the curriculum. We always doing our best to think sustainably ourselves, you can find out exactly what we are doing as business here. https://www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/hc3s/sustainability
Celebrate with us throughout the academic year as we support Nutrition and Hydration Week, British Food Fortnight, and National School Meals Week; key events in the food and drink calendar which are lots of fun.
Want to know more about HC3S?
Click on this web link. https://www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/hc3s/education-catering
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