As part of the Social, Personal and Health Education (S.P.H.E.) Programme we encourage the children to become more aware of the need for healthy food in their lunch boxes. In addition, the Physical Education programme supports the physical development and fitness of the children. The Science curriculum also looks at the development of the body and deepens the children’s understanding of how the body grows and develops.

Aims of this policy:

To promote the personal development and well being of the child.
To promote the health of the child and provide a foundation for healthy living in all its aspects.
To enable the child to appreciate the importance of good nutrition for growing and developing and staying healthy.
To enable the child to accept some personal responsibility for making wise food choices and adopting a healthy balanced diet.
To raise levels of concentration within class due to consumption of healthy food.
To encourage children to be aware, alert and responsive to litter problems caused by junk food, pre-prepared food, juice cartons etc.

The Healthy Lunch Guidelines

Lunch is an important meal for school going children. It should provide one third of their recommended daily allowance of nutrients without being high in fat, sugar or salt. It should also provide dietary fibre (roughage).
In our school the children eat twice a day, before going out to play. To ensure good concentration it is important for children to drink lots of water, so please encourage your child to bring a bottle of water.

What is a healthy lunch?

• It is full of goodness like protein, vitamins and calcium.
• Contains food with no sugar, because too much sugar is bad for your teeth.
• Contains no colouring or additives.
• Gives us strength and energy
• Makes us fit and healthy
• Helps our brain power

What could be in a healthy lunch?

*Sandwiches or rolls with cheese, meat or other fillings / *Pitta bread, crackers
*Fruit (peeled and chopped for small children)/ *Raisins, Plain popcorn
*Vegetables (washed and chopped)/*Pasta
*Salad /  *Yoghurt (easy to open)

What should not be in a healthy lunch?

Crisps, salted nuts /Chocolate, sweets, lollipops or jellies
Chewing gum, Fruit Winders / Cake, biscuits, pastries or doughnuts
Chocolate spread/ Fizzy drinks

The following foods are not allowed at any time:

crisps, chewing gum, lollipops, fizzy or energy drinks, fried foods such as wedges, chicken wings etc.

What drinks could we include in a healthy lunch?

• Water
• Fruit juices
• Diluted drinks
• Milk
• Actimel
• Smoothies

What drinks should not be allowed?

• Fizzy drinks
• Sugary or Energy drinks
“Treats” are allowed on Fridays only. i.e. one treat in the lunch box. (fun size bars, biscuits, sweets)

Who should make sure everyone follows the rules?

• Our parents, because they make our lunch and should set a good example. They are responsible for our health.
• We should, because it’s our health and we want to be fit and full of energy.
• Teachers, because they can see what’s in our lunch boxes and know who’s eating the right foods every day.
• The Principal

What happens when children bring in unsuitable lunches?

On the first occasion the child will be allowed to eat it, but will be reminded re healthy options and the necessity to bring in healthy food. Water will be offered to the child as an alternative to the inappropriate drink.
If lunches continue to be unhealthy parents will be contacted, advice given and children will bring the food/drink home in their lunch box.

Exceptions for special occasions

• End of term parties
• school trips
• Motivational reward

The children of Star of the Sea NS are very keen to have healthy lunches and show a good understanding of what that means. We hope these guidelines will assist everybody in making healthy choices.


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We are a Catholic school under the patronage of the Bishop of Ferns. Religion is taught accordingly and children are prepared for the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation.


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