School Meals

At Chillingham Road Primary School we strive to be a healthy school.  The Government has set targets to improve the nation’s health and we in school have our part to play.
Our school meals are cooked on site and are delicious!  Children can choose from a menu

(http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/education-and-learning/schools/city-schools-catering)

From September 2014 all pupils in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 will be able to receive a school  meal at no cost to the parent/guardian as recently announced by the government.

Its good to know that when you send your child off to school they will be eating a hot, healthy and nutricious meal at lunchtime. When children eat better they do better and school meals help keep their mind and body working to it to its maximum until they return home.  

Children respond positively positively to a caring, happy atmosphere where their welfare is paramount and being at school certainly assures that. Eating nutritional, well balanced meals at school also plays an important part in this and is unquestionably the core to a healthy school life.

School meals are rapidly moving towards more healthy options with less choice to avoid some of the strange combinations our children sometimes choose.
School Council have been working on improving the whole lunch time experience for our children.  They have visited other school to see how other schools organise lunch time.
Children can sit with their class friends whether they have packed lunch or school dinners.  Every week there is a top table where children are chosen by the lunch time staff and their good behaviour is rewarded by having their lunch with the Head teacher.

Parents are welcome to share lunchtimes with their child if they wish, provided they give the office notice and pay in advance.

The children in Year 6 have produced a booklet with helpful tips to help parents look at portion size and content of packed lunches.   Part of the Government advice is that sweets and fizzy drinks are not permitted in schools and that there should be a limit of 1 bag of crisps.

Parents have been very supportive about finding healthy alternatives to sweets and using their judgement in providing a lunch their child will eat that also follows advice.  By popular demand the steel pan band are available to provide live music at lunchtime on special occasions.

Children have access to water at all times and we ask that children bring in water bottles clearly marked with their name.

Cost of School Meals

School meals cost £2 per day (£10 per week).  You can choose how many school meals your child has on a week by week basis but we ask that payment is made in advance on a Monday.

Free School Meals for Key Stage 2

If you are on income support or receive certain other benefits your child is entitled to free school meals.  This is worth £370.50 per child per year.  

You can apply online on Newcastle City Council's website

http://www.newcastle.gov.uk/education-and-learning/grants/free-school-meals 

or ask at the school office for assistance.