Our Healthy Lunch

Aim
The aim of this policy is to ensure children eat a healthy, well-balanced lunch, thus promoting a healthy lifestyle. By encouraging healthy eating patterns we educate children for later life. Fermoyle National School, under the DEIS scheme provide children with a piece of fruit (apple, banana, orange or raisins), water and a bread roll with healthy fillings e.g. cheese, ham, salad or tuna every day for lunch. Children are not allowed to bring in chewing gum, nuts, sweets, crisps or biscuits.
The school is a “Nut Free” Zone

Roles and Responsibilities

Role of Parents/Guardians
• Encourage healthy eating
• Inform the school of any child’s special dietary needs
• To implement school policy by not allowing their children to bring chewing gum, nuts, sweets, crisps or biscuits to school

Role of Children
• To eat their lunch
• To bring home any uneaten lunch
• Not to bring chewing gum, nuts, sweets, crisps or biscuits to school

Role of School
• To promote and encourage healthy eating.
• If children bring chewing gum, sweets, crisps or biscuits to school they will not be allowed to eat them while in school.

Implementation

This policy will be implemented. This policy was updated and ratified by the Board of Management.

A copy of The Healthy Food Pyramid will be on display in the school.

As part of the Social Personal and Health Education curriculum reasons for healthy eating will be discussed with the children regularly by staff.
Teachers will continue to give children a sweet treat on occasions in recognition of work done, improvements in work or behaviour and in an effort to promote positive behaviour. Sweet treats used prudently by teachers will not interfere with the health of the children.