St. Colmcille’s Girls’ National School
St.Colmcille’s Girls’ National School, through these guidelines, aims to help all those involved in our school community, children, staff and parents, in developing positive attitudes to eating and healthy living. We wish to promote ‘the personal development and wellbeing of the child and to provide a foundation for healthy living in all its aspects’. (SPHE Guidelines)
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 lifelong healthy eating.
- 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 help children improve concentration, learning and energy levels.
- To support parents and children to make healthy, enjoyable decisions around food.
- To encourage children to take some responsibility for a healthy diet.
- To develop nutritional awareness i.e. ingredients in foods.
- To support the school’s Green School Policy by using reusable containers, minimising use of wrappers and by disposing of any wrappers at home.
- Crisps, fizzy drinks, sweets, chewing gum and large chocolate bars are banned at all times.
- A healthy lunchbox includes pieces of food from the bottom three shelves of the food pyramid.
- Healthy choices of drink include water, milk, and unsweetened juice. Only water can be sipped during the day. Each child will bring her drink to school in a plastic bottle with a screw top.
- Foods, which have wrappers, are to be kept to a minimum and disposed of by storing in the girls lunch boxes and disposed of at home.
- All classes will participate in lessons on healthy eating every year during Healthy Eating Week.
- Parents will be reminded if unsuitable food appears regularly in lunchboxes.
- School staff will provide positive modelling and supportive attitudes to encourage healthy eating.
- Nuts and foods containing nuts will not be allowed in the classroom of a child with a severe nut allergy and monitored throughout the school. All visiting teachers/coaches will be informed of this policy.
- See attached list for foods that are not allowed.
- Special occasions such as First Communion, Confirmation celebrations and specific treat days eg: Hallowe’en break, Santa’s visit, Sports Day and School Tour.
- End of term parties at Christmas and summer holidays.
Healthy School Environment
We will endeavour to promote healthy eating by:
- – promoting healthy lunches every day.
- – providing leaflets to parents (from Bord Bia etc) with suggestions for healthy lunches.
- – inviting outside speakers to talk to the parents about a balanced diet.
- – promoting healthy eating through SPHE and Science lessons.
- -displaying posters and Food Pyramids that encourage healthy eating.
Promotion of the Policy
- Parents play an essential role in helping shape children’s eating habits and attitudes towards physical activity. Parents are encouraged to send children to school with a healthy lunch.
- Teachers will monitor the progress of the policy in their own classroom and on the yard. The teacher will send home any food not allowed as per guidelines, along with any uneaten food.
We do not allow these foods and drinks
biscuits (including plain, chocolate and breakfast)
buns (including muffins)
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