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Pinner Park Junior School: Lunches

Healthy School Lunches — packed lunches brought from home

At Pinner Park Junior School pupils currently bring their packed lunch brought from home.
Pupil premium pupils are eligible for a free school meal — a packed lunch.

To grow and stay healthy children need to eat a nutritionally well balanced diet. Schools are an influential setting and can contribute significantly to improving the health and well-being of pupils.

Packed lunches can contribute to almost a third of a child's weekly food intake and therefore need to be balanced and nutritious.

To ensure that packed lunches (brought in from home) reflect the new standards for school meals please read the following information.
  • PPJS positively promotes the health and well-being of its pupils. Work around healthy eating is a high priority.
  • The content of lunchboxes needs to reflect the requirement of schools to meet minimum food and nutrition standards for school meals.
  • There is work currently underway to audit lunchboxes and to work with parents to promote healthier lunchboxes as some have shown that in the main they contain foods with high levels of fat, sugar and salt, and very few fruit and vegetables.
  • The short term effects of unhealthy packed lunches and food intake can include poor growth, tooth decay, obesity, anaemia, constipation, poor concentration and behavioural problems which may have an impact on a child's learning.
  • The longer term effects of a poor diet in childhood can be an increased risk of stroke, cancer, heart disease and diabetes in adulthood.
To encourage and improve the nutritional quality of packed lunches at PPJS and the eating habits of children at lunchtime:

Children's packed lunches should include items from the 5 main food groups;

Bread, Rice, Potatoes, Pasta
These starchy foods are a healthy source of energy. Packed lunches should include 2 or more portions eg pasta salad, sandwich.

Fruit and Vegetables
These foods provide vitamins, minerals and fibre. Lunches should include at least 1 portion of fruit and 1 portion of vegetables / salad, or more eg carrot/cucumber sticks, cherry tomatoes, a piece of fruit.

Milk and Dairy foods
These foods provide calcium for healthy bones and teeth. Include 1 portion at lunch eg yoghurt, fromage frais, milk.

Meat, Fish, Eggs, Beans
These foods provide protein for growth. Packed lunches should include 1 portion of these foods eg boiled egg as filling in sandwich, mixed bean salad.

Only water and milk is allowed (same as the Infant School.)

Please support your school by not including these items in a packed lunch:

Foods and drinks high in fat and / or sugar
It is important not to fill up on too many foods that are high in fat and / or sugar at the expense of other more nutritious foods. Limiting high fat and sugar foods will help protect young people from becoming overweight as well as helping prevent tooth decay, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. This is why sweets, chocolate, crisps, cereal bars, fruit bars, toffee/salted popcorn, squash and fizzy drinks are no longer available in schools.

Restricted items
To ensure consistency and to keep packed lunches in line with food standards for school meals, packed lunches should not contain the following:
  • Fizzy / sugary drinks in cartons, bottles or cans
  • Chocolate-coated products / sweets / confectionary
  • Chocolate spread as a filling for sandwiches
  • Chewing gum
  • Sugared / toffee and salted popcorn
  • Crisps or any packet savoury snacks high in salt and fat
  • Salted nuts
  • Energy drinks

Waste and Disposal
The school will, within reason, send any uneaten packed lunch food items back home. The rationale for this is that parents can also monitor what their child has consumed during the day and then raise any concerns over their child's food intake with the school.

Promotion of Healthy Packed Lunches
There will be ongoing promotion of the need to provide healthy packed lunches through:
  • Pupil, parent / carers newsletters
  • School prospectus / brochure
  • Whole School / Packed Lunch Policy
  • Health weeks / healthy eating activities
  • Curriculum content
  • Parents evenings / parent consultations
  • School website
  • Reward schemes
  • Workshops for parents
  • School involvement in National Healthy Schools Programme
  • Parent friendly eating guide to healthy packed lunches.

Packed Lunch Containers
It is the responsibility of the parents / carers to provide an appropriate packed lunch container where food items can be stored securely and appropriately until the lunchtime period. Parents are advised to include an ice pack. Food products prepared and stored in ambient temperatures after a period of time can have increased levels of bacteria in them.

Storage of Packed Lunches
The school will provide storage area / facilities for packed lunch bags, in the most convenient and appropriate place possible. However the school cannot provide cooled storage areas and therefore cannot take legal responsibility for foods prepared at home and then brought into school.

Dining Facilities for Pupils Bringing Packed Lunch
The school will provide an appropriate area where pupils who choose to bring packed lunches can eat.