Food in school
Mabel Prichard School is a healthy food school. We encourage our children and young people to make healthy choices and develop a balanced diet. School dinners are freshly prepared daily on our primary and secondary sites. We provide universal infant free school meals for pupils in Reception, Year 1 & 2.
Universal Infant Free School Meals are provided for all children in Key Stage 1. For children in Years 3-14 the cost of school dinners is £2.20. For primary students all meals should be paid for in advance to the school office. Payment should be made at the beginning of the term, month or week, before the meals are taken, cheques payments should be made payable to Oxfordshire County Council. Secondary students have a card that is preloaded with credit. Cash can be given in to the school office and we will load the card on your behalf.
Alternatively, children may bring a lunchbox; we very much appreciate parents sending healthy packed lunches.
It may be that your child prefers certain foods and it is difficult to encourage them to eat a variety of foods. If this is the case, please let us know and we can work with you to support a more healthy diet. In the meantime, we are sharing the following advice on lunches:
A good packed lunch contains:
* A starchy food, such as bread, rolls, pitta bread, naan bread.
* A good source of protein, iron and zinc such as meat, fish or eggs
* A good source of calcium such as milk, cheese, yoghurt or fromage frais.
* And one portion of fruit and one portion of vegetable or salad to provide all the other vitamins and minerals.
Please do not put chocolate, sweets, fizzy drinks or any items containing nuts in your child’s packed lunch.
Healthy packed lunch ideas can be found HERE
We award a healthy eating certificate every week. Willing winners will also go in the newsletter with a picture of their lunch.
Fruit is provided by the Government to pupils in Reception, Years 1 & 2 free of charge every morning. Children in years 3 to 14 may bring a healthy snack for morning break.