Healthy Eating

As part of our healthy schools initiative, we actively promote a healthy eating program, in conjunction with exercise and personal fitness. We know that diet is central to children’s health and well being, as well as protecting them from a variety of diseases. Children need to be educated as to the importance of healthy eating, and the need for five portions of fruit and vegetables everyday.

Ample water throughout the day reduces tiredness, irritability, and distraction from thirst and can have a positive effect on pupil concentration. As children spend a quarter of their waking time in school, one big step is to improve their nutrition and general health and to offer and promote healthy food and drink choices throughout the school day. A good school diet has been proven to increase attendance, attention, and behaviour and improve levels of consciousness. This then affects the learners’ motivation and self-confidence.

Students currently have access to food, prepared and cooked on-site, three times a day, at breakfast, during break and at lunchtime. There are always vegetarian options, and fruit and vegetables are served daily. We understand the importance of good food in a child’s life. Many students do not eat at home or just snack on unhealthy foods. If students are hungry, they are unable to work, concentrate or stay awake.

If they eat too much sugar, they experience the same type of reaction. With this fact in mind, students are fed frequently and appropriately. We felt there was a real need for a breakfast club so that those students who are not able to eat breakfast are not disadvantaged in any way at school. Students are taught to understand the benefits to their health of a comprehensive fitness routine and sensible eating is an integral part of that program.Parents/carers are encouraged to work with the school in developing and maintaining a healthy eating programme at school and home. Therefore sweets and fizzy drinks are not permitted in a school. 

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