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Coopersale & Theydon Garnon C.E. (V.C) Primary School


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Our school dinners are on a rolling 3 week menu. The menu cycle begins at WEEK ONE for the start of a new half-term.

School Meals 

The school is currently designing a new Healthy Eating Food Policy. 

Children can have a school meal or bring a packed lunch of their own.

School Lunches
The school has its own kitchen and provides an excellent variety of meals daily, these are available at a cost of £2.20 per day.

Packed lunches
Parents should encourage their children to eat a healthy packed lunch. Fizzy drinks, sweets, and chewing gum are not permitted. As there are currently children in school with nut allergies, peanut butter or packets of nuts are not included in your child’s packed lunch. Lunch boxes should be clearly labelled with the child’s name and class.

If you want your child to have a packed lunch it must be healthy. Please ensure the lunchbox has the following:

  • water only - No fizzy drinks or juice
  • fruit- At least one piece
  • a sandwich or pasty/samosa or roll (meat or vegetable filling) No chocolate spread.
  • a small salad. This can be fruit or vegetables or a mix
  • each day children may have ONE TREAT added to their packed lunch to be eaten at lunchtime, e.g. Crisps, a slice of cake or a couple of biscuits.

Healthy Snacks at Playtime
We are a Healthy School and have a healthy snacks policy for playtime. Examples of the type of “healthy snacks” allowed are:
Vegetable sticks, e.g. carrots, celery, cucumber, dried or fresh fruit. We ask that the children leave crisps, even crisps that are sold as low fat ones, sweets, chocolate bars and chocolate biscuits at home. If children are seen with an item that we have asked them not to bring, we will ask them to put it back in their bags and not bring the snack in again. Where this happens, the staff member will replace the snack with a fruit offering.

Children are encouraged to drink water throughout the day. Drinking water is available. It is recommended that every child brings in an individual, labelled water bottle.