There are three choices of lunchtime arrangement for children at Balgowan:
1. Remain in school and purchase a meal. We ask that all lunch money is brought into school in a sealed envelope with your child’s name, class teacher’s name and the amount, written on the outside. Please do not put anything else in the envelope. The cost of a school meal is currently £2.20 (correct at time of writing). Payments should be made on the first school day of the week and meals can also be purchased in advance for a period of up to half a term. Payments can be made by Pay+, which is part of ParentMail.
2. Remain in school and eat a packed lunch brought from home. Packed lunch meals for all pupils in the school are eaten in classrooms between mid-day and the close of lunchtime at 1.15 p.m. All meals, whether cooked by the school or brought in from home are supervised by the Mid-day Supervisory staff.
3. Go home; provided a written request has been made by parents.
Pupils are given plenty of time to eat their lunches and despite the difficulties that we do have with available space inside the building, pupils are not pressured into eating their lunch quickly in order to release space for other pupils. We do of course expect all pupils to conduct themselves sensibly, whether they be eating school lunches or packed lunches and we do place due emphasis on good manners. Unnecessary talking is not acceptable, particularly when eating food and the importance of other good eating habits, sitting properly and eating over the table, not rushing eating, using knives, forks and spoons properly and cleaning up any spillage of food they make (if appropriate), are consistently reinforced by the adult supervisors.
In the interests of safety, pupils who have packed lunches are reminded of the risk to other pupils of bringing in to school items of food that may trigger an allergic reaction eg peanut allergy.
Harrisons, the school’s meals contractor ensures that all its meals are ‘safe’ in this regard, but the school encourages all parents/carers whose child(ren) is/are new to Balgowan, to meet with the Head of Kitchen to discuss any aspects of the lunches that are provided. We understand that parents may be uncertain in the first few weeks as to whether they would like their child to have a meal prepared by our contractors or for their child to bring in their own packed lunch.
If parents/carers would like an appointment with the Head of Kitchen, this can be made by telephoning our school office.
To support the school’s commitment to healthy lifestyles we encourage all pupils to bring water in to school to drink. Water containers can be accessed throughout the school day at designated times planned by the Classteacher. All plastic drinks containers should be marked with the child’s name. The school has chilled water coolers along all the ground floor corridors.
Fresh fruit is also made available each day free of charge, at playtimes, for pupils in the Early Years and in Year 1 and Year 2.