It is the Authority’s policy to provide meals and facilities for the consumption of packed lunches in all schools where these are required. In addition, as part of Scottish Government legislation that came into force in January 2015 free school meals are available to all pupils in P1-P3.
At Drumlemble we encourage healthy eating. School lunches are planned so that children can choose a well balanced meal and a good selection of bread, vegetables, fresh fruit, fruit juice and milk are available daily.
However, some pupils prefer a packed lunch. We believe a well-balanced packed lunch with a tasty alternative to chocolate biscuits and sweets is very important, although one small treat per day does no harm! Dates, raisins, sultanas, carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes and seasonal fruit could provide healthy alternatives. Unflavoured milk and water are the ideal drinks for teeth and a pure fruit drink or mineral water is better than drinks with high sugar content.
Sandwiches often form a major part of a packed lunch. Fillings for sandwiches should be chosen with care because the packed lunch will be stored in a warm classroom for a number of hours. It is therefore advisable to use a cool bag and ice pack and choose fillings that are less likely to be affected, e.g. cheese and tomato, salad, egg and tomato. An alternative to sandwiches could be cooked pasta with a variety of fruit or vegetables and a suitable dressing. Occasionally a piece of quiche or pizza could be included.
The school aims to encourage children to enjoy food which is both attractive to them and nutritionally sound, whether this is a school meal, a packed lunch or a snack. We would appreciate your support in achieving this aim.