This week is currently:
WB 16/01/19 Week 3
We currently have a three week menu system in place that will rotate throughout the school terms.
Click on the images on the right hand side to view it in full detail.
At St. John’s we recognise that a healthy diet is especially important for children and therefore take our role in offering school meals very seriously. In 2013 we took control of our school meals away from the Local Authority and now directly employ all kitchen staff, select all menus and source all ingredients. In this way we aim to put delicious, healthy, nutritional meals on the table every day.
To support us in the delivery of this service we work in partnership with a team of consultants who are dedicated specialists in education catering. Their expertise ensures that our school complies with all catering legislation and meets all nutritional guidelines.
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a free school meal.
For children in Year 3 and above a meal costs £2.00 per day and can generally be ordered and paid for on the day the meal is taken. Payment can be made using the Agora online payments system. For more details see our online payments guide on this website.
During the school year we will offer opportunities for parents to order a school meal and eat with their child. These dates will be advertised through our regular newsletters.
The cost of an adult meal is £2.50
Parents claiming some benefits can claim free school meals for any of their children who would normally be at school at lunch time.
Even if you don't want your children to have the meals, or your child receives a free meal because they are in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2, claiming them helps their school. The more eligible parents who claim meals, the more funding the school receives.
You can claim free school meals for your children if you are in receipt of any of these:
• Income Support
• Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
• Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
• Child Tax Credit but not Working Tax Credit and the household income is not more that £16,190. Please note: anyone receiving Working Tax Credit, or if you have a partner and they receive it, regardless of income, you will not qualify
• the Guarantee element of State Pension Credit (from 30th April 2005)
• Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
You can apply on-line for free school meals at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals.
This on-line checking service allows parents to see if they are eligible to receive free meals and will give you an instant decision. If you do not have access to the internet please contact the school office who will provide you with the necessary application form.
Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle
The health of our pupils is something we take very seriously at St John’s. Government statistics regarding childhood obesity suggest that by 2020 one third of all adults will be obese. If this forecast is to be proved incorrect we need to promote a healthy lifestyle to all our pupils, today!
At St John’s we are committed to encouraging our children to drink adequate amounts of water for a number of reasons. Keeping hydrated throughout the day is proven to help increase children’s alertness and can help prevent a range of health issues from headaches to long term bladder problems.
With this being the case, children in Year 1 and above are able to purchase a sports style water bottle from the school office labelled with their name. They can keep this in the classroom and fill the bottle as many times as they wish during the day from a dispenser which chills and filters the water.
Any profit made form the sale of the bottle is used to offset the cost of the hire and maintenance of the dispensers.
Mid Morning Break
As part of the Fruit in Schools scheme, all children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) are provided with a piece of fresh fruit, daily, free of charge. The fruit offered changes daily and there is a wide selection: satsumas, apples, pears, bananas and strawberries.
Fruit is given out at morning break. In order to support our status as a Health Promoting School we ask parents not to send other food for mid-morning snack in these year groups.
In Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 children currently have free choice of a mid-morning snack. Toast is available to buy at 20p per slice and children in these year groups can purchase up to two pieces at mid-morning break. Healthy cereal bars are also on sale and we would like to ask parents to support us in encouraging their child to avoid regularly eating chocolate and crisps at break times.