At St Thomas, we try to encourage children to lead healthy lifestyles and to help them to understand the importance of a balanced diet and sufficient exercise. We look for your support in this by providing healthy food options for your child.
Drinking water is known to promote healthy bodies and alert minds and we encourage children to drink regularly during the school day. Children can bring their water bottle to school or bottles can be bought at a very reasonable price from the school office.
Hungry children find learning more difficult! We encourage them to eat a piece of fruit or cheese during morning play to keep their stamina up for the rest of the morning. Your child should bring this with them to school and either keep it in their lunchbox, bag or tray.
Children in Foundation and Key Stage One are provided with a free piece of fruit each day, funded by the National Health Service. They have this during their afternoon playtime.
Children may bring a packed lunch for their mid-day meal, or you may buy a school dinner which is cooked on the premises. There is a wealth of evidence now about the effect of food on children’s behaviour and concentration. We therefore ask you to please consider carefully what you provide for your child each day if they bring a packed lunch. Sweets are not allowed, but we also discourage chocolate bars and an over-reliance on processed snacks. Please also avoid nuts as we have a number of children with nut allergies and need to minimise the risk of them coming into contact with any form of nuts. Sandwiches and fresh fruit are ideal, providing the right kind of energy for your child to make the most of their afternoon in school.
Our menu is based on Devon’s “Fresh Start” initiative which restricts the amount of processed food, fat and sugar and ensures a healthy balance over the week.
A copy of the menu is sent home each term and can be found at this link >> >Latest School Menu (pdf)
School dinners currently cost £2.20 per day and dinner money must be paid in advance on a Monday for the coming week indicating which days your child will be having a school dinner. Cheques can be made out to ‘St Thomas Primary School’.
If your child has a medical appointment and will be late arriving at school, please ring before 10am to let us know if a school meal is required, or send your child in with a packed lunch.
Free School Meals (FSM)
Your child is entitled to free school meals if you are currently in receipt of Income Support, Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance or Child Tax Credit.
If you are entitled, please register for free school meals, even if your child comes home for lunch or has a packed lunch.
This is important to us because schools now receive extra ‘Pupil Premium’ funding for each child registered for free school meals and this enables us to provide extra support where it is needed. Forms and confidential advice about this are available from the school office.
Free Meals for Infants
All children in Reception and Key Stage 1 are entitled to a Free School Meal. Please inform the school office when you would like your child to receive this meal instead of having a packed lunch.