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Lunches, snacks, sweets policy

School dinners must be booked and paid for on a week-by-week basis - day by day changes are not permitted as it makes it difficult for the kitchen staff to order the right quantities.

School dinners MUST be paid for in advance and school is not permitted to give credit. You may pay for them weekly, monthly or termly by cash or cheque. Dinners currently cost £10.50 per week (i.e. £2.10 per day) which is in line with the rest of Lewisham schools . Payment may also be made online with a debit/credit card via ParentPay (see link from menu button). Children who are paying for school dinners should bring in their payments on a Monday morning. These should be placed in a sealed envelope, clearly labelled with the child’s name and class. Should your child be away after you have paid for the dinners, you will automatically receive a credit for the next week. If your child requires a special diet e.g. vegetarian, or no fish, please let the office know in writing. All children in Reception class and Years 1 and 2 have been entitled to a (Government funded) free school meal.

Children who bring packed lunches should bring them in packed lunch boxes clearly labelled with their name and class. Parents are advised that we do not have cool storage areas in the school and so packed lunches must only contain items which can be stored at room temperature or even above. There are some children in the school who have potentially life threatening allergies. It is therefore crucial that packed lunches do not contain nuts or nut products, particularly peanuts, peanut butter or muesli bars and in line with our no sweets and chocolate policy we ask that the children have no chocolate, chocolate biscuits, sweets or sugary drinks. Please see our packed lunch rules below.

Children in the infants will be provided with a piece of fruit each day for the playtime break in the morning. Children in the juniors may bring in their own fruit for the playtime break in the morning. This should be placed in a plastic bag or container clearly labelled with the child’s name. (In order to protect the health and safety of children in school with serious food allergies, it will not be possible for children to bring in any other types of snacks.)

We are proud of our 'healthy school' ethos and therefore we don’t allow chocolate or sweets in school. Please do not send party packs or birthday cakes and treats to school on your child’s birthday - it does not advocate healthy eating and there are potential allergy risks.

Dinner Menu

The current menu can be viewed by clicking here (opens in a new window)

Please also see this information about the menu and themes - click here


Packed lunch rules

The main mail should be a healthy combination of carbohydrate and protein with a side serving such as fruit, vegetables or yoghurt. Lunches may also contain one sweet/dessert item such as a cake, biscuit or small fruit bar (fruit bars will be seen as a dessert as they have a high sugar content and will not be allowed as a break-time snack) and/or one savoury additional item which could be bread sticks, crisps or crackers.

  • No chocolate or any chocolate flavoured food (e.g. chocolate mousse, chocolate chip muffins or cookies, chocolate spread, etc.)
  • No sweets
  • No nuts
  • Only water - no sugary drinks, flavoured water or fruit juices

Cakes, crisps and biscuits are allowed (but no chocolate items) as a dessert. The size and number should be appropriate to a dessert helping/portion and not be the majority/bulk of the meal.

Last Updated 05.17 By DH/SWD
Southwark Diocese

St Michael's Church of England Primary School, Champion Road, Sydenham. SE26 4HH

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