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Healthy Schools Initiative 

As part of our policy on Healthy Schools and Healthy Eating we encourage the children to eat a range of healthy snacks.  Crisps or sweets should not be brought to school for morning break time.  Fruit, cheese or raw carrot may be brought should your child require a snack at morning break time. We are part of the Government’s Free Fruit and Vegetable Scheme and all children in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 are entitled to a free piece of fruit or vegetable at morning break. 

Children should try to bring named water bottles to keep in the classroom so that they have access to water at all times during the day.  Although we have water fountains for the children to drink from, it is less disruptive for the children to bring their own drink.  Water bottles are available to buy from the office at £1.50 each.

School Meals   

School meals are cooked in our school kitchen and served in the school hall. The children sit in groups of eight, and enjoy a nourishing and well balanced healthy meal, which at £2.30, is very good value.  Go to /suffolk/primary/walsham/arenas/website/web/spring2019lunchmenu.xlsx for a copy of the current menu.  All children in Reception, Years 1 and 2 are entitled to a free school lunch.  We request that money for meals is sent to school on Mondays for the number of meals required that week. Please send money in a sealed envelope, or a purse marked with your child’s name.  Dinner money envelopes are available to purchase from the office.  Cheques should be made payable to “Suffolk County Council”. If you wish to pay in advance each term, please contact the school office.  There is also the option to pay on-line by visiting the Suffolk County Council EATS website – https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/children-families-and-learning/schools/school-meals-uniforms-and-trips/school-meals/

Your child will get free school meals if you receive any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit but no element of Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenues & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
  • If you are supported under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after your employment finishes or after you start to work less hours per week
  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400 (£616.67 per month), as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods).

Please go to the following link to complete a form online:  https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/children-families-and-learning/schools/school-meals-uniforms-and-trips/apply-for-free-school-meals/

There is also provision for the children to bring a packed lunch if you prefer.  We are part of the Healthy Schools Initiative and we do encourage all children to eat a healthy, well balanced meal at lunchtimes.  This also includes the packed lunches.  We would ask you to limit the amount of sugar you include in the lunchbox, as the amount of sugar in these foods is know to have a detrimental effect on children’s learning in the afternoon session.  Sweets are not allowed in lunch boxes at lunchtimes.   Please try to limit the amount of chocolate to 1 item in the lunchbox.


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