Food & Drink
All children are encouraged to bring a piece of fruit to consume at morning break. This should be easy to eat – for example citrus fruit such as clementines are best sent to school already in segments in a small container so that your child does not spend all their breaktime trying to peel the fruit.
Fresh fruit is the only snack allowed.
In addition to morning break time fruit all key stage children one are provided with a piece of fruit during their afternoon break via the “5 a day scheme”.
Nuts or nut products must never be brought to school (even as part of a packed lunch) because of the risk of severe allergic reaction in some pupils or staff.
We participate in a scheme to enable parents to purchase milk for their children to consume at breaktime. The scheme also provides free milk for children under 5.
The milk is delivered in cartons, stored in a fridge and distributed by the Teaching Assistants to Key Stage 1 children. Key Stage 2 children are given the responsibility to collect their own milk from the fridge.
The scheme is independently operated by a company called “Cool Milk At School Limited”. To register your child for school milk visit www.coolmilk.com . You will need the school registration number which is 6834.
The school provide milk to children entitled to received free school meals.
We are very keen to encourage all children to have a school meal at lunchtime. We work closely with our caterers (Surrey Commercial Services) to ensure that the meals are of the highest quality and that a good, healthy choice is always provided. Lunches are cooked on the premises using as much fresh and locally sourced produce as possible. All dietary requirements are catered for. Every new parent is invited to sample a school meal with their child .
Your child can have a school meal everyday or on specified days on a half termly basis.
To view weekly menus visit www.myschoollunch.co.uk
selecting Surrey as the authority to view the menu plans for the current period.
The cost of a two course school meal is
£2.30 per day
£11.50 per week
Payment can be made on-line at www.scopay.com/stmaryschidd
Meals must be paid for in advance.
Please ask at the school office if you think you may be entitled to Free School Meals for your child. Details of Free School Meal provision can be found via the following link www.surreycc.gov.uk (follow the links for ‘Learning’, ‘Schools’, ‘Meals’).
At Christmas the whole School - pupils, staff, Governors and Parent-helpers, enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner prepared by our kitchen team.
Payments for school catering will be made to:-
Surrey County Council, Epsom Local Office,
Please note that your bank statement will display WWW.SURREYCC.GOV.UK for these payments.
We encourage all children to have a hot school meal every day, but if you wish your children to bring a packed lunch we ask you to comply with our Food in School Policy to make it as healthy and balanced as possible. There are lots of ideas in the British Nutrition Foundation leaflet
Packed lunches must not include nuts of any kind (including peanut butter) to protect members of the school community who may have an allergic reaction to nuts coming into contact with them.
Lunch boxes must be of the kind that will take a drink container if required. Drinking water is provided for all children.
If possible, please put a small ice pack into the lunch box as we are unable to chill the boxes in school.
The contents of lunch boxes will be monitored to ensure the children are eating a healthy meal and if your child is not eating their lunch for whatever reason or the content of the packed lunch is not in line with the Food in School Policy the class teacher and yourself will be notified by the Senior Lunch Supervisor.
Cooled water is freely available throughout the school day to all members of the school community. Water fountains are located in the corridors of both buildings. Children are asked to bring in a named water bottle for use in the classroom. Children may drink their water at any time except during assembly. Children are also reminded to drink water at breaktime and lunchtime. There are external water fountains in the playground for use during the summer months. Water is available to all children at lunchtime in addition to any drink they may bring with their packed lunch.