Lunch

Our kitchen has been awarded five stars for hygiene!

School lunches are prepared on the premises. The menu rotates every four weeks. Here is our menu

Every effort is made to keep to the menu for the week, but due to delivery problems or swaps made by the supplier changes may occur.  This is out of the control of both the kitchen and the school.

Lunch costs £2.15 a day or £10.75 a week. (Nursery children staying for lunch pay £6.20 PLUS £2.50 for lunch or they can bring a packed lunch).

You can read more about our menu here. 

You can find out more about our caterers here.

On a lovely sunny day we ate packed lunch in the story area.

What is a healthy packed lunch?

A healthy packed lunch is a balanced meal providing a variety
of nutrients, to be found in four food groups

Don’t forget to include fruit and vegetables. You can use fresh, frozen, tinned or dried. Fruit and vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals and fibre necessary for the body to function properly and to keep you strong and healthy.

  • Add tomato, lettuce or beetroot to a sandwich.
  • A vegetable dish, such as salad or roast vegetables.
  • Fresh fruit, such as apple, banana or pear.
  • Dried fruit, such as raisins, apricots or figs.
  • Fruit salad (fresh or tinned in juice) or vegetable salad.
  • Finger foods, such as cherry tomatoes, cucumber sticks or slices of pepper. Good with a dip, such as houmous or guacamole.
  • Use fresh fruit and vegetables, which are in season to help the environment and enjoy variety!
  • All packed lunches should contain at least one portion of fruit and one portion of vegetable or salad.

For a healthier packed lunch:

  • Replace sweets and chocolate with dried fruit, a small bunch of grapes or fruit salad.
  • Replace cakes and pastries with fruit bread, malt loaf or fruit bagel.
  • Replace salted savoury snacks with rice cakes, breadsticks or plain popcorn.
  • Packed lunches would be better if they did not contain chocolate, sweets, salted savoury snacks or crisp-like products.

The school has a no nuts policy as some children are allergic to these. 

Practical Tips for a Healthy Lunchbox

  • Try to vary the contents of the lunchbox daily. That way you can ensure your child is getting the variety of nutrients their bodies need to function and grow.
  • Involve your child in preparing their lunchbox. They are more likely to enjoy food they have made themselves.
  • Wash your hands before handling food. Wash fruit and vegetables before use and put food in clean containers.
  • To keep food fresh, make sure it is stored properly: lunches packed the night before need to be stored in the fridge. If using rice, make sure it is cooled quickly and stored in the fridge overnight.
  • To keep your lunch fresh during the day, use a cool bag and put in a frozen drink or reusable ice pack.
  • If your child refuses to eat brown bread, try a lighter variety or make sandwiches using a slice of white and a slice of wholemeal bread.
  • For variety, use pitta strips, crackers, bread sticks, or fruit and vegetable finger foods with a dip.
  • Always try to add a little salad to a sandwich. To avoid soggy sandwiches, dry the salad before adding it to the sandwich or put it in a separate sandwich bag or tub.
  • You can use leftovers; for example, rice and curry, vegetable pizza or pasta and sauce.
  • Make a salad using rice, potato or pasta from the night before, mixed with vegetables, beans and so on.

Drinks

  • Drinks, especially water, help children to concentrate and feel well. Water is freely available in school.
  • The school would prefer children to drink water only.
  • Jugs of water and beakers are available on tables for all children to have

Packaging and rubbish

The Eco Council has  looked at packed lunches and recommends that sandwiches and other lunch items are put into reusable boxes to minimise rubbish. Packed lunch children can use the school’s cutlery and cups so there is no need to send these in. All uneaten food is sent home unless it is messy such as opened yoghurts.

Where lunchboxes are kept

The lunchbox shelter was paid for by the PTA. The lunch box shelter is used to store lunchboxes in all weather. The lunches are cool in the winter away from central heating. They are also kept dry. In the summer they are in the shade and again kept cooler than inside the warm buildings. parents are encouraged to provide ice blocks on the hottest days.

  • Lunch boxes should be put on the correct year group trolley when children come to school at 8.55am. they should be collected at 3.30pm.
  • Children are told when to get their bags for lunch.
  • KS1 children keep their lunch bags in boxes or on trolleys outside their classrooms.
  • Children should have a proper, named, lunch box and not just a plastic bag.
  • Snacks for break time SHOULD NOT be kept in lunchboxes. Children cannot access lunchboxes during break. There is a snack bowl in every classroom where children should put their snacks first thing in the morning.

All of the children are given a squirt of hand sanitiser before they go in to eat their lunch. Any children with filthy hands are asked to go and wash them.

Parent taster session – School Lunches

The parent taster session to try the new food on our menus was a great success. Barnet catering has been taken over by ISS catering and they are now providing our school meals with: YeoValley organic yoghurts,  the milk used in homemade dishes is organic , free range eggs, organic bread, apples and bananas. They use British, local and seasonal produce, meat is sourced from UK farms with high standards of animal welfare, farm assured or free range.

The fish served is from well managed and sustainable fisheries. ISS have the silver catering Food for Life standard from the Soil Association. This means that they provide food which is healthy, and sourced for better animal welfare.

The dining hall was full of parents for a good hour all trying the main dishes and desserts. We had lots of lovely and very positive feedback. If your child has packed lunch – why not give school dinners a try? If you missed the tasting session this time we aim to hold another one next term. You can always come along with your child to try the food together.

Paying for your dinner money – School Money System

At Holly Park we have started to use the School Money System so that parents can make  payments for school dinners. We encourage all parents whose children have a school lunch to use this system of payment.

How does it work?

If your child has any outstanding dinner money a text and an email will be sent to you advising  that your child is in dinner arrears with a password and a link to the website.  Each child has their own password to use.

Once this link has been clicked it will open a parent log in screen where you will need to input your mobile phone number, email address and password and log in.

A new screen will open asking for your child’s name, you only need to input your child’s first name and select confirm.

This will then log you into the payments screen, where you can see any dinner arrears and also if your account is in credit.

At the top of the screen is a history tab where if you click on this you will be directed to the transaction history page. Here you can see a breakdown of any payments you have made.  If you click on dinner eaten you will see a break down of meals/packed lunches that we have recorded for your child.

Any outstanding payments will be shown on the left hand side of the screen and you simply click on which outstanding item you wish to pay for.

The right hand side of the screen shows a green highlighted box stating top up, this is where you can add extra payments to your child’s account to put this in credit i.e if you wish to pay for the whole month/term etc.

Once you have selected the payments you wish to pay, click on make payment and this will take you to a new screen to enter your card details.  These details will need to be put in every time you want to pay as the system does not store any card details.

The system is very easy to use and parents have given us very positive feedback about it.

Afternoon Tea

As a new incentive to improve lunchtime behaviour and to make our Mealtime Supervisors feel part of the whole school reward system that they can use with the children, we have introduced a golden ticket system.

The system is working very well. When a Mealtime Supervisor sees a child doing something well – eating nicely, trying new food, being polite, helping another child, sharing play equipment, playing well with others, being kind etc, they award the child a golden ticket. The golden ticket has the child’s name on and goes into the class golden ticket box. Every child who gets a golden ticket also gets a housepoint.

The class golden ticket box stays in the classroom for half a term and all the golden tickets are put in each day. At the end of a half term, we have a special assembly and the Mealtime Supervisors come along and pick out (rather like a raffle) a golden ticket. So, the more golden tickets a child has the more chance there is of their name being pulled out!

Each half term the boxes are emptied and we start again. The golden tickets were pulled from the box for last half term and a child from each class was pulled out. The prize was afternoon tea with me and the Mealtime Supervisors. We had juice and cake.

Lunch menu

The menu complies with the new Food Standards which place a greater emphasis on the increased use of wholegrain and starchy foods, pulses, wholemeal products, non-dairy vegetarian options and an increase in the fruit content of desserts.

To ensure compliance with the Allergens legislation here is a complete list of ingredients of all the dishes on the menu in case you have any queries about the ingredient listing of any item on the menu.

AwardAlso on a very positive note Barnet has recently been inspected by the Soil Association for its renewal of the Food for Life Silver Catering Mark. Despite the inspection being even more rigorous and the criteria being very much tighter Barnet was given the award for a third year. Read about it here. 

We now use trays instead of plates for the food. We also have a  weekly Top Table hosted by Mrs Pelham for children who have shown good manners in the dining hall.

Here are some children enjoying the event.

 

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See how the School Council helped change the menu! 

Our Meal Time Supervisors now wear fluorescent jackets.

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