School Meals and Tuck Shop

It is the Authority’s policy to provide meals and facilities for the consumption of packed lunches in all schools where these are required.

As of August 2014 the Scottish Government committed to giving all children in Primary 1-3 the option of a school meal free of charge and this is provided. Children in P1-3 who wish to take a packed lunch on occasions may still do so.

This scheme however does not apply to children in Primary 4-7 who should continue to purchase tickets in the same way. Some children in P4-7, however, may be entitled to a free school meal, details of which can be found in the annual updates section of the handbook.

For current school meal charges please see the updates section of the handbook. Please make cheques payable to Aberdeenshire Council.

Children P4-7 who arrive at lunch without a ticket will be given a meal and this will be charged to parents who will be notified. No child will be left to go hungry.

Attractive menu and information leaflets are provided to all Aberdeenshire school pupils and parents.

Where children bring a packed lunch to school, parents are responsible for ensuring that lunch box contents are stored at the correct temperature, by including an ice pack where necessary.

Parents should be aware that they can request a special diet for their children if there are medical or religious reasons for doing so. Children who require medically prescribed or modified diets, with parental/guardian assistance, should be identified during the admission process. Arrangements to accommodate these diets by parent/guardian completing Admission Form D available from the school administration office.

The school aims to encourage young people to enjoy food which is both attractive to them and nutritionally sound whether this is a school meal, a packed lunch or a snack. We would appreciate your support in achieving this aim.

You can purchase tickets by visiting the school kitchen from 8:30am until 9:00am, Monday to Friday or by providing your child with the money in a sealed envelope with clear instructions about number of tickets to be purchased along with your child’s name and class. School dinner tickets should be bought daily.

Before lunch, the children wash their hands and proceed to the dining hall in a quiet and orderly fashion. Children sit at “family grouped” tables where we encourage the older pupils to help the younger ones and promote appropriate behaviour, manners etc. Children are encouraged to eat all of their lunch, but not forced. If we feel that a child is not eating enough at lunchtimes we will contact you. Where children bring a packed lunch to school, parents are responsible for ensuring that lunch box contents are stored at the correct temperature, by including an ice pack where necessary.

“Playpiece”

Children should be sent with a snack for their “playpiece”. Fizzy drinks are not permitted in school. As a health promoting school, we encourage healthy options. The children also have the option of buying something from the tuck shop. Children should not share their playpiece with others in the playground as they may inadvertently cause another child to have an allergic reaction. (E.g. nut allergy – resulting in anaphylaxis.)

School Tuck Shop

This is operated daily by senior pupils. A range of snacks provided by the school kitchen are provided at a cost of 15p or 20p each. In keeping with healthy eating initiative, we allow children to purchase a maximum of two items (including a drink) from the tuck shop.

Cakes/Treats

We request that cakes/treats etc for birthdays are not sent to school for sharing as this can cause difficulties where there are children in class with food allergies/intolerances or other dietary circumstances. See Nursery handbook for information about snack and costs.