Morpeth All Saints CE Aided First School subscribes to a service for the provision of school meals from Northumberland County Council. Please click on the following link for further information:-
Below are some useful links to resources and information about healthy eating and school meals.
School Meal Information
All school meals are freshly prepared and cooked in school by our Unit Manager, Mrs. Phillips who is assisted by Mrs. Bramwell and Mrs. Greenwood (Catering Assistants). Please refer to the Summer 2017 menu below. Note: we offer vegetarian options and can fully cater for pupils with various dietary requirements e.g., diabetes, coeliac, lactose intolerance etc., or on religious grounds. Please speak with Mrs. Taylor for further information
Cooked meals, including a vegetarian options, together with puddings etc., are prepared daily in our kitchen. We also provide a selection of sandwiches too. Salad/fruit/bread and water are available to all pupils. Milk is included to those accessing Universal Free School Meals (UiFSM) in Reception, Year 1 and 2.
The cost of a school meal from September 2017 is £2.25 per day.
Please let the office know when you would like to opt in for a school meal or when you would prefer to provide your child with a home packed lunch (two weeks notice please).
Mrs. Phillips & Mrs. Greenwood who transformed the hall for theme days
All pupils in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and 2 are provided with free milk each day.
For parents in year 3 and 4 termly application letters are issued and a payment service is available on Parentpay.
Water is freely available throughout the school day, from a number of water coolers in each key stage area. It is also served to all pupils at lunchtime.
We actively encourage all pupils to bring a water bottle to school each day for use in their classrooms.
A young man in KS2 has a wonderful water bottle that mum makes a "Super Drink" by placing lemon and lime juice with some mint and a teaspoon of honey in to flavour the water (Drink Bottle available to purchase from John Lewis).
FREE SCHOOL MEALS
These are available to parents who are classed as unemployed and receiving a qualifying benefit.
However, they are not automatically available and an application needs to be completed and returned to school or to the free school meal office at Northumberland County Council. An application cannot be made retrospectively as the process is a set criterion and there is no appeals process.
Children who receive income support, or income-based jobseekers' allowance in their own right are also entitled to claim free meals under the same application process. If a child attends school, or the parent/guardian resides, in Northumberland the applicant can apply to Northumberland authority for free school meals. Refunds for free school meals are only made in exceptional circumstances. These are handled on an individual basis by the school.
Northumberland County Council
Benefit details for applications can be checked on receipt. However, if confirmation cannot be found, you will be contacted to provide proof of benefit. If you require any further information, please contact Mrs. Taylor in the school office telephone: 01670 512803 x4
Pupils in Reception, Year 1 and 2
Since the 1 September 2014 all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are eligible to be provided with the government's "Universal Infant Free School Meal" (UiFSM) initiative without having to apply for it. At Morpeth All Saints CE Aided First School we also provide all pupils in these year groups with free milk too. There are also two menu choices available. Please refer to school meal document above. Please note if pupils wish they may still bring a home packed lunch to school.
Pupils in Nursery, 3 and 4
A two course lunch is provided daily. We would prefer children to partake of the meal provided as it provides an opportunity them to socialise within a formal setting. Menus are given out regularly and they roll over a three week period. The cost of a school meal is £2.25 per day (£11.25 for 5 days) and is payable in advance.
We follow the National Curriculum for Design and Technology which includes cooking and nutrition. We also take opportunities to include this in other subject areas such as healthy eating as part of Science and Foods from around the world in Geography.
We have school garden areas for each class to give children the opportunity to grow fresh fruit and vegetables, some of which they cook.
Fruit in School Scheme
The School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme is a government programme that entitles every child aged four to six in fully state-funded schools to a free piece of fruit or vegetable each school day; this equates to approximately 2.3m children in around 16,500 primary schools. At Morpeth All Saints CE Aided First School we serve the pupils during morning break.
Some children bring a packed lunch to school. Whilst we encourage all children to have a school meal, if your child brings a packed lunch, we ask that food and drink be carried in plastic containers: glass bottles are not allowed for safety reasons.
All packed lunch containers can be stored safely in classroom fridges.
Through our Healthy Eating scheme we would ask that crisps and biscuits are limited as part of a packed lunch. Sweets, lollipops etc., and canned fizzy drinks are not allowed. Packed lunches brought into school from home can be high in fat, sugar and salt.
We have a number of pupils with an allergy to nuts and they could have a severe reaction from cross contamination. Please do not pack any nuts/peanut butter/Nutella or similar products in your child's packed lunch.
Two weeks notice must be given prior to changing from packed lunches to dinners or vice versa.
To pay for Meals and Milk
To pay for meals/milk please go to Parentpay link page on school home page or click on the following link.