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Dundonald Primary

School meals are a great way to be sure your child is eating a healthy and nutritionally balanced meal during the school day.

The Chartwells catering team freshly prepares the school meals on the premises in line with School Food Standards. School Food Standards support children to develop healthy eating habits and ensure that they get the energy and nutrition they need across the whole school day. 

Healthier food items like fruits and vegetables, whole grains and oily fish are promoted and less healthy items, like deep fried foods, manufactured meat products and added sugar drinks are restricted or prohibited on the school menus.

Every day a school meal intends to offer:
• 2 portions of fruits and vegetables,
• A dairy food item rich in calcium for strong bones and teeth,
• Starchy carbohydrates to provide energy,
• A protein source to support the body’s growth and repair.

School lunches consist of a main course and dessert and seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables. Children can help themselves to the salad bar. 

Special Diets are an important part of our catering provision and the safety of the children we cater for is our number one priority. Chartwells caters for a wide range of special dietary needs and offer a vegetarian option on a daily basis. They also provide an allergen-reduced menu tailored for pupils with allergies and/or intolerances to the 14 EU allergens. Halal meat can be provided on request.

We want lunchtimes to be a happy, healthy and safe experience for all our children. Lunchtime Supervisors are on duty throughout the lunchtime period and the Senior Leadership Team supervise on a rota basis.

Please speak to a member of staff in the school office if you have any question regarding school meals.

Chartwells Sugar Reduction Case Study

School Meal Costs & Order

All pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a school meal 'free of charge' under the Universal Infant Free School Meal Funding. This means you only start paying for your child's school meal from Year 3. 

We currently charge £2.18 per day for our school meals (for children in Key Stage 2 - Year 3/4/5/6 - only) which must be paid for the half-term or full-term via ParentMail. 

Meals must be taken 5 days per week; your child cannot have a mixture of packed lunches and school meals. If you wish to change from packed lunches to school meals you must complete the below google form. As above this will be for at least a half term if not an entire term.

 A credit will be given if your child is sick or on a school trip.

School Meals Order Form R-Y2School Meals Order Form Y3-Y6  

Special Dietary Meals

Chartwells Medical Diets - A Parent's GuideChartwells Medical Diet Policy

Chartwells Medical Diet Policy has been developed specifically for the school kitchen environment and enables them to cater for as many children as possible, as safely as possible.

If your child has dietary requirements on medical or religious grounds, special meals may be ordered for her/him. Please complete the Medical Dietary Request Form if you wish a special meal to be ordered. A meal plan will need to be completed by the catering company before meals can be taken.

Medical Dietary Request FormMedical Diet: Evidence Support Form 

If your child has a dietary requirement but does not require an adapted medical diet menu supported by Chartwells then there is no need to complete this request form.

If you would like further information or have a query regarding the Chartwells Medical Diets Policy please contact a member of their medical diet team 

Packed Lunch

We encourage all children to eat school lunches.

If your child prefers to bring a packed lunch, please ensure that this contains no nuts (see No Nuts Policy below). Drinks should be in a plastic container or carton; no glass or cans of fizzy drinks should be brought into school. Please ensure that your child's lunch boxes are clearly labelled.

We offer guidance to parents/carers as to suitable healthy lunchbox choices and discuss healthy eating choices with our children.

No Nuts Policy

A severe nut allergy can be life threatening. Since we have a number of children in school who suffer from a severe nut allergy, it is essential that children who have an allergy do not come in contact with nuts and/or nut products. With this in mind, we ask all parents, carers and staff to follow our No Nuts Policy and to be particularly vigilant with pre-wrapped foods like cereal bars.

Please take not of our school caterer's Nut Safety Statement:

Free School Meals Eligibility

For further information on the above or to make an online application please visit the link below. 

Free School Meals Information Online Pupil Premium/Free School Meals Application 

Alternatively the Pupil Premium and Free School Meals Application Form can be completed and returned. Application forms are available on request from the school office. 

Cooking with Chartwells at Home

Chartwell's has created the The Super Yummy Kitchen, a YouTube cooking channel with a range of cook-along videos to share with your child. 

On the LoveSchoolMeals website you can find individual recipes with educational activity sheets. Select from Super Yummy Snacks or Simply Delicious Family Food.