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Healthy-Eating Policy – Scoil Eoin Baiste

Scoil Eoin Baiste aims to help all those involved in the school community (children, staff and parents) to develop positive and responsible attitudes to eating, and to appreciate the contribution that good food makes to ones’ health.

Nutrition: what people eat is known to be a key factor influencing health. Research indicates a strong link between diet and performance (e.g.a low-sugar intake promotes concentration, lessens hyperactivity, protects teeth and lessens the risk of diabetes. A low salt intake reduces the risk of heart disease in later life). To promote healthy eating habits in our school, we have adopted a healthy eating policy.

Through whole staff collaboration it was decided:

  • Small break (11am) is a fruit break. Fruit is provided by school on a daily basis. Pupils may eat a sandwich or part of their lunch only after they have had their fruit.
  • Treats are not allowed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Treats are only allowed on a Friday after fruit has been eaten. Treats may be a mini-bar, 2 biscuits or plain bun/slice of cake. Small break is still a fruit break on Friday.
  • Any pupils found to have unhealthy treats e.g big bars, crisps, jellies etc. will have these treats removed from their possession. Any confiscated treats will be returned to pupils at the end of the day (2.50pm)

Please see attached Appendix 1 for a list of recommended healthy/unhealthy choice

Though education in science & SPHE, children learn to include 5-a-day fruit and vegetables in their daily diets and the aim is to continue promoting these principles within the school community. As part of DEIS and the HSCL the children have lunch daily (sandwich/roll, water, fruit) which promotes healthy eating also.

With all this in mind, the children are also asked to do the following:

  • All uneaten food, silver paper, wrappings, containers and cartons are to be taken home in lunchboxes
  • Only fruit peel to be put into the school’s compost bins
  • For safety reasons, cans and glass are not permitted

Parents/guardians of any child with a medical condition which requires a special diet should contact the school.

Ratified by Board: June 2014

Appendix 1

Healthy Options/ Everyday Lunch Foods Unhealthy Foods/Foods to Avoid
  • Sandwiches
  • Rolls/Baps
  • Cheese
  • Fruit
  • Scones
  • Crackers
  • Rice cakes/ Oat cakes
  • Dry Cereal
  • Raisins/Currants
  • Cold pasta/rice
  • Nuts
  • Jam
  • Jelly
  • Milk/water/Mi-Wadi
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Sweets
  • Jellies
  • Chocolate bars
  • Popcorn
  • Chocolate biscuits/cake
  • Crisps
  • Capri Sun
  • Chocolate Spread
  • Frubes
  • Cereal bars
  • Fruit Shoots