At Monkhouse Primary School we encourage our children to be as healthy as possible. We encourage our children to bring in healthy snacks of fresh fruit or vegetables for morning break. School meals always provide a well stocked salad bar which the children can help themselves to. The live well plate gives an indication of the well balanced diet we like our children to have. See the below Healthy4Life website link for information on staying healthy in North Tyneside
In April 2015 North Tyneside have a new and exciting project called Active North Tyneside. This project is focused on getting residents in the borough active by offering them the chance to participate in a range of physical activity programme FREE of charge. The opportunities for children and young people are fantastic.
As you know we currently have Healthy School Status but in order to retain this we need to maintain our efforts at staying healthy. Whilst the school offers many opportunities of physical activities that children can participate in, we need to be more aware of what children in Monkhouse are eating. We have a duty as a school to help promote a balance diet through healthy choices.
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- Water bottles should only contain water, which will help keep the children hydrated throughout their working day. There is also access to water for the children from a water fountain, should they need any extra to drink
- Meals provided by school are planned by a dietitian so they are balanced nutritionally for the children.
- Lunches brought in should also reflect a balanced and healthy approach, ensuring children have the right level of energy and focus throughout the day. We supplied the children with a small copy of what could be in a packed lunch, which they can keep in their box to help create a balanced healthy lunch. We suggest only 1 item from the high fat group (such as a bag of crisps, a biscuit or a cake) so that there is a balance. You do not of course have to put anything from the high fat group in the lunch if you feel you would like to keep these for after school or as treats. I am sure you will agree we would like to maintain healthy school status, however we can only do this with your support and cooperation.
The Pupil Leaders have recently worked with the cook, giving feedback regarding the choices available and possible changes that Monkhouse children may like. It was a really enjoyable session using her Pizza board to share our answers.
In the Spring Term, the Pupil Leadership Team ran a competition for the children to design a healthy balanced school meal. Winners were chosen from each class and then from those an overall winner. The winner was Adam from Year 5, he was given the fantastic opportunity to have his winning menu created by the school cook.
Winning menu was Chill con carne with rice and tortilla chips or Vegetarian lasagne with garlic bread. And for dessert there was Oat plum crumble with custard or ice cream
The winners were also invited to help make the delicious meal. They even helped with the washing up!