School Meal & Lunch Times Induction Module

14th July 2020

All Saints Lunchtime

We believe that lunch time should be an enjoyable experience for children, a time for them to socialise with their friends and enjoy each other's company. This is also a time when staff help to develop pupils' social skills, such as appropriate table manners.

Our younger pupils enter the lunch hall first at 12.10pm, as they tend to take longer to eat their food. The Diamond Class staff stay with the children at the beginning of their lunch time to help them settle. The rest of the children join the hall soon after as we feel in very important that all the children eat together as this enables the older children to model great lunchtime behavior to our younger ones.

The lunch time staff work hard to encourage and motivate the children to eat as much as possible. We educate them in the importance of a eating a balance meal - including all the vegetables! Special stickers are awarded for clean plates, good trying and great behaviour (it is amazing how a small, sticky bit of paper has such incredible powers!). 

As soon as the children have finished their food and cleaned away their cutlery and plates they are allowed outside to play. Dedicated playtime staff will be waiting for them with exiting games and activities. In total, lunch time lasts for one hour - normally 30 minutes eating food and 30 minutes playing with friends outside.

Hot Meals at All Saints

Chartwells is the provider of hot school meals at All Saints Primary School. Being a very small school, we have a 'brought in service' where our food is freshly prepared and cooked each day in Chartwell's Stalbridge Kitchen and delivered in hot boxes ready for service at 12.10pm. Currently, all children in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One (Reception, Year 1 & 2) are eligible to a free school meal under the Universal Infant Free School Meal scheme funded by central government. This means that your child will receive Free School Meals for the next three years.

Menu Choice

Chartwell's offer an extensive range of yummy food suitable for primary school children. Meals need to be pre-ordered, and each day there are three meal options; A Meat, Vegetarian and a Jacket Potato with a choice of fillings. Bread is also available daily to accompany the meal. Please see the menu below which details what is on offer from September 2020.  

There are also three dessert options for the children to choose from on the day (these are not available to pre ordered). The choices are a traditional cake dessert, a yogurt or fresh fruit.

How to Order School Meals

Meals are ordered on line via www.dorset.mealselector.co.uk  You will find full instructions on how to register and order meals below and on the Meal Selector website.  Meal orders can be made online at any time up until the cut off time of midnight on the Sunday seven days before the full week in which the meal is to be served.   (The cost of hot meals for children in Yrs 3,4 & 5 are £2.50 each which is paid when the booking is made.) 

Pack Lunches

Please do not worry if your child does not like any or all of the hots meals on offer as they can bring a packed lunch to school. We ask that parents provide a sensible and balanced content to their child’s lunch. No sweets should be included or large chocolate bars. Lunches should be packed in a secure container, clearly named.

Children can bring a drinks bottle filled with water, squash or juice (no fizzy drinks please). If the children are extra thirsty, water is readily available in the dining hall and in the every classroom.