Healthy Eating at St. Joseph’s
St. Joseph’s is proud to have received the Surrey Council’s Healthy Schools Award.
In December 2008 we achieved our Food For Life Silver Award which was presented to us by HRH The Prince of Wales. We are very proud to have now been the first special school in the country to have been awarded the Food for Life Gold award!
We follow the Government’s new Food-Based Standards for School Lunches and All Other Foods, in conjunction with the School Food Trust.
In short this means that we are providing a healthy balanced diet for our students, whilst also offering alternatives for students that have yet to develop their range of foods. We have students with a varying range of dietary requirements; Religious, Allergies, Vegetarians, special digestive and physical needs, as well as the usual ‘fussy eaters’. We encourage all our students to try new foods making sure that they feel ‘safe’ to do so and ensuring that if they do not like something they can leave it and are of course praised for trying something new. Our Head Chef & Catering Manager, Alison Kendall, is more than happy to liaise with home to overcome any difficulties with individual student’s needs or just to update home with their child’s individual progress. We have wonderful grounds where our students are involved with growing some of our own fruits and vegetables which are brought to our kitchens for use.
What is a typical days’ healthy food at St. Joseph’s?
We have breakfast club every day for all non residential students where they are able to choose anything healthy from;
Cereal (non-sugar coated)
Mid Morning Healthy Snacks are provided of rice cakes, fresh and dried fruit and plain popcorn which is prepared and shared by the students.
We have four sittings in the dining room where the students come in their key stages so it is not too crowded or noisy. We offer Meat, Fish and Vegetarian options each day as well as potato and fresh vegetables, also a gluten free version, a salad bar and freshly baked bread. We also offer alternatives for individual needs, for which we keep records that can be referred to should the need arise. A hot pudding is served on alternate days and fresh fruit salad and yoghurt daily. We use organic milk daily, local suppliers for our meat and produce and any vegetables that come from our garden. Menus are sent home in the newsletter. 30% of our meat , vegetables and fruit are organic. We use msc fish which is sustainable meaning not over fished.
The residential students are in ‘family groups’ where they are encouraged to help to prepare healthy balanced meals where individual needs are met.
The older students go with the carers to do the food shopping. This helps to teach them how to shop for food, choosing healthy options and handle money as well as helping out by doing ‘household chores’.