School Meals / Snacks
School meals at St Andrews are prepared daily in the school kitchen by a team of catering staff. All pupils eat their lunches in two sittings in the dining hall. Meals cost £2.20 each and payment should be made directly to the school meals staff between 9.00 and 9.15 every morning. Parents can either give their child money daily or buy a book of ten tickets in advance from the school kitchen staff and give their children daily tickets rather than money. A book costs £22.00 and parents can come to the school between 9.00 and 9.15am to purchase them or send money with their child. Cheques should be made payable to ‘OIC School Meals’ and a valid cheque guarantee card number must be written on the back. Please ensure daily tickets are identified with your child’s name and class, and their choice of meal for that day.The food is very healthy and wholesome and the children can have a great variety in a week. Each day there is home-made soup, a hot main course and sometimes a choice of main courses and a sweet. Alternatively there are sandwiches or baked potatoes with a choice of fillings, and a choice of fruit or yoghurt instead of the sweet. There are always salads. A drink of juice / milk is always provided with the meal. A copy of the menu goes home to each family at the start of the school year and is also available on the link above. Vegetarian meals are provided on request, so please let the school know of any special dietary requirements your child has.
Some children prefer to take their own packed lunches, and these are also eaten in the dining hall. Children are encouraged to make healthy choices in the packed lunches they bring to school.
The Snack Shack
A variety of healthy snacks are available at playtimes from the kitchen.
Milk and half portions of fruit (apple, orange, banana, watermelon, melon, grapes & satsumas) at a cost of 20 pence a portion.
Break Time Snacks
A healthy option should always be the first choice when providing your child with a snack at break time e.g. Peeled and cut fruit or vegetables, raisins. Salty crisps or chocolate biscuits not only create litter problems but are really not the healthy option. Sweets and fizzy drinks are not permitted to be consumed at any time during the school day. Children should not bring nuts to school due to the allergies of others. Parents/carers are asked not to allow their children to bring these to school. Cans of fizzy drinks and glass bottles should not be brought to school.
Free School Meals
Applications for Free School Meals and Clothing Allowance are made on one form, and should be submitted to Orkney Islands Council for each school year. The eligibility criteria are outlined on the following webpage, where application forms are also available: www.orkney.gov.uk/Service-Directory/S/School-Meals-and-Clothing-Allowances.htm. Application forms can also be obtained from the school and Orkney Islands Council (OIC) Customer Services. Applications must be submitted along with supporting documentation as detailed on the form. A new application is required for each school session. For help with filling out the form and more information on school meals and clothing grants please telephone Education, Housing and Leisure on (01856) 873535, or email:firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit in person at OIC Customer Services.