Healthy Eating Policy

St. Mary’s N.S.

Healthy Eating Policy

Introductory Statement

The Healthy Eating Policy was drawn up in 2006 in consultation with the Parents’ Association and Staff.

It was revised in 2008 in consultation with the Staff and Parents Association

Relationship to the Characteristic Ethos of the School.

St. Mary’s N.S. strives to nurture, cherish and encourage children to reach their full potential.  St. Mary’s N.S. also seeks to accommodate diversity and acknowledges that for cultural, religious or medical reasons, some children will have dietary restrictions, including, on occasion, fasting


As part of the Social, Personal and Health Education (S.P.H.E.) Programme we encourage the children to become more aware of the need for healthy food in their lunch boxes.


  1. To promote the personal development and well-being of the child.
  2. To promote the health of the child and provide a foundation for healthy living in all its aspects.
  3. To enable the child to appreciate the importance of good nutrition for growing and developing and staying healthy.
  4. To enable the child to accept some personal responsibility for making wise food choices and adopting a healthy balanced diet.


Lunch is an important meal for school-going children.  It should provide one third of their recommended daily allowance of nutrients without being high in fat, sugar or salt. It should also provide dietary fibre (roughage

The traditional packed lunch of milk and sandwiches is under attack from a range of convenience foods like crisps, sweets, biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks. Parents and teachers are concerned about this trend but some find it difficult to come with popular healthy alternatives. We ask Parents to encourage a healthy lunch right from the start.

The following guide is designed to help Parents provide quick, appetising and nutritious lunches for your children.


Bread & Alternatives                                                   Savouries


Bread or rolls preferably wholemeal                              Lean Meat

Rice – wholegrain                                                          Chicken/Turkey

Pasta-wholegrain                                                             Quiche                    Wholemeal scones                                                            Pizza                                                                                   

Fruit & Vegetables                                                        Drinks

Apples, Banana Peach                                                   Milk

Mandarins, Orange Segments                                        Fruit Juices

Fruit Salad, dried fruit                                                   Squash i.e. low sugar

Plum, Pineapple cubes                                                   Yoghurt


Cucumber, Sweetcorn




A Word about Milk

Growing children should get approximately one pint of milk a day, or its equivalent as cheese or yoghurt.  This ensures that they get enough calcium, which is essential for healthy bones and teeth.


Foods not allowed in school



Fizzy drinks


Chocolate biscuits/bars

Chewing gum

Sports Drinks

A very simple approach to healthy eating is to use the Food Pyramid:



Sugar                                                              Sparingly

Sweets etc.,



Peas/Beans                                          2 portions per day


Milk Cheese

Yoghurt                                               3 + portions per day


Fruit & Vegetables                              4 + portions per day


Bread, Cereals & Potatoes                            6 + portions per day

Success Criteria

  1. An improvement in the type of food and drink brought by children to school.
  2. An increased awareness by the children of the need to eat healthy food on a regular basis.


This revised policy will be implemented from March 2008.



The policy was re- ratified by the Board of Management


On 31stJanuary 2017.



Signed: ________________________________________





A copy of the policy will be put on the school website.

A copy will be given to the parents of all new children, when they start school.

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