Healthy Start to the Day at Saint Paul’s
Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe recently extended their breakfast club provision for their pupils. The club is part of the Saint Paul’s healthy eating initiative, which aims to emphasise the importance of healthy eating and regular exercise to its pupils. The school believes that the Breakfast Club meets a variety of important needs: it meets children’s health needs by providing a balanced meal at the beginning of the day, it meets educational needs in terms of ensuring children start the school day on time, feeling well-nourished and settled and at the same time it meets the needs of children and their families through the provision of a safe, supervised environment before school starts.
“Research has shown that a successful breakfast club can have a positive impact on attendance and improve concentration levels,” explained Mrs Karen Grix who runs the club. “They can see at the club how healthy foods can be used to make enjoyable meals and snacks.”
Mrs Grix added “The Breakfast Club also helps to develop healthy eating habits in childhood which, it is now widely accepted, positively influence adult eating patterns. A good healthy breakfast provides the best possible start to the day!”
“The club is popular with our pupils,” commented Mr Alex Hren, Headteacher. “Such provision helps busy parents juggle their roles and provides a safe, secure and stable environment for their children. We are delighted with the enthusiasm which our pupils have shown.”
“It also has a positive impact on the children’s manners, social skills, attendance, concentration, motivation and classroom performance.”
As part of our healthy eating initiative, we have recently extended the breakfast club provision for our pupils.
The Breakfast Club operates between 7.30 and 8.30 am Monday – Friday. After a nutritious breakfast, the children enjoy quiet activities until it is time for them to join one of the pre-school clubs or registration.
What children eat is an important part of their learning experience; health and progress stem from their eating habits which are established in their formative years at school. We believe we have a responsibility to assist with the education process through the provision of healthy, wholesome and enjoyable foods – which also meet the ethnic and where possible the dietary requirements of pupils.
Children who have a balanced meal at lunchtime can concentrate better and are more receptive during afternoon lessons. Also sitting down and eating a meal together helps children develop social and interpersonal skills.
We focus on continual improvement to ensure that they enjoy their lunch time meal as well as providing value for the price of the meal. Active, growing children and young people require plenty of wholesome food and regular meals.
At Saint Paul’s, we believe that we can offer something that will satisfy everyone.
Manchester Fayre, our school catering provider, offer a wide variety of lunch options each day, from traditional meals such as roast dinner, or freshly made sandwiches, paninis and filled jacket potatoes. All meals are made from scratch using locally sourced ingredients, which supports their Food for Life served here award, independent verification that they only use farm assured meat, free range eggs, Marine Conservation Society approved fish, and no undesirable additives.
The Catering Manager with their nutritionist plan the menus to ensure popular choices are featured whilst still meeting nutritional standards for school meals which aim to positively influence pupil’s eating habits, for example, crisps, chocolate and confectionery must not be served, pastry and fried items are restricted whilst wholegrains, oily fish and fruit and vegetables must be available.
To give you a flavour of the menu, here is a sample day from the current menu:
Roast beef & Yorkshire pudding with roast potatoes, carrots & green beans
Quorn & vegetable lasagne with wholemeal roll & salad
Filled baked potato (variety of fillings)
Hot panini (assorted fillings)
Pasta King (meat and vegetarian sauce options)
Love Joe wrap (marinated meat served in a wrap with salad)
Assorted sandwiches & wraps
Rice crispie cake with fruit slices
A variety of meal deals are available each day, for example, pupils can purchase a main meal plus a drink for £2.50.
Pupils with dietary requirements can also be catered for with the catering team adapting recipes to ensure a suitable menu choice is available each day.
For more information about the school meals please speak to the Catering Manager.