The school will be changing the provision of the catering services from the start of November 2018.
Our new catering provider will be HC3S. The catering staff at St Peter’s Primary Academy will prepare the meals daily, and these will be bought over to Shrewton for serving.
HC3S are an award-winning catering provider to produce freshly cooked nutritious meals each day for your child(ren).
Each two-course meal costs £2.40 for children in Years 3 to 6 and meals are free to all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Each day there will be a meat and non-meat option as well as a nutritious jacket potato option.
Lunches for the day are ordered by the pupils at morning registration. Children will be asked if they have brought in a packed lunch from home or are having a school dinner. It may help to discuss the choices at home prior to the school day. Alternatively, you can use the order form to record your choices for a week or whole terms lunches. The forms are available from the foyer in the main school entrance or can be downloaded from the website.
The school is looking into setting up an online payments system, but in the meantime, payments for school dinners should be paid by cash/cheque at the school office or via the class teacher (please label envelopes with your child’s name and class). Payments must be made on or before the day of the meal.
You can find menus either on the school website or on the HC3S web site www.hants.gov.uk.
Free School Meals for Children in KS1 and Reception
As you may be aware, the Government introduced the Universal Free School Meals Scheme (UIFSM), which means all children in Year R, Year 1 and Year 2 automatically qualify for FREE nutritious school meals to maximise their learning at this critically important time in their school life.
Thousands of children already benefit from this scheme across the country. However, we recognise that some parents are confused as to whether they need to register and are consequently not taking advantage of this scheme which could save you over £400 a year for each child in KS1. For UIFSM, parents do not need to register unless they qualify for income based free school meals.
Income Based Free School Meals
The income based free school meal system is separate from UIFSM. Whatever year group your child is in, you could help your school even further by registering for free school meals. Your school can then receive Government funding to provide an even greater quality learning experience.
You must be in receipt of one of the benefits shown on the application form to be eligible for free school meals for your child or children.
Applications can be made by completing the Application Form available from the school office or on-line via a secure government website, which links to your benefit providers. https://pages.wiltshire.gov.uk/schoolseducationandlearning/schoolsandcolleges/parentadvice/educationgrants/freeschoolmeals/freeschoolmealsform.htm.
However, if the eligibility checking service (ECS) has not been able to verify your entitlement, Wiltshire Council will then need to contact you to ask for evidence to show you are currently in receipt of one of the eligible benefits.
Claims cannot be backdated. The date of entitlement is the date that Wiltshire Council confirm your eligibility, using the ECS or paperwork supplied, and successfully process your application.
Information directly from HC3S...
At HC3S, our ethos is about tasty food to help your children flourish, and to do that it helps if they eat a healthy diet. By providing nutritious food, cooked fresh every day and which is responsibly sourced, we give your children a balanced diet with choices that aid concentration levels and give them energy to focus and to play.
But we go a step further. We also want children to understand about healthy lifestyles and take this positive message into adulthood. That’s why we’ve created a ripple (not just raspberry) with our ‘Ready Steady Cook’ sessions which are fun and engaging and why we introduced the ‘Food to Flourish Classroom’ to help teachers educate children using food in a way that cuts across the curriculum.
Where opportunity arises, we bring live cooking and workshops to the classroom and sometimes, out of the classroom, through partnerships with our suppliers and other local food organisations. We love schools to join in our celebrations for Nutrition and Hydration Week, British Food Fortnight, and National School Meals Week as key events in the food and drink calendar which are lots of fun.
Want to know more about HC3S?
Click on this web link. https://www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/hc3s/primaryschools