Our Catering contract with Vertas will come to an end on the 26th October 2021. I am therefore very pleased to announce that from the 27th October 2021, the school will be responsible for the preparation and delivery of the school meals service. The catering staff will remain the same and there is no change to the price of our meals. Over the next few weeks and months we will work closely with the School Council and undertake a survey with the pupils to see what they would like from their school meals. We will also be asking you the parents what you like and don’t like and together we will work towards a menu which reflects St Michael’s Church School. In the meantime, please find attached our new autumn menu. We will also be introducing some new initiatives, look out for more details on our “Birthday Package” But before all of this we need a catchy name for our kitchen dining experience, so we have decided to run a competition. We will be sending home details of the competition. The winner could see their design created into artwork which will be used in the kitchen and on our menus.
School meals have changed a lot since most parents were at school themselves – they’re tastier, healthier and a lot more fun!
Fussy eaters often thrive on school meals – many parents say their children have tried all sorts of foods in school that they refuse at home. They’re also a great way for children to improve their eating habits such as using a knife and fork and to learn about the social side of eating with their friends.
Schools don’t have to offer school meals at all if they choose not to. However, at St. Michael's we have always believed lunchtimes should be an integral part of the school day, building on and promoting positive learning and social behaviours.
Free School Meals
As of September 2014, children in Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a school lunch without cost following the introduction of the government's Universal Infant Free School Meal initiative.
Families who receive certain government benefits are also entitled to apply for free school meals for their child(ren). If you would like to find out if you are eligible for free school meals, please click HERE. This is well worth doing – you can save hundreds of pounds each year and make sure your child’s having a good lunch.