The benefits that arise from proper nutrition and physical activity not only enable better concentration and focus, but also set children up to lead healthier, active lifestyles.
The evidence shows that healthy children are better able to learn, and also that students who get a good education tend to be healthier for life. And so, given the inextricable link between health and education, at BISS Puxi we want to ensure that we are helping children to develop healthy habits that can benefit them for the rest of their lives.
Within the school dining halls, we are having a big push on ensuring that all children are served a balanced meal. For those choosing the set school lunch, this will mean that each child will be given a serving of meat (or vegetarian option), carbohydrate (rice, potatoes, pasta), fresh vegetables and fruit. We appreciate that some children, given complete freedom, might opt for just a big plate of rice or pasta and so this approach will prevent this from happening and help to educate children about a balanced meal plate. Our duty teachers will always encourage children to eat; to eat a little more; to try new things; and to slow down and take time to enjoy their food! However, we will never force children to eat or make lunchtimes become a time of stress for any child. If we have any concerns about eating habits, we will contact parents to discuss how together we can support children.
We would also like to ensure that we are a Smart Snack School, where any food that children bring to school, for break time or the end of the day, is healthy and nut free. This means asking parents to work with us to only send children to school with healthy food – definitely no sweets, chocolate, sugary biscuits, high fat crisps or sweet drinks.
We would love to see more fruit, vegetables and to get rid of the habits where some children bring in bags of crisps or biscuits to share with others. While nuts are a healthy option, due to some children’s serious allergies, we must stress that we are a NUT-FREE school and request parents to pay close attention to the nut content of any food coming into school.
Teachers will be monitoring snacks and following up with parents where we think that snacks are not suitable. We all need to make a big effort and commitment to ensure that all the children are Smart Snacking so if you have any great snack ideas or recipes, let your Room Parent know and we will put a BISS Puxi Smart Snack guide together.
Of course, there are special times in the school year when we will make an exception and allow children a special treat. Birthday cakes can still come into school on Fridays but please ensure they are NUT FREE and not accompanied by sweets or birthday bags!
We all want healthy and active children so please do work with us to be a healthy and smart-snack school.
- Niki Meehan, Head of Primary