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Bring Your Parent to Lunch Days a Big Success

January 20, 2015

Parents of Lower School pupils joined their little ones for a lunch event held at the canteen of the school last week, experiencing first-hand the dining experience at the canteen for all BISB students.

The British International School of Boston shares the International Campus Boston with Showa Boston Institute for Language and Culture, an affiliate of the famous Japanese women’s university. This allows BISB pupils access to a shared canteen which daily prepares healthy and nutritious meals.
Last week, parents of students in Years 3 to 6 were invited to share lunch with their child, part of a Parent-Teacher Group initiative to give parents more insight into the food options available to their children at school.
On Wednesday, Year 5 parents were invited to dine with their children during lunch break, and were happy to share their thoughts on the experience.
Sarah Drayton, a Year 5 mum with an elder son in Year 8, expressed her admiration of the canteen, stating that she was happy to see first-hand the experience for the little ones at the canteen.
“Charlie really wanted me to come, so I thought why not!" she said. "It is important, as a parent, for me to see personally see the canteen and whether it is healthy or not.”
Ms. Drayton continued, “The food is good at the canteen. It is quite healthy but there is so much pizza! The canteen is well-organized and I find its structure to be good as well. This visit indeed has been helpful for me.”
Another parent, Caroline Valentini, spoke highly of the canteen, claiming that it was good throughout, including in its organization, options and choices for pupils and its seating plan which, according to Mrs. Valentini, was “well laid-out and gave pupils the chance to socialise with their peers.” 
Although many praised the canteen, mainly for its organization and variety of options, some said that although there was a balance of healthiness of food, there was still a plethora of unhealthy food which, according to Carolina, mother of Year 5 pupil Sofia, could "deter students from healthier choices."
As parents dined with their younger ones, other teachers said that it was a “wonderful idea” for parents to join their children and experience the Showa canteen.
Mr. Deary, a BISB English teacher, said that the canteen itself is “very healthy and has good structure” and it was good for parents to be assured that the food at Showa is "plentiful and nutritive.”
Wednesday evening, a large group of parents gathered in the school library for the Parent-Teacher Group's latest "open forum," where they discussed, among several topics, the school cafeteria with school administrators.
Thank you to all our parents who participated in these important learning events!