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Healthy Eating Policy

A healthy eating policy is in place in Lucan Community College.

Pupils should avoid unhealthy foods, while on the school grounds.

Foods we encourage 

  • Healthy Options
  • Fruit based/coated etc
  • Vegetables
  • Popcorn
  • Crackers
  • Cheese
  • Wraps
  • Sandwiches
  • Salad
  • Plain Rice Cakes, cereal bars etc.
  • Scones
  • Nuts and seeds (Please avoid peanuts due to allergies)

Foods we discourage

  • Anything chocolate
  • Sugar sweetened bars
  • Sweets
  • Crisps
  • Pastries and Muffins
  • Processed/breaded meat or poultry too frequently
  • Too much fried food

School Canteen

Our school canteen offers healthy eating options. Junior Cycle students have permission to eat in the canteen, to bring in a packed lunch or to go home for lunch. Senior cycle students have permission to do all of the above and also to purchase lunch in a local shop. Senior students should note that they are not permitted to bring unhealthy food back into school to consume. We ask all students to support the canteen by using it as often as possible.

Whole School

As a school we use every opportunity to highlight the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Our Junior Cycle Wellbeing programme includes modules on healthy eating, keeping active, mental health, guidance and also includes our SPHE, CSPE and PE programmes. In addition, students taking Home Economics and Science have access to education about factors influencing a healthy lifestyle. While there will be times when teachers may give a treat to a class group as a reward, we will work to minimise these occasions and to replace sweets with other rewards where possible. We want our school to be a healthy, happy place where students can in the main chose from healthy options for lunch and snacks but where the very occasional treat is also allowed.

Note to Parents

Students should not purchase sweets/biscuits in local shops as an alternative to breakfast or lunch. We notice a difference in students’ concentration levels when they have eaten healthy food versus junk food.

 

N.B.

Fizzy or high-energy drinks are not allowed at any time.

Chewing gum is not allowed.

 

For further information consult the following links: http://www.healthpromotion.ie