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School Meals and Healthy Eating

School Meals

At St Matthias School balanced diets are encouraged as part of a healthy lifestyle. School dinners are prepared daily. If your child has any special dietary requirements, please let us know. Alternatively, children can bring a packed lunch from home.

Lunchtime is a very important part of our school day. Our Midday Meals Supervisors play a vital role in ensuring that the highest standards of behaviour are maintained. We aim to make lunchtimes relaxed and enjoyable, at the same time as providing a well-ordered environment.

To read the menu, click here.

Packed Lunch Policy

All children from reception to Year 6 are entitled to a free school meal every day and we strongly encourage parents to take up this offer. School meals are healthy and nutritionally balanced.

However children may bring a packed lunch to eat instead, as long as it complies with our new packed lunch policy and the government’s healthy eating requirements.

Packed lunches MUST contain:
  • Some starchy food such as bread (sliced bread, pitta bread, wraps, bagels),  breadsticks, pasta, rice, potatoes, couscous (choose wholegrain where possible), hot cross bun, rice cakes, malt loaf, scone, cream crackers.
  • One portion of fruit AND one portion of vegetable or salad.
  • Some protein e.g. meat, fish, cheese, eggs, beans, pulses, hummus, falafel, tofu.
Packed lunches MAY also contain:
  • Fruit or plain yogurt (NOT chocolate or toffee flavoured)
  • Jelly
  • Custard (not chocolate flavoured)
  • Rice pudding
  • A bottle of water
Packed lunches MUST NOT contain:
  • Crisps
  • Sweets
  • Chocolate items including chocolate bars, chocolate cakes or chocolate mousse/yogurts
  • Biscuits
  • Any drink other than water
Reception to Year 6

From September 2014 all children in Tower Hamlets from Reception to Year 6 in a state-funded school will be offered a free healthy school lunch. All parents should have filled in the Free School Meals and Pupil Premium Registration Form which will ensure that we receive all the government funding that we are entitled to.

Nursery children

All nursery children still pay for school dinners as this group is not included in the free school meals agenda. However, if you are in receipt of benefits your child may be eligible for free school meals. Please see a member of staff if you need further details.

Food Allergens

From 13 December 2014, our school catering team will be providing information about 14 allergenic ingredients used in the foods that are provided within the school.

Click here to view the Food Allergens Leaflet.


Fruit is provided to Reception and Key Stage 1 pupils and all year groups are welcome to bring in fruit from home to be eaten during playtime.  No other snacks are allowed.  Water is available throughout the day for all pupils, but pupils may also bring plain unflavoured water in a labelled plastic bottle or carton.  No glass bottles please.

Breakfast Club

We offer a simple, healthy breakfast of cereal, toast and fruit for a small charge to cover the cost of the food.  There is no charge for the childcare provided.

Play centre

Children have a light snack of toast if they stay for play centre. This is included in the charge.