Healthy Lunch Policy

It is the policy of the Board of Management of Cloonakilla N.S. to encourage the children to become more aware of the need for healthy food in their lunch boxes. We do this in conjunction with the S.P.H.E. Programme. Surveys have shown that children’s lunches are often very unhealthy and are not nutritionally adequate because they tend to be low in fibre and high in sugar. Lunch should provide one third of your child’s food requirements for the day. We encourage parents to plan a healthy lunch using one food from each of the food groups- two pieces of fruit, yogurt, bread or rolls with nutritional filling, pitta bread, scones, cheese, salad, pastas, vegetables e.g. carrot sticks, cucumber etc.  Drinks could include milk, fruit juices, yoghurt drinks or water.

A very simple approach to healthy eating is to use the Food Pyramid:


                                 Sugar                                                  Sparingly

Sweets etc.

                              Meat, Fish                                           2 portions per day


                             Milk, Cheese                                        3+ portions per day


                         Fruit & Vegetables                                    4+ portions per day

                Bread, Cereals & Potatoes                               6+ portions per day

Treat Day

Occasionally on Fridays teachers may give out sweets as a reward but this will not happen on a regular basis.  Children are allowed to bring in sweets on day of holidays at Christmas and Summer or when going on school trips.

The following foods are not allowed in school:

Sweets, Fizzy drinks, Chocolate Bars including cereal bars, Winders, Crisps

Green Flag School

Our green school motto is:


With this in mind, children are also asked to:

  • take home (in lunchbox) all uneaten food, silver paper, wrappings, containers and cartons
  • put only fruit peel into the compost bins
  • Do not bring in cans and glass – for safety reasons

A healthy eating policy has been in operation in our school since 1998.

N.B. Parents/guardians of any child with a medical condition which requires a special diet should contact the school.

A healthy eating policy has been in operation in our school since 1998.

This Policy was reviewed in April 2015 & April 2018 and it was decided to continue with the policy as outlined above.

To be reviewed in April 2020

Signed: ____________________________

Chairman, Board of Management

Cloonakilla National School