Eco/ Packed Lunch Letter
Last summer Kingsley School was awarded an Eco Schools Green Flag for our efforts to become a more sustainable school. Well done Ms Smith and Eco Club who championed and organised this!
This year we are working towards a Plastic Free Schools award, aiming to reduce single use plastic in school. Our first items to eliminate will be any single use plastic bottles or cartons and crisp bags in packed lunches. Many children do already bring their water in a reusable bottle in their packed lunch and from next term we would like all packed lunches to contain a reusable bottle for their drink, or children can be given a glass of water with their lunch. Not only is this saving many items from the bin or recycling process, it also saves you money.
In addition to this Kingsley are currently working with North West Cancer Research who have been leading sessions with children throughout the school, teaching about eating healthy food and keeping healthy. As a result, we feel the children bringing a packed lunch should be aiming to bring a healthy lunch, for example a sandwich/pasta/rice dish, water (in a reusable bottle) and a piece of fruit. Children are aware that crisps and cakes are not healthy foods but treats, so should not be a regular item in their lunchbox, either a packet of crisps or a cake as an occasional treat.
School has never allowed any sweets or chocolate in packed lunches, (but these have been creeping in!) and as we are a nut free school so please do not send peanut butter/Nutella sandwiches or any other nut product.
There are lots of ideas for healthy and plastic free packed lunches on the back of this letter and websites where you can find more ideas.
We hope that you will join us at home also, to try to reduce your single use plastic and encourage your children to opt for healthy food choices.
Mrs Whittaker, Head Teacher