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**Please remember to book your child/s lunch choices via ParentPay**

School lunch cost: 

Parents should be aware that lunches now cost £2.30 a day. 

Our lunch service in school is provided by Chartwells. If you are in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 you will be entitled to a universal free school meal. We believe this is a great option for your child. Please note when you move into Year 3 you will have to pay unless you are entitled to Free School Meals. If you do choose to send your child in with a packed lunch then please make sure they are healthy with a range of food choices.

We still have a number of families that have not booked their lunches, please make sure these are prebooked on Parent Pay. If you have an issue with this then please speak to the school office or email them on admin@greendragon.hounslow.sch.uk

Week beginning Monday 19th OCTOBER 2020

school lunches at green dragon

Packed lunches: If your child chooses to bring a packed lunch it must follow our packed lunch rules.  Children can only bring one treat item e.g. if they bring crisps then they should not also have a biscuit or a cereal bar.  Children must not bring jam or chocolate spread sandwiches and are expected to have at least one portion of fruit or vegetables.   Please ask at the office for a copy of our healthy packed lunch guideline.

  • Important Information for ALL Parents re School Dinners

    What’s changing?

    School dinners will need to be booked and chosen by you - parents/carers – on the ParentPay website. School dinner choices will not be selected by class teachers anymore.

    What do I need to do?

    From the afternoon of the 21st December, you will need to login to the ParentPay website and make the choices for your child's lunch. The meals can be booked well in advance and can be booked up until midnight the day before. All you need to do is book which days your child will eat school dinner, choose the option, the press ‘Save’ and ‘Pay’ (if you pay). You can book a day, a week, a month or a term.

    When do I need to do it?

    The ParentPay website will be ready from the afternoon of the 21st December.
    Remember: the meals can be booked well in advance and can be booked up until midnight the day before.

    Do I have to login and book every day?

    No - you can log in and book a day, a week, a month or a term.

    What happens if I don’t do it?

    If you forget to book the school dinners, talk to the school office.

    But I don’t pay for my child’s lunch, do I still do it?

    Yes – you still need to log in to ParentPay to book which days your child will eat school dinner. Choose the option, then press‘Save’. You can book a day, a week, a month or a term.

    My child only eats lunch occasionally, what do I do?

    You still need to book. You need to log in to ParentPay to book which days your child will eat school dinner. Choose the option, then press ‘Save’. You can book a day, a week, a month or a term.

    My child is sick, can I get a refund?

    If one day your child is absent and you have called the school to report their absence, their pre-booked lunch will be automatically cancelled and a refund will show on your ParentPay account. If you do not report your child absence before lunchtime, you will still be charged for their lunch. This also applies to children with a morning medical or any other authorised appointment. Again, please inform the school office if your child will not have their lunch and we can refund it back to you.

    What if I have a problem paying?

    Do not hesitate to pop in or call the school office for help.

  • Dietary requirements / food allergeis:

    Please note that from now on the wraps on the menu will contain mayonnaise.  If your child has a potential allergy to any ingredients in mayonnaise please see Mrs. Nassar at the school office.

    Our School menus are prepared by a fabulous team of cooks and on a daily basis within our kitchens.

    The menu fully complies with the latest school food regulations. Fresh and local produce is always used when available.

    Each day a set meal consists of one item from each group (main course, vegetables, salad & desert).  Fresh yoghurt, fresh fruit, salad bar & wholemeal bread are also availalbe. The meal aims to provide the balance of nutrients required.

    As a diverse school we try to reflect the cultural and religious needs of our school population, and therefore have a Halal (H) choice. 

    Dishes marked 'V'  are suitable for vegetarians. 

  • packed Lunches:

    We are sure that your child will have told you about the Fun, Food and Fitness workshop that they went to this week led by Chartwell’s chief nutritionist.  The children have learned a lot about how food gives them energy and helps them to concentrate as well as helping them to grow and develop strong bodies and teeth.  All our school lunches follow the Government’s nutritional standards and we want to make sure that packed lunches follow the same rules so that every child at Green Dragon is given the best possible opportunity to grow, thrive and develop as healthily as possible.  Every child who has a packed lunch will bring home a leaflet about the new rules on Monday.  If you do not receive a copy please look on our website or ask at the office.  The basic outline of the new rules means that children should bring a balanced meal to school with a healthy savoury option (no jam or chocolate spread sandwiches), fruit and vegetables, some protein and the maximum of one treat item a day so if your child brings crisps they shouldn’t also bring biscuits.  All drinks must be fruit juice or water.

    Click on the following icons to view some great ideas, recipes and advice on packing your child a healthy and nutritious lunch.

    GD Packed Lunch Rules

  • Costs & free school meals:

    Following a Government initiative, all pupils at Green Dragon Primary School who are in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, are allocated a free cooked school meal every day. This is irrespective of family circumstances or incomeand is only driven by the age of the child. Ordering a free cooked school lunch for a child in these year groups is the same as in previous times where the child tells their member of staff in the morning. You will not be charged for the cost of this meal.

    The cost of a school lunch for pupils in all other year groups is £2.30 per meal.

    Costing & how to Pay

    School Lunches cost :

    • £2.30 per day
    •  £11.50 per week - 5 days
    •  £69.00 for 6 weeks 
    • £138.00 for 12 weeks

    School lunch cost:  We would like to let parents know now that from September 2017 the cost of school lunches will increase to £2.30 a day.  School meals cost the school £2.30 but have been charged at £2 for several years.  We are confident that you will all agree that £2.30 remains incredibly good value for one of our delicious, school cooked meals.  Children in Reception and KS1 will continue to receive a free meal as will children who are entitled to free school meals in KS2.

    You can pay via Parent Pay. Please click here to login.

    If you are on certain benefits you may be able to claim for free school meals.

    Click here to check if you are eligible.

    Application for Free School Meals.pdf

    Click here to be directed to an e-form to apply for free school meals.

    GD Packed Lunch Rules.pdf

  • Parent Pay:

    Please set up your account so that it alerts you with a text message when your balance is low.  

    Log in to: 

    • ParentPay Home Page
    •  Home
    •  View/Edit profile
    •  Alert Settings

    On this page you can set up alerts either by text or email to let you know that your balance is low. 

    Remember to press SAVE at the very bottom of the page to save your altered settings. 

    Please click here to be directed to the Parent Pay webpage where you can activate your account and view other useful information/guidance - thank you.

  • Chartwells Catering Company:

    Hounslow Borough Council had recently formed a school catering services partnership with Chartwells, an experienced school catering firm. Chartwells currently cook for several groups of schools in other London Boroughs and has now started working in Hounslow schools.

    The new catering partnership has improved the school lunches, providing a more balanced and nutritious menu. Our new menu includes many popular favourites as well as new dishes for the children to try and love. The menu continues to have vegetarian and halal options.

    Hounslow Borough have set the cost of a pupil meal to £2.00 per meal.

    Click here to be directed to an e-form to apply for free school meals.

Full weekly Lunch menus for autumn 2019- spring 2020

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