The catering team, here at OACa, put a lot of work into ensuring they are producing a wide range of nutritional food products everyday. They design their own menu on a weekly basis, that meets the School Food Standards, to ensure students have a healthy intake at lunch time.
Eating in school should be a pleasurable experience: time spent sharing good food with peers and teachers.
The school food standards are intended to help children develop healthy eating habits and ensure that they get the energy and nutrition they need across the whole school day. It is just as important to cook food that looks good and tastes delicious; to talk to children about what is on offer and recommend dishes; to reduce queuing; and to serve the food in a pleasant environment where they can eat with their friends.
As a general principle, it is important to provide a wide range of foods across the week. Variety is key – whether it is different fruits, vegetables, grains, pulses or types of meat and fish. It is also important to use fresh, sustainable and locally-sourced ingredients.
At OAC the Catering Service also promote the importance to help reduce salt, saturated fat and sugar in children’s diets.