Lunchtime is an extremely important part of the busy school day. At Our Lady & St Patrick's, children may bring their own packed lunch or enjoy one of our excellent, healthy meals. Our school meal provider is ‘ Dolce‘ who use a computerised ordering & payment system called Live Kitchen to ensure our children receive the meals they want and also to provide a cashless payment option for parents. The Live Kitchen system is a huge hit with the children, it also allows parents to go online and order meals from home, view recipes and ingredient information.
The cost of a school dinner is £2.20 per day (£11.00 per week). Children in Reception, Year 1 and 2 are automatically entitled to free school meals. For other year groups, free school meals can be applied for using the form at the bottom of this page.
Pre-Ordering: During registration each morning, children select their chosen meal on the interactive whiteboard in their classroom. Meals can also be pre-ordered from home (see more info below). Daily vegetarian options are clearly displayed on a green button.
At Lunchtime: Children select their name on the red touch screen at the serving hatch. Their meal choice is displayed to the cook, as well as any dietary needs.
Paying by Direct Debit: Parents can pay for school lunches via direct debit which saves time at home as well as in the school office. Parents who sign up for direct debit will receive regular statements from Dolce informing them of the choices their child make each day. Statements are sent out on a four weekly basis and Dolce gives two weeks notice before amounts are collected.
Pre-Ordering on Line: Parents can also pre-order child(rens) meals online. This facility allows parents to pre-order for up to a term at a time. Paying by direct debit means you will automatically be emailed a username and password for logging on to the pre-ordering facility. Parents who wish to pre-order online but do not wish to pay by direct debit need to provide the school office with an e-mail address which can then be sent to Dolce to create their own log on.
Allergen information: In line with requirements, Dolce ensures that allergen information is available for parents when selecting their child’s meal on-line. Alternatively, Dolce’s area manager and the school catering team are on hand to answer any queries or requests for further information about their recipes.
Healthy Eating: Our school dinners provide a very healthy choice and the best way of ensuring your child has a good balanced meal at lunch time. However, we know some families prefer their child to have a packed lunch, so we try to help you plan a tasty lunchbox which your child will enjoy and is healthy.
Here are some good websites that give good advice on what to put in a healthy lunchbox: