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Mount Hanover NS has a Healthy Eating Policy in place.  Children need a good breakfast to start each day. Children are asked to bring a healthy lunch – (sandwiches, fruit, yoghurts and drinks). Children should not bring sweets, chocolate, fizzy drinks or crisps. Glass bottles, cans and chewing gum are also forbidden.

The Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) curriculum is taught through a range of programmes in Mount Hanover NS from Junior Infants to Sixth Class. These include: The Stay Safe Programme, Relationships and Sexuality and the Walk Tall programme. The Stay Safe programme is a compulsory aspect of the SPHE curriculum and covers topics based on Feeling Safe/Unsafe, Bullying, Touches, Secrets and Telling and Strangers. SPHE provides a range of opportunities to foster the personal development and well-being of all pupils in Mount Hanover and help him/her create and maintain supportive relationships, as well as become an active and responsible citizen in society.

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The children have all received their activation codes for ‘The Lunch Bag’. Please follow the instructions to get set up on the app and order the meals for the week ahead.

Our first day for the delivery of meals is Monday April 22nd.

Children will be given a free hot meal for their ‘big lunch’. We advise that you keep their morning snack to a minimum (small piece of fruit/yogurt) to ensure they are hungry enough to now begin to eat a hot meal for their second break. Please ensure you also send a drink.

Each student will be given a compostable box with their name, class and order on it. These individual boxes will be delivered directly to their classroom at lunch time. Each child will be given a compostable fork and napkin to help them eat.

On Monday, the children will receive a lunchbox. They will bring home their waste in this box. Please remember to send the lunchbox in with them everyday.

Food Dudes

Scoil Cholmcille is participating in Food Dudes.

Food Dudes is a programme developed by the University of Wales, Bangor, to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetables both in school and at home. It is based on positive role models (the Food Dudes characters), repeated tasting and rewards.

In large-scale studies in schools in England and Wales and pilot studies in schools in Ireland, the Programme has been shown to be effective and results long lasting across the primary age range, regardless of gender, school size, geographic and socio-economic factors. It is ultimately designed to enable children to enjoy eating healthy diets, and to create a healthy eating culture within schools.

The programme will begin on Thursday November 12th and run for 16 days.


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Quick Notes

Please continue to pack a healthy lunch for your child. Fizzy drinks are not allowed in school. A copy of our “Healthy Eating Policy” can be found under the policies tab.

Extra Information

Mount Hanover NS participates in the School Milk Scheme as run by the National Dairy Council. The School Milk Scheme is subsidised and provides a daily fresh portion of milk to school-going children at a very affordable price. The National Dairy Council provided the school with a fridge to ensure that the milk is kept chilled.

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