At Colfe’s School eating healthily means the provision of balance between current eating trends, good nutrition and fresh home-cooked food. This applies to all of the catering services that we provide to the pupils, including the morning tuck shop, lunch and services to the Sixth form pupils. Colfe’s School also provides special event catering to support the many extra-curricuclar activities that take place in the school.
The healthy eating programme, entitled “Eating for Life”, adopts a strict criterion that far exceeds Government guidelines and recommendations. We fully understand our responsibilities in educating, encouraging and promoting a healthy diet and the huge role we play in laying down the foundations for each individual child’s future healthy eating habits.
We know that pupils at Colfe’s are likely to be familiar with a wide variety of foods and ingredients. Our menus have been developed to include the latest food trends and incorporate an excellent variety of dishes that we know they will be excited to eat.
We know that our menus provide a healthy, nutritionally balanced diet, and each menu is approved by a Nutritionist. We take pride in using only the freshest, quality ingredients. We do not use convenience or processed foods. We confirm that we do not use any GMO foods, nuts or nut products in the production of our menus and we avoid foods that contain artificial colourings and flavourings. We use seasonal products and ingredients and communicate good ideas and best practice throughout our business to assist everyone in achieving our goals. We do not have any allegiance to any specific suppliers. However, we do implement controls to ensure that only unsalted butter, low salt, low sugar baked beans and similar healthier products are purchased, in line with our food policy. At Colfe’s School we believe it is our responsibility to encourage pupils towards a balanced diet by creating attractive, nutritious menus and informing them how to eat healthily. This has led to the introduction of the Eating for Life programme.
“Eating for Life”……. Programme
To encourage the consumption of at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day, the Gimme 5 programme is promoted daily. Blue cards are used to identify dishes on the menu, and those items containing a portion of vegetables and fruit are highlighted with silver stars.
Our “Unsalted” programme is hugely successful, highlighting the dangers of too much salt in the diet and explaining the recommended daily maximum salt intake levels, Every member of the catering staff involved in cooking food is trained, off site, in how to adopt new methods of flavouring and cooking without the use of salt. Menu items, such as bacon and ham, that contain salt are labelled using our “ Halt the Salt” stickers on blue cards, in order to raise awareness.
Pupils of all ages at Colfe’s School need to “Eat Right to stay Bright!”;We provide food that stimulates the brain and understand that the right diet improves concentration, helps study, assists memory and prevents sluggishness.
Our “Calcium is Cool” programme aims to raise awareness of the importance calcium plays in diets. Most bone building occurs during childhood, so it is vital that plenty is present in the diet. Too much salt in the diet causes calcium to be lost from bones, so this programme works extremely well alongside our “Unsalted” promotion. “Calcium is cool” emphasises the foods rich in calcium which are available at mealtimes, and informs of the dangers of not eating enough of these foods.
”Veggietastic” is an ongoing promotion and is designed to deliver an interesting interactive and mouth-watering introduction to unusual vegetables, whilst emphasising how important they are in the diet. A seasonal “guest” vegetable is offered every week, in addition to the usual fresh vegetable menu choices. Explanations of origination, vitamins and mineral content, as well as interesting facts, are promoted alongside the tastings.