Lunchtimes are an important aspect of life at Hallfield. At lunchtimes, Reception and Foundation children, are served their lunch in the Pre-Prep Hall whilst Year 1 to Year 7 enjoy their lunches in our Hallfield Bistro.
All of our food is cooked on site using fresh local produce – including organic meat and free-range eggs. In addition, there is always a superb salad bar with cold meats and cheese. For dessert, fresh fruit is always on offer … as well as the usual favourites – sponge and custard, yoghurt and jelly.
During the Autumn Term 2019, we introduced Meat Free Mondays. It is a concept that aims to reduce the amount of animal products that we eat, focusing on delicious vegetarian meals. It is not focused on promoting vegetarianism or veganism but to encourage and educate our pupils that we can eat less but eat a better quality of meat. Changing what we eat just one day a week can make a huge difference now and into the future. Read more about Meat Free Mondays here.
Halal meat is also available, and on Tuesdays to Fridays there are two meat choices and a hot vegetarian option.
Lunches are a social occasion at Hallfield: children can sit with their friends and their class teachers will join them at the table. Good table manners are enforced at all times. There is a strong emphasis, too, on healthy eating – a topic which is reinforced through our inclusive PSHE curriculum.
Our in-house catering team are always very willing and keen to discuss dietary options and menus – and each day they ensure that the dining experience at Hallfield is an enjoyable one. The School uses Holroyd Howe Catering as our on-site providers – a company which enjoys an excellent reputation for providing healthy, nutritious meals in schools and colleges.
Our philosophy is that happy children make good learners – and part of being happy is eating well. That’s why we put so square a focus on the quality of lunchtime meals – and Holroyd Howe also provides mid-morning snacks for the children, too. As part of our commitment to ‘wrap around care’, a variety of After Care food is also provided – both hot and cold – for the children who take advantage of our extensive after-school provision.
Most of all, we aim to encourage children to look forward to mealtimes. Shifting menus and themes are planned throughout the year – for example, a Chinese New Year menu, a World Cup menu and the traditional Christmas lunch – our food isn’t just of the highest quality, nutritious and healthy … it’s fun, too.