Healthy Eating Policy

St Fergal’s National School – Healthy Eating Policy

This policy was formulated by the staff of St Fergal’s in consultation with parents, students and Board of Management.

Aims of this policy:

Ø To help all those in our school community – children, staff and parents - to develop positive attitudes to eating and healthy living.

Ø To promote the health of the children and provide a foundation for healthy living.

Ø To enable the children to become more aware of the need for healthy food in their lunch boxes and the importance of good nutrition for growing and staying healthy

Ø To enable the child, as they get older, to accept some personal responsibility for making wise food choices and adopting a healthy balanced diet.

v We hope to review these guidelines at the end of this school year and every two years after that.

Here are our Guidelines to help you make the right decisions for your child’s daily nutrition...


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ü It is important that children take enough fluids during the day. If they do not drink enough, they may become dehydrated, thirsty, tired and weak.

ü Water and milk are the most suitable drinks for children.

ü Because of its natural sugar content, unsweetened fruit juice should be consumed with meals and ideally diluted.




Unsweetened fruit Juice

Flavoured Milk *  

Diluted sugar free juices

Yoghurt or milk drinks* 


Fruit Juices (Unsweetened)

Flavoured Water

Sweetened Fruit Juice drink

* Compare brands and choose those that are lower in sugar – You’d be surprised how much sugar are in some drinks.




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Breads and Cereals

Meat and alternatives

Dairy Products

2 slices of bread

1 small roll

1 tortilla wrap

1 Pitta Bread

4-6 Crackers/Breadsticks


1 Small Bagel

Rice Cakes/Oatcakes

Crisp Bread

1 Pancake

Plain Scones


2 Slices of ham/chicken/turkey etc.

Hummus Dip with some veg sticks.

A pot of natural yoghurt

A Fruit Yoghurt

A small portion of cheddar or other cheeses.


Cheese triangles

v Every lunchboxes should include some fruit and veg if possible


The following is a list of things that are not allowed in school  

Fizzy drinks

Energy Drinks



Chewing Gum


Fruits Winders (These are considered sweets)

Bars, including cereal bars

Cakes and Pastries e.g. buns, chocolate croissants, doughnuts etc.

Chocolate (including spreads) and Biscuits

Nuts: All nuts are banned in school due to allergies, as well as the following:

·       Nut based breads and cereal/health bars containing nuts or labelled “may contain nut traces”

·       If your child has eaten peanuts/nuts before coming to school, please be sure their hands and face have been thoroughly washed before entering the school.

·       Ask children not to share their lunches.

Children have two break times to eat for about 10-15 minutes each.