Healthy Eating and Wellbeing
Cape Cornwall School has won the Cornwall Healthy Schools Plus award for the third year running. We have also retained our Healthy Schools status for improving health and wellbeing. Cape made it a hat-trick of awards this year winning the Cornwall Food in Schools award again, reflecting our commitment to food education and healthy eating at school and at home.
Excellent hot and cold food including a salad bar, fresh vegetable soup, fresh fruit and vegetarian options, all prepared on the premises, is served at break and lunchtime in the School Cafeteria.
The majority of the ingredients for school meals are sourced locally:
West Country Fruit Sales – fruit and vegetables
Mounts Bay Dairy – milk, bacon, eggs and other dairy produce
Warrens bakery (St Just) – bread and rolls
3663 – dry ingredients, cheese beverages, frozen foods
McFaddens butchers – meat and chicken
Trenow Farm, Perranuthnoe – milk
School vegetable garden – some seasonal fruit, vegetables and herbs.
The following percentage of items used are grown, reared or produced in the South West:
Meat – 100%
Bakery products – 100%
Beverages – 90%
Fish – 100%
Fresh produce – 100%
Confectionery – 90% (mostly made in school)
Dairy produce – 100%
Preserves – 90%
Occasionaly special deals include the "soup and a roll" deal, just £1 for butternut squash and sweet potato; leek and potato and sweet potato and red pepper etc. We've also had success recently with sandwich/roll meal deals, where students choose their own fillings and accompaniments,
Our lunchtime supervisors ensure that pupils queue for and eat their lunch in a calm and orderly environment. Canteen staff serving the food all know the children well, and are able to help with food choices to encourage a healthy diet, especially for those with special dietary needs.
Our Year Group Ambassadors meet regularly to discuss different aspects of school life including focussing on school food. These meetings are usually attended by our catering manager and a senior member of staff. Changes resulting from these meetings include more bins in the dining area, a better system for duty prefects to sign in for their lunch and a larger display of the weekly menu, with all prices. Recent suggestions for changes to the menu (some of which have already been implemented) include: smoothies, coronation chicken, stuffed peppers, a greater selection on the salad bar, chocolate courgette cake, a healthier brownie recipe (supplied by a student), and different meal deals e.g offering different size portions.
Parents are also encouraged to get involved with suggestions for the menu. If you'd like to make one please contact us. Parents and governors contributed to our School Food Policy a few years ago, which they help to review as required.
Special themed events are regularly held in the canteen such as a Mexican theme day and St Piran's Day. The Year 10 Catering class assisted the canteen in crimping their way through 150 Cornish pasties especially for students and staff to celebrate this Cornish tradition! Such events are advertised in the newsletter to encourage parents and pupils to join in. The information pack for all new pupils includes information on how to register for free meals, and reminders are often put in the newsletter. It is also displayed in the school foyer and is on the school website.
Payment and Free School Meals
Our new electronic payment system gives parents the option of online payments for meals (and Trips or Uniform!), and they will be able to request a detailed breakdown of how their children spend their money, thus enabling them to monitor their child’s eating habits.
Purchases from the Canteen may be made by Smart Keyfobs. These are issued free initially but if a student loses their keyfob, the replacement will cost £2.00.
If you feel that your child may qualify for “free lunches” please contact the Education Department, County Hall, Truro, TR1 3AY (phone 01872 324411). It takes a few days for arrangements to be made so please apply in good time before the start of any term. Application forms are available from the school office or apply online here.
Records of school meal take up are logged on the school’s data system including the number of pupils entitled to free school meals, and whether or not pupil premium children have the free breakfast and lunch that they are entitled to. This is logged automatically, for each child that uses their keyfob when buying their food.
Wellbeing at Cape
We enhance well-being through our Personal, Social, Health Education programme. We hold the Youth Sports Trust bronze sports mark, and many students take part in extra-curricular sports activities.