Bread allergens update - 20th February 2023
St Joseph's kitchen have experienced issues with stock levels when buying wholemeal bread over the last couple of months and we have been receiving a mix of white and brown bread, (whichever is available at the time).
Therefore, St Joseph's kitchen have decided to add all the allergen information of all four breads that we may receive to the allergen sheets which have been updated
The two allergens are: GLUTEN, SOYA, with no MAY CONTAIN items in the current breads
(This is only for the loaves of bread that we receive and put out as plain sliced bread and does not include breaded products like fish, garlic bread, rolls vegetable burgers etc as they are all noted separately on the allergen sheets)
The two allergens are: GLUTEN and SOYA, with no MAY CONTAIN items in the current breads
The school meal service will start at the Junior School on the first day of each term and meals must be pre-ordered.
You can order meals up to 7 days in advance: for example you would need to order by Tuesday for the following Monday etc. Please be aware that orders should be made or changed through ParentMail and not the school office.
If your child is absent due to illness and you have ordered a meal please let the office know by 9am on the day if you wish us to cancel your order - by email if possible.
If we are informed of any changes to the menu, we will let you know in advance wherever possible.
Information regarding allergens or special dietary requirements can be found on this page of the website where you can find full details of the allergens for each dish in a week's menu.
Should you have any queries that you cannot resolve directly with Parentmail can we ask that you email the office rather than phoning as the school office is not staffed during the holidays. Please be assured that if you have any issues with ParentMail, we will aim to resolve these before the school meal service starts.
Infant School Hot Meals
From Monday 8th March we will be returning to hot school meals at the Infant School. This will also coincide with the introduction of the new Parentmail system enabling you to see what meal options are available each day and to order using the Parentmail website/app. If you have yet to download the Parentmail app or register on the website please do so as you will not be able to access the lunch ordering facility without it.
By using Parentmail you will be able to order food for specific days rather than the ‘All In or All out’ system we used previously. We hope that this will offer you more flexibility as parents as well as reducing waste at school.
On days you do not wish your child to have a hot school meal, you will need to supply a packed lunch.
When you choose your meal option, the dessert option comes automatically with the main course. Please be aware of the allergen details also supplied, should your child have specific dietary requirements.
For your convenience you will now be able to order up to 3 days in advance, for example you would need to have ordered on Friday for the following Monday, Saturday for Tuesday etc.
In order to bring back hot meals we are offering a reduced menu at this stage compared to our pre-covid 19 days. This is due to the extensive staffing and logistical adjustments we are having to make in order to bring back this service. We will be constantly reviewing and adjusting our arrangements to make lunch times as happy and safe as we can for the children and adults supervising. We will of course keep you updated should we make any changes to the service.
Meal and allergen information is available on Parentmail as well as the school website. Please be aware that orders MUST be made through Parentmail and not the school office. If you are going to choose to order a hot school meal please ensure that your child is able to eat their food using a knife and fork as staff will not be able to cut food up for them.
If you choose for your child to have a packed lunch please ensure that the food supplied follows our usual restrictions of no sweets, chocolate, nuts (including Nutella) or fizzy drinks.
For details of 14 noted allergens please see the weekly allergen menus provided..
Allergens noted are Celery, Cereals containing gluten, Crustaceans, Egg, Fish, Lupin, Milk, Mollusc, Mustard, Nuts, Peanuts, Sesame, Soya, Sulphur Dioxide.
Please note that a weeks notice is required if you would like your child to have the gluten free fish options asterisked (Fish on Fridays, Pork Sausages or Beef meatballs or Beef Burgers).
Please note the cost per meal is £2.60 (as of 1st April 2017) at the Junior School whilst the Infant School currently provides Universal Free School Meals.
The Infant School no longer has weekly order forms as new Universal Free School Meals system started in September 2014. The meals need to be ordered at the beginning of the school year.
Junior School children can order their hot school meal via ParentMail - 7 days in advance. Daily orders are placed with St Josephs kitchen by 9:30 each morning.
The menus provided are the same at both the Infant School and Junior School sites.
Also available each day are mixed salad and seasonal vegetables. There is always an alternative vegetarian main meal option and alternative pudding choices. Wholemeal bread is available most days.
A little about St Joseph's Hub Kitchen
"Our story and our partners - our priority is our customer".
Seasonal menu changes take place after consultations with every school we work with. We then consider the guidelines set out by the Government and the School food plan to ensure we deliver a varied, healthy & nutritious menu. Finally, comes our firm belief in supporting local business.
We are proud to work with Birring's Family Greengrocers in Chalfont St Peter for all our fresh fruit & vegetables. Our fresh meat is supplied by a Chiltern based butchers. We cater for primary school children, serving schools in the local area and we are extremely proud to have a 5* hygiene rating from Chiltern District Council and we constantly strive to improve everything we do.
We are St Josephs School Catering and we are based in Chalfont St Peter.
As part of the School Food Plan, a new set of standards for all food served in schools was launched by the Department for Education. They become mandatory in all maintained schools, and new academies and free schools from January 2015. Welcomed by the Save Our Standards Campaign, and by Jamie Oliver, the new school food standards are designed to make it easier for school cooks to create imaginative, flexible and nutritious menus. Find out more about the background to the standards here.
The Standards ‘tea towel’ and accompanying guidance have proved very popular with cooks, caterers and their schools.
Children whose parents/carers receive one of the following benefits are entitled to Free School Meals and this will generate Pupil Premium for their school:
Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
Working Tax Credit 'run-on' - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
We have been assured by our hub kitchen and the commissioning team for Buckinghamshire County Council that the safety and quality of our products is rigorously monitored and that they ensure that all the products we supply meet or exceed the regulatory food safety requirements.
The main focus of this hot school meal scheme is to utilise local farm assured produce.
If you have any further questions please let us know.