The school cafeteria provides a variety of hot and cold main meals, soup, salads, sandwiches and drinks at lunchtimes. In addition, there are separate pasta, salad and sandwich bars. Snacks such as filled rolls are available both at lunchtime and at the morning interval. Pupils choose their meal and then pay using their Young Scot card. Pupils may bring packed lunches to school and are welcome to eat these in the dining areas. There are vending machines in the canteen which sell water, fruit juices and healthy snacks. If a pupil requires a special diet for medical or other reasons, please let the school know.
You can read more about school meals on the Argyll and Bute Council Website
The cafeteria operates on a ‘cashless’ system. Every pupil receives a Young Scot card at the start of first and fourth year. This is similar to a credit card. It can be ‘topped up’ with money regularly and is presented at the cafeteria instead of cash. Whatever the pupil buys in the cafeteria is deducted from the balance held on the card. ‘Top-up’ machines are located close to the girls’ and boys’ cloakrooms. Parents may send cheques to school to cover a week or more of meals at a time or make an on-line payment via the Council website. Limits can be placed on how much can be spent daily.
The Young Scot card entitles the pupil to discounts in shops, Citylink coaches, and a range of other service providers. It also acts as a ‘proof of age’ card. If a pupil forgets his/her Young Scot card on any day, a temporary replacement card can be issued if he/she goes to the school office at the start of the day. Lost or damaged Young Scot cards can be replaced at a cost of £2.50.
You can credit your child’s Young Scot account by clicking the link below and following the online instructions. You will need the unique ID reference that is issued to all pupils when they first apply for a Young Scot card. If you have lost this reference, the school canteen can help in issuing a new one.
Entitlement to free meals
Children of parents receiving income support, income-based job-seekers’ allowance or Child Tax Credit (subject to entitlement) are entitled to a free school lunch. Information and application forms for free school meals may be obtained from schools and the Council website. The free meal allowance is credited automatically to the pupil’s Young Scot card, which is then presented at the cafeteria in the normal way.
Packed lunches and drinks brought to school
Pupils must not bring any items containing peanuts or nut extracts in packed lunches as some pupils may suffer a severe allergic reaction to these. Only water may be brought to school to drink. In the interests of promoting health and well-being, fizzy, coloured drinks such as colas, Irn Bru, etc. or high energy drinks containing caffeine, are not allowed in school.