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School Meals

Primary and Secondary School Menus offer healthy and tasty meal options which reflect the Scottish Government food and drink legal requirements for school lunches. 

School meals are cooked on the premisesby our School Cook Mrs Vicky Mayers. Choices offer a varied and attractive dinner each day.  A “fruit only” dessert is offered twice a week to all pupils. Under the “Fruit In Schools” initiative, jointly funded by the Western Isles Health Board and the Education and Children’s Services Department, all children in Primary 1-2     receive a piece of fruit three times a week. This is offered at the morning interval.

In agreement with the parent body, all pupils receive, milk every day and fruit, and toast at alternate morning intervals. Where initiatives are not in place to fund these snacks, parents pay for the snacks on a weekly basis. In this way parents support us in our endeavours to promote healthy living across the school.

 The School Cook issues weekly menu’s to pupils who are encouraged to take these home and make their choices before returning them to school. This practice helps the Cook to reduce waste with pupils being able to “pre-order” their school meals on a weekly basis. 

The school operates a system of money pockets which go out to pupils each week. Parents are asked to place dinner money for the week in the envelope on a Monday and any change owed to them will be returned in the same way.

Pupils who wish to take packed lunches to school may eat them in the canteen with the other children.  However, the following points ought to be carefully noted;

¨ Pupils eating Packed Lunches should generally eat their lunch in a separate area from those eating School Lunches, However, since in Bernera School, we are at a premium for suitable space we do allow the children to sit and eat together on the provision that parents and pupils  recognise why distinctions are sometimes made between those eating School Lunches and those eating Packed Lunches.

¨ Canteen staff have no responsibility in any way to assist pupils with the making up of their lunch items. Parents should therefore ensure that pupils Packed Lunches are ready to eat and that any necessary cutlery/tableware is included with the Packed Lunch.

Parents should let the School know in advance if their child has any special dietary requirements.

School pupils are not allowed to leave the premises at lunchtime unless they are going home for lunch.

Children of parents in receipt of Income Support are entitled to a free midday meal. Further information and application forms can be obtained from the School, or from:

Department of Education and Children’s Services
Comhairle nan Eilean,
Sandwick Road,
Stornoway

Isle of Lewis

TEL: 01851 822 763

Week Beginning: – 2 An Dùbhlachd 2 December 2013

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Pizza Plain  or

Spicy Potato Wedges

Salad

 

or

 

Tomato Soup   

Bread

Cheese,    Tuna, or Ham sandwich   

Toad in the HoleCarrots

Mashed or

Roast Potatoes 

 

or

 

Baked Potato   

With Cheese,   Beans,

Or Tuna

Salad 

Sweet n Sour Chicken Rice

Sweetcorn

 

or

 

Lentil Soup   

Bread 

Cheese,    Tuna, or Ham sandwich  

Fish Fingers Chips

Peas

Salad

 

 

or

 

Tomato Pasta

Salad

Choc n Toffee Swirl or Fresh Fruit    Chocolate SpongeCustard 

or 

Fresh Fruit   

Yoghurt or

Fresh Fruit 

Plain Muffinor

Fresh Fruit 

School Policies

The following CNES Policies have been endorsed by the school and form the basis of our practice with our pupils. These can be found listed on the CNES Website in the following location.

 http://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/education/policiesprocedures/index.asp

 ¨ Anti-Bullying Policy

¨ Care and Welfare Policy

¨ Dress Code Policy

¨ Disruption to Education on Account of Bad Weather

¨ Enterprise in Education

¨ Getting It Right (for Children and Young People in the Western Isles)

¨ Home Education

¨ Home To School Travel

¨ ICT

¨ Improving Behaviour Policy

¨ Inclusion

¨ Parental Involvement Strategy

¨ Promoting Positive Behaviour

¨ Quality Improvement Policy and Procedures

¨ Race Equality

¨ Religious Observance

¨ Support for Bereavement

¨ Transition Planning

In addition to this the School has the following policies available:-

¨ Internet Access Policy

¨ Learning and Teaching

¨ School Security

School Policies

The following CNES Policies have been endorsed by the school and form the basis of our practice with our pupils. These can be found listed on the CNES Website in the following location.

http://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/education/policiesprocedures/index.asp

 ¨ Anti-Bullying Policy

¨ Care and Welfare Policy

¨ Dress Code Policy

¨ Disruption to Education on Account of Bad Weather

¨ Enterprise in Education

¨ Getting It Right (for Children and Young People in the Western Isles)

¨ Home Education

¨ Home To School Travel

¨ ICT

¨ Improving Behaviour Policy

¨ Inclusion

¨ Parental Involvement Strategy

¨ Promoting Positive Behaviour

¨ Quality Improvement Policy and Procedures

¨ Race Equality

¨ Religious Observance

¨ Support for Bereavement

¨ Transition Planning

 In addition to this the School has the following policies available:-

¨ Internet Access Policy

¨ Learning and Teaching

¨ School Security

Allied Health Professionals

In the event of pupils requiring additional support from our Allied Health Professionals such as Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, the school will complete an Inter-Agency Referral and submit it to the Department of Education and Children’s Services where it will be directed to the appropriate service. All referrals are made in accordance with the “Getting It Right for Children and Young People Policy in the Western Isles.” This Policy can be found at: 

http://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/education/policiesprocedures/documents/policy/GettingItRightForEveryChild.pdf

Administration of Medicines

Class Teachers are not obliged to administer medicine to pupils. However, if/when it is essential for a child to have medication while in school, this will be carried out by a trained First Aider in the school  office, but only when the appropriate request form has been filled in and signed by parent / guardian. Forms are available in the school office. 

No medication will be given without a written request from parents/guardians and the consent of the Head Teacher. It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to deliver and collect medication in person and also to replace medication when it becomes out of date.

Dental Services

Under the Childsmile programme, all pupils in the school brush their teeth each day. Over time this has been proven to reduce the decay pupils experience. The schools dental service visit the school regularly to carry out surveys and check the children’s teeth. Parents are informed in advance of any dental visits that are due to take place and then informed by letter of any dental work that is required and pupils are referred on to the Western Isles Dental Centre.

Medical Care for Pupils

Parents should inform the school without fail of any relevant medical history e.g. asthma, epilepsy, diabetes etc. of which teachers should be aware.

The Head Teacher and two School Assistants are trained in First Aid and hold First Aid At Work certificates. The Nursery Key Worker also holds a basic certificate in First Aid.

Any pupil who feels unwell in class should inform the class teacher who will make arrangements to seek medical advice if necessary.  In some cases it may be necessary to send your child home but this will only be done after contact has been made with the parent/guardian/emergency contact to make arrangements, including suitable transport. 

The Public Health Nurse, visits the school annually for Primary 1 health checks.  Parents are informed in advance of these medical checks and asked for their consent. 

Where pupils have particular and very specific needs, members of staff, including the Head Teacher, have been trained in specific medical procedures in order to care appropriately for these pupils. The competency of   members of staff to undertake such procedures is regularly assessed by staff trainers from NHS Western Isles.

Complaints, Comments and Suggestions Procedures

We are keen that you should be completely satisfied about your child’s education and we encourage  feedback from parents and pupils.  We are, therefore, interested in feedback of all kinds, whether it be compliments,  suggestions or complaints.  If you have a complaint about the school, please let us know.  It is better that these things are shared openly and resolved fairly rather than being allowed to damage the relationship between the family and the school.  There will be no negative consequences arising from making a complaint and we will deal with the issue as confidentially as possible.  If we have made a mistake we will apologise quickly and clearly and try to put things right.

There are some things which you should take note of in relation to making a complaint:

 ¨ Please make any complaints initially to the Head Teacher.  This makes sure that the school knows what is going on and has an opportunity to respond and resolve the issue.

¨ If you are unhappy with the service or with our response then you will have the right to take the matter further.  You can put your complaint in writing or fill in a complaint form. Completed forms should be sent to:

Director of Education and Children’s Services,

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar,

Sandwick Road,

Stornoway,

Isle of Lewis,

HS1 2BW.

 Further information on the Council’s complaints procedure and on making a complaint can be found at:

http://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/complaints.asp

 where an online Complaints Form is also located.

 ¨ If you are still unhappy after further investigation and reply you can take the matter up with the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman.  The reply will include the contact details.

Mobile Phone Policy

1. Bernera Primary School generally discourages parents for allowing and pupils from bringing mobile phones or other valuable items to the school, on the grounds that they may get lost or stolen. If a phone or other valuable item is brought to the school, parents are advised that, where possible, the items should be marked in some way to aid future identification if lost and subsequently found. 

2. If a pupil does bring a mobile phone to school, the phone must remain switched off during the school day and may not be used on school premises, grounds, or during off-site curricular activities (such as   swimming or other sports activities). The only exceptions to this will be on school trips, where the school will have the discretion to allow pupils to carry and use phones if they wish (e.g. during planned solo activities), in emergencies, or with the express approval of a member of school staff.

 3. If a pupil is found by a member of staff to be using a mobile phone for any purpose, without  authorisation, the phone will be confiscated from the pupil and will generally only be returned to the pupil’s parent.

 4. However, mobile phones may be returned directly to the pupil:

 a) On a first breach, if it is clear that the pupil did not understand the school’s policy on the use of mobile phones;

 Or

 b) In a situation where there is genuine concern that the pupil requires the phone directly after the school day on security, health and safety or similar grounds; 

Or

c) On receipt of a signed authorisation from the parent, where travel or other issues make it difficult for the parent to attend the school to receive the phone.




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