School meals are prepared on the premises. They are served within a cafeteria system in the school dining hall. There is an extensive choice of menu from snacks to a full dinner. Costs vary according to selection. A school dinner is charged at £2.
St. Gerard’s cafeteria operates a cashless system where children have a swipe card that can be topped up with money on a daily or weekly basis. Your child’s card should be topped up between 8.30am and 8.55am any school day, to avoid disruption to their education.
Special diets for pupils suffering from certain allergies, illnesses such as diabetes or religious observance can be arranged. The child’s Registered Dietician or General Practitioner must complete a medically prescribed diet form.
As of January 2015, all P1-P3 pupils are entitled to a free school meal. Primary 1-3 receive a free breakfast at breakfast club.
Children of parents in receipt of income support are entitled to a free midday meal. Only those children whose parents are in receipt of income support will be entitled to free milk. Milk may however be available to purchase in the school during the lunch period. Information and application forms for free school meals may be obtained from schools, Education Department and Area Offices.
Children of parents receiving Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance (income based), and Employment & Support Allowance (income related) are entitled to a meal without charge. Information and application forms for free school meals may be obtained from schools, first stop shops and Municipal Buildings, Coatbridge
Children will be supervised while eating packed lunches and can sit with their friends who are having school dinners.
Children are not allowed to leave the playground after eating their school dinner or packed lunch. In accordance with Health and Safety, children are not permitted to go to the shop or cafe during lunchtime. This allows us to ensure the safety of all children, as well as promoting healthy eating.