British School Dinners At Present

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Selina X

Milton Keynes, UK

#1 Jun 20, 2013
The current state of school dinners across the UK has been much debated over the past year or two, with such celebrity chefs as Jamie Oliver making outspoken criticms of what is placed before children and young people at lunchtimes. I fully support his campaigns to rid schools of some of the um-palatable aspects. I am currently working on an article for my local newspaper regards the issue nationwide. Having already done some private research it has come as a predictable but still shocking discovery that the nutritional value of many school meals is lacking badly, and many are made by private companies whose sole motive is profit and not health and nutrition, or even a decent meal full stop.

A personal gripe of my own is that so many in school who take dinners have no proper cutlery and crockery to eat from. "Prison style" sectioned plastic plates are common place with both the main meal and dessert/pudding served at once. Often children will tuck into the dessert first and leave the main meal if not corrected and seen. Plastic knives and forks too. If school is a place of education then the lunchtime meal break should also be used to educate subtley. My own meals always used to consist of stainless steel cutlery, of a knife and fork and spoon, and served up on a decent sized china plate and pudding/dessert bowl. This is un-common now. It should not be. These are the basics, yet in many UK schools these basics have been discarded.

School dinners were never actually as bad in the past as is commonly joked about. They were infact quite filling, nutritional, varied and served properly, and we even ate our meals amongst our teachers too. This no longer appears common either.

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#2 Oct 2, 2013
I support your thoughts, really. Unfortunately this problem is not only in UK.. The best way to make healthy lunches at school - is to make them on your own. I always make lunches for my children. I think government should support schools with healthy lunches, as the new nation should be not only smart but also healthy.
Selina X

Daventry, UK

#3 Oct 19, 2013
Having looked into the whole aspect of school dinners I come to the same conclusion as LeilaGee above, and agree with you that in the end the best thing to do is make up your own children's lunchbox. British school dinners are not fit for purpose. Unfortunately though, a lot of parents who fill their own children's lunchboxes are not fit for the purpose of doing so either. One example I came across was chocolate sandwich spread and a bag of crisps 5 days a week. In another case the lunchbox had just 3 slices of plain bread and nothing else. However many other's were full of nutritional content and very well made, far superior than paying for a substandard school meal.
Make your own child's school meal is the best advice, and it doesn't have to take long to do. Time is no excuse.
djw

Newton Abbot, UK

#4 Oct 21, 2013
Selina X wrote:
Having looked into the whole aspect of school dinners I come to the same conclusion as LeilaGee above, and agree with you that in the end the best thing to do is make up your own children's lunchbox. British school dinners are not fit for purpose. Unfortunately though, a lot of parents who fill their own children's lunchboxes are not fit for the purpose of doing so either. One example I came across was chocolate sandwich spread and a bag of crisps 5 days a week. In another case the lunchbox had just 3 slices of plain bread and nothing else. However many other's were full of nutritional content and very well made, far superior than paying for a substandard school meal.
Make your own child's school meal is the best advice, and it doesn't have to take long to do. Time is no excuse.
Selina X aka Katie Mellish you have the full support of me and BOB from Canada.

I think it is also disgusting that all pupils when choosing to have the meat option have to eat halal meat. Don't get me wrong I have no objections to halal meat being served in Islamic faith schools but to serve it in ethnically mixed schools without giving a non-halal non-vegetarian option is wrong. I believe in choice but I do not believe in compulsion such as when the Al-Madinah school forced all non-muslim female teachers to wear the Hijab.

Maltamon on the other hand believes in compulsion. He would have all pupils eat school dinners in the nude so they dont get crumbs on their uniform or smuggle food out for later.

He would also not trust pupils with metal knives and forks and would post armed security guards in the rest rooms.

Lets hope his, Phil's & LineDazzle's vision for the school canteeen is thwarted and the Government chooses your nutritious, gender nuetral non discriminatory option.

Vive LA Quebecois.

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