Through these guidelines, St Paul’s National School, aims to help all those involved in our school community in developing positive and responsible attitudes to eating and to appreciate the contribution that good food makes to health.


  1. Parents should ensure that children have a healthy breakfast to help them learn and concentrate better in school.
  2. A healthy lunchbox contains foods from the bottom four shelves of the food pyramid.
  3. Some of the healthy snacks that this school encourages for break time include fruit, vegetables sticks, yoghurt, fromage frais, crackers and / or cheese.
  4. Chewy / sticky bars, cereal bars and sweets are not advisable at any time.
  5.  Healthier choice of drinks are plain (tap) water and milk. Pure unsweetened juices or well diluted sugar free squashes may be included.
  6. Sweetened fruit juices, fruit drinks, squashes, fizzy drinks (including diet drinks and sparkling water) should be avoided due to their sugar and /or acid content as these are also harmful to teeth.
  7. Cans, glasses, chewing gum, crisps, popcorn and peanuts are not permitted. Foods which have wrappers should be kept to a minimum and disposed of properly to reduce litter and protect our school environment.
  8. Nutrition and healthy eating will be included as part of the school curriculum.
  9. All pupils are encouraged to avail of the school filtered water scheme.
  10. The ‘Healthy Eating Guidelines’ will be reviewed on an annual basis and the policy will be framed and displayed in a prominent position in the school.