NAG 5.7 Food and Nutrition

 

Adopted 17th June 2019.

Next review date: August Reviewed August 2021

The next review date is August 2024.

 

Policy Statement

Kingsgate School recognises as part of an effective learning community it must provide a healthy and safe environment. We acknowledge students/ākonga and staff who follow healthy, nutritious eating practices will create a foundation for future achievement. It is therefore our objective to:

a. Encourage students to be responsible for their own health.

b. Align the practices within KingsGate school with healthy nutritional messages. This includes not only curriculum opportunities that exist in areas such as Physical Education, Health, Food Technology, and Social Studies but also in all wider aspects of school life including cultural and sporting activities, initiatives that involve whānau and the wider community, and education outside the classroom.

 

Rationale

Through this policy, a commitment is made regarding several important aspects of the KingsGate School community and environment to make the school healthier for students. These include:

Any time food is provided, consideration will be given to advice on healthy nutrition in schools from the Heart Foundation and the Ministry of Education. Current resources include:

https://health.tki.org.nz/Key-collections/Curriculum-in-action/Choice-food!

https://www.education.govt.nz/school/health-safety-and-wellbeing/student-and-staff-health/why-promote-healthy-lifestyles/

Provision of consistent messages about healthy nutrition throughout the school.

 

Guidelines and strategies

Students will be encouraged:

a. to take responsibility for their own health through healthy nutrition

b. to bring to school foods and drinks that are in line with this policy

c. to drink water.

These messages will be conveyed and reinforced through school-wide initiatives, classroom programmes and positive role modelling.

 

The Senior Leadership Team will ensure:

a. they will work with staff and students to develop a more consistent approach to healthy eating practices across the many different school activities, with predominant use of ‘everyday’ and ‘sometimes’ foods as classified by the Heart Foundation and avoiding the use of ‘occasional foods’ as much as possible.

b. all staff members will be encouraged to model healthy eating and drinking behaviours.

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