At Abbotsbury, we are committed to the Merton Healthy Schools Scheme which seeks to improve children’s health and well-being. This is achieved by giving the children the information they need to make healthy choices and by promoting healthy behaviours.
Snacks, Water and Packed Lunches
We believe that children learn better when they are not hungry or thirsty. Children up to and including Year 2, can choose a piece of fresh fruit or salad vegetable every morning at break-time as part of the National Fruit and Vegetable Scheme. Children in Years 3 to 6 are encouraged to bring in a piece of fruit from home or make use of our healthy fruit tuck shop.
Water is available at break-time from fountains in the playground, but children from all the year groups are strongly encouraged to bring in bottles of water that they can drink from during lessons in class.
Children are rewarded with stickers for bringing in balanced and healthy packed lunches. Fizzy drinks and sweets should not be included in lunch boxes.
Children can celebrate their birthdays by bringing in class treats such as stickers, a new book to share, or the kind of items that you might put in a child’s party bag. We discourage the bringing in of large birthday cakes, sweets and chocolates.
Hot School Dinners
We serve the ‘Merton Healthy Schools Menu’ at lunchtimes, which is adapted to meet any specific needs we have in relation to the children’s cultural diversity and special dietary requirements.
Walking to School
Every Wednesday is a W.O.W, day (Walk on Wednesday), when children can earn badges by walking to school. Families who live too far away to walk can still participate by parking a few streets away and walking the last stretch. This promotes exercise and reduces parking congestion in the area around the school.
At Abbotsbury Primary School we are working towards our Eco Schools Silver Award after recently gaining our Bronze Award. The children play an important part in this. Each class has two Green Team members whose job it is to turn off lights and computer monitors, do lunchtime litter picking and complete regular classroom checks. A green traffic light is awarded for the classrooms that have everything turned off. In addition, we have an Action Team consisting of one member from each class. They are responsible for carrying out an Environmental Review, writing an Action Plan and putting it in place. The Action team represents the school community with Governors, Parents and Teachers also a part of it. They have already initiated the building of a pond which was the major project identified from the Bronze Award Action Plan. The school still has a long way to go before we achieve a Green Flag, but hopefully the enthusiasm from the children can lead us to success.
Children at Abbotsbury are keen environmentalists, with a commitment to recycling discarded paper and improving our environment. The local authority make regular pick-ups of the waste paper.