Lunchtime

At Sybourn Primary, we promote positive experiences throughout the lunchtimes. This is exemplified through the positive behaviour in the dining room and the playground

To ensure the children are “healthy”, we contribute to the children’s social and emotional development. We build children’s self-esteem by offering praise and being fair, as well as helping them build the skills to resolve conflict, solve problems and manage their feelings. Adults also provide a positive role model for the children

To ensure the children are “safe”, we set clear and fair limits for the children. We have high expectations of behaviour and plan for lunchtimes to be a positive experience. We teach children how to deal with conflict in a constructive way and encourage them to be assertive and stand up for themselves. We also display a “zero tolerance” attitude towards bullying, violence and anti-social behaviour.

To ensure that children have every opportunity to enjoy and “achieve”, we provide clear praise and rewards for positive behaviour. We encourage inclusion and independence for all pupils in an indoor and outdoor environment that is as comfortable and stimulating as possible.

To ensure that the children “make a positive contribution” 
we make sure that they are consulted regularly and offer feedback on issues that are affecting them. We encourage them to understand their own behaviour and to develop strategies to manage their emotions while helping them to support each other and develop positive relationships. We encourage children to take responsibility for their own behaviour.

To ensure that children “achieve economic well-being”, we encourage leadership through initiatives such as the Sybourn Champions as well as developing independence and teamwork. We provide opportunities for children to lead and manage lunchtime activities. We empower them to initiate schemes to promote positive behaviour and  encourage them to aim high.

What is on the School Dinner Menu?

The school dinner menu rotates on a three-week basis. Click here to find out what's on this term's menu.

For more information, visit the Waltham Forest school meals page

Nutritionist-resource information for parents – click to view


Changing your Child's Lunch Choice
If you would like to change your child's dinner choice then please notify the school office. Please understand that you can only change your child's dinner choice on a half-termly basis. If you fail to notify the school office, you may be charged for the school dinners already set up on your account. A Meal Choice Change form is available in the main reception area.


Does my child qualify for free School Dinner?
Free school meals are school lunches which are provided each school day to eligible pupils for no charge. Free school meals are now administrated by the Benefits Service, making it simpler to apply for them. For information on whether your child is eligible for free school meals and how to apply, visit the Free School Meals page.

Cost and Payment of School Dinners
A school dinner currently costs £2.30, with a  total of £11.50 per week. Payment  can be made through your ParentPay account. Please note that payment is required in advance of meals being taken, and accounts should be kept up to date. Please see below for more information on ParentPay

school dinners are to be increased from £2.20 to £2.30 per day which makes the total per week to £11.50 from September.

What is Parent Pay?
ParentPay offers you the freedom to make payments whenever and wherever you like, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – safe in the knowledge that the technology used is of the highest internet security available.

How does Parent Pay Work?
You will have a secure online account, activated using a unique username and password; you will be prompted to change these, and to keep them safe and secure. If you have more than one child at our school, you can merge their accounts to create one login for all your children.

Making a payment is straightforward and ParentPay holds a payment history for you to view at a later date; no card details are stored in any part of the system. Once you’ve activated your account you can make online payments straight away.

Using PayPoint 
PayPoint payments are recorded by ParentPay and can be seen by logging into your ParentPay account and viewing your payment history online. You can visit your nearest PayPoint shop to make payments to your account. Just look for the following sign:

Please notify the main office if you wish to use the PayPoint facility. A plastic card will be issued to you to make cash payments for school
meals at local PayPoint stores. The first card is free of charge; however, any lost or damaged cards will be charged at £3 each. Payment cards take about two weeks to arrive but we can issue a barcoded letter as an interim
measure.

Trip and activity information letters will carry a unique barcode which will allow you to make cash payments at your local PayPoint store.

For more information about Parent Pay,
 click here.