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School Life 

School Uniform

 

At Christ Church school we aim to achieve high standards in all areas of school life including appearance. Wearing a smart uniform is an important factor in encouraging a disciplined, positive ethos at Christ Church School. It is the policy of the School that pupils shall wear school uniform as outlined below.

Parents’/carers’ support in this matter is expected and appreciated.

The school uniform is;

Grey skirt or Pinafore or blue & white checked dress or Grey/black trousers.

A white / royal blue polo shirt

A royal blue sweatshirt or cardigan.

Black, flat shoes, boots or sandals

 

Children in reception can wear dark coloured jogging bottoms.

Polo shirts and sweatshirts/cardigans embroidered with the school logo are available to purchase from Shaw Hardcastle in Halifax. A small amount of second hand uniform is available for parents on low income.

 

In addition the children will require

Blue/Black shorts, White/Blue t-shirt and black pumps for their indoor PE kit

Blue/Black joggers, White/blue t-shirt, hoody and trainers for their outdoor PE kit

and, for those in Years 3, 4 and 5 a towel, swimming costume or trunks.

All belongings should be clearly named.

Jewellery

The only item allowed in school is a single ear stud worn in the lobe of the ear and a wristwatch. Make-up and any other form of jewellery are forbidden.

Hair

Must be neat and tidy with no ‘extreme’ styles, two-tone colours of unnatural colours. Fashion styles, including very short hair with patterns etc. cut into the hair are not permitted. Long hair must be tied back in practical lessons for health and safety reasons.

As children are very active during playtimes, we ask that parents ensure that children wear flat shoes which are appropriate for running and climbing.  Please feel free to bring in wellies for wet weather.

 

 

Purchasing uniform

All items of school uniform can be purchased from Shaw Hardcastle in Halifax town centre. Their address is:

Shaw and Hardcastle

20-22 Commercial Street

Halifax, HX1 1TA (Old RBS building)

 

The uniform prices have been agreed between school and Shaw and Hardcastle.

 

School Meals & School Milk 

Phunky Foods

A Healthy Lunch

We are working closely with our partners at PhunkyFoods to showcase their Healthy Lunch message to the children. This message highlights the importance of choosing a healthy, well balanced school lunch; whether that’s a hot school meal or a packed lunch brought in from home.

Good nutrition in childhood can help to prevent a variety of health problems, both in the short term and later in life. There is increasing concern that many children are consuming too much fat, sugar and salt and too little fibre, fruit and vegetables. School lunches can contribute to almost a third of a child’s weekly food intake and therefore they need to be balanced and nutritious to make a positive contribution to a child’s health. A healthier lunch will also encourage children to be calmer and more on-task and focused during the afternoon at school.

You can find out more about the PhunkyFoods Healthy Lunch message, as well as their other healthy eating messages, at https://www.phunkyfoods.co.uk/parent/a-healthy-lunch-parents-information/ Please do take the time to look at the website as the information is there to help you to support your child at home.

For healthy packed lunch ideas and recipes you can also visit:

https://www.phunkyfoods.co.uk/recipes/?fwp_courses=packed-lunches

https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/recipes/healthier-lunchboxes

PhunkyFoods have a great parent section on their website https://www.phunkyfoods.co.uk/parents/ which covers all healthy lifestyle key messages and information including healthy lunches and a #CookTogether section too.

 

Below are some healthy packed lunch ideas and recipe ideas that PhunkyFoods have put together:

 

Plan your packed lunches around foods like bread, rice, pasta and potatoes.

  • Choose wholegrain options where you can – these provide important fibre and slow-release energy to keep children fuller for longer.
  • Think outside the box – cold pasta or potato salads, even couscous, can all be prepared the night before.
  • Consider investing in a thermos flask for warm pasta dishes.

Recipe links: Coronation Chicken Pockets | Hasta Be Pasta

Include one portion of vegetables for important vitamins, minerals and fibre.

  • Veg sticks, and a dip, make a great side-kick for a packed lunch. Consider cucumber, carrots, peppers, celery, baby corn, radish, fresh peas ... buy own brand, “wonky”, “super-six”, seasonal vegetables to stay on budget.
  • Eat a rainbow of colours! Get your children involved in choosing and making salad pots – and of course, reward them for eating it too!
  • Think outside the box – use cheaper wonky vegetables and turn them into delicious and affordable soups, or add to pasta, rice or couscous salads.

Recipe links: Couscous | Soups | Dips

 

Pack one portion every day - Fruit is a fantastic option for a sweet, but healthy, dessert.

  • Choose the supermarkets ‘Pick of the Week’, ‘Super 6’ or Super Saver fruit offers to inspire the week’s lunch boxes.
  • Eat a rainbow of colours! Get your children involved in choosing and making a colourful fruit salad – and of course, reward them for eating it too!
  • Make sure your fruit is packed well, and cushioned, so it doesn’t bruise on the way into school.

Recipe links: Fruity ideas

 

Don’t forget one portion of dairy (or alternatives) for healthy teeth and bones.

  • Don’t be swayed by heavily marketed kid’s versions of dairy desserts, such as cartoon-covered yogurts, custards and fromage frais – they tend to be packed with sugar.
  • Check your dairy dessert label; try and choose varieties with less than 5g of sugar per 100g. Or opt for naturally low sugar varieties such as natural, plain or Greek yogurt, and add your own fruit topping for sweetness.
  • If, on a couple of days each week, you want to include a sweet pudding option, like a small cake or biscuit, why not ditch the dairy dessert and include a stick of cheese for dairy instead? This will keep sugar intakes within sensible limits, and still give your child that all important portion of dairy for healthy teeth and bones.
  • A 20g stick of cheese is just right, and tastes delicious with a few grapes or an apple.

  

 Planning your protein is really important – include one portion each day.

  • Try to keep processed meats, like ham, sausages and cured meats, to a minimum. Instead try using leftovers, like roast dinner meats in sandwiches, wraps or rolls.
  • Choose oily fish like salmon or mackerel, once every 3 weeks – these can be expensive so keep an eye out for yellow sticker options, or offers on canned varieties, or buy fresh when on offer and freeze until needed.
  • Cutting down on meat is good for our health, the environment and our wallets, so why not try some meat-free options? Eggs might be the obvious choice here, but lentils and chickpeas are other good protein sources.

Recipe links: Mini quiche| Frittata | Super Salmon Dip | Tomato & Lentil Soup

 

Make cakes, biscuits or crisps an occasional option (once or twice a week).

  • Plain cakes, sponges and biscuits (malt loaf, tea cakes or plain scones) of an appropriate portion size (a mini fruit muffin, or a slice of malt loaf) make perfect occasional puddings.
  • Batch bake your own fruit-based desserts when you have time – see our recipe ideas below.
  • Ditch the chocolate bars, and try to resist the cereal bars or processed fruit snacks, as these can still be packed with sugars. Keep these for after school if you wish.
  • Healthier school lunch dessert choices might be a fruit salad and yogurt, or 20g cheese and a sliced apple, or a ‘no added sugar’ jelly pot.

Recipe links: Clafoutis| Oat and Yogurt Muffins

Don’t forget to include a healthy drink to keep your kids hydrated.

  • Water is the best drink to give your children at any time of day. It will keep your kids hydrated without adding extra sugar or energy (calories), and it can even help wash off food and sugars from your children’s teeth at the end of a meal – bonus!
  • Milk is a useful source of nutrients, particularly protein, B vitamins and calcium, but milky drinks with added sugars, such as hot chocolate or milkshakes should be avoided.
  • Sugar-sweetened beverages (think fizzy pop, squashes and ‘fruit’ drinks) add unnecessary sugar and energy (calories) to a child’s diet. The sugars, and acids, in these drinks can also play a role in tooth decay.

 

Packed lunches can be an expensive business, so try our thrifty tips.

  • Use cheaper wonky vegetables and turn them into delicious and affordable soups. To make soups more substantial and filling add lentils or pearl barley, which are really cost-effective.
  • Pre-cook larger items and then freeze them in portions, for example buy a whole pork shoulder and slow roast it to make Pulled Pork – freeze in portions to add to sandwiches, wraps, or pop into soups or salads. Or cook a gammon joint, slice and freeze in portions – much cheaper than buying packs of processed ham, especially if you buy reduced items.
  • Beware pre-packed lunchbox items! Instead do it yourself for cheaper, for example, pop some low fat cream cheese into a pot and add breadsticks to dunk, or cut up some ham and cheese cubes and serve with crackers.
  • Buy a bag of popcorn kernels and make popcorn at home; it’s simple and fun, plus healthier and cheaper than shop-bought. Swap out high fat crisps and save money too!
  • Get to know your local supermarkets and buy yellow sticker items when they’re available.

  

Save time by planning ahead; you’re more likely to be able to make better choices.

  • Plan your lunch boxes for the week to ensure variety and a balance of the food groups. Consider involving your child in the planning too; praise new ideas and positive attitudes.
  • If you’re already preparing a pasta or rice dish for dinner/tea, consider doubling up the recipe and using the leftovers for lunch boxes.
  • Make packed lunches the night before with your child to get them involved – make sure any wet/salad ingredients for sandwiches are ‘packed’ separately to avoid the dreaded soggy sarnies! Children can assemble these at school before they eat!
  • Batch cook home-made sweet options (as an occasional dessert) on a weekend and let your child help – mini fruit muffins for example can also be frozen; take them out one at a time and pop in the lunchbox to defrost before lunch.

 

Mix it up so your child is excited to eat their packed lunch.

  • Keep a variety of bread options in the freezer (wholemeal, bagel, wrap, and pitta) to add variety each day without food waste. You can even make your sandwiches the night before with frozen bread and leave them in the fridge overnight to defrost.
  • Make it colourful – eat a rainbow! We eat with our eyes so make the food look more enticing by adding a variety of coloured fruit and vegetables.
  • Be adventurous where you can, and make sure you praise and reward positive attitudes and eating behaviours. You could even slip a little note in their lunch to give them a nice surprise at lunchtime!

 

School Milk

Milk is available to all children in Key Stage 1 if parents register with CoolMilk 

https://www.coolmilk.com/register        

For all our under 5's this is free, when children reach their fifth birthday then they can continue to receive milk as part of the CoolMilk scheme for approximately £15 per term.  Simply register on-line.

Additionally, milk is offered to all our children as a drink option at lunchtime.