Hall Primary's healthy tucker

By LYNDAL GAWEN

JUMPING the gun on Queens-land Education's latest Smart State strategies is Rockhampton's The Hall Primary School.

Already in place is a ban on soft drinks, except flavoured mineral water.

Their tuckshop menu was sent to Nutrition Australia for suggestions last month, but most importantly students and parents are behind it.

Like most tuckshops, The Hall Primary School's is run by the Parents' and Citizens' Association (P&C), and is designed to run as a service first and be a fundraiser second, Jannine Brookfield, The Hall School P&C president said.

"We don't have any deep-fried food,'' she said, "it is all oven baked.''

And "it will depend on the fat content of a pie as to whether we can sell it or not,'' Mrs Brookfield said about the coming healthy changes.

When it comes to making the changes required from the tuckshop, the school will be handing out surveys to find out what students want and to make them an informed part of the process.

There is already an open line of communication between teachers and parents about what students are eating, acting deputy principal, Sally Kluver, said.

Eating time at lunch is supervised by the teacher who is able to observe what students are eating and if they are eating.

"That way a teacher is able to communicate to us (administration) and then we can communicate with parents,'' Mrs Kluver said.



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