Primary and Special School Meals
Payment Online for School Meals and more..
The introduction of the online payment facility for school meals and other school payments has brought new benefits to pupils, parents and carers who will use the system.
A letter detailing the facility and how you register to make on-line payments is sent to you when your child starts at Primary school. The on-line payment facility is accessed by way of the Pay tab on the Aberdeenshire Council web site.
A straightforward one-time registration is required to create your own unique username and password.
The preferred option is to make payments on-line but cash or cheque payments will be accepted. The current price of a school meal is £2.15
NB - Please ensure you add funds to child's account either online or by cash or cheque prior to sending them for school meals.
How pupils use this service to choose a School Meal
Each morning in class all children choosing to have a school meal will select their main course for that day based on colour coded choices. (see Autumn Winter 2016/17 Menu Display Sheets below) This information is recorded and will help the kitchen ensure pupils receive their selected option.
Interactive Menus & Allergen Information
Recent changes to food law requires all food businesses to provide information about allergens contained in the foods served to customers. The School Catering Service is no exception and has taken steps to provide this information to pupils and parents. The Autumn Winter 2016/17 menu cycle available on these web pages now features 'interactive' menus. This enables visitors to 'click' on any underscored item and have that recipe page 'pop up'. The recipe page displays all relevant allergens contained within the recipe shown. Nutritional values have been added to that includes carbohydrates important for pupils with Type 1 diabetes.
Autumn Winter 2016/17 Interactive Primary Menus -
Our Primary School menus have been translated into Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish and Russian languages to enable families who speak these to discuss and make choices of meal options available at school lunch time.
We welcome any feedback regarding these translations in order for us to provide accurate descriptions and information
A daily School Meal menu offers:
- 2 hot main course choices with accompanying vegetable and carbohydrate choices.
- The Sandwich Platter provides items making it an excellent alternative to a home Pack lunch.
- Soup is available at least once a week.
- Pudding choices include fresh fruit, yoghurt or Cheese & Biscuits.
- A selection of breads are included with a school lunch meal.
- Fresh drinking water is freely available with lunch
- Milk and Juice is also available and may be purchased separately.
Hitting the Mark!
Aberdeenshire's School Catering Service has recently achieved the Soil Association Silver Food for Life Catering mark for serving fresh and healthy meals to our 156 Primary and Special Schools. The Food for Life Catering mark brings together all of the issues people care about - health, climate change and animal welfare. It recognises caterers who serve fresh food which is free from controversial additives and offers a guarantee that fresh food you can trust is always on our menus. We can assure you that the food we serve meets high standards of traceability, freshness and provenance.
Aberdeenshire school menus are already devised to meet Scottish Government nutritional requirements and achieve lower fat, lower saturated fat, lower sugar and lower salt content.
E-Mail Communication with our Customers
The menus also feature information about the Primary School Meals E-Mail Box. Customers of the Service can offer comment and suggestions via the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org