Nutrition Policy

Nutrition Policy

The staff of Glenahulla National School drafted this plan on 1st March 2004 as part of the S.P.H.E. Programme, following consultation with Parents & Pupils. It was in February 2018.


It was decided to focus on Healthy Eating/Nutrition at Glenahulla National School as an aspect of S.P.H.E. (Social, Personal & Health Education) as it forms an integral part of S.P.H.E. in our school.

Aims & Objectives

  • To promote the personal development and well being of the child.
  • To promote the health of the child and provide a foundation for healthy living and all it’s aspects.
  • To improve nutrition standards in the school community.


A Healthy Eating/Nutrition promoting school is one that gives a special focus on health.  It encourages pupils, parents and teachers to look at how healthy lifestyles and environments can be encouraged within the school.

Early in the school year 2003 – 2004, each family was provided with a copy of our school’s Social, Personal and Health Education (S.P.H.E) policy document. 

In accordance with the recommendations set out in the document, and to follow what is considered to be good practise in other schools, it has been decided that our school should adopt a healthy eating policy.  

Glenahulla National School will be following many of the guidelines set out by The Southern Health Board Health Promotion Department. The recommendations are as follows:

All foods at the top of the food pyramid (Copy attached) will NOT be allowed during the week i.e.

  • Crisps
  • Fizzy drinks and energy drinks 
  • Sweets or bars (including health/cereal bars)
  • Biscuits/Cakes

Parents will be asked to encourage their child to choose a healthier option to replace these items, suggestions of which are clearly displayed on the food pyramid.  Each Friday, in accordance with the parent’s wishes, pupils will be allowed to bring to school, one treat of their choice from the above list.

Pupils will also be allowed to bring their usual ‘bus treats’ for swimming days. 

Due to the exorbitant cost of refuse disposal, the implementation of this policy will coincide with the introduction of a ‘zero-tolerance’ on rubbish in the school.  This simply means that pupils will be expected to bring home all their own rubbish for disposal.   

Approaches & Methodologies

  • Classroom discussion.
  • Promotion of suitable food and drink at break time.
  • The limiting of the consumption of certain foods e.g. Chewing gum, fizzy drinks, sweets, chocolate bars, crisps.
  • All food and drinks consumed by pupils in the school will follow the guidelines recommended in the food pyramid. (Attached)
  • Food items from the top shelf of the food pyramid (e.g. crisps, sweets, chocolate, minerals) can be consumed in school on Fridays only.
  • At least once during the school day, children should be encouraged to eat food from the bottom shelf of the food pyramid e.g. bread, scones, rice, pasta, crackers, potato, cereals 
  • Pupils will be expected to bring home all their own rubbish for disposal.



S.P.H.E.  Programme

Bía Folláin

Southern Health Board Health Promotion Department

Food Dudes Programme

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Teachers and Principals.
  • Board of Management.
  • Parents and Ancillary Staff.

Timeframe for Implementation

  • on an ongoing basis

Ratification and Communication

  • Ratification by Board of Management.
  • Provision for communicating plan to parents/copy circulated to each household.
  • A copy of the plan available for inspection in the school.


  • 2020



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