Report on the food and drinks available for the students
I would like to express my opinion on the quality and availability of the food and drinks for the students. I feel that the school could do a better job on fueling us throughout the school day and that the choice of food is poor, and has little nutritional value at all.
There are man vending machines littered around the school campus, however they seem to be mostly for show as many of them either don’t have any snacks or drinks in them, or just don’t work.It seems that you have to memorize the ones that fill their purpouse so that you dot end up loosing your lunch money in a machine that isnt even owned by the school;therefore the money is non refundable. Even the working vending machines offer no variety within them, such as the drinks in block C only seem to offer coke which is annoying when you want a drink of water to have in class,after PE.The snacks aren’t healthy either with chocolate bars and crisps these seem to be the only options at break as the canteen is closed. It seems that the school have no consideration for our health or for those who are diabetic.
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As a school I am not expecting a three course meal, however i would like a variety in our meals. there seems to be an overwhelming supply of chips, as these are the only things served on the menu:chips with gravy,beans or cheese.However if you're lucky it may be potatoe in all its glory. The closest you get to a nutritional meal is chips beans and battered fish. Thankfully our school has a salad bar which serves pasta salads and other light meals ,this is open once in a blue moon. Why ask for our dietary requirements when all we get is fatty food. Whatever happened to the gluten free,dairy,vegetarian,halal options. It seems that they want us to learn on empty stomachs. There is a rise in students leaving the campus for lunch even if its just 30 minutes.We need a varied diet with fruits,vegetables and meat.
I asked many students in my year on what the would like to improve and these were their suggestions:
- Canteen or a snack bar open during break and in the morning with healthier snacks,water and soft drinks
- Salad bar to be open during lunch offering pasta salads, fruit salads and sandwiches.They also want it to offer icecream in the summer and soup in the winter.
- A say in the lunch menu and a distinct choice for dietary needs.
- Vending machines with healthier options.
I hope you take my consideration to heart as a healthier school could improve the school both academically and nutritionally. Thank you.