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DD being fed spaghetti hoops for breakfast

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Notimpressedhm Sat 03-Aug-13 11:40:48

DD is 11 and has gone for her intro/try out in preparation for her starting boarding school in September. She has informed me that she has had spaghetti hoops for breakfast, she has no problem with it but Aibu to think this is not acceptable? I would like to think she was being fed nutritionally the same as she would be at home confused

frogspoon Sat 03-Aug-13 20:27:40

My (non-vegetarian) DD will happily make herself beans on toast for breakfast. Healthier than alot of the cereals out there.

Check the brand of beans you are getting, many are packed with sugar and salt, more than a bowl of cereal (obviously depends on the cereal!)

A serving of heinz baked beans (half a can) contains 10.3g of sugar and 1.3g of salt

A serving of kelloggs corn flakes with milk contains 9g of sugar and 0.55g of salt

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sat 03-Aug-13 18:27:04

My (non-vegetarian) DD will happily make herself beans on toast for breakfast. Healthier than alot of the cereals out there.

slapandpickle your value spaghetti'n'croissants combo sounds like a meal born of desperation when you are starving and the cupboard is empty delicious wink

trinity0097 Sat 03-Aug-13 18:14:13

Frogspoon I am a non resident in a school with some bording and have every breakfast at school, and if I want to stay for supper this isn't a problem, I just have to sign up by lunchtime. Breakfast is also available on days that we don't have any boarders in.

Lottiedoubtie Sat 03-Aug-13 18:02:33

frogspoon play your cards right and lots of non-resident staff get breakfast IME ;-)

Picturesinthefirelight Sat 03-Aug-13 16:46:00

I was wrong, they didn't have a cooked breakfast option dd has just told me but that might be because it was out if term time & also being a dance school they don't want to dance on a heavy breakfast.

Every day there was toast, cereal & fruit with jams & marmalade. Then each day there was another item eg bagels, breakfast waffles, croissant, muffins.

Dd was in her element she thought the choice was fantastic.

frogspoon Sat 03-Aug-13 16:20:19

Most decent boarding schools have a full varied range of food and alternate through popular choices. So maybe spaghetti hoops today, but perhaps veggie sausages yesterday and scrambled eggs tomorrow?
Also as it was just a taster day, there will be fewer students in school, therefore probably a smaller selection that average was provided. If you are still worried, contact the school and ask for a breakfast menu.

I'm going to be teaching in a boarding school in September, if you are interested, this is a selection of what the school is offering:

Every day: Cereals inc porridge, bread, toast and preserves, coffee, tea and juices, yoghurt and fruit
2 days a week: continental breakfast including pastries, cheeses and meats
Hot foods available on the remaining 4 days (not everything every day) include sausages, bacon, black pudding, eggs, french toast, beans, spaghetti hoops, hash browns and bubble and squeak.
On Sundays they have a brunch including full English, as well as weekly options such as omelettes, chocolate croissants, homemade sausage rolls, smoked haddock, baked brie wedges, chicken wings and paninis.

(unfortunately I will not be a live-in staff, so I will not get to sample this delicious food!)

slapandpickle Sat 03-Aug-13 15:42:54

Beans would be better for every day, it's important for her to get her protein somewhere. however I have been known to feast on a tin of value spaghetti with croissants dipped in, the combo is DELICIOUS and I suggest everyone tries it.

sweetestcup Sat 03-Aug-13 15:36:04

Still think you are complaining over nothing OP if there was cereal available. But you wont have the same level of control that you would have if she was at home. Never understood the point of boarding schools either, I would miss my kids too much but each to their own, if I had £10,000 it would be a private school I would pick.

livinginwonderland Sat 03-Aug-13 15:35:43

I went to boarding school and they will provide veggie sausages/bacon for kids once term starts. I was vegetarian for a couple of years and all you had to do was ask for vegetarian sausages and they'd get you some - they just didn't keep it out front because they didn't want other (meat eaters) people to take them!

Picturesinthefirelight Sat 03-Aug-13 15:15:56

I would never ever have thought I would contemplate boarding school for my dd but I'm currently feeling bad that we can't afford for her to board at a specialist school where several children board on full scholarships (she has bursary not scholarship so boarding not covered)

thebody Sat 03-Aug-13 15:14:21

Gosh my teens go to the local comp and the menu range is like a Jamie Oliver recipe book. fabulously tasty and all home cooked and healthy.

money for old rope these boarding schools then.😄

Primadonnagirl Sat 03-Aug-13 15:13:40

I think you are over reacting based on just one days offerings. Veggie or not there's always going to be some days that she doesn't much fancy what's on offer..when you've revealed the other options she was hardly going to starve. Beans can be just as bad if packed with sugar and salt. I really think you are worrying over nothing in the grand scheme of BS potential problems!

DumSpiroSpero Sat 03-Aug-13 15:07:36

FGS - the OP doesn't need an excuse to do what she thinks is best for her child - boarding schools are hardly the dens of corporal punishment and buggery they used to be.

The one DH used to work at was fabulous, and there was plenty of opportunity for the kids to see their families.

It's not what I'd choose for DD, who'd hate it, but after an overdose of Enid Blyton I was begging my parents to send me to boarding school by the age of 8! They didn't, and I'm sure it wouldn't have lived up to my storybook expectations but that's obviously not the case for OP and her DD who are perfectly entitled to choose their own path

Picturesinthefirelight Sat 03-Aug-13 15:05:13

Blimey my two get cereal or toast for breakfast and that's it.

Dd won't be boarding but at the school she's going to (she spent a week at their summer school last week they had a choice of cereal, toast, eggs, sausages & beans.

YouStayClassySanDiego Sat 03-Aug-13 14:58:44

£10,000 a term, bloody hell!

IslaValargeone Sat 03-Aug-13 14:56:24

Is that with Yehudi Menhuin?

difficultpickle Sat 03-Aug-13 14:55:36

Koala that is a menu for one week. There are two others with a different range of food. Ds says the food is very good indeed. He likes food that he hated at his previous school because the cooking is so good. It has made a real difference to how well he has settled into his new school. I hadn't really thought about food before but it is something I will be looking at when we consider senior school options.

Boarding is a different environment from home which makes it even more important that the food they have is good quality and enjoyable to eat. I've been on business trips where the food has been utterly dreadful and it coloured my view of the trip and that was only a week. I can't imagine having to put up with that every day during term time for several years.

Lazyjaney all the breakfast options the OP stated are available at ds's school and it doesn't have any Michelin stars that I know of. I don't think the OP has unreasonable expectations at all.

Notimpressedhm Sat 03-Aug-13 14:51:00

Youstayclassy near enough 10k a term yes, this includes all excursions and trips plus 1 music lesson per week

YouStayClassySanDiego Sat 03-Aug-13 14:27:11

£10,000 a term, really? shock

candycoatedwaterdrops Sat 03-Aug-13 14:26:46

The school are going to LOVE you. grin

trinity0097 Sat 03-Aug-13 14:22:47

Our school kitchen will cook vegi sausages etc, but only if they know that a child is vegetarian, once your daughter starts they will know and expect her for breakfast. Did she ask for a vegi alternative? When we have vegi children in for breakfast, or gluten free ones, their sausages are kept hidden in the hot plate rather on show so that someone else doesn't eat them.

Lazyjaney Sat 03-Aug-13 14:02:36

Antimatter she usually has either poached, boiled or scrambled eggs, quorn sausages and occasionally pancakes topped with fruit

Blimey, I hate to think of the standard of lunch and dinner menus required! Good luck in your search for a school with enough Michelin stars OP.

Btw, it does help to look at the A* ratings too.....

Waffling Sat 03-Aug-13 14:01:29

Meh - unless you're ill (which I hope the OP isn't) then there's no excuse for it.

KoalaFace Sat 03-Aug-13 13:12:42

NotImpressed Do you do a hot breakfast every day? That's very impressive!

Notimpressedhm Sat 03-Aug-13 13:08:45

Antimatter she usually has either poached, boiled or scrambled eggs, quorn sausages and occasionally pancakes topped with fruit

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