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To think this is a pretty shit lunch from school

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NoCapes Fri 08-Jul-16 19:45:55

DD is reception age and went on a school trip to the zoo today, they then went straight from their school trip to the disco, so she didn't get home until 6:30 - a pretty long day for a 5 year old

She's on school dinners so we were told the school would provide her packed lunch
She was given -
1/2 a tuna sandwich (2 pieces of bread to make a sandwich, cut into 4 triangles and each child given 2 triangles)
And a biscuit

So she went from 8:30 - 6pm, walking round a zoo and running round the disco, on 1/2 a sandwich and a biscuit hmm

AIBU to think the school were taking the piss with this excuse of a lunch? The poor kid is ravenous now!

pinkyredrose Fri 08-Jul-16 19:47:50

That is shit! What if any of the kids were vegetarian, would they just get a biscuit? !

NoCapes Fri 08-Jul-16 19:49:16

Oh no she chose the filling, it was a choice between tuna, cheese or egg

Sirzy Fri 08-Jul-16 19:49:29

Are you sure that's all they were given? Or was it all she chose to eat from what was provided?

Ds went in a school trip yesterday and they had a barmcake, a biscuit, small bag of raisins, piece of fruit and a bottle of water. Plenty for the day imo.

LouSavage Fri 08-Jul-16 19:49:46

That's really shoddy.

sonlypuppyfat Fri 08-Jul-16 19:51:10

Kids use up loads of energy they need far more than that

fitzbilly Fri 08-Jul-16 19:53:22

How do you know that was all that was provided?

NoCapes Fri 08-Jul-16 19:54:37

Sirzy that was my first thought too but I asked her a few times and I ran through a few foods I thought they might offer asking if she was offered anything
She's adamant that that's all they were offered

NoCapes Fri 08-Jul-16 19:54:58

fitzbilly because she told me confused

Sirzy Fri 08-Jul-16 19:55:46

Can you check with another parent? I find it very hard to believe that's all that was offered!

Marmaladeday Fri 08-Jul-16 19:56:24

I helped on a school trip this week. It was what you have said with a piece of fruit. Yanbu .

BoGrainger Fri 08-Jul-16 19:56:58

Of course it's a shit lunch if that's actually all they were given. But I'm sure it's not. What about a drink?

MrsMook Fri 08-Jul-16 19:58:13

That's astonishingly small. DS would resort to cannibalism if that was all he was offered all day grin

Our packed lunches at secondary are a baguette with filling, crisps, fruit and muffin. They don't tend to be popular. When DS had his trip, I made him his own lunch so I knew he'd have enough. He usually has school dinners.

NoCapes Fri 08-Jul-16 19:58:15

Yes obviously they were given a drink

SensitiveThread Fri 08-Jul-16 19:58:50

I wouldn't rely on the sole word of a reception age child, to be honest smile

fitzbilly Fri 08-Jul-16 19:59:38

I wonder if there was more but she chose not to eat it then.

I know the packed lunches our school provide have more then that in them. But the kids don't all eat it all.

NoCapes Fri 08-Jul-16 20:00:17

MrsMook I think I'll be making DD's from now on too

I believe what DD says, she's not a liar, and not sure what she's get out of lying about this?
She didn't tell me in a "all we got was this and I'm starving give me sweets" kind of way, just casually asking about her day and I happened to ask what was for lunch and this was what they had

BoGrainger Fri 08-Jul-16 20:02:05

To be fair, I had a school packed lunch yesterday (infants) and the cookie was enormous! I couldn't finish it.

HandWash Fri 08-Jul-16 20:02:32

It does sound a bit small. Did the disco run from 3 til 6.30? That's very long! Our usually starts about 4.30 so kids can go home eat and get changed first.

AppleAndBlackberry Fri 08-Jul-16 20:03:26

That's pretty poor, my child got a ham roll, fruit, cake, juice and something else that I've forgotten. My year R child can easily eat a 2-slice sandwich now.

BoGrainger Fri 08-Jul-16 20:03:55

Ime school discos have a drink and snack halfway through.

NoCapes Fri 08-Jul-16 20:05:07

Discos are usually 3:30-5 for the younger ones, so they get changed at school
But because reception wasn't getting back from the trip till 4ish the disco ran from 4:30-6 today, so they got changed in school as soon as they got back from the zoo

She did get a bag of haribo at the disco, forgot about that

HandWash Fri 08-Jul-16 20:05:42

Yes and always a snack half way through!

DampSqid Fri 08-Jul-16 20:08:02

I'd check the facts before worrying too much. I'd guess that your DD has forgotten something as it is very unlikely that that would be all they were offered.

GeezAJammyPeece Fri 08-Jul-16 20:10:34

I do catering in a high school; kids who get free dinners are entitled to a free packed lunch, the kids who pay can preorder one too.
The secondary school one is a sandwich (2 slices bread, choice of filling) a drink, a biscuit or slice of traybake, and a piece of fruit. As far as I remember the primary one is the same, although the biscuit item may be a smaller shortie type thing.

They are usually encouraged to take the snack they would normally have at playtime/break (juice & fruit, crisps or breakfast bar etc) to eat when they get there.

If the disco was an event that most/all of the kids on the trip were going to, I'd be surprised if supplying an extra snack for between times wasn't suggested. To be honest, if it was my kid and I knew they were going to be out and about that long, I'd have slipped something in her pocket for between times.

Could there have been refreshments at the disco but she just didn't take any?

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