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Cynthia32 Mon 14-Jul-08 23:16:47

as DD1 aged 15 is off to boarding school next September, it says they're allowed tuck. I was just wondering what sort of food you gave your dcs if they go to boarding school? Any help appreciated x

SueW Tue 15-Jul-08 00:40:00

Chocolate. Great big slabs of Cadburys Dairy Milk. Maybe some of those popsicals/ice pops that come unfrozen and you freeze them yourself if she's likely to have access to a freezer (it could still be warm in September).

Will she be allowed off site at all? And what does the school tuck shop sell (ours has gone all healthy) and pupils are bemoaning the lack of Freddos.

But really, anything she likes. Give her some cash and let her loose to fill a tuck box.

Butterflymama Tue 15-Jul-08 00:43:17

Something that she eats at home. Crisps, biscuits.

zippitippitoes Tue 15-Jul-08 00:44:39

i never sent ds with anything

but i think she is old enough to choose

except alcohol

Cynthia32 Tue 15-Jul-08 00:45:54

She will be allowed off site, but I want to give her loads of food to start off with. They're allowed to cook - think I should give her pasta and sauces just in case she doesn't like meals on offer? And also fruit but I suppose that goes off quickly and should be provided by school....

SueW Tue 15-Jul-08 00:54:10

If she has access to kitchen then:

Marmite, pesto, peanut butter, jam.


SueW Tue 15-Jul-08 00:54:50

And bag of pasta (sprials, tubes)

SueW Tue 15-Jul-08 00:56:41

If you send her with pasta sauces - how does it work wrt sharing? Pesto/sauces won't keep long in a tuck box in her room once opened.

SueW Tue 15-Jul-08 00:57:31

Is it free for all when something goes into communal fridge, is what I meant.

zippitippitoes Tue 15-Jul-08 01:00:49

i wouldnt try to compensate in what you send for school food#

they eat pot noodles and cup a soup and stuff

is she weekly or termly

she will soon settle in to whats ok

ds used to go to the post office and buy rolls

scaryteacher Tue 15-Jul-08 08:40:55

Bake her a cake...I end up doing a couple for lads I know who go to boarding school, as their mum doesn't bake.

I also buy really expensive biscuits for my nephew, so he has a treat.

TheApprentice Tue 15-Jul-08 08:43:33

AGree about the cake. When I was at boarding school, many moons ago, my Mum aoften used to pack me off with a large fruit cake - lasts for ages and great for sharing.

MrsBadger Tue 15-Jul-08 08:49:29

agree spreads that keep - jam, honey, marmite, peanut butter, nutella are a good idea as 'cooking' will mean toast, cupasoup, pot noodles, and toasties, maybe supernoodles at a pinch
(the best pot noodles are the kosher chicken ones in the polystyrene pots)
and coffee / tea / sugar / coffeemate, whatever she drinks at home

SueW Tue 15-Jul-08 10:08:00

Pop tarts <yuck> are quite popular in with my sixth form girls. And they do make pasta - with pesto, with marmite, with cheese and butter, other sauces. With combos of the above. Sometimes they even buy some minced beef and a bottled sauce to make up a bolognese and eat with garlic bread.

If they have the ingredients, they sometimes makes themselves a version of rocky road (melted choc, marshmallows, broken biscuits, golden syrup).

Healthy eating policies tend to mean less cakes, etc floating around provided by school although lots of lovely traditional puds still around. But you can't nibble those in the boarding house in the evening or whilst in your room doing prep!

lazymumofteenagesons Tue 15-Jul-08 15:51:44

I would stick to 'treat' foods. At my son's school they provide tea/coffee/hot choc, cereal, bread + spreads, juices, squash and they can help themselves anytime after school. At 15 they should be alowed out to local shops a couple of times a week.

Keeping stuff in communal fridge can be a problem. I advise cereal bars, crisps, choc and sweets. Not sure about encouraging skipping school meals by sending ingredients for cooking.

hanaflowerisnothana Tue 15-Jul-08 16:03:22

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