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Is 1 fish finger and spaghetti hoops enough for lunch?

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npg1 · 12/09/2008 22:03

I pay over £4 per lunch for DD, every day apart from fri is very healty and nutritious food, she doesn't like chips which is what was offered today so insted had 1 fish finger and spaghetti hoops, no chips and fruit salad for pud. Is this ok or should i say something on mon? I was abit upset that was all she ate.

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Hulababy · 12/09/2008 22:09

£4 a day? That is loads!

1 fishfingers seems very little - I would want to see at least 2 on their plate. No potatoes not a problem IMO as the spagetti hoops have carbs in.

Is she allowed packed lunch that day?

I would have a quiet word with her teacher on Monday.

BoysAreLikeDogs · 12/09/2008 22:10

£4 per lunch ?

Dear God, for £4 I would expect the Fish Finger to have been presented on a gilded platter, and the spaghetti hoops to have been hand-knitted by blind Belgian Nuns.

masalachameleon · 12/09/2008 22:11

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glasgowgal · 12/09/2008 22:13

£4 a day is excessive. Do you have a menu in advance so that you can pick and choose which days she takes a packed lunch? Even with the chips I would expect more than on e fish finger.

pooka · 12/09/2008 22:13

£4 is outrageous.

DD's are £1.80. Today she had pollock in parsley sauce, with chips, vegetables and baked beans, and fresh bread.
Yesterday was roast chicken with stuffing, roast potatoes, vegetables and bread, followed by chocolate crunch and choc custard.

SqueakyPop · 12/09/2008 22:14

Sounds like the £4 is for a whole meal, and you lose by not having the chips and fruit salad, and by having one fishfinger instead of two.

It is pricey though.

My school lunch today was 2 jumbo fish fingers, chips and beans for £2.50. I could have had a 3-course meal (soup and pudding added) for around £4.

pooka · 12/09/2008 22:14

And there were alternatives (vegetarian in case she didn't want those things).

imaginaryfriend · 12/09/2008 22:15

No, I would say it's not enough and it's way too expensive. Don't they have alternative choices though? At dd's school there are always a few options to choose from and if none of the hot food appeals there are always sandwiches and salad available.

giddykipper · 12/09/2008 22:15

DS is 16 months and even he has 2 fishfingers for lunch!

paddingtonbear1 · 12/09/2008 22:54

gosh, dd's school lunch is now 2.05 per day and my friend (who lives in different area) thought that was a lot!
how old is dd?

npg1 · 12/09/2008 23:00

Ok so she goes to an independant school but I agree this is too much for 1 fish finger. We have to pay in advance for a whole term so ther eis no changing with packed lunch.

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Hulababy · 12/09/2008 23:01

Still v expensive for private school dinners. Ours are included in fees, but the other local school that does charge still only costs £1.95 a day.

SqueakyPop · 12/09/2008 23:09

Our lunches are included in fees too, with no refunds.

I think what we try to instill in pupils is that they should not waste food. If they are only going to eat one fishfinger, they should only take one fishfinger. However, we do challenge pupils who take frugal portions.

I know that our school, that two very large (ie not Birdseye) fishfingers is standard.

At my boys' school, we pay extra for meals, and it is £240ish a term, so around £4 per day (with plenty of nutritious and appetising food for ravenous teenagers).

npg1 · 12/09/2008 23:44

She is only 5! We pay £220 per term. Think I will have to speak tot he school monday , I think she should at least be offered a jacket pot instead as he doesnt like chips.

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imaginaryfriend · 13/09/2008 14:31

Wow, that's expensive, especially if they don't get many alternatives to choose from. Dd's at a state school which has won an award for it's school meals and we only pay £85 for an entire term.

imaginaryfriend · 13/09/2008 14:32

its school meals.

SmugColditz · 13/09/2008 14:34

I don't care if she is going to bloody Harrow, that is too much money for a hamster portion of food, considering even if organic and homemade it could not have cost more than £1 to make.

choccypig · 13/09/2008 22:08

DS came home from his first day in Yr3new school, thrilled to bits that they now get 3 fish fingers to start with and another one for seconds if there are any left. In infants it was 2 to start with, and he often got two more by having seconds and thirds.
We pay £1.80
BTW he was also delighted that they now get china plates!

Heated · 13/09/2008 22:12

You should have a word. When I did some work experience in a primary school the teacher showed me what the children were having for dinner - a circle of something recognisably meat and a ice cream scoop of mash and potatoes. She said she wished the parents could see what the children weren't getting for the money, but she wasn't allowed to say anything although that was some moon ago.

cupsoftea · 13/09/2008 22:15

That's expensive - does the school profit from the dinner money?

pointydog · 13/09/2008 22:20

The food's ok. The price is shocking. You need to ask the school why they are so expensive, not speak to them about dd's small appetite.

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