Rossmoyne Senior High School has a vital role to play in helping to reduce childhood obesity and to reinforce and role model good nutrition and health lifestyle practices.
The school community has a responsibility to ensure these messages are delivered by
- teaching students the importance of positive food and health concepts via the curriculum;
- modelling healthy food and drink choices in the cafeteria menu, in the staff room, for class treats/rewards and at school events such as study classes, camps and excursions;
- implementing the WA Government’s “Traffic Light – Healthy Food and Drink Choices” policy;
- providing opportunities for all students in Years 7-10 to participate in a minimum of two hours physical activity each week;
- developing physical activity opportunities for Years 11 and 12; and
- developing a process for the use of ‘discretionary choices’ where the Curriculum dictates, for example, learning skills in cookery.
Links with the Curriculum
- A whole school approach to the provision of consistent positive messages through the delivery of curriculum, social and physical environments in teaching and learning.
- Build and maintain positive relationships between the school, home and the wider community in respect to key health messages and initiatives and the support of the canteen/cafeteria promotion of healthy eating.
- Include at least one communication per term in the school newsletter outlining healthy lifestyle and eating guidelines and information.
School cafeteria guidelines
- The menu is reviewed by the Rossmoyne Senior High School Executive with at least one staff member from an applicable Learning Area such as HPE and/ or Technology on a seasonal basis.
- Provide menu variety and change particularly according to summer and winter seasons.
- Have available and on daily basis promote a wide range of foods that should make up the majority of a healthy diet (GREEN).
- Have available only on occasional basis and avoid large serving sizes of foods that should only be eaten in moderation (AMBER).
- Not marketing foods that do not meet specified minimum nutrient criteria (RED).
- A wide range of foods will be offered, taking into consideration Australia’s multicultural society.
- All foods sold have adequate labelling and comply with Food Standards Australia New Zealand Code (FSANZ).
Food Safety and Hygiene
- The cafeteria must comply with the Occupational Safety and Health act 1984 and Regulations.
- Staff must be aware, and familiar with, evacuation and other emergency procedures.
- All staff must wear enclosed footwear, hats, hair nets and aprons (provided).
- Only selling foods prepared in registered commercial kitchens.
- Staff and students are not permitted to enter the cafeteria cooking premises during normal trading hours unless part of a supervised educational visit.
- Only cafeteria staff may enter the cafeteria cooking premises during normal trading hours.
Cafeteria Management Issues
- The cafeteria is run by an external service provider and all management issues can be raised directly with Rossmoyne Senior High School.
- The external provider should ensure safety on the utilisation of equipment and according to appliance directions.
- Any cafeteria equipment maintenance, structural defects or faults management should be reported to the Principal’s delegate (Manager Corporate Services).
- The Cafeteria must comply with Department of Education policies and Financial Management in Schools.
- Policy amendments or additions should be endorsed by the School Board.
- The policy shall be reviewed at the start of a new Service Contract.
Fundraising and whole school staff and/or student activities
- seek permission from the Principal prior to selling or providing food items to students and staff; and
- avoid ‘red’ food and drinks. For more information go to http://www.waschoolcanteens.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Teacher-Checklist.pdf
Websites relating to Healthy Food and Drink choices which may provide useful information:
Last update: 4 February 2019