Picture Products are coming!

Picture Products

The P & C is very proud to announce a new fundraiser for our School that is loads of fun and creates special memories for you and your child!

Turn your child’s treasured memories into durable, high-quality melamine Pictureplates that will last a lifetime!

Both decorative and useful, Pictureplates are simply beautiful. Children love eating off their very own Pictureplates or drinking out of their personally designed cup. These beautiful keepsakes will be used every day and are also a lovely present for someone special.

We are also offering a range of other products decorated with your child’s artwork, such as Pictureclocks, Water Bottles, Calendars, Phone Covers, Mouse Pads and Placemats.

Your child can use photos, markers, hand and footprints and paints to create their artworks, and you can order as many copies of your products as you’d like, it’s a fantastic gift idea for grandparents and family members, so think ahead for Birthday and Christmas presents.

We would love for you to join in this exciting and creative activity that will provide much needed funding for our wonderful school as well!

A sample of the Picture Plate will be available to view at the Canteen.

What’s involved?

Quite simply, your child needs to draw a picture on the templates provided in the Information Pack being sent home this week with every child. You then select which product you would like – plate, clock etc then order and pay!

Templates are to be done at home and must be returned by Thursday 25th May with the order form and payment in the plastic envelope provided.

Orders and Payments

Order Forms will be distributed to all students at the end of this week.

Our P&C volunteers will be in the Year 6 seating area to collect your child’s artworks & payments daily from 8.30 am – 9.00 am on Monday 22nd May to Thursday 25th May.

If you require extra templates, ALL designs can be downloaded directly from www.pictureproducts.com.au/drawing-paper  (please note an A3 printer is required for some templates).

Limited supplies of extra Picture Plate, Cup, Calendar, Bottle or Clock Templates will be available only on Monday 15th May @ 2.45pm-3.15pm in the Year 6 Seating Area.

There will be no extension to the closing date as we must meet  the suppliers deadline of 31 May 2017 to receive an Early Bird Offer on pricing.

Delivery

We expect delivery of the finished products by August 2017.

Questions?

Not a problem! All queries regarding this fundraiser should be directed to Verena Gandy via email to project@tackingpointpandc.org.au.

Lost your order form? Click here: Picture Plates Parent Letter

More info about the supplier? PictureProducts Info

YOUR P & C … FUNDRAISING FOR OUR SCHOOL

Thank You!

Health Star Ratings & Portion Control

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Picture via http://www.healthstarrating.gov.au

As you know we have been busy providing our school community with the many facets of the new Revised Healthy Canteen Strategy. Working with our Canteen Supervisors, Leanne and Sandy, we are trying to make our Canteen totally compliant with the new guidelines. In our final instalment, we look at the second and third elements of the new Strategy…

The Health Star Rating (HSR)

An integral part of the Strategy is the introduction of the HSR system that was introduced by the Australian, state and territory governments in collaboration with industry, public health and consumer groups. The HSR was introduced on a voluntary basis in June 2014.

The Health Star Rating (HSR) system is a quick and easy way to compare the nutrient content of packaged foods. It scores the overall nutritional content of packaged foods and rates them from ½ a star to 5 stars. The more stars, the healthier the choice.

If the canteen decides to use pre-packaged foods (and this can only apply to Occasional food and drinks representing 25% of the menu) than that food must have a HSR of 3.5 stars or more to be sold in school canteens in addition to Everyday food.

 

So until we can source meat pies, sausage rolls etc., these staples of the School Canteen lunch order will be removed (:() .

One problem that is facing all School Canteens is that the food industry itself is lagging behind in ensuring that manufacturers of prepackaged foods etc., are labelling their products with the HSR. This is a problem that is further compounded by the regional locality of schools.

To understand more about the HSR  visit http://healthstarrating.gov.au/internet/healthstarrating/publishing.nsf/Content/About-health-stars

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Portion Control

So not only does our School Canteen Menu need to have items categorised as Everyday and/or Occasional Foods and have all occasional foods rated with a HSR above 3.5 stars, it must also be portion controlled!

Anyone who has had to adhere to a diet will know and understand the importance of portion control for weight loss and so it applies here. Care needs to be taken to avoid serving large portions of all OCCASIONAL foods and some EVERYDAY foods (flavoured milk, juices and hot meals). All School Canteens have access to a Menu Ready Reckoner to check the maximum portion size limits for menu items and ingredients.

If we feel that a small serving wouldn’t satisfy the hunger of a student, then the foods should be combined with a salad, bread roll, fruit or milk. For example, if we were to serve a frittata which has a maximum portion size of 250 grams, we would also serve it with a salad to provide a balanced meal.

 

Our new Terms 2 & 3 Winter Meal will be released on 31 March 2017 and will commence from Term 2. There are some major changes to the menu and there has been some concessions but you will see a vastly different menu. The menu may change as we strive to meet the new requirements as we move towards being compliant with the Strategy.

We look forward to receiving your feedback on the new Menu and we hope you now have an understanding of the why and wherefores of the changes. Please do not hesitate to contact us to give feedback – complimentary or otherwise. We really only want the best for a healthy school community and we believe our Canteen can provide this to you.

Contact the P &C, our Canteen Supervisors or the School if you require any further clarification. Here’s to our Healthy School!

 

 

 

 

Everyday foods vs. Occasional foods …

Continuing on with our series on the new Revised Healthy Canteen Strategy, we thought it prudent to provide information on what sorts of foods are classified as “Everyday” and those that are “Occasional” foods.

The Strategy consists of four main elements:

  1. Everyday vs. Occasional Foods
  2. Health Star Rating
  3. Portion size limits – there are portion limits for just a few categories of EVERYDAY food and drinks and ALL OCCASIONAL food and drinks.
  4. Market and promote healthier choices – the goal is to make healthier EVERYDAY food and drinks stand out and sell well.

These two categories are the main elements of the Strategy and are our starting point for items to be included on our menu or for sale over-the-counter at the Canteen.

The following information has been extracted from the website of the Healthy Kids Association of which your P & C is a member. For further information, please go to www.healthy-kids.org.au.

EVERYDAY

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EVERYDAY foods are the foods on the plate of the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. They include foods from the five food groups including vegetables, fruit, dairy such as milk, yoghurt, cheese, bread, rice, pasta, lean meats, fish, eggs, nuts and legumes. These foods form the basis of a healthy diet and should be eaten every day.

What are EVERYDAY food and drinks in the canteen?

  • Sandwiches and toasties with EVERYDAY fillings like cheese, tuna, lean chicken, lean meat, egg and salad.
  • Sushi with EVERYDAY fillings like tuna, salmon, avocado and other vegetables.
  • Salads.
  • Hot foods made from EVERYDAY ingredients such as lasagne, pasta bolognaise, rice and noodle dishes and burgers.
  • Fruit, yoghurts and custard, veggies and dip, cheese and crackers, plain popcorn.
  • Plain and flavoured milk, smoothies, 99% fruit and vegetable juice.

OCCASIONAL

OCCASIONAL foods and drinks will be selected carefully as they are mostly high in saturated fat, sugars and/or salt and often with little nutritional value. These foods aren’t on the plate of the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. They should be eaten only sometimes and in small amounts.

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What are OCCASIONAL food and drinks in the canteen?

  • Sandwiches, wraps, toasties and sushi with OCCASIONAL fillings, such as OCCASIONAL meats: crumbed chicken schnitzel, salami, devon, chicken roll and sausages.
  • Hot foods such as crumbed or coated chicken, hot potato chips, hashbrowns, pies and sausage rolls, instant flavoured noodles.
  • Chips, pretzels, cakes, biscuits and desserts.
  • Smoothies made with ice cream/gelato/sorbet and all diet drinks such as diet soft drinks, diet iced tea and diet flavoured waters, etc.
  • Ice creams and frozen yoghurt.

Combining Everyday Foods with Occasional Foods

When a menu item includes any OCCASIONAL foods, it makes the menu item OCCASIONAL. However, you can encourage healthier choices by teaming up our OCCASIONAL foods with EVERYDAY foods. For example, team chicken tenders or nuggets with a side salad.

 

The Strategy isn’t simply about categorising foods as everyday and/or occasional. Once we have identified everyday and occasional items on the menu we must then balance the menu in each category (i.e. drinks, snacks, icy offering, cold lunch, hot lunch etc.,) to 75% Everyday Foods and 25% Occasional Foods.

This is no easy job as you must look at the ingredients of each item and ensuring that it adds up to 75% Everyday and 25% Occasional!

Phew! And this folks is only the first element of the new Strategy! Our next posting will look at the remaining elements of the strategy that is the Health Star Rating (HSR) and portion sizes!

If you would like further clarification, please don’t hesitate to ask our Canteen Supervisors or email us using the comments box below! We would love to hear from you!

Introducing the Healthy School Canteen

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We keep hearing about the changes to the way NSW School Canteens provide healthy food for our children but what does it really mean? Here, we will try to provide you with as much information as possible on the new direction our Canteen will be heading in. The information provided below gives an overview of the changes and has been extracted from the NSW Government’s Healthy School Canteen website (Click here for the link to the website).

“The new NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy is a joint NSW Health and Education initiative. The aim of the strategy is to establish a healthy food and drink culture in our schools, and will contribute to the NSW Premiers Priority to reduce obesity in NSW kids over the next 10 years.

 The revised strategy has been informed by a comprehensive evidence report and a consultation process that included canteen managers, school leaders, health professionals, the food industry, school students and parents to understand the barriers and enablers for increasing healthy food and drink choices in NSW school canteens. Download the accessible version of the discussion paper (DOCX 111 KB) that was released in July 2016 to inform the public consultation process.

Public schools will transition to the revised strategy over a three year period (2017 – 2019). Catholic and independent schools are also encouraged to participate in the strategy. The transition will be responsive to canteen operating arrangements, product availability, rural and remote locations and community and cultural expectations.

The Australian Dietary Guidelines and the national labelling system that provides Health Star Ratings (HSRs) on the front of packaged food and drinks forms the basis of the minimum food and drink criteria for the revised Healthy School Canteen Strategy. The new food and drink criteria replaces the traffic light system under the previous strategy.

Food and drink criteria

Target minimum benchmarks for all school canteens
Everyday food and drinks Occasional food and drinks
At least ¾ of the menu. No more than ¼ of the menu.
No Health Star Rating (HSR) cut-off. Health Star Rating (HSR) of 3.5 stars and above.
Portion limits for flavoured milk, juice and ready-to-eat meals. Portion limits for all Occasional food and drinks.
Display, favourably price, promote and advertise Everyday choices. Occasional food and drinks not promoted at point of sale.

*Sugary drinks are not to be sold in NSW public schools.

Schools will be supported and encouraged to achieve higher benchmarks for healthy food and drink options in their canteens.

What’s changed?

  • Two categories (Everyday and Occasional food and drinks) will replace the three traffic-light categories.
  • There will no longer be two ‘Red’ food days per term. However, at the discretion of the principal a school may choose to invite the canteen to cater for a special event, such as a school fair, or school celebration. On such occasions, menu items can align with the school’s plans enabling the school canteen to be fully integrated as part of the school celebration or special event.

 

Together with the School, Your P & C run Canteen is committed to the implementation of the new strategy so expect some changes throughout the year to what is available in our canteen. Our menu’s will be changing in line with the change in the policy commencing with the release of our Term 2 & 3 Winter Menu 2017.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Revised Healthy Canteen Strategy and what it means to our Canteen, please do not hesitate to contact us! We are still getting our heads around it as well!  Our Canteen Managers are able to assist you too, so don’t be afraid to ask!