St. Christopher's The Hall School
Independent Preparatory School for Boys and Girls 3-11 in Beckenham

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Choir on air! Print E-mail

The children in Year 6 who are in the choir sang carols live on talkSPORT radio between 11-12.00 on Friday 11 December. 

Click here to listen to their performance , or here on the talkSport website

 
Choir Notes Print E-mail
December 2009: Click here for choir dates.
 
Sports News Print E-mail
Sporting success!

Congratulations to the U10 rugby team who triumphed in the D.C.P.S. Plate competition on Friday 20th November. The tournament included schools such as Dulwich College, Colet Court, St. Paul’s, Donhead, Wimbledon  and the hosts D.C.P.S.

The final was contested between ourselves and Bickley Park. St. Christopher’s were camped within the attacking 1/3rd of the field for the duration of the game with two hotly contested trys being disallowed.

Eventually as light faded, time was called and both schools shared the 1st place spoils.

Well done to all the boys and Mr Myatt and a huge thank you for all of the parental support.

The team included –

Edward Rudge, Finn Macpherson, Femi Sofolarin, Marley Thomas, Nathan Shawyer, Max Anderson, Richard Farbey, Sam Hutchings, Kiiran Hibbert-Gordon, Cameron Cook, Ade Tugbobo

 
Support our School Lunches Print E-mail

24th November

Feedback from Lunch Committee

During the Summer term, a few parents were invited by the school to form a school lunch committee. The aim of the group is to act as a conduit between parents, the head teachers and the catering team to ensure that lunches are reviewed regularly and feedback collected constructively.

The group had an initial meeting with Mr Velasco, Mr Mobbs, and the catering company to discuss, amongst other things, the quantity of food, the quality of the food bought in and the quality/presentation of the food served. We also attended lunch with the children to get a better understanding of the overall eating experience for the children which proved to be extremely informative.

Did you know?

The school, like any other, is working to a tight budget but it is investing significantly more per child than the average state school. Our caterer sources fresh fruit and vegetables and fresh, good quality meat from local suppliers – there is no frozen or pre-cooked food. All food is prepared and cooked on the premises.

One of our parents on the lunch committee, Jamal Hirani, is a restaurateur and has a great deal of catering experience; he has reviewed the kitchen area and spoken at length with the caterers and is satisfied that they are providing a good overall standard of food preparation and delivery.

Also worth mentioning is that some teachers eat with the children and encourage the children, to the best of their ability, to select well and eat what is on their plate. Year 6 children are lunch monitors and encourage the younger ones to take salad or garnish/toppings to accompany their plain pasta(!). Second helpings are generally available, and there is a happy, positive atmosphere in the diing room.

What’s next?

We have already tackled some basic issues; it was agreed at the meeting that the favourite (ie most popular) dishes would be increased to ensure that there was never a shortage of food on offer. The 'soggy' pasta would be drained more effectively and more toppings would be available (tuna/cheese/beans). Simple things, like serving gravy separately rather than pouring onto the plates, and making the tomato sauce less lumpy, were also agreed.

Mr Velasco and Mr Mobbs are keen to keep things moving forward and the SCA have agreed to include school lunch monitoring as part of the class rep duty from now on. We will be asking class reps to hand out a survey at the end of each term and to nominate a parent to attend school lunch on one day during the term, to be co-ordinated by the school lunch committee. This is a great way to see, first-hand, what goes on at lunch time and parents are welcome to visit for lunch – please co-ordinate with your class rep in advance.

The menu is under regular review so please listen out when your child is telling you if they particularly liked or disliked something on the menu so that it can be noted on the surveys when the time comes.

All feedback from parents is welcomed and necessary if we are going to continue to improve on our existing catering arrangements. Julie Pensa, Kamal Rahman, Jamal Hirani and Ingrid Macpherson are available most days in the playground at drop-off or pick-up, and all are available on email, so please feed any comments to us and we'll make sure they are dealt with.

We will be publishing the menu in advance on the school website shortly, so the very best way you can support school lunches is to review the menu and encourage your child to try new things.

School lunches are an age-old playground debate, but hopefully, with the SCA involved, the mechanism is in place to ensure that there is a consistent and constant effort to keep on top of things and to continue to make eating at school a pleasant experience for our little monsters!

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The catering company is pleased to announce that the school kitchen has achieved a 5 Star Hygiene Rating after inspection by the LEA – the highest mark available and one of few awarded within the borough.

 
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