Everyone knows that children function best on a full tummy! Our in-house catering team take great pride in producing delicious, well-balanced, home-cooked meals, which are hugely appreciated by pupils and staff alike. Our soup, sandwiches and cakes for parents’ match tea, on the balcony overlooking the River Thames after sports fixtures, are also very popular!
Break time snacks
At break times, snacks such as breadsticks and homemade flapjacks are available for all of the children, along with a drink, and fruit is regularly provided throughout the school day to keep energy levels up. Dairy-free, gluten free and vegetarian options are always on offer for children with allergies or special diets and we are a nut-free school.
For whole school lunch, there is a main cooked dish of the day (favourites include homemade fish pie, chicken fajitas and Thai green curry) as well as a wide-choice salad bar (with fresh vegetables, mixed salads, pulses, leaves and cold meat and fish) and jacket potatoes, for those who want something lighter. We also have a different daily fresh soup option, made from scratch, which the children can help themselves to. Pupils and staff eat lunch sitting together in our cafeteria-style dining hall, and we place emphasis on decent table manners and lively conversation.
The summer term sees outdoor barbecues by the river at every available opportunity and a new extension conservatory has provided additional space for the dining room for al fresco lunches.
The Pre-School and Pre-Prep have meals freshly prepared on the Pre-Prep site and the main lunch menu is tweaked as necessary to suit younger appetites.
We regularly have themed events such as Language Days (French and Spanish foods), when everyone has the opportunity to try new or traditional foods appropriate to the occasion. We want meal times to be enjoyable so that everyone has a positive relationship with food.
Our Catering Manager, Julie, and her cheerful staff not only cook for us, but they enter into the school community spirit at every opportunity, dressing themselves and the dining room to suit any chosen theme (Mr Men for World Book Day, Halloween, Christmas elves and Chinese New Year).
Moulsford has a target of reducing food waste and every week the children are informed how much food was wasted (by weight) with a challenge to beat their target each week.