Schools cater for many differences that children present: academic, emotional, social and health issues.
Within our school, we have children with life threatening allergies. This is a serious matter and one that the school must address. Therefore, we appeal to all parents to assist us in caring for these children by considering the type of foods you pack for your own child’s lunch.
Our aim is to minimise the amount of peanut and nut products brought into the school, and avoid all foods that contain nuts. These foods are extremely dangerous to our children with allergies. Common foods that trigger an allergic reaction are listed below and we ask that they not be brought to school at any time.
- Peanuts – including M & M peanuts
- Cashews, hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts and all tree nuts
- Peanut butter
- Sesame seeds – remember some bread rolls have sesame seeds on them, including some McDonald’s hamburger buns
- Foods that contain satay, e.g. Thai, Malaysian, Indonesian dishes
- Chocolate – blocks, biscuits and lollies
- Whole egg – boiled egg, curried egg.
Our canteen does not sell any of the above items. In the case of a child bringing a nut product to school, teachers will bring the matter to the attention of parents.
If peanut or nuts are not on the ingredient list of a particular packaged food, but the food has the statement ‘May contain traces of nut … ‘, this food may be brought to school and consumed, only by non-allergic children.
Due to safety concerns, we discourage children from sharing food. We would also appreciate parents speaking with children regarding this matter.
We thank you for helping us to provide a safe environment for all of our children.