Today 5-7 year olds enjoyed their own cross-country event. Photos will be included in next week's newsletter.
Please return orders by Wednesday 10th May NOT Monday 15th as originally advised. This is due to changes in our payment system.
Our school canteen is operated by the Tathra PS P&C and run by P&C volunteers. Catherine Mortimer is the coordinator. She is regularly supported by Emma Barnett, Alana Hokin and Ghei Ghei O’Shea. This is a huge responsibility to take on as it requires hours of unpaid work and we thank them all for their commitment to supporting our canteen especially since the introduction of the NSW Government’s Healthy School Canteen Strategy. According to the information provided on the Healthy School Canteen website and which was also shared in recent training attended by school canteen coordinators and a school staff representative:
“Health surveys show most Australian children need to make changes to their diet for their wellbeing, and to establish healthy eating practices in later years.
Their diets are low in nutritious food such as vegetables and dairy, so to maximise their health they need to eat less unhealthy food and drinks and replace these with healthy food and drinks from the five food groups.
In NSW, 22% of children aged 5–16 years were overweight or obese in 2015. Healthy habits for life are set up in childhood – overweight children are more likely to go on to become overweight or obese adults, with an increased risk of serious chronic health problems.
It is a Premier’s Priority to reduce childhood overweight and obesity by 5% by 2025.
With around half of all school students buying their lunch at school at least once a week, school canteens can contribute by supporting healthy eating through a revised Healthy School Canteen Strategy focused on increasing the availability and promotion of healthy food and drinks in schools. The strategy is one of the Healthy Children Initiatives under the NSW Healthy Eating and Active Living Strategy 2013–2018.
The NSW Department of Education and the NSW Ministry of Health, the Catholic Education Commission NSW and the Association of Independent Schools of NSW have all contributed to a new Healthy School Canteen strategy.
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.
Public schools are required to transition to the revised strategy over a three year period (2017 – 2019). 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.”
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 as has been the Department’s requirement. 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.
Due to these changes all public school canteen menus need to be revised (even those running only one day per week). Processed foods especially those high in salt and fat such as pies, sausage rolls and processed chicken nuggets have gone. We know kids have enjoyed these treats on canteen days but we really have no choice, so this will have to be a treat provided by home not school!
At Tathra Public School our canteen volunteers have spent many hours preparing a new menu. They are trying to use as much fresh produce as possible. Delicious burgers, pizza, pasta, sushi, sandwiches and wraps are being made according to the new guidelines.
You have been informed that the canteen now needs to take orders on Wednesday when Catherine, Emma and Alana come in to start ordering and preparing for Thursday. We are very fortunate that the ladies have decided to make fresh dough for pizza bases and bread rolls, not a requirement of the strategy but definitely a bonus for our tastebuds! They also make all the sauces and lasagne. The Tathra Butchery provides the fresh chicken for the tenders and chicken products. How We Roll makes the Sushi.
The ladies are always seeking extra help. If you could come and help in preparation on a Wednesday or help on at least one Thursday in a term or even in the year, please contact Catherine Mortimer through the school office. We thank all parents who have volunteered thus far and to those who have supported the unavoidable yet positive changes.
PSSA trials and South Coast Selections
Congratulations to Jardy Palmer of Year 6 who has been selected to a play in the PSSA South Coast AFL Marlins side. The team will playing their first game in Parkes soon. A great achievement Jardy - Good Luck Marlins!
On Friday four of our Year 6 students Chelsea Hoare, Shea Kelly, Carly Van Bracht and Mia Waugh travelled to Berkeley as part of the girls Far South Coast PSSA Netball team. Unfortunately the girls were unable to come away with a win but enjoyed the treat of playing on the indoor courts. Well done girls!
Sunny Leung has been selected to try out for the PSSA South Coast soccer team.
On Friday 28th April, Sunny Leung, Mitch Toomey, Tyler Ellard, Owen White and Jayden Slipper travelled to Batemans Bay to trial for the Marlins Rugby league side. They played three games and lost all of them but they were very close games. While our students were unsuccessful in making this team, they report that they all had fun.
Other P&C news
P&C meeting Monday 15 May 6pm in the staffroom. All welcome.
Mother’s Day Stall
The P&C are holding a Mother's Day stall next Thursday, 11th May. They are calling for donations of flowers, natives, greenery and ribbon to help make bunches of flowers for the stall. These items need to be dropped to school on the morning of Wednesday 10th May.
Items at the stall start at $2 (see below for an idea of the variety on sale). Flowers and Rocky Road will be on sale also. If any parents are free to assist at the stall please contact Deb Barker firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school office.
Thanks to Dan Murphy and his coffee team of volunteers for a successful day at the Tanja Markets. It was a great day with lots of great local products for sale and our great tathra coffee on sale.
5c piece fundraiser
5c pieces will soon be a coin of the past! Keep your eyes out for your 5c pieces...... a coin war is about to erupt, with classes vying to collect the most 5c pieces as part of a P&C initiated fundraiser. More information will follow.