Healthy Eating

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

Healthy eating has a long-lasting and positive impact on a child’s growth, development and health.

Foods eaten by your child at school contribute greatly to their daily nutrient intake. These foods considerably influence their eating habits, growth patterns, energy, concentration levels and ability to learn.

You have an important role to play in helping to ensure your child eats well and stays active.

Healthy school lunch ideas include:

  • sandwiches or pita bread with cheese, lean meat or salad
  • cheese slices, crackers with spread and fresh fruit
  • washed and cut-up raw vegetables or fresh fruits
  • frozen water or milk, particularly in hot weather

Highly processed, sugary, fatty and salty foods should only make up a very small part of your child’s diet. Foods to limit in school lunches include:

  • processed meats such as salami and pressed chicken
  • chips, sweet biscuits, muesli and breakfast bars
  • fruit bars and fruit straps
  • cordials, juices containing sugar and soft drinks

You must let your child’s school principal know if your child is allergic to particular foods.

Health education initiatives

The Department actively promotes healthy eating and physical activity. Schools support a whole-school approach to health education through the following initiatives:

  • Healthy Canteen kit - a kit developed to support students making healthy food choices at school and in life
  • Kitchen Garden Project with Stephanie Alexander – a program that provided grants to schools to establish kitchen gardens.

For more information, see: Food Ideas for Home and School