The catering provision at Tonypandy Community College has undergone a transformation since September last year with the introduction of new menus, greater choice and take out options.
Students who arrive early can buy breakfast from 8am, at break time a selection of hot and cold snacks is available and at lunch time students enjoy a wide selection of meals eaten at the café style tables in the dining hall.
Described by The Times Education supplement as innovative, at break time students can order a healthy take away lunch from the canteen staff in the form of a Grab and Go Bag.
This offers a selection of drinks, healthy option snacks, cold sandwiches or baguettes and any other cold food option of the day. This is proving very popular, as students collect the bags from a designated area at the start of lunch eliminating the need to queue.
Ceri Collins, Catering Manager at Tonypandy Community College, said “ Catering Services are actively promoting healthy eating. With the guidelines for the Appetite for Life we have introduced the healthy grab bag which the children can take off site or eat in our dining hall. We have a variety of low fat filling in our sandwiches and wholemeal baguettes and we also ask the children to select a piece of fruit or yogurt to go in their bags”.
During lunch time the Student Voice group supported by the Performing Arts Faculty entertain students in the dining hall with a selection of popular music, birthday requests and information on upcoming events transforming the dining experience.
Headteacher, Mrs Helen O’Sullivan commented ‘Tonypandy Community College continues to listen to the views of our students and is fully committed to the Welsh Healthy Schools initiative. We make every effort to ensure students are provided with the best provision possible and lunchtime is no exception. The number of students who remain on site and purchase lunch at the canteen is increasing; this is a credit to Catering Manager, Ceri Collins, and her staff’.