Healthy Eating

At Te Kura o Tihiōtonga, we promote a healthy lifestyle to our school community as part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive school environment. Educating students about nutrition and encouraging healthy active learning contributes to their personal success and wellbeing, and to a healthier community for everyone. We communicate our nutrition messages to the wider school community clearly and consistently in various ways.

The benefits of this is to ensure all students are supervised by their teachers while eating. It ensures that children are sitting down while enjoying healthy food safely and not rushing off to go to schoolwide play. It is also a great opportunity for teachers to eat kai with their children, read a book while doing so and support education around healthy food and water. Teachers and students can also ensure litter is placed in bins, and wrappers are put back in lunchboxes after eating. We encourage litter-free lunches.

 ‘Crunch and Sip’ is a time during the school day for students to eat vegetables, fruit and other healthy snacks. Students drink water regularly as their drink bottles are never far away. The Crunch and Sip break is not designed to replace morning tea and lunchtime and occurs within learning time. Students bring vegetables and/or fruit and a drink bottle to school each day for the Crunch and Sip break. Giving students the chance to re-fuel in class with fruit, vegetables and other healthy snacks helps to improve physical and mental performance and concentration, as well as promoting long term health. 


Each Ako can decide on how this works within their teams according to the age and stage of their tamariki. For the younger students, it may be a routine that is established, but for the older ones, it will eventually just become part of the learning after routines are set. We would encourage you to please work with your children to explore some healthy options for this snack time. It does make it easier to bring these already cut up and in a little separate container. Each day, try to pack lunch, a healthy snack, extra fruit and veggies and water. There is no one size fits all. We encourage you to do the best for your child. Information about healthy lunchboxes can be found here.


See our Food and Nutrition Policy on Otonga School Policies and Procedures 



We have adapted how we spend our time during learning, morning tea and lunchtime.


We have two websites where you can order and pay for school lunches online. All orders are delivered to our school office, where they are collected by classroom ‘lunch monitors’ just prior to the lunch bell at 1:20 pm. Pita Pit and St Pierre’s Sushi offer a great menu – to order visit Lunchonline