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Health,Hygiene and Nutrition.


School Policies





In St. Columba’s School we encourage children to eat healthy lunches.

  • At Fruit Break (morning break time), children are encouraged to eat a piece of fruit
  • At lunchtime, we encourage children to eat sustaining foods such as sandwiches, cheese, fruit, and to drink milk or water.

It is school policy not to allow

Crisps or heavily salted crackers


Fizzy drinks

Sweets or chocolate

Chewing gum is prohibited at all times.


In the interest of hygiene, children should carry their own tissues or handkerchiefs for coughs and sneezes.

To avoid exclusion of pupils, party invitations and special gifts (e.g., at Christmas time) should not be distributed to selected members of the class.



It is important to introduce your child to a healthy lifestyle early. In light of this, we promote walking to school, if that is at all possible. Some children live a distance from the school. We would encourage such children to at least walk the final part of their journey into school.

As in all schools, your child shares a room with a large number of children and close contact with others is unavoidable. Please pay particular attention to your child’s health and hygiene.

  • Children who are unwell should not be sent to school. Children may not stay in the building during breaks when others go to the yard.
  • If your child has a particular health problem such as allergies, asthma, diabetes etc., please inform the school. If your child needs to take medication on a regular basis, you will need to make a special arrangement with the principal for this. Do not give your child prescriptive drugs to take in school.
  • When a parent/guardian reports that a child has a condition/illness, it is our policy to inform parents of children in the class. When a case of contagious disease is reported, it is the school policy to issue Health Board Information to the parents of the children in that class.
  • The Health Board generally offers a medical screening for children at least once during primary school years. This includes screening for vision, hearing, general health, nutrition and dental checks.

Booster immunisations against childhood diseases are provided by your G.P.,

including the 3 in 1, polio and MMR vaccines.

If you discover headlice in your child’s hair, please inform the school immediately and treat your child’s hair. Getting headlice is not a reflection on the standard of cleanliness in your home if your child becomes infected. Headlice are picked up through head to head contact. They do not survive on clothing or furniture but are attracted to clean hair. If untreated, headlice can multiply very rapidly and infect others. If you receive a note from the school about headlice, it means that there is a case in the class.

  • Please check and treat your child’s hair on the evening that you receive the note from the school.
  • Fine combing is an essential aspect of cleaning the hair.
  • It is vital that every child is treated on the same day.
  • Check the hair again a few days later to ensure that re-infection has not occurred.


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