WASCA receives many requests for resources to assist schools to manage their food services more efficiently. The following resources are available for this purpose.
Sample canteen/food service policy
A policy is a formal document adopted and endorsed by the school community that sets out the aims and principles of the school canteen/food service. It can help to bring about and sustain change and provides guidance for all food and drinks offered in the school setting. Part of compliance with the Department of Education’s Healthy Food and Drink policy requires schools to have a written canteen/food service policy. WASCA is available to review draft policies. Download the sample policy.
Healthy fundraising is made easy with these ideas. Fundraising does not always have to involve food or drinks, there are many non-food based ideas within this resource which should help you on your way to raising funds for your school! Click on the link below to download this resource:
Traffic light poster
This handy A3 printable version of the Traffic light poster is perfect for displaying in the canteen or classroom.
The poster has recently been translated for those families where English is an additional language or dialect (EALD/D), see a full list below.
Healthy School Healthy Student
The purpose of these resources is to make suggestions to parent bodies and to provide practical tips for classroom teachers on how they can contribute to the creation of a healthy environment at their school whilst supporting the Department of Education’s Healthy Food and Drink (HFD) policy. Click on the links below or contact WASCA for a hard copy.
Management $ense Food Sense, the essential guide to food service in your school.
Do you want to manage your canteen more efficiently and profitably? Then, this is a MUST HAVE resource. Developed by FOCiS, the national body representing school canteens of all education systems, the package was designed as a stand-alone resource as well as one compatible with the TAFE School Canteen Management Course and the training for StarCAP. It includes 150 pages of information (including recipes), templates and an interactive CD which will allow you to develop your own management kit to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of your small business.
For prices or to order, download a Management $ense Food Sense order form.
National School Canteen Food Safety Project – Looking after our Kids
Looking After Our kids is a video and handbook resource for school Principals, parent bodies, canteen managers, canteen assistants and volunteers to help them understand and comply with the Food Safety Standards. This national project, an initiative of FOCiS, was coordinated by WASCA, and funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. This resource is now available online from Food Standards Australia and New Zealand.
Please note the information contained in these resources may not be current as these resources predate Standard 3.3.1, which now requires businesses that provide meals for vulnerable people in our community who are at greater risk of foodborne illness, such as the very young and the elderly, to have a documented food safety program. The Commonwealth and the State and Territory Governments provide no warranty that the information contained in these resources is correct or complete for an individual or business operation. The onus is upon the individual or business operation to ensure compliance with relevant food legislation. It is recommended that you seek guidance from your local food authority to ensure that all local requirements are met.
Buyer’s Guide – Star Choice™ Registered Products.
This resource is updated bi-annually and is forwarded to all schools without cost. Schools are advised of any alterations or new products registered after production of the Buyer’s Guide in the Association’s quarterly newsletter. The Star Choice™ Registered Product online database will be updated monthly.
Sponsored by HBF and developed by WASCA, Canteen Cuisine is a collation of food ideas and healthy recipes that have proved popular with students. These have been collected from many different sources, including many school canteens. The recipes have been quantified to yield 10, 25 and 50 serves and have been selected for their ease of preparation and simplicity of ingredients. Many of the recipes are equally suitable for the home or other catering settings. Give those menus new zest, contact WASCA for your copy, at only $10:00 they are a bargain.
A Recipe For Operating A Successful School Canteen
Download information on operating a successful school canteen.
Volunteer Welcome Kit
This kit aims to help you recruit, welcome, train, retain, recognise and reward volunteers with the objective of operating a successful food business.
After all, your volunteers are your most precious resource.
Download the Volunteer Welcome Kit.
Other fact sheets
- Food additives
- Managing the transition of Year 7 students to high school – Primary school fact sheet | High school fact sheet
- Promotion ideas in the canteen
- Raising funds for your school: The healthy way
- Setting menu prices
- Why aren’t we making a profit
- Winding down for the end of the school year