Many canteens in WA schools are operated by the parent body i.e. the Parents and Citizens Association (P&C) in government schools and Parents and Friends (P&F) in non-government schools.
WASCA has many resources for parent bodies to guide them in ensuring that their school canteen not only provides a healthy profitable food service that is compliant with the Department of Education’s Healthy Food and Drink Policy but also contribute to creating a healthy environment in the school.
We have also developed a range of compliance checklists with a specific Parent Body checklist that covers everything you need to know about complying with the policy.
Fundraising in schools provides much needed funds which can contribute to classroom resources, books for the library, school camps, sporting equipment and other resources.
While fundraising activities in public school undertaken by the P&C are not included in the scope the Healthy Food and Drink Policy it is pleasing that many schools are adopting a whole school approach to healthy eating and seeking healthier alternatives.
Healthier fundraisers can:
- complement nutrition, health and physical activity messages taught in the classroom
- reinforce the work of canteens/food services
- form part of a supportive environment for children’s health
- provide personal satisfaction of being a positive role model
- support the HFD policy.
For a complete list of ideas and suggestions download our fundraising kit.
Healthy School Healthy Student – a guide for parent bodies
The purpose of this resource is to make suggestions and provide practical tips to parent bodies 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. You can download a copy of the Healthy School Healthy Student guide or contact WASCA for a hard copy.
Canteen committee guidelines and terms of reference
Having a Canteen Committee can enhance the way your canteen operates and ensures good governance. Download our Canteen Committee terms of reference which can be adapted to suit the needs of your school.
The Western Australian Council of State School Organisations Inc. (WACSSO)
WACSSO is the peak body representing parents of public school children in Western Australia. WACSSO’s role is to provide information on governance, and running a successful P&C.
WACSSO has also produced an employment guide for P&C Associations plus a P&C Canteen health check, see how healthy your canteen is by completing this simple 10 question ‘health check‘.
“Registrations are now open for WACSSO’s Annual Conference in August! WACSSO invites P&Cs to celebrate the theme ‘Make it Happen. Make it Matter. The Power of Parents!’ and enjoy a weekend of learning and networking. This year’s conference theme celebrates the power of parents in improving students’ educational outcomes and shaping positive, healthy school communities. This is a fantastic opportunity to strengthen your P&C Association, amongst like-minded peers. The first delegate from your P&C is FREE, visit the WACSSO website to register and for more details.
- Why aren’t we making a profit
- Promotion ideas in the canteen
- Setting menu prices
- Winding down for the end of the school year