Principal disappointed that parents send their child to school with a “cold McDonald’s” for lunch. Is he out of line?

Jon Carthy, head of Byron Primary School in Gillingham, Kent, released a newsletter to parents after a string of “extreme and unacceptable” packed lunches had been given to kids, shares The Sun.

They included a cold McDonald’s Happy Meal, four yoghurts and a packet of smarties, one chocolate muffin, and two bags of crisps and a crisp sandwich.

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Mr Carthy told Kent Live: “We have 525 children at the school and every single child took that letter home and it has been posted on the website.

“I’ve only had positive comments back. Parents have said thank you and told me that someone needed to say this.”

It read: “In the past few weeks there have been a number of worrying packed lunches brought into school.

“Whilst extreme and funny to read on paper, I must make this clear THESE ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE examples of a balanced packed lunch.

“Children work very hard at school and a balanced meal at lunch time helps provide concentration for the afternoon.”

Mr Carthy is a keen promoter of healthy eating in schools.

He said: “I send a letter home every week as a way of communication to the parents regularly. I always include a headline article and I often talk about school meals and packed lunches.

“We can never promote it enough. I felt the examples would help them understand and show that I’m taking it seriously.

“I was trying to give some advice and guidance as well. I think most schools are taking it seriously as it is part of the curriculum but it is hard to monitor lunches coming in.”

The statistics

More than 30,000 Australian children may now be severely obese, a national study into childhood health found.

Researchers said their findings suggested they had underestimated the problem, and its extent may be even greater than figures show, reported ABC news.

“The numbers on how many Australian children have severe obesity have never been crunched until now and our findings suggest we have underestimated the issue,” Associate Professor Sarah Garnett from Sydney’s Westmead Children’s Hospital said.

Isn’t the main point that kids are fed?

I have friends with children that are very particular about food (sensory issues etc). They will only eat the same thing breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have also gone through the maccas fad.

If it saves the child from starving then you run with it while trying to offer other suggestions and switch that fad to different foods that are healthier. Although that can often take some time and mean lots of tears & tantrums from both parents and child.

While it is obviously not the healthiest choice. We all do our best and sometimes really don’t have a lot of other choice.

Suggestions are great, but not always helpful or doable.

Do you have a fussy eater? How do you get around the lunch box battle?

We recently shared a story that school groundskeepers have been ordered to dob in overweight state school students to welfare workers with the Education Department saying obesity is a ‘child protection issue’. Read that article here.

Related story

– Mum’s lunchbox fail goes viral 

- The note that angered parents across Australia

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  • who would even give their children cold and gross mcd’s that would be already old by lunch time! yuck poor kids! i would never do that!


  • Cold McDonalds in your kids lunchbox……that is extreme. I say good on this school for getting onto it and sending a note home to parents


  • I wonder if the burger was a meal that wasn’t eaten for dinner the night before. That to our kids is an occasional special treat, no routine.
    As far as the muffin is concerned did the teacher or principal check the ingrdients in it? It may also have had finely grated carrot or other vegetables or fruit in it. Some parents whose children have special dietary needs such as gluten free, dairy free, nut free, egg free, fructose free…..or could even be a combination of 2 or 3 allergies combine foods the children can eat without being ill in muffins, slices or cakes. How many staff have tried gluten free bread for example, especially if it has to be dairy or egg free as well?


  • Although there are better things to eat for lunch, sometimes it’s better that your child eats something rather than bringing the lunch back home.


  • There are a million and one better choices for lunch.


  • A cold burger sounds revolting for lunch – surely the taste would be ordinary? These take away foods do have an expiration date on them and care should be shown when eating foods.


  • may be the parents are lazy, may be they were very busy. We don’t really know the full story. It is one thing to change what is sold at the school canteen, it is an entirely different matter when you attack the parents for what they send for meals to school. I for one would would confront the Principal & tell them to butt out as it is none of his concern what is sent to school for my child or any child for that matter what they can bring to eat. As to McDonalds i personally can’t stand it & my child has healthy food anyway


  • It sound’s like the parents are lazy and have no idea what a healthy lunch is!


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