Crunch and Sip
Crunch & Sip is a primary school nutrition program, developed to increase the quantities of vegetables and fruits and water being consumed by Western Australian children. It is an easy way to help kids stay healthy and happy!
Crunch&Sip is a set time during the school day for students to eat vegetables and fruit and drink water in the classroom. Students bring vegetables and/or fruit and a clear water bottle to school each day for the Crunch&Sip break.
Giving students the chance to re-fuel with fruit or vegetables helps to improve physical and mental performance and concentration in the classroom, as well as promoting long term health.
Crunch&Sip is a well-established program in Western Australia, with over 46% of eligible schools across the state currently certified.
The objectives of Crunch&Sip are to:
- increase awareness of the importance of eating vegetables and fruit and drinking water
- give students, teachers and staff an opportunity to eat vegetables and fruit during an allocated Crunch&Sip break in the classroom
- encourage students, teachers and staff to drink water throughout the day in the classroom, during break times and at sports, excursions and camps
- encourage parents to provide students with fruit or vegetables every day
- develop strategies to help students who don’t have regular access to fruit and vegetables
Why should students eat vegetables and fruit in class?
Western Australian kids aren’t eating enough vegetables and whole fruit. Recent government research has revealed that for primary school children in WA:
- Five out of six do not eat enough vegetables
- One out of nine does not eat enough fruit
Crunch&Sip helps children to develop regular healthy eating habits. Eating a healthy diet in childhood reduces the risk of becoming overweight or obese. The proportion of children carrying excess weight has more than doubled in the last 30 years, with one in four Western Australian children now overweight or obese. Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers, later in life.
- All fresh vegetables are permitted (e.g. celery, carrot sticks, broccoli bits)
- All fresh fruit (e.g. whole fruits, chopped melon)
- Fruit canned in water, juice or with no added sugar (e.g. peach slices). Don’t forget a spoon!
- Dried fruit like sultanas or apricots are allowed for Crunch&Sip but should be limited. This is because dried fruit tends to cling to teeth and is a concentrated source of sugar, increasing the risk of tooth decay.
- A clean, clear water bottle filled with plain water.
All other food and drinks are not permitted including:
- Any drinks other than plain water including fruit or vegetable juice, fruit juice drink, fruit cordial, mineral waters, carbonated water, water with added vitamins and minerals
- ‘Fruit’ products (e.g. fruit leather, fruit roll-ups, fruit bars or similar)
- Fruit jams, jellies, pies or cakes
- Fruit canned in syrup or jelly or with artificial sweeteners
- Dips, including those that are vegetable based
- Canned or processed vegetables (e.g. olives)
- Vegetable or potato crisps, hot potato chips
- Vegetable pastries (pies, pasties, sausage rolls)
- Vegetable cakes, fritters, quiches, breads or similar
- Please slice small whole fruit and vegetables like grapes and cherry tomatoes into halves or quarters for younger children to reduce the choking hazard.
- Wash all fruit and vegetables before eating
- Easy-to-eat fruit and veg is best
- Buying fruit and vegetables in season is cheaper and tastes better
- Students should wash their hands before eating
- Wash water bottles daily
- Don’t share water bottles
VacSwim – October Enrolments
You can now enrol your children in VacSwim swimming lessons for the October school holidays.
With swimming pools and beaches a big part of the Western Australian lifestyle, it’s important your children are safe in the water.
Programs are available for children from five to 17 years and cater to all skill levels – from beginners to those doing their Bronze Medallion. They are being offered at pool venues across the State.
Enrol your children in VacSwim now at education.wa.edu.au/swimming
An afternoon of enrichment for your relationship
The Theme will be The Five Love Languages (based on the book by Dr Gary Chapman.) Saturday 17th August 2019 at Lockridge Parish, Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 215 Morley Drive East, Kiara. (Entry off Altone Rd). Time 1pm – 5pm. $5 donation per person. For more info or booking telephone John & Corinne 0415 557 026. Everyone welcome – Married Couples, Engaged Couples or Singles. Invite another couple to come along with you for this enriching afternoon.
Chisholm Swim Academy
After a very successful launch of the Chisholm Swim Academy in term 2 this will again continue and grow at Chisholm Catholic College indoor heated pool in term 3. This will include a comprehensive Learn to Swim program, private lessons as well as junior swim squads. The program is open to the community and all students are more than welcome to take part. Enrolment forms are now available for Term 3, 2019. More information available here: