School Uniform & Lunches

The School Uniform

At Holy Cross Mercy we expect the children to come to school every day in full unform. The uniform can be bought in Lynes shop on High Street they can be contacted on (064) 6631146

The uniform for girls consists of a red shirt, grey and red tie, grey pinafore, ed Jumper, black tights and black shoes. Pumps, boots and sneakers are not permitted. Jewellery permitted is one pair of stud earrings.

For Boys the uniform consists of grey trousers, a red shirt, grey and red tie, grey jumper and black shoes.

On PE days twice a week the children are permitted to wear the uniform tracksuit. This is different for girls and boys. This may also be bought in The children must wear proper sports shoes on PE days.

School Lunches

This policy is to ensure children eat a healthy, well-balanced lunch, thus promoting a healthy lifestyle. We are a health promoting school and by encouraging healthy eating patterns we educate children for later life. We would like all our children to understand that:

You start the day right with a healthy breakfast

As so much time is spent at school during the day it is important to obtain 1/3 of your daily nutrients during school time.

That healthy food provides many benefits including ;

  • Concentration for school
  • Shiny hair, healthy teeth and clear skin
  • Energy to play and participate in sports.



  • To ensure that we are giving consistent messages about food and health.
  • To give our pupils the information they need to make healthy choices.
  • To promote health awareness and encourage all our children to eat healthily.
  • To enhance awareness of our Green School programme


Healthy lunch suggestions

Lunches should be composed of a variety of foods and include at least one item from the different food groups. For example there should be something in the lunch box from:

  • Fruit and vegetable group : Some typical choices are a whole fruit, a fruit juice drink, vegetable soup, salad, or cooked/raw vegetables.
  • Cereal group
  • Foods such as bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, bagels, pancakes or pitta bread.
  • Dairy group : Milk, cheese or yoghurt.
  • Protein-rich food : Meat, chicken, fish, egg, beans, peas, lentils or cheese.

As a helpful guide the following foods are not allowed:

  1. Yogurts or yogurt drinks
  2. Crisps
  3. Winders
  4. Pringles
  5. Sweets
  6. Tortillas
  7. Gum
  8. Popcorn
  9. Toffee
  10. Nuts ( any kind )
  11. Fudge
  12. Cans of fizzy drinks
  13. Croissants
  14. Sports drinks Danish pastries
  15. Chocolate
  16. Doughnuts
  17. Muffins
  18. Lollipops


The following foods are suitable for lunches:

  1. Whole fresh fruit
  2. Fruit juice
  3. Soup and tea (Age appropriate parents’ discretion)
  4. Batons of raw vegetables
  5. Salad vegetables in sandwiches Wraps and Rolls
  6. Homemade fruit salad
  7. Fruit chunks in ready to peel packs
  8. Sandwiches
  9. Crackers
  10. Bread sticks
  11. Rice cakes
  12. Flour tortillas (wraps)
  13. Ciabatta bread
  14. Foccacia bread
  15. Pitta bread
  16. Naan bread
  17. Bagels
  18. Pancakes
  19. Plain biscuits
  20. Pasta salad (Age appropriate 1st Class upwards )
  21. Rice salad (Age appropriate 1st Class upwards )
  22. Potato salad (Age appropriate 1st Class upwards )
  23. Bean salad (Age appropriate 1st Class upwards )
  24. Couscous (Age appropriate 1st Class upwards )
  25. Oatcakes
  26. Yoghurt pots (Age appropriate parents’ discretion)
  27. Yoghurt drinks (Age appropriate parents’ discretion)
  28. Cheese (sliced/grated/cubed/cream)
  29. Cheese strings
  30. Cheese triangles
  31. Milk
  32. Actimel (Age appropriate Senior Infants and above)
  33. Smoothies (Age appropriate Senior Infants and above)
  34. Fromage frais (Age appropriate Senior Infants and above)
  35. Tinned fish in brine
  36. Ham
  37. Egg (Age appropriate 1st Class upwards )
  38. Cheese
  39. Chicken
  40. Turkey
  41. Frubes (Age appropriate Senior Infants and above)
  42. Madeira cake
  43. Scones
  44. Plain/Currant buns

For healthy school lunch ideas and great information on healthy eating visit: