Lunch Menus

School Meals

Our school meals are provided by North Tyneside’s Catering Services. They aim to devise healthy, well-balanced menus that pupils will enjoy. All meals are freshly prepared in our school every morning and meet the rigorous school food guidelines set out by the Government.

For just £2.25 per day, your child can enjoy a choice of freshly cooked main courses accompanied by fresh salad or vegetables, bread and a tasty pudding.

All children in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 are eligible for Universal Infant Free School Meals, but you must complete an application form to register.

School meals should be paid for from Y3 to Y6 unless you qualify for Free School Meals – see the information below. Meals must be paid for before they are taken and at least weekly in advance.

Paying online means that you can do this at a time that’s convenient for you. Pay for school meals online at (see information below).

If you would like to know any further information, or would like your child to have a school meal, please see Mrs Craggs at the school office or view the ‘Contact Us’ details below.

Please note that the menu choices can be subject to change. Wherever possible, we aim to inform parents of any changes via our weekly newsletter, The Iona Star.

The most up to date menus can be found directly on North Tyneside Council’s website. Please follow this link:

Primary School Menu

The latest updates from Catering Services are as follows:


You can view the menu online through JOINOS,
Choose to save the link through your smart phone so you can see the daily menu whilst on the go.
The menu is also available on North Tyneside Council’s Website simply type in ‘menu’ in the search bar.

If you do not have a Joinos Account please e-mail to request a JOINOS code, quoting your child’s name, school, year and class and confirming you have parental responsibility for your child.

Paying for School Meals
JOINOS allows you to manage your child’s school meal account. By using JOINOS you will be able to check meals taken, balances and make payments. Please register even if your child takes a packed lunch to ensure they are only coming in for a meal when you want them to. Please ensure you pay in advance to avoid receiving an invoice at the
end of each academic year.

Contact Us
You can contact North Tyneside’s Catering team by phone on 0191 643 8355, email at or on Twitter@FreshFoodNE.

Free School Meals

Please note that your child may be eligible for free school meals if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Pension Credit Guarantee
  • Child Tax Credit without Working Tax Credit & an annual taxable income below £16,190 (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs).

If you feel that you qualify for free school meals, applications can be taken over the telephone by calling North Tyneside Council on (0191) 643 2288 or by completing an online form – see the link below.

All children in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 are eligible for Universal Infant Free School Meals, however you must still complete the application form to register.

Click here to access the School Menus and also information about Free School meals.


At St. Columba’s we offer a drink of milk to all pupils who would like it during the school day.

Milk is excellent as a mid-morning drink. It provides a nutritional boost and keeps children hydrated between breakfast and lunch, helping them to concentrate and learn.

For any child under the age of 5 years old, milk is provided free of charge. For any child over the age of 5 years, milk must be paid for, unless a child is eligible for free school meals.

Within North Tyneside, we use a company called Cool Milk as our suppliers. Cool Milk will deliver each pupil who registers 189ml of milk at a subsidised price of 22p per child per day.

If you would like any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs Craggs at the school office or see the website link below.

Click here to access the CoolMilk page