The note sent home in the lunchbox of a child at a Lonsdale school about a ‘sometimes food’. Source: Supplied.
The note sent home in the lunchbox of a child at a Lonsdale school about a ‘sometimes food’. Source: Supplied. News Corp Australia

School serves mum warning note after confiscating cake

JUST weeks after a South Australian school shamed a mother-of-eight who dared to place a chocolate slice in her daughter's lunchbox its happened again.

Another mum, in another South Australian school, has been sternly slapped across the wrist by the lunch box police for sending in a "sometimes food."

Yes. A sometimes food.

Oh the horror.

The food police found the contraband item hidden in the lunch box of four-year-old Isabel.

Whether Isabel was in on the elaborate plan to smuggle the item into Lonsdale Heights School K-7 it isn't clear, but authorities were quick to swoop in and confiscate the offending piece of cake.

The guilty party - Isabel's mum, Jessica Gianoni  -  faced disciplinary action in the form that schools and preschools tend to favour these days.

The Advertiser reports that Jessica, upon unpacking her daughter's launch box one afternoon last week, came across the note.

The shame Jessica. The shame.

"WHOOPS!!" the note read.

"Sorry, cake is a sometimes food,"

"Today your child was packed a 'sometimes' food in their lunch box that doesn't align with our Healthy Eating Policy."

The note said that Isabel was offered "a healthy alternative instead (smiley face)."

"If you need suggestions for healthy food alternatives please feel free to speak to the Kindy Staff."

Jessica told The Advertiser the tone of the note was "very condescending."

"As a parent, I should be able to choose what my child should have," she said.

"She had a container of fruit including a banana, a sandwich and rice crackers. It wasn't like the cake was the only thing she had to eat.

"Instead of putting the note in her lunch box, she (the teacher) could have spoken to me when I picked Isabel up."

The school defended their decision to send the note

But a teacher at the school, Bianca Clothier stood up for the action taken saying parents helped devise the healthy eating policy last year after staff noticed students' behaviour worsened when they ate sugary foods.

She said the "little reminder notes" used language consistent with what students were taught in the curriculum.

It seems like lunch shaming notes are quite popular in South Australia.

The initial lunch box note - first published by Kidspot went viral and made headlines right across the world, prompting the Education Department to announce to The Advertiser that placing notes in lunch boxes was "not a standard practice"

The Department said preschools had to have healthy eating policies "under national law", with parent engagement a key aspect.

It said preschool staff were "able to review their communication practices about how they promote" the healthy eating policies.

We just want to know who got to eat Isabel's piece of cake?

This article originally appeared on Kidspot and has been reproduced here with permission.

News Corp Australia


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