Canteen Resources

Promoting your canteen well

    In this 35 minute presentation Carolyn Loton of Juntos Marketing describes the fundamental principles of marketing and explores how they apply to school canteens. The presentation was recorded at the Central Coast School Canteen Network in September 2015.

Canteen Recipe Ideas

Healthy Fund Raising Tip Sheet for Schools and Canteens


Nutrition in School Support Documents

Nutrition in Schools Policy (DEC)

Nutrition in Schools Policy (Catholic Schools Office)

Nutrition school newsletter inserts

See Health Promoting Schools Resources

Resources for recruiting canteen volunteers

Volunteering Central Coast - This is a referral and resource service, which promotes the philosophy of volunteering and aims to respond to the needs of both volunteers and the community sector. Prospective volunteers are interviewed at locations across the Coast and their skills, personality and interests are matched to an appropriate volunteer position in a not-for-profit organisation. This service is available to canteens for an annual fee. For more information phone 4329 7122.

Sample recruitment resources - The resources listed below were kindly donated to the Canteen Network by Marie Connolly (Canteen Supervisor, Kariong Mountains High). They include a selection of advertisements plus some other ideas to encourage various members of the school community to help in the canteen. You're welcome to change the details and use them in your own school!
You will need Microsoft Office 97 or later to open these files.

Nans and Pops We want you! Bath Tub
Myths and Lies Volunteers Newsletter Volunteer's Poem
Chooks Girls Day Out Information to new volunteers

Work, Health and Safety Resources

'Looking After our Kids' is a very useful resource for school canteens explaining how to understand and comply with the Food Safety Standards. This resource was originally made available to all canteens in video form in 2002 to explain the National Food Standards. The Looking after our Kids resource is now available from the
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) website
. The resource covers areas such as food receipt, food storage, food processing and display, health and hygiene and cleaning. Some canteens may choose to play the videos at a welcome event for new volunteers or recommend them to volunteers to view at home. The resource includes useful charts which canteens can use to ensure they have implemented safe food handling practices.

Sample School Canteen OH&S Guidelines - Take a look at this sample set of OH&S guidelines provided by Our Lady of The Rosary School, Wyoming.

Canteen Staff Performance Appraisals

Performance appraisals provide a formal, recorded, regular review of an individual's performance, and a plan for future development. Click here for a PowerPoint presentation (including notes for each slide) from Kath Styant, Central Coast Council of P&C Associations. If you don't have PowerPoint you can download a pdf of the presentation here (does not include the notes pages).

Grants available to schools

  • Eco Schools Grants – The 2015 round of the Eco Schools grants program opened to applications on 2 March 2015 and closes 15 May 2015. In 2015 the Eco Schools grants program has combined with the Food Gardens In Schools program. Up to 80 grants of $3,500 each, are being offered over two years.
  • ClubGrants 2015 opened 2nd March for funding applications over $5000. This scheme is funded by local registered clubs to provide community support via a local committee. Applications for grants will be accepted from 2 March 2015 until 24 April 2015. Applications for under $5000 can be made directly to your local registered club. For more information, contact Council's Grants Administration Officer on 4350 5555 ext. 5383. Applications are online.
  • Schools First is a national awards program that provides financial support to build stronger school-community partnerships see: or phone 1800 649 141 .
  • Funding options for community projects:








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