Implementing a healthy and nutritionally balanced diet at school is a challenging and rewarding process. Nutrition is closely linked with the emotional, physical, and cognitive well-being of our children, but it can be a challenge to maintain healthy eating habits at both home and school. Healthy eating means eating a variety of foods that provide children with the nutrients they require to be healthy, feel good and have enough energy for the day. These nutrients include protein, carbohydrates, fats, calcium, iron, fibre and other important vitamins and minerals. 

We strongly believe that a varied and balanced diet is an important way of protecting children’s health and promoting proper growth and development. It can help children to improve their concentration and fulfil their potential, both inside and outside of school. Healthy school lunches that appeal to children could significantly change their attitude to healthy eating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This was the main reason to start the Healthy Planet, healthy eating concept café for grades 3 to 12 and the Winnie the Pooh Café for kindergarten to grade 2. As for staff and visiting parents, there is also Mark Twain's Cafe, which also serves healthy food.

Our catering team is involved in mastering new and exciting recipes from around the world which appeal to all children. We hope that our healthy recipes will persuade students to eat and more importantly, enjoy a balanced diet.

  • We do not knowingly use processed foods, undesirable additives or hydrogenated fats.
  • We do not use nuts or nut products in the production of our menus and we avoid artificial colourings and flavourings.
  • We implement strict control over the use of salt and sugar.
  • We do not use pork or lamb in our menus.
  • We offer a variety of vegetarian options.
  • We ensure that our children receive a morning break and encourage them to eat fresh fruit and drink water.

The products used in each Cafe are provided by responsible and certified companies. Please inform the school office of any food allergies that your child may have.

Healthy Planet Sample Menu

Winnie the Pooh Sample Menu

New School has a Counsellor in the Elementary, Middle and High School, in order to meet the developmental needs of each student. Counsellors in general address transitions, academic success, personal and social development, and future planning for students.

The Counsellors work closely with different departments within the school, as well as maintaining close communication with faculty to ensure the delivery of effective and supportive services to all our students and families. The Counsellor is a listener, a helper, a problem solver and students’ advocate.

The counselling programme respects students’ values and beliefs while addressing the academic, personal and social developmental needs of every student. Students are always welcome and encouraged to speak to the Councillor about any issues they are having. The Counsellor also regularly collaborates with teachers, administrators, staff members and parents to make sure student needs are met. The counselling department also offers parent support through discussions at coffee mornings, courses, resources through Newsletters or in person.

The Counsellors at New School are student advocates. More specifically the Counsellors support students through:  

  • Helping students understand, accept themselves and others and increase their level of responsibility as they grow and mature
  • Helping students understand their abilities, interests, strengths, talents and characteristics
  • Providing a safe and comfortable place where students may come to talk about a problem or consult on a specific topic
  • Participating and assisting in the processes of students’ decision-making
  • Helping students acquire attitudes, knowledge and skills that contribute to effective learning
  • Providing direct intervention strategies to meet the learning, behavioural and social-emotional needs of students
  • Providing classroom teachers with research-based intervention strategies that support students’ social and emotional health
  • Documenting intervention strategies
  • Providing and monitoring behavioural plans      
  • Counselling students according to their needs
  • Maintain a referral list of community professionals
  • Helping students meet standards
  • Providing support to new families 

The school has two full-time doctors, Dr Nino Merkviladze who speaks English and Georgian and Dr Nana Topuria who speaks Georgian and Russian. Dr Liana Kaptsova is the doctor at the swimming pool and she speaks Georgian and Russian. The doctors are available from Monday to Friday during school hours.  With parental permission, students may be given non-prescription medication during the school day to treat mild conditions such as headache or sore throat.