New high-tech approach for Gympie school tuckshop

Olivia Dean and school student Courtney McEwan check out the new Online Tuckshop at Jones Hill Primary School.
Olivia Dean and school student Courtney McEwan check out the new Online Tuckshop at Jones Hill Primary School. Tanya Easterby

JONES Hill Primary School tuckshop convener Jo McEwan won't miss her mornings going through brown paper bags, making lists and collating orders.

But things are now changing fast with the introduction of a new online and mobile phone tuckshop service.

As a first for the Gympie region, it positions the school as a leader in the field.

For Mrs McEwan it means walking into the tuckshop to find a list of orders ready to print on paper bags and extra time to cook delicious homemade food.

The online tuckshop was rolled out at the beginning of this term and began with a handful of students. That number is growing weekly.

The school's P&C treasurer Olivia Dean said the project had received plenty of enthusiasm from staff, students and families.

She said the school was happy for representatives from other schools to call up and check out the new tuckshop system if they wanted to know how it worked.

There had already been some interest from a local high school.

"We started looking at it last year and spent six months evaluating and assessing three online canteen providers," Mrs Dean said.

"The orders are processed by the service provider (Online Canteen) and Jo prints out lunch bags and a picking list."

Parents can set up an account and no money is exchanged. As well as reducing cash handling and allowing parents to decide what their kids ate for lunch, Mrs Dean said she believed the program would also contribute to increasing healthy eating within the school.

She said the program would not result in the phasing out of paper bags - it was about providing options.

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