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  • Writer's pictureIan Gallagher

What's on the menu this summer?

Updated: Jan 25, 2020

Today we discuss one of the most important questions we get asked on a regular basis. In this blog we take a look at the nutritious, delicious and balanced menu served at Birchwater Education Summer School in Limerick. We take a look at the company providing the catering service, the ingredients used, the menu and the dining hall itself at Villiers International IB School.

The Catering Company

Sodexo provide catering services to the very best schools across the country of Ireland and are known for their high standards providing nutritious, delicious and balanced meals. With over 12 years providing catering services at Villiers IB School, they have a proven track record. The warm and friendly professional team of chefs and catering staff make sure the students get the very best service possible on a daily basis for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Ingredients

In Ireland, we are a little obsessed with using fresh ingredients. We make it a priority to serve fresh food every day using quality, locally sourced Irish ingredients. The best ingredients possible are chosen for every meal. Farmers throughout Ireland and Britain provide the freshest produce ensuring the very best seasonal, local and sustainably sourced ingredients are found in each and every dish our students receive.

"Food is at the heart of everything we

do as is the health and wellbeing of the pupils.

Good nutrition is vital in helping them achieve

their best, both in and out of school"


Certified Goodness

The ingredients selected for use is of the highest certified standard. Certified by 'Red Tractor', MSC/Responsible Irish Fish and Bord Bia, we know the food and ingredients used are of the best quality possible from the most responsible providers.

Below are some stats and facts about where the food is sourced:

  • 68% of our food products are sourced and produced in Ireland

  • 100% of our beef is sourced from suppliers accredited by the Bord Bia Quality Assurance Scheme

  • 100% of our lamb is sourced from suppliers accredited by the Bord Bia Quality Assurance Scheme

  • 99% of fresh pork and poultry is sourced from suppliers accredited by the Bord Bia Quality Assurance Scheme

  • 100% of fresh milk and cream is certified by the National Dairy Council of Ireland

  • 100% of our eggs are sourced from suppliers accredited by the Bord Bia

"Fresh Food From Scratch"

Pic from Villiers IB international School

The Menu

Students staying in the residential accommodation have the pleasure of receiving 3 hot meals per day including breakfast, lunch and dinner (tea). While the packed lunches that students receive from homestay families are well prepared, many students prefer to have a selection of dishes available to choose from. An excellent combination of ingredients is used on a daily basis to make sure a variety of meals are available on a weekly basis. The weekly menu also includes a themed dinner day. During these themed days, a famous dish is prepared from a country of choice adding further variety and excitement to the meals served.

"A menu must excite you, with seasonal, locally sourced and sustainable ingredients that naturally blend together"


It's the most important meal as we all know. A successful day starts with a good breakfast. The menu consists of a selection of food which cater for all tastes and cultures. The selection includes

  • Porridge & Muesli

  • Toast Bar area

  • Cereals

  • Hot Daily Special

  • Free Range Eggs

  • Breakfast Buffet Stand

  • Hydration Station


Nothing creates hunger like a morning full of English lessons. The meal selections are changed on a daily basis to ensure an exciting mix of options. Lunch is the biggest meal of the day with a great selection to choose from including

  • Freshly made soup

  • The lunch main meal

  • Lunch Vegan or Vegetarian Meal

  • Lunch on the Side which includes a healthy selection of vegetables

  • Protein & Salad Bar from freshly sliced turkey breast, baked ham, plain and marinated Chicken fillets etc.

  • Fruit & Dessert which is different selection each day from freshly Cut Fruits, Berry Fruit Crumble with Custard, Banana Cake with Caramel Sauce etc.

Dinner ( Also known as Tea Time)

After a full day of activities, hunger starts to creep back again so dinner is always a welcome sight. This is the last meal provided in the day and offers a good selection to make sure students tame that hunger. This meal includes a main meal, an open salad bar and freshly cut fruit salad.

The Dining Hall

The dining hall is built for purpose. It's both large and spacious and found on campus meaning students don't need to travel off site for meals. With lots of space and great food, the hall is always filled with warm smiles and laughter. Join our summer school this year in Limerick and be part of the fun and laughter while you improve your English and make new friends.

The dining hall is large and spacious

Academic year students selecting their meals during lunch

Summer School Programme

Birchwater Education junior summer school in Limerick City will run for 5 consecutive weeks from June 28th to August 2nd. Students come from all over the world including Italy, Spain, France, Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus to name but a few. The summer school includes a mixed activity programme with a blend of adventure activities, arts and crafts, traditional sports, Irish cultural activities, team games and leisure time along with visits to local attractions and popular tourist destinations in Limerick city and the surrounding area.

Learn more

To learn more about the summer school or any special dietary supplement requirements, contact us now by phone or email for more information


Whatsapp: +353 870956310 / +353834507975

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