PRIMARY one pupils and parents are giving school dinners at St Patrick's Primary full marks - as they jump to the front of the queue.

The school invited families along to spend lunch time at the Greenock school with their little ones and primary seven 'buddies'.

Mums and dads were in for a pleasant surprise as they sat down to enjoy a lunch full of healthy and tasty choices, with a modern canteen to match.

Depute head teacher Geraldine Ogilby said: "They all seemed to enjoy their lunch, both the parents and the primary ones.

"We wanted to give them a chance to get used to the school dinners and have a taste.

"They enjoyed eating lunch with their families and P7 buddies.

"The primary ones are settling in really well and they are now in all day."

With a school roll of more than 250 lunch is a busy time of the day for St Patrick's staff, especially their catering team.

As part of a Scottish Government initiative all primary one to primary three pupils are also entitled to free school dinners.

A school lunch taster session is all part of the settling in process for the 37 new pupils starting out at St Patrick's.

As well as having settling in days and a school lunch session, all the youngsters have a primary seven buddy to help them feel at home.

The depute head added: "The buddies take their role very seriously.

"They have a real fondness for each other.

"Everyone always remembers their buddy, it is a very special bond."