Orders were written on an envelope and then taken to the classroom and dropped into a white tin with a slot in the top. Perhaps, it was a Milo tin. Two monitors were selected to carry the tin to the canteen with a basket. And then the monitors returned just before lunchtime to collect the basket.
Being a lunch monitor was a prize job. And ordering my lunch was so special that it filled me with happy anticipation all morning. It was the ultimate joy to have ordered lunch on the day you were picked to be lunch monitor!
I still remember my favourite order was two party pies with sauce and a chocolate iced donut. The canteen definitely sold the famous Victorian Four'nTwenty pies, and jam donuts and sandwiches with vegemite or salad or egg and lettuce. At morning recess you could indulge in buttered crusts for 1c, Tic Toc biscuits for 2c, Apricot Delights (supposedly health food) and those little fairy cakes with jam inside.
After eating lunch with your class at your desk you could head back to the canteen for the standard icy poles for 5c, the more expensive Paddle Pops or liquorice and packets of chips, potato straws or Twisties. I do remember buying treats from the canteen, especially icy poles on really hot days but I think the greater emphasis at lunchtime was on finding the best place to play the 'game of the moment.'
What was your favourite canteen food in primary school?