At lunchtimes, Arabic children like eating aromatic rice dishes while Korean students enjoy kim chee and steamed rice.
South-east Asian children feast on stir fries, chapatis, naan, vegetable curries and spring rolls and African children chow down on a variety of bean dishes.
The 164 students at Jesmond Public School hail from 17 different countries.
The Newcastle Herald has been given a sneak peek into the lunch boxes at one of the Hunter’s most multicultural schools.
FORGET Vegemite sandwiches, the lunch time menu is just as diverse as the students at Jesmond Public School.
The school has celebrated its multicultural roots by producing a cookbook.
School principal Jacqueline Howard said she still spotted the occasional vegemite or jam sandwich.
Ms Howard said despite the school’s diversity, the playground was harmonious. Funds raised will go towards the school’s annual Canberra trip.
To order the book go to http://www.jesmond-p.schools.nsw.edu.au
Two in five students have a language background other than English.
Many are children of overseas academics at nearby Callaghan Campus, refugees or migrants.
School families have contributed all the recipes in Around the World in a Lunchbox.