Kick start each school day – article in this week’s Warrnambool Standard
A new program is making breakfast the most important meal of the day for south-west students.
Warrnambool Special Developmental School students are being offered free breakfast each day as part of the state government’s $13.7 million Breakfast Clubs initiative.
Assistant principal Sue Fraser welcomed the program’s launch last week, and said in the past they had relied on an ‘ad hoc’ system of sourcing food supplies.
“We’ve had an informal approach to breakfast and lunches here before where if a child turns up and they haven’t had breakfast we have supplies in every room to give them breakfast,” she said.
“This is great to have the supplies delivered to the school, and with a more formal approach it means less cost to the school.”
Fruit, milk, oats and toast are all on offer.
“You do notice a huge difference when kids have had breakfast,” she said.
You do notice a huge difference when kids have had breakfast. They focus more readily, they’re happier and the success of the rest of the day is guaranteed. - Sue Fraser
“They focus more readily, they’re happier and the success of the rest of the day is guaranteed.”
She said the numbers of students requesting breakfast varied each day.
“It just depends on circumstances at home – the time of the week, whether the kids are really tired,” she said.
“Our buses pick the kids up, and some of them can be picked up as early as 7.30 in the morning so in the event they’re a bit late getting on the buses sometimes they haven’t had breakfast.
“We don’t actually have a designated breakfast area, as they do in other schools.
“We’ve distributed all of the supplies and put them in the classrooms so each individual teacher can deal with those children in that class.”
The schools joins a group of 500 from across the state involved in the program.
Other schools involved in the program include Warrnambool West, Warrnambool East and Koroit and District primary schools.