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FORTY loaves of bread, four jars of Nutella, a kilo­gram of cheese spread, 15 litres of or­ange juice and Vegemite, Promite, honey, straw­berry jam and cin­na­mon sugar.

It’s a long shop­ping list but it only lasts a day at Ig­natius Park Col­lege’s “toast room”, with the school strug­gling to keep up with the hun­gry boys’ mas­sive ap­petite.

We used

to go through 20 loaves, now it’s got to 40 IG­NATIUS PARK COL­LEGE VOL­UN­TEER KATH ALLAN

The Townsville col­lege is call­ing out for par­ents to do­nate bread and spreads to stock its toast room, where it’s be­come a tra­di­tion for stu­dents to gather in the morn­ing for a treat be­fore class.

Kath Allan be­gan volunteering at the school in 1998, when her grand­son was a stu­dent there, and was part of a group that started the toast room in 1999.

It be­gan as a way of mak­ing sure boys who hadn’t had break­fast had some­thing to eat to start their day.

Ms Allan said as a for­mer teacher she knew that stu­dents who skipped break­fast could “be a bit ratty”.

“It was an easy choice to switch from tuck­shop to do­ing this,” she said.

“We used to go through 20 loaves, now it’s got to 40.

“A lot of kids come and a lot of kids come back twice.”

Ms Allan and three other vol­un­teers slice and spread the bread from about 7.15am each day, ready for when the shut­ters open at 7.45am.

“Two- thirds of the stu­dents who come through want Nutella,” she said.

“The early morn­ing start is we try and make a big box of Nutella ready to go.”

The school is ask­ing par­ents to con­trib­ute a jar of spread each term but to Ms Allan, the toast room is not just about the food.

“If they’ve had an ar­gu­ment at home, they can come and get over it, talk to peo­ple and feel bet­ter,” she said.

“A lot of them do come for the so­cial bit.”


SO­CIAL SIDE: Year 7 stu­dent Nathan Ford, 12, with Kath Allan in Ig­natius Park Col­lege’s toast room.

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