Students get healty start to their day
STUDENTS at Myrtleford P12 College were among 500 Victorian schools marking a healthy milestone last week as part of the School Breakfast Club program.
The Victorian Government funded program, delivered in partnership with Foodbank Victoria, is helping kids at Myrtleford P12 College get a healthy start to their school day.
“We have about 40-50 students attend Breakfast Club on Tuesday’s and Friday’s,” said school nurse Rosemary Bunge who coordinates the breakfast program at Myrtleford P12 College.
“Starting the day with breakfast at school enhances a feeling of belonging which is evident by the smiles seen on the student’s faces while enjoying breakfast with their peers and extending their social skills.”
Each term, Foodbank delivers the healthy breakfast menu of Victorianmanufactured oats, Vita Brits, wholegrain Cheerios, muesli, UHT milk, baked beans, fresh apples, canned fruit, and fruit cups.
Minister for Education James Merlino said School Breakfast Clubs were a simple way to support learning.
“We know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially in setting up students to concentrate, learn and be at their best while at school,” he said.
“One in seven children arrive at school with an empty stomach and our School Breakfast Clubs mean these students no longer go hungry and can now get the most out of their education.”
Independent research shows 81 per cent of schools report improved student concentration as a result of attending Breakfast Club; 76 per cent report improved social relationships; 72 per cent report improved engagement in classroom activities and 70 per cent report improved behaviour.
Foodbank Victoria chief executive Dave McNamara said School Breakfast Clubs were also providing a great informal learning environment for students.
“They’re learning skills,” he said.
“They’re developing confidence and expanding their social skills by interacting with volunteers – who are positive role models – as well as older and younger students.”
Coles, Heiners Bakery and the Myrtleford Bakehouse have been keen supporters of the program. valuable life