May 23, 2016
Pinjarra Primary School was fortunate enough to be able to start a Healthy Breakfast Club. We began by offering breakfast on Tuesdays and Fridays but have moved to a third timeslot of a Thursday since Term Two.
Each child wishing to participate must have a form completed by their parent to ensure the safety of the child from food allergies.
Children are welcome from 7:45 am and are offered fresh fruit, Milo, toast and on Tuesdays we serve poached eggs on toast which is always our most popular day.
Staff no longer have to share their morning tea and lunches and on the non-breakfast days a sandwich can be made from the available food. The breakfasts are open to our whole student population and we know that children are able to function better when they have had a meal to provide the energy for their day.
We have noticed our greatest benefit for children to be their improved socialization. Children who otherwise might have difficulty mixing and socializing, willingly arrive at breakfast, sit and eat toast and talk to others for up to an hour. This then gives the students a greater friendship base and the confidence to approach others.
Our volunteers are invaluable – without them we could not run the program. We are pleased to have the opportunity to have this program in our school.
Margaret Boulger Deputy Principal, Pinjarra Primary School