Breakfast at school helps build bonds

THERE’S at least one morning a week that Birrong Boys High School students are guaranteed to be early – when the school gates open on Wednesdays at 7.30am for their new Breakfast Club.

Run by school staff and members of the Student Representative Council (SRC), the fresh, healthy breakfast is made possible thanks to Ausrelief, Sydney Community Connect and the school’s P & C.
Studies have shown Breakfast Clubs reinforce the importance of this meal for students and parents – fuelling the body with energy and nutrients and giving the students a kick-start to their day.
Principal Darren Stevens said: “For years now I’ve heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day; our Breakfast Club proves that this is true and for reasons other than just nutrition.
“It allows us to begin the school day with a really positive tone and has initiated a range of relationships which would not otherwise exist. We have seen student leaders emerge who take ownership of this program and it is a fine example of equity in action.”
Year 8 student Abdul said: ‘Sometimes I forget to pack my lunch for school. But now on the day of the Breakfast Club, I come to school and get breakfast and some fruit and water so I have food for the rest of the day.”