South High principal Brian Heath, head teacher welfare Jo Foley and Bendigo Bank manager Des Plunkett watch as South High students use the breakfast club provided by the school.
South High principal Brian Heath, head teacher welfare Jo Foley and Bendigo Bank manager Des Plunkett watch as South High students use the breakfast club provided by the school.

Food for thought

HAVING breakfast at South Grafton High School does not differ too much from having it at home. All of the students who head into the school hall for a free breakfast still have to do their own washing up.

Twelve months ago the school began providing free breakfast for all of its students. Now it is running five days a week and about 60 kids head into the school hall to have a bowl of cereal, a piece of toast or a piece of fruit. And, of course, there is Milo.

Head teacher welfare at the school Jo Foley has noticed a difference in the kids and hopes the breakfast will continue well into the future.

“We have kids that get on buses at seven in the morning who don’t really have time for breakfast. We think that it is important for all of our students to get a good start to the day, so we provide it,” she said.

South Grafton High School principal Brian Heath is glad the school was able to increase the program from one day a week to five.

“It has turned into a really good positive social gathering for some of the kids. They get to school, grab their friends and come and have a bite to eat,” Mr Heath said.

Funding for the program comes from the community-based Bendigo Bank. Manager of the Grafton branch, Des Plunkett, is proud to be involved in the program.

“We are a community-oriented bank, so any profits go straight back into the community,” he said.

“We feel that this is a worthwhile program and plan on funding it for as long as we can,” he said.



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