Education

Mooroopna Primary School students enjoy a healthy start to the day

By Liz Mellino

For more than 10 years, Mooroopna Primary School students have enjoyed a nutritious start to their morning thanks to the school’s Breakfast Program.

Run every school day of the year, students from all year levels are invited to have breakfast at the school before classes start for the day.

With toast, cereal, fruit and milk on offer, the program attracts dozens of students each day and ensures the children are ready for the day ahead.

‘‘Unfortunately we know that lots of children don’t have a healthy breakfast and if you have a good breakfast it’s a great start to the day and learning is much better because of that,’’ principal Steve Rogers said.

‘‘Some mornings we have 20 students and other mornings we have 45 attend ... it’s a real social setting for them and we always say to our students: the only cost is your manners.’’

While the program has been running for the past decade, Mr Rogers said recent support from the Victorian Government meant the program would continue at its high standard.

The school is given food through Foodbank and a number of local bakeries also donate bread for the students.

Mr Rogers said the program was a hit with students and community volunteers who gave up their time each week to come and cook for the students.

‘‘In the last few years we’ve been able to ramp up our program because we get lots of support through the Government of Victoria’s Department of Education through Breakfast Clubs Victoria, they provide us with lots of additional food,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve also had had lots of our students wanting to volunteer as well ... that’s a great experience for them and really builds their leadership amongst the school.’’