Meet Umar & Natalie from Baden Powell College breakfast club

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May 19, 2017

Located 30 kilometres west of Melbourne, Baden Powell College is a two campus school consisting of both, Derrimut Heath Primary School and Tarneit P-9.

The Tarneit campus joined the School Breakfast Clubs program in Term 3 2016 but had previously been running their own breakfast club with donated food from within the community. The breakfast club would often run out of food before the end of the term, which meant the school would often have to purchase additional supplies to keep the program running.  Since joining the School breakfast Clubs Program, the campus has been able to provide a breakfast club at no cost to the schools with a large percentage of food being provided by Foodbank. The campus continues to supplement this food with donations from the Sikh community and local businesses, which ensures there’s always plenty of food for the students to enjoy.

The college’s breakfast program is currently coordinated by Anita, the Food Technology teacher, who is assisted by a number of fantastic student helpers, including Year 8 student, Umar.

Umar photoHi my name is Umar and I help with breakfast club each morning.

People should remember to have breakfast every day so they can refresh ready for a new day. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, without breakfast you won’t be able to pay attention in classwork and you will have hard times if you don’t eat breakfast.

Everyone should be grateful that we have food as some people have nothing to eat at home. There should be three things you should have for breakfast, fresh fruit, whole wheat foods and toast.

I like to help because helping is like a hobby for me, it makes me feel useful and happy. I assist the teachers to do other things like getting ready for the lesson or going to a meeting. Breakfast at Baden Powell College is the best and helps students have a great start to their morning.

Another breakfast club regular is Natalie, who is keen to see others join her and fuel up for the morning.

Breakfast club is run by the school on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week in the morning between 8.15 and 8.30. It is held in the Food Technology area. This is an opportunity for you to grab some breakfast.

Did I mention – it’s for FREE!

Breakfast is indeed a very important meal. A good breakfast fuels you up and gets you ready for the day. In general, kids and teens that eat breakfast have more energy, do better in school, and eat healthier throughout the day. Without breakfast, people can get irritable, restless, and tired – so make time for breakfast!

I like to go to breakfast club as I can have a good breakfast before I start the day. Sometimes in the morning it’s too busy at home for us to grab some breakfast because we need to leave early, so there is no time.

So breakfast club gives me a chance to get some brain food in me. I like to eat in. I like eating toast with strawberry jam. Yum!

At least after breakfast club, I know that my tummy isn’t going to make strange noises until recess. I also found that I can concentrate better in class.

If you go to breakfast club, you can sit down with your friends and have some breakfast. You also can meet new friends. It is good because they also have the radio going. I like listening to music, it is relaxing and fun.

There is a whole lot of variety of food. You can have freshly cooked toast. There is a large range of spreads you can have, like – strawberry jam, honey, vegemite, butter, etc. If you don’t want toast, you can choose to have cereal, fruit salad, fresh fruit (apple/orange). You can also have a glass of milk or hot chocolate. Sometimes they also have special treats like – croissants, hot cross buns, and crumpets. MMMM…YUMMY!

There are lots of things to choose from. And it’s FREE!!!

Maybe one time you can check out breakfast club yourself – I’ll definitely be there. Come in and say hello, we don’t bite, we are all friendly and polite. Just bring in your manners and an appetite.

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