Week 8 saw the start of the Brekkie Wise program at Albion Park High School. The aim of this program is to encourage both staff and students to start the day with a healthy and nutritious breakfast. Research indicates that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day and is linked to our ability to concentrate and perform effectively throughout the day.
Brekkie Wise was developed as part of a special program involving a small group of Year 9 students. These students entered a competition run by the University of Wollongong – Centre for Health Initiatives (CHI). They were required to identify a health issue relevant to their school and develop a program or initiative to help address that issue. Based on their application, the students were announced as one of two schools to be granted $2,000 prize money and access to a UOW mentor to assist with the development and implementation of their program.
Those involved in the program felt that many students arrived at school without having had a proper breakfast and that this then impacted on their behaviour and academic success for the remainder of the day. The Brekkie Wise program was then implemented to address this concern.
This week students and staff were provided with some healthy breakfast options – free of charge. These options included banana smoothies, raisin toast, ham and cheese toasties and muesli, fruit and yoghurt tubs.
The response was overwhelming, with close to 250 serves of food prepared and distributed to students and staff.
Whilst it was a steep learning curve for the eight students involved in the program, they successfully fed the masses who lined up outside the canteen on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Their efforts were made that much easier with the support provided by Mrs Shona Smylie, the school's canteen manager.
Students and staff who visited the Brekkie Wise counter at the canteen were also issued with a loyalty card. If a student or staff member purchases from the Brekkie Wise menu over the next two weeks and has their card stamped five times they will be in the running to win a major prize. This will be drawn at the end of Term 3. Students will need to deposit their completed loyalty card in the box outside the canteen to be in the draw.
The Brekkie Wise program will continue in Weeks 9 and 10 of Term 3, with a small charge being added to cover the cost of the breakfast foods. It is hoped that providing a healthy breakfast option before school can become an integral part of the canteen menu.
The students involved are:
Seth Phillips, Shaun Higginbottom, Declan Hull, Lauren Hughes, Sophie Nicholson, Amelia Phelps, Amy Lucas, Emma Smylie
For more information see this link: http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2014/09/15/4087827.htm?site=illawarra
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