Children from families in Hamilton are getting a brighter and healthier start to the day, with George Street Primary School continuing its highly successful School Breakfast Club funded by the Andrews Labor Government’s School Breakfast Clubs program.
Gayle Tierney MP, Member for Western Victoria, visited students at George Street PS this morning to see firsthand how a thriving Breakfast Club operates.
The School Breakfast Club at this school helps improve student learning and attendance while also building connections between families, schools and their local communities.
It is part of the school’s efforts to take up the challenge to tackle Australia’s obesity concerns and adopt a healthy and active lifestyle.
The Labor Government is making sure every student, regardless of circumstances, has the opportunity to reach her or his potential.
The Government has partnered with Foodbank – the largest welfare food agency in Australia – to establish and lead the state-wide program, using their existing warehousing, storage and freight network.
The $13.7 million program is another example of the Labor Government building the Education State to ensure every child, regardless of their postcode, has access to a first-rate education.
For a full list of Clubs, visit: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/Pages/breakfastclubs.aspx
Quotes attributable to Gayle Tierney, Member for Western Victoria
“George Street Primary School makes sure that students have the opportunity through its School Breakfast Club to start the day on a full stomach so they can concentrate in class and get the most out of school.”
“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – it sets our children up to concentrate, learn and be at their best.”
“The George Street Primary School community is to be congratulated for incorporating all aspects of a healthy lifestyle into its curriculum. They have all been working hard over a number of years to encourage a healthy lifestyle and improve their students’ health. To their great credit they also have healthy lunch days twice a week and are keen to start their involvement in the pedometer ‘Step Up’ challenge.”