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NMIT Breakfast Club a hit with young students

25 Mar 2013

A breakfast club piloted by NMIT's (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) Youth Unit has been a huge success, with teachers reporting students are more focussed and alert in classes.

The program was trialled after staff noticed that some students at NMIT's new Technical Education Centre in Heidelberg, who are aged between 15 and 18, were coming to class without breakfast and using high energy drinks to stay alert.

The breakfast club was piloted by the Managed Individual Pathways Program (MIPs) at the Youth Unit in Term 2. Because of its popularity with students, efforts were made to keep the program running with the assistance of external funding from the Heidelberg and Reservoir Rotary clubs.

MIPs officer Adriana Pugliese said many students don't live with their families and the most popular breakfast items seemed to be potato cakes or McDonalds with high-energy caffeine drinks. “Many weren't having breakfast at all. Their priority was to get up and get here.”

The club, which runs three mornings a week, provides students with coffee, tea, milo, toast, cereal, milk and fruit juice. Ms Pugliese says at least 15 students attend the club between 8.20 and 9am each morning, and one teacher even brings his students in during class time so they can have something substantial to eat.

“By bringing them in here and talking to them over coffee and toast he was able to engage with them more. They were more focussed and alert in the workshop afterwards.”

Ms Pugliese does all the shopping for the club and occasionally finds time to bake muffins which have proved to be a hit. “When the students come in they run to the table,” she says.

The breakfast club needs about $150 each term to continue and is currently funded until the end of the year.

See also: Managed Individual Pathways Brochure (PDF)

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