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FROM THE FRONT PAGE
A flaw in the kickstart plan
Filling up at breakfast: Weet-Bix are on the breakfast menu in schools from next term but Southland primary school principals are worried about how they will
deliver the programme with limited staff and resources.
BREAKFAST IN SCHOOLS
What: Decile 1 to 4 Southland
schools eligible for the breakfast
When: To be introduced at the
start of term 3, near the end of
Southland schools are:
Ascot Community School
Bluff Community School
East Gore School
Fernworth Primary School
Invercargill Middle School
New River Primary School
Newfield Park School
St Joseph's School
St Patrick's School
St Teresa's School Bluff
Te Wharekura O Arowhenua
Halfmoon Bay School.
Ruru Special School
Southland Adventist Christian
Takitimu Primary School
Tuturau Primary School
Next year the programme will be
eligible for all schools.
I have watched on television and there are large numbers of
people helping. Do we have to end up paying somebody just to wash
all those dishes?
New River Primary School's Elaine McCambridge
SOUTHLAND school principals
are concerned that delivering the
Government's new free breakfast
programme will place extra
pressure on their already-
Hundreds of Southland children,
from 19 eligible decile 1 to 4
primary schools, are set to benefit
from the Government's nation-
wide breakfast in school pro-
gramme that will be rolled out
across the country in term three
around the end of July.
Southland schools are welcoming
the initiative but many say they
are none the wiser about the
mechanics of the programme, just
weeks out from its start.
Some of those same Southland
schools already have a kickstart
breakfast programme in place but
one principal, New River Primary
School's Elaine McCambridge,
said that programme was a ''low
key affair'', with about a dozen
pupils taking up the offer each
She feared the new programme
would place real strain on school
resources to provide breakfast for
a larger number of children.
''We don't have the facilities to
cope with large numbers of
children,'' she said.
''We would have to find plates and
tables and cutlery.''
It was organising the logistics of
the programme, which would
pose the problems, such as
washing dishes and providing
staff to supervise the breakfasts,
McCambridge and one other staff
member took turns at dishing out
the kickstart breakfasts.
''I have watched on television and
there are large numbers of people
helping. Do we have to end up
paying somebody just to wash all
those dishes?,'' she said.
Ascot Community School princi-
pal Wendy Ryan shared the same
''The concept is fantastic and we
can't really complain too much.''
But it was already half-way
through the school term and the
information they had been given
''No one wants to be negative
about it, but the bottom line is the
She had yet to find out when they
were supposed to serve breakfast
and whether the school would
have to employ someone to
''We are grateful, but what I can't
get my head around is how we
actually go about it.''
The school already used money
from the Community Trust of
Southland to provide breakfast to
children they knew were hungry,
but it was done discreetly so the
children did not feel isolated.
Ministry of Social Development
family and community services
deputy chief executive Murray
Edridge said it would be left up to
the schools to organise the
mechanics of the programme.
''The school's community is
responsible for providing pro-
visions, including bowls, spoons,
a central location, food storage
facilities and volunteers to run
the breakfast club.''
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