Breakfast Club of the Year 2017 Manurewa Intermediate
Every morning the Manurewa Intermediate school’s Marae is turned into a breakfast house where up to 150 students and teachers come together to enjoy the nutritious breakfast of Weet-Bix and Anchor milk. The kids take full responsibility for their breakfast club, living and breathing the values that make the KickStart Breakfast programme what it is today.
And this is why they have been named the 2017 Breakfast Club of the Year. The award recognises a breakfast club that excels in delivering a quality programme for their students, school and community. Principal Iain Taylor said the kids largely run and maintain this healthy activity themselves.
“The Wairua (spirit) of our school has been positively developed and the Breakfast Club has played a huge role in lifting that,” said Iain.
Manurewa Intermediate joined the programme in 2010 and since then has seen academic progress improve. In the early days, encouraging kids to join was the biggest challenge for the club. But by introducing a whanau points systems for attendance, it was able to overcome some of the issues around attendance. It’s become a special place for kids to sit down with teachers and peers and build positive supportive relationships.
Manurewa Intermediate has received $5,000 to go towards their Breakfast Club. Iain has said this will help them buy a Commercial Blender to make Weet-Bix Smoothies.