Caring school gives pupils the perfect start

The 'Breakfast Club' at Warren Park Primary School at West Leigh Havant has proved to be an outstanding success ! ''(centre) Rebecca Wallace (32) with her daughter (left) Grace Mariner (6) and her niece Bethany Connor (10)''Picture: Malcolm Wells (14232-6808)
The 'Breakfast Club' at Warren Park Primary School at West Leigh Havant has proved to be an outstanding success ! ''(centre) Rebecca Wallace (32) with her daughter (left) Grace Mariner (6) and her niece Bethany Connor (10)''Picture: Malcolm Wells (14232-6808)
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SOME parents don’t have time to make their children a decent breakfast before school.

But Warren Park Primary ensures its pupils have a good meal at the start of the day – and yesterday families went to see how much of a positive effect it’s having.

Schoolchildren joined their mums and dads as they tucked into healthy food at the school’s breakfast club before classes.

Staff got up extra early to put on a free spread funded by the school and Greggs bakery.

The club is held for pupils each morning, but on this occasion marked the end of Farmhouse Breakfast Week, which champions the importance of a good meal before the start of a long day.

Sacha Trizinski, 40, who went with his three children Joy, four, Elijah, six, and Gideon, nine, said: ‘It’s great for them because of the social aspect. It allows them to meet kids across the year groups. It really helps their confidence.’

The school’s breakfast club began around 12 years ago.

There’s usually a selection of cereals, fruit, yoghurt and fruit juice and for this occasion porridge, waffles, scrambled eggs, croissants and crumpets were also available.

Sam Triggs’ daughter Katie, nine, said: ‘I like breakfast club because the food is nice and I get to see my friends.’

Rebecca Wallace, 32, a former pupil at the school, had a great time with her daughter Grace Mariner, six, and niece Bethany Connor, 10.

She said: ‘There was nothing like this at all when I went to school.

‘It’s amazing and the fact it’s funded as well is a bonus.’

Assistant headteacher Lynne Lofting said: ‘It’s an opportunity for parents to meet the staff, and to have a nice start to the day with their children. A lot of parents put off going to work until later so they can stay and have breakfast, which is a nice commitment.’

Headteacher Colin Harris said having a good breakfast has helped children stay focused. He said: ‘The crucial element is, we want children here working between the hours of nine and three, without any doubt. It’s now a crucial part of school life.’