Every morning from 8am, during exam season, the sound of clanking cutlery and chitchat can be heard in the entrance foyer. Students from Years 11-13 can go to the school canteen and fill up their nervous tummies with a hearty breakfast and rehydrate with bottles of water – for free. The kitchen staff even make sure they have plenty of water to take into the exams. We all know the importance of a decent breakfast on a normal day, let alone before a big exam.
Terri, Kitchen Manager, says the initiative is about more than just filling stomachs: “We love serving breakfast and we’re seeing more students taking advantage of the free breakfasts every year. It’s great because they come in, they eat, they talk and more importantly, they de-stress.”
The students also realise the benefits:
“It’s helpful to sit with friends before the exams.”
“You feel you actually want to eat by the time you get here. I wasn’t hungry at home.”
“It’s an amazing opportunity to make sure you have everything you need.”
It helps that the food is good too… “I especially like the hash-browns!”