The Importance of Eating Breakfast – A Discussion with Upper II and Lower III Students

The message is that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Yet, are our students getting fuelled up and ready for the day?

In discussion with some Upper II and Lower III students there was an agreement from most regarding the importance of breakfast but not all were following through with it. 

Apparently, children who eat breakfast tend to eat healthier overall and are more likely to participate in physical activities. That’s obviously what the PE department wants to hear. 

In Upper II, Leila likes toast with nutella, some raspberries and extra vitamins; Allegra is all about cereals; Araliya enjoys porridge with banana and blueberries plus cod-liver oil which she’d rather give to the dog! Emily is grateful for 2nds and 3rds of cereal at Before School Care. 

Choosing foods that are rich in whole grains, fibre and protein, while low in added sugar are thought to boost young peoples’ attention span, concentration and memory – all crucial in learning at school. 

Matilda is a self-confessed ‘triple-tasker’ at breakfast, so already setting herself up for the challenges of the day by managing to eat, brush her hair and be engrossed in a good book. Making time to sit and eat, the students agreed was important and that skipping breakfast can make you feel tired, restless or irritable, with mood and energy levels dropping mid-morning. 

Apparently young people who regularly eat well at breakfast also tend to perform better academically, feeling a greater level of connection with teachers. 

So, in the morning chaos let’s see if everyone can make breakfast happen, even if it means: – stocking up on healthy options 

– preparing the night before 

– getting up 10 minutes earlier 

– getting the children involved in the planning and preparation 

Teachers & Parents, let’s lead by example… 

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