Flash Friday's gives food for thought

The Cloncurry State School Chaplaincy program and Glencore have come together to ensure hundreds of students across Cloncurry will continue to receive free breakfasts.

Glencore has provided $5,000 towards the Flash Friday's program which provides a safe space for students to have a healthy breakfast before the school day begins.

The program sees breakfast served once a week on Friday's ensuring students are given every opportunity to have a productive day of learning on a full stomach.

The Cloncurry State School is co-educational and has close to 300 students from preparatory all the way through to year 12. They provide quality teaching to a diverse range of students, supporting them to achieve excellence in their education, whilst also instilling a strong sense of pride and belonging in their students.

The Cloncurry State School is also lucky enough to have a School Chaplain, who runs the Flash Friday's program and helps contribute to the social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of all students, regardless of age, race, gender, faith or beliefs.

Cloncurry State School Chaplain, Tania Britton says she hopes the number of students and parents who attend the program will increase building a stronger sense of community within the school.

"This program aims to create a safe and welcoming environment to address the impact that disadvantage can have on education outcomes," says Tania.

"It's difficult to learn at school when you are hungry, yet some kids leave home without breakfast. Providing a free breakfast supports children to achieve their best in the classroom and in the playground."

A child's ability to concentrate in class and learn is negatively impacted if they are in need of nourishment. Providing students with breakfast enhances their engagement and positively impacts student academic performance."

Chief Operating Officer for Glencore's Copper Assets Australia, Matt O'Neill says the company targets its support at initiatives that benefit as many people as possible within our communities.

"We are proud to be able to support an initiative that ensures students in our community have the best opportunity to make the most of their education and develop healthy eating habits" says Matt.

"This program provides a better start to the day for children who would otherwise go to school hungry."

"Cloncurry State School plays a very proactive and essential role in the Cloncurry community and also ensures our employees have access to education services, as it is the only secondary school in town," Matt says.