BIG BREKKY: Local chef Joel McCulla treats William Bayldon students Rhea Rishika, Harley McEwan and Sara and Jake Hall to breakfast yesterday.
BIG BREKKY: Local chef Joel McCulla treats William Bayldon students Rhea Rishika, Harley McEwan and Sara and Jake Hall to breakfast yesterday.

Breakfast the key to children's learning

THE most important meal of the day matters most in the classroom.

Statistically speaking it's believed one in four children skip breakfast and research shows this is reflected in classroom concentration and educational learning.

On the Coffs Coast it was found students at William Bayldon Public School were starting the day on empty prompting the school, with the generous assistance of the community and local business, to change the trend through the 2013 Coffs Coast Health Canteen Awards.

The school's prize from the awards, co-sponsored by the Coffs Coast Growers Market and the Goods Guys, was plated up yesterday in a colourful dinosaur themed breakfast.

"In their submission for the awards, the school revealed that between eight and 10% of their students arrive without breakfast and that they wanted to find ways to get the kids interested in eating well in the mornings," Jan Rooney from the Coffs Coast Growers Market, said.

At the breakfast 220 students, parents and teachers sampled the creations of local chef Joel McCulla.

His Volcanic Fruit Salad, was a big hit with the kids.