Help young get better start to day

POLITICS was put aside as councillors congratulated the four schools who successfully pitched for funding under Cumberland Council’s inaugural Healthy Kids project.

Auburn Girls High School, Cerdon College in Merrylands, Granville Public School and Guildford West Public School each won $5,000 to implement the ideas outlined in a short video pitch.
House captains from Cerdon College, Nora-Lee Doueihi, 16, and Natalie Matsias, 16, said they were looking forward to creating a healthy breakfast bar for students.
Natalie said many Cerdon students either stop off at a nearby service station in the morning for donuts and energy drinks or head to McDonalds for breakfast.
“We want to give them a more convenient and healthy alternative,” she said.

Nora-Lee said they were looking at providing fruit, toasted cheese sandwiches and “maybe occasionally some eggs and bacon”.
“We’re just going to experiment with it a bit and build it up,” Nora-Lee said.
Providing students with a good start to the day was also part of the successful pitch from AGHS, and community partnership officer Fatima Amr said they would also buy sporting equipment for the girls to use at lunchtime to help keep them active.
Showcasing a variety of initiatives, ranging from improving school kitchens to building larger community garden patches, Mayor Greg Cummings said that 15 schools submitted video pitches for the funding to promote healthy living.

“We were impressed by the calibre of the submissions and narrowed it down to the top four,” he said.
Cr Steve Christou said he was very pleased that when he proposed the initiative it had been met with “open arms across the chamber”.
“I applaud my colleagues and thank every school that got involved,” he said.