Gosnell’s Primary School chaplain and principal took centre stage to share how their duty of care stretches much further than the classroom at 98five’s Brekky with Kirste and Morro on Friday for the station’s fortnightly Free Coffee Friday broadcast.
In a low socio-economic area, there are daily challenges that hinder the education of the students at Gosnells Primary School. One of the main areas of concern the staff see are the growing numbers of children who arrive to school hungry or without any lunch.
Kirste & Morro chatted to Grace Munnee who has be the school chaplain for 10 years. She saw this need and enlisted the help of a few teachers to volunteer their time to come in early on Tuesday mornings to run the breakfast club. So far, Grace and her team have provided breakfast for 70 students this year.
“It’s not just about providing them food so they can concentrate properly and learn, it’s an opportunity for them to feel loved and cared for.”
Grace also makes up to 20 sandwiches a week for students with no lunch and arranges food hampers provided by local churches for struggling families.
With 10% of students needing lunches, Grace and school principal Craig Anderson hope to increase the amount of food and resources they can provide to their students.
Craig shared with Kirste & Morro about the success of their Autism program. As the first school in the state to roll out the Specialist Program for Students with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) they have faced many challenges but are successfully integrating these students into mainstream learning.
The Brekky Show also got to meet year 6 student (and part time artist) Marley who designed the school mascot and saw a parade of students dressed in their family’s traditional clothing for Harmony Day.
Teachers and parents were treated to free coffee supplied by 98five friend Evan from Cappuccino Xpress.