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Caithness News Bulletins August 2003
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As part of the government’s commitment to improving diet for the country’s population, the Scottish Executive in partnership with the Scottish Community Food Foundation has provided funding in the form of a one off grant to local authorities throughout Scotland.
The Highland Council has secured the maximum award of £15,000 from the Scottish Community Diet Project to add more schools and additional services to the growing number of breakfast clubs that are now established across the authority.
The awards varying from £220 to £1,800 will allow schools to offer a healthy nourishing breakfast prior to the start of the school day. The clubs will provide much needed childcare, socialising and opportunities to partake in health promotion activities such as tooth brushing.
Schools that have benefited from the awards include:
New Breakfast clubs
Wick High School £1,000
Dalneigh Primary £1,800
Rosebank Primary £220
Wick South School £930
Tain Royal Academy £440
Glenurquhart High £785
Central Primary £700
Support to Existing Clubs
Plockton High £200
Grantown Goose (Grantown Primary) £500
Alness Academy £500
Invergordon Academy £1,000
Dornoch Academy £1,500
Wick North £800
Thurso High £1250
Schools are set to use the funding in different ways. Some will be used for Equipment to offer a wider choice of hot and cold foods. Games, books, CD players and staff to assist and support the pupils who attend are other uses for the funding.
Mairi Robertson Head Teacher at Grantown Primary said: "The Breakfast club is one of our Health Promoting School activities here at Grantown Primary. We are delighted to get this most recent award for the ‘Goose breakfast club’. We have been running the club here for almost a year and a half now and are always looking to improve and develop. The funding will go to buy new equipment and storage units for the club."
Lindsay Graham Health Promoting Schools Development Officer said: "Highland Council and NHS Highland are working in partnership to promote the health and wellbeing of the whole school population in the Highland region. As part of schools becoming ‘Health Promoting ‘by 2005 many have established breakfast clubs and others are about to start new clubs.
"Each club is individual to the school and its needs and with rurality and working parents a key factor in today’s society Breakfast clubs are welcome additions to the Education service. Seventeen Highland schools are set to benefit from this grant from the Scottish Community Food Foundation and experience’s of these and other schools will help to develop and shape the breakfast clubs in Highland in the future."