Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes

In some way or another, Daystar Foundation’s Before, Lunchtime, After School Transformation (BLAST) Programs are available to over 4000 children every day. Through our various programs we have influenced and assisted several thousand children over the years. We have helped over 50 children via direction intervention, with several young people progressing to TAFE, others taking on apprenticeships, and some remaining at school. Some specific examples of outcomes include:

Reducing student truancy and absenteeism

  • During the six years Breakfast Club has operated at Sarah Redfern High School truancy and absenteeism has fallen below the state-wide average by 1.5%
  • Since Breakfast Club was introduced in October 2006 to Claymore Public School there has been a significant reduction in both truancy and absenteeism. “The social impact of this program has been outstanding. It has led to a marked improvement in school attendance, chronic late arrivals are now here before school and many behaviours we experienced because children were coming to school hungry have disappeared.” Stephen Stobbs, Welfare Teacher, Claymore Public School.

Improving student learning

  • As a result of the Homework Club, one young man improved several places in his Year 7 Maths class from the start of the year and went from second last in Science to 5th place in the final exam.
  • In 2006, the eleven Year 9 & 10 students involved in the Music Club were intending to leave school either voluntarily or involuntarily at the end of the year; ten returned for 2007. One went on to become Head of School, another Vice Head. Daystar also supported the Vice Head with a scholarship to study flamenco guitar in Spain. In 2008, this student became to first ever student to achieve a Band 6 result in the HSC and has since recorded an album with a 7-times Golden Guitar winner.
  • In 2006, a number of songs composed in the Music Club were judged good enough to be entered in the Australian Schools Songwriting Competition. One song came third place and won certificates for the boys involved as well as several hundred dollars worth of musical equipment for the Music Club.
  • Two Music Club students excelled with one student winning a scholarship to Macarthur Anglican College to receive further expert tuition as a guitarist. Another was invited by Campbelltown Performing Arts High School to take up an offer to join the vocal class full time.
  • Two students have secured paid work after school with the skills they have learned at our Music and Garden Clubs.

Positive behavioural changes in students

  • We see regularly truant children now habitually arrive at school before 8am when Breakfast Club opens. Our volunteers report that Breakfast Club members regularly arrive to school before they do.
  • Students who would otherwise be truant or absent turn up for Breakfast Club resulting in them getting to class on time. Once there, teachers tell us that the students’ classroom performance and behaviour improves significantly as a direct result of their healthy food start to the day.

Healthier student food choices

  • We know Breakfast Club is improving life skill opportunities by, for example, showing children that a healthy breakfast is important.
  • The number of students we provide breakfast for consistently increases in each school as time goes by, thus we continue to meet the needs of students who come to school hungry, are emotionally isolated as they enjoy feeling part of a 'Club' at Breakfast Club.
  • At Breakfast Club at Sarah Redfern High School we provide basic lunch items for students to make their own lunches in the morning, to assist them in learning about preparing and eating healthy food.
  • Garden Club has introduced thousands if children to healthy food; many students are unaware that food does come from the ground and many have never eaten fresh produce.
  • As a result of Garden Club many students take food home to share with their families; and some students have planted produce gardens at home.

 

"The program provides a great way for Zurich's employees to make a real difference in the lives of young children from disadvantaged schools... great relationships are formed between the buddies over the year."
Alice Cahill
Corporate
Responsibility Manager
Zurich Financial Services Australia