Everyday P-12 School Physical Education teacher, Mr Stu Richards, has lodged a formal complaint with the school’s leadership team and advisory council.
PE teacher, Mr Stu Richards, was completing his lunchtime yard-duty commitments (and posting another blazing unbeaten century in the Year 5’s cricket match according to him) when he spotted Ms Taylor handing out McDonald’s, KFC, Red Rooster, Pizza Hut and Subway to students on the oval. When pressed for an explanation, Ms Taylor admitted to delivering food for money.
Mr Richards explains. ‘I asked Cindy for a burger and she knocked me back. So I asked her why she was giving all the kids food. She admitted they were paying her.’
Would you rather eat a sausage roll or a rice paper roll? A cheeseburger or a tofu burger?
The school transitioning to a healthy canteen menu was the catalyst for Cindy’s growing business. Ms Taylor stated, ‘Liam refuses to order from the healthy menu and you can’t blame him. Would you rather eat a sausage roll or a rice paper roll? A cheeseburger or a tofu burger? And what the hell is quinoa? I had to bring in his lunch rather than make him eat that rabbit food.’
Cindy’s deliveries lead to Liam hoeing into burgers and Coke while his friends forced down eggplant lasagne with a goji berry smoothie. Soon enough other students were asking Cindy to deliver lunch to them. She agreed, on the condition they pay a surcharge on each delivery.
Mr Richards noted the scheme must have been successfully running for some time. ‘Cindy carried the food in an insulated delivery bag that she admitted to buying with the proceeds of her deliveries.’
Bailey, while tucking into a bucket of fried chicken, admitted his friends placed their orders via text messages to Cindy’s phone. ‘She was talking about developing an app and expanding into other schools.’ However, not all students were happy with the service. Year 10 student Toby said, ‘It should’ve been called Cindy Eats as half the time there’d be a nugget missing or half my chips would be gone.’
It should’ve been called Cindy Eats as half the time there’d be a nugget missing or half my chips would be gone.
The scheme is believed to be a first in Australian schools and flies in the face of the school’s healthy eating policy. Canteen manager, Heather Brown, stated, ‘It’s sickening. I’ve put a healthy menu in place for the sake of the students’ wellbeing. Cindy’s actions have undermined the college’s transition to be a haven of healthy eating. No wonder canteen sales are down 80%.’ When questioned about the drop in sales possibly being related to the students’ appetite for the previous menu of pies, sausage rolls and pasties instead of the new menu containing eggplant pizzas and tomato and spinach pockets, Ms Brown declined to comment.