Little Lunch is a comedy series where every episode takes place during that highly anticipated school day break – morning snack time!
That 15 minutes when teachers are not close by, it’s just you and your friends, and school yard politics, rumours, competitions, mysteries, and fun. It’s all too short, but tomorrow there is always another ‘Little Lunch’ and another story to be re-told.
Each self-contained episode features:
- Atticus, sweet, straight, nerdy and always hungry;
- Melanie, stubborn, morally courageous, and shy;
- Tamara, not remotely shy, excellent at sport and not afraid to keep reminding everyone;
- Rory, naughty, distracted and so very likeable;
- Battie the gentle, creative, daydreamer;
and last but not least…..
- Debra-Jo, smart, ambitious and organised (though some would call it bossy!)
And then there is Mrs Gonsha, their much loved teacher, with extreme patience, a generosity of spirit and the tendency to nod off in class …
Little Lunch tackles the big issues in the school playground...It’s recognisable, relatable, funny, moving, and positive. And whilst some of the issues might seem small to adults, they loom large for kids. It’s comedy with a big heart.
The Principal's Office
When Rory is punished and sent to the Principal’s office, the other kids surprisingly feel sorry for him and try to cheer him up.
The Dress Up Day
On Dress-Up-As-What-You-Want-To-Be-When-You-Grow-Up-Day, Battie dresses up as Stretcho, his very own made up super hero.
While Atticus’ parents are away, his Ya-Ya (grandmother) looks after him and sends disgusting lunches with him to school.
The Monkey Bars
Tamara refuses to share the monkey bars but, for once, Melanie won’t give in and get off.
The Top Of The Fireman's Pole
After Mrs Gonsha bravely rescues a tiny boy from the top of the playground equipment, she becomes stuck herself, and the kids must get her down.
The Lost and Found Box
After Debra-Jo loses her glasses the children take her to the Lost and Found box to look for them, where they discover all their long-lost own belongings.
The Milk Bar
After Rory forgets his lunch and, in desperation, decides to go to the milk bar, he must convince the other kids to keep his secret from Mrs Gonsha.
The Girls Toilets
Melanie is caught in the middle when Debra-Jo and Tamara stop speaking to each other and insist that Melanie must pick a side.
The Kiss-Chasey Oval
Tamara unexpectedly wants to play kiss chasey but the only person she want to chase and kiss is Battie.
The Thing In The Sand
Melanie thinks she discovers a possum’s head in the sand pit, and refuses to believe that it’s actually Rory’s craft project made out of a pine-cone and toilet paper.
Bored during a rainy little lunch, Atticus starts a band and makes Battie reluctantly join too.
The Beep Test
Tamara is excited about doing the beep test fitness assessment, but after she sprains her ankle and can’t join in, she decides to be Debra-Jo’s beep test coach instead.
The Joke Competition
Atticus holds a joke telling competition and Melanie, overcome by shyness, is terrified to tell a joke in front of everyone.
The Old Climbing Tree
Debra-Jo thinks that the old climbing tree is dangerous and should be chopped down, but the other kids think it should stay. They each embark on a campaign to get their way.
Trying to stay out of trouble for once, Rory wants the other kids to play with him so devises an elaborate and confusing ball game on the oval.
For the birthday party of Max and Elsa, the weird twins, Mrs Gonsha makes a pavlova, which looks delicious, but is the most disgusting thing that the children have ever eaten.
After Tamara accuses Melanie of not washing her hands and “germblocks” her, Atticus and Debra-Jo investigate what really happened.
The Grandparents Day
Battie’s grandfather is the guest of honour at Grandparents Day but Battie is too scared to tell Mrs Gonsha that he is in hospital and won’t be able to come.
The Cake Stall
When Melanie decides to have a cake stall to raise money for homeless puppies, Atticus gets jealous and sets up a rival fundraiser.
The children face the difficult task of finding the right partner to be their walking buddy for the walk-a-thon.
The Windy Day
During a very windy little lunch, Mrs Gonsha insists the class comes inside and does yoga, much to Debra-Jo’s horror.
The Body Bus
After the kids think they see a health van in the playground, Debra-Jo becomes anxious that she has headlice.
When Rory announces that he wants to be the Prime-Minister, Mrs Gonsha suggests they have their own election and that everyone run a campaign.
The Corridor Outside 6E
When Max and Elsa, the weird twins, suddenly leave class without a note, a ridiculous rumour chain begins about what happened to them.
The Gap Behind the Dumpster
Atticus decides to start a secret club with Rory, but after Rory, who is terrible at keeping secrets, invites everyone else to join, Atticus’ idea is ruined.
Rory is bewildered and confused when he finds out a grade six girl likes him and Debra-Jo can’t understand why she feels so cross about it.