Col­lege up­grade inspires

PRAC­TISE WHAT YOU TEACH

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CHI­FLEY Col­lege Se­nior Cam­pus stu­dents have be­gun their third term with a new ac­tive area and an up­grade to their cafe.

The ac­tive area has a bas­ket­ball, net­ball and vol­ley­ball court sur­rounded by five hand­ball courts.

There are two un­der­cover shel­ters and a nine-sta­tion out­door gym­na­sium fit­ted with heavy-duty Aus­tralian Stan­dards gym equip­ment.

The area has proved a hit with stu­dents and teach­ers.

Six­teen-year-old stu­dent Dawn Vi said she used the equip­ment to keep healthy and de-stress.

“I use it be­fore and af­ter school and dur­ing lunch,” Dawn said. “It’s pretty cool. Ev­ery­one has started hang­ing around it.

“We use it for sport and lifestyle and recre­ation ses­sions three times a week.

“We play bas­ket­ball and some­times net­ball and we some­times have games with the teach­ers.”

As a new stu­dent, Dawn was im­pressed the school had in­vested in health and fit­ness equip­ment.

“It’s pretty im­por­tant. They’re advertising the lifestyle we should be liv­ing and it helps us to stay healthy.”

The school runs sev­eral ca­reer-based TAFE cour­ses in­clud­ing a Cer­tifi­cate II Hos­pi­tal­ity, which had been run out of a class­room.

Pre­vi­ously, stu­dents had to set up all of the equip­ment be­fore they could study and pack it up when they fin­ished.

This year the school de­cided to in­vest in the class by in­stalling a cafe, in­clud­ing ta­bles and chairs, to en­cour­age the prac­ti­cal side of the course.

All the food and bev­er­ages are pre­pared and served to the cus­tomers – usu­ally staff and teach­ers – in the cafe by the stu­dents dur­ing their 70minute hos­pi­tal­ity pe­ri­ods.

“It’s eas­ier for us to learn cus­tomer ser­vice skills and how to deal with cus­tomer com­plaints,” hos­pi­tal­ity stu­dent Tan­isha Naidu, 17, said.

“I like in­ter­act­ing with the cus­tomers. It’s good to give peo­ple con­fi­dence in them­selves.”

Louise Pam­ment, one of the hos­pi­tal­ity teach­ers, said the cafe in­tro­duced a re­al­is­tic pres­sure for the stu­dents.

“The cafe pro­vides hos­pi­tal­ity stu­dents with a real en­vi­ron­ment to gain con­fi­dence in cus­tomer ser­vice and im­prove their food and bev­er­age skills,” Ms Pam­ment said.

“Our wait­ers greet and seat cus­tomers, present the menu, take or­ders and de­liver food and bev­er­age items.

“We col­lect feed­back af­ter each ser­vice pe­riod to en­sure con­tin­ual im­prove­ment of the over­all run­ning of the cafe.”

Dawn Vi, 16, and Thomas Le-Comte, 16, on the school’s new mul­ti­pur­pose sports sur­face.

Pic­tures: DAVE SWIFT

Kirsty Her­ring, 17, and Caitlin Ha­gan, 18, in Chi­fley Col­lege Se­nior Cam­pus’s new out­door cafe.

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