College upgrade inspires
PRACTISE WHAT YOU TEACH
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.
Kirsty Herring, 17, and Caitlin Hagan, 18, in Chifley College Senior Campus’s new outdoor cafe.