The Sunday Mail (Queensland)



THESE lit­tle chefs know how to get things done.

The Woorabinda State School pupils don their chef hats and uni­forms once a week to learn how to cook, mak­ing any­thing from cup­cakes to sal­ads and lunches.

Teacher Lisa Wo­gand said the school had in­tro­duced “hook ac­tiv­i­ties” to en­cour­age the stu­dents to come to school.

“It’s just about build­ing up the ex­cite­ment the kids have to come to school,” she said. “It’s re­ally hands-on and fun.”

The cook­ing classes also en­cour­age the kids to im­prove their nu­mer­acy and lit­er­acy skills, mea­sur­ing in­gre­di­ents and read­ing recipes.

The school’s at­ten­dance rates have im­proved, to around 88 per cent from 60 per cent sev­eral years ago.

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