Students display their culinary skills

September 20, 2017

Anaru Murray and Chef Seetanah Mooniapah (Raj).

From bottom left: Rob Morey (Cobram Youth Group), Sally Bate (Manager -Cobram Community House), Rita Jukes (Treasurer - Cobram Community House), Jenny Tom (Cobram Community House), Dianne Ferguson (VP – Cobram Secondary College), Alex Monk (President – Cobram Community House), John Sciaca (Principal - Cobram Secondary College), Kate Bird (Vice-Principal Cobram Secondary College), Emily Gough (Wellbeing officer) Cobram Secondary College), Maria Hart (Careers Advisor Cobram Secondary College).

Staff at Cobram Community House were treated to a fancy three-course lunch on Monday courtesy of the general education students at Cobram Secondary College.

The Year 10 students are completing a Certificate II in General Education for adults at BCH, which teaches broad life skills such as basic literacy, numeracy and cooking.

Student Anaru Murray said he enjoyed the practical skills the certificate offered.

‘‘During the course we achieved our food handling qualification and first aid certificate. We have also learnt cooking skills, organisational skills and teamwork,’’ he said.

‘‘We have really enjoyed working on this project. I hope everyone enjoyed the lunch.’’

Student Amanda Pratt said she hoped to use her new-found cooking skills to become a childcare chef.

‘‘I love working with children,’’ she said.

‘‘I learnt how not to burn food, which is always handy. The lunch was a way for us to show the school and Cobram Community House what we can do.’’

Chef Seetanah Mooniapah has been teaching the students cooking skills every week and he said they picked up the craft very quickly for beginners.

‘‘They’ve done very well. They were very attentive,’’ he said.

‘‘They managed to keep up with different kinds of food; pasta, sushi, dumplings, everything.’’

BCH manager Sally Bate said the course was a good alternative for students who struggled academically at school.

‘‘We give students options in their education. For those who want to try something different we provide a range of different training courses,’’ she said.

‘‘We’ve got a strong connection with the school and it works very well. The students get a lot out of it.’’

Christine Osborne is a trainer at BCH who has been working with the students.

‘‘These kids are a great group of kids who have lots of talents and things they bring to the group,’’ she said.

‘‘We’re trying to get some work skills and life skills into their general education.

‘‘I enjoy working with them. It has its challenges, but it’s interesting and different every day.’’

 - Kenji Sato

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