Local students get a taste of TAFE

Taste of TAFE
GippsTAFE opened its doors to local primary and secondary school students last week with visits from Warragul Primary and Warragul Regional College students.

90 Warragul Primary School Grade Prep/1 students, joined GippsTAFE’s hospitality department for morning tea on Monday the 20th June.

The students were greeted by ‘Expert Chef’ and culinary teacher Jennifer Kilner who showed them how to create colourful tomato roses and pear swans.

Jennifer’s efforts were met with rave reviews from the students, “How cool!” one student exclaimed, “What a cool rose and I can eat it!” said another.

The young students also enjoyed a tour of the kitchen and ‘big fridge’ (cool room) and showed their creative talents folding napkin ‘hats’ which they took home with them.  

After the excitement of all these activities the students were treated to a real restaurant experience as GippsTAFE Hospitality students served a morning tea of muffins, fairy bread and fruit juice.

Emily Hobbs, a Grade 1 student wrote, “On Monday the 20th June, Warragul Primary School went to the Wattleseed Restaurant. We made a napkin. We went into the fridge and we looked in the kitchen. We saw the chef make a pear into a swan and a tomato skin into a rose. I liked learning about food.”

The students visited the training restaurant to learn about cooking, food handling and eating in a restaurant, as part of their Inquiry unit on “Food” this term. The students also explored where food comes from by visiting a farm and an orchard.

GippsTAFE also played host to a group of Warragul Regional College, Year 9 students last week.

The students visited the GippsTAFE Warragul Campus to learn more about the study options available to them locally and to gather information to assist them with important course selection decisions as they enter Year 10.

The Warragul Regional College students had the opportunity to tour the campus and interact with over 100 VET in Schools students currently undertaking study in areas such as animal studies, hospitality, hairdressing and electrotechnology.

“We were thrilled with the response from local students,” said GippsTAFE Warragul Campus Manager, Pip Griffiths.

“We would like to welcome all school students and members of the community to come along and experience what GippsTAFE has to offer.”

For further information on the education opportunities GippsTAFE has to offer or to arrange a campus visit please contact the GippsTAFE Warragul Campus on (03) 5622 8500.