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Food Science & Hospitality

Coffee Club “Edspresso” and HOME In Queanbeyan

Students over the past year have continued to assist HOME by providing meals to HOME. Haydon House and Hospitality students have recently a charity drive to raise money to prepare in advance a Christmas Banquet for 180 people to be held at HOME. We look forward to continuing this close...
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Students over the past year have continued to assist HOME by providing meals to HOME. Haydon House and Hospitality students have recently a charity drive to raise money to prepare in advance a Christmas Banquet for 180 people to be held at HOME. We look forward to continuing this close relationship in 2014.

We would like thank Coffee Club boys for their ongoing dedication to running the club which is much appreciated by staff and students.

Beyond Bank function at the National Zoo and Aquarium

Students from the HOSPITLAITY Department catered for a Beyond Bank function at the National Zoo and Aquarium, on the 31st October. The evening was Halloween themed with ‘True Blood’ shots, Cheesy Eye Balls, Severed Fingers and RIP Choc pots to name a few of the menu items. Proceeds from the...
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Students from the HOSPITLAITY Department catered for a Beyond Bank function at the National Zoo and Aquarium, on the 31st October. The evening was Halloween themed with ‘True Blood’ shots, Cheesy Eye Balls, Severed Fingers and RIP Choc pots to name a few of the menu items.

Proceeds from the evening where is excess of $20.000 and raised much needed funds for the Fred Hollows Foundation.

Raising Funds for Cerebral Palsy Alliance

“Twilight in the Jungle” – Dean Parkes On Thursday the 7th of November students from St Edmunds College, Black Mountain School and Canberra College joined together to prepare and serve at the annual Charity Cocktail party held at the National Zoo and Aquarium for 130 guests. The evening was once...
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“Twilight in the Jungle” – Dean Parkes

On Thursday the 7th of November students from St Edmunds College, Black Mountain School and Canberra College joined together to prepare and serve at the annual Charity Cocktail party held at the National Zoo and Aquarium for 130 guests. The evening was once again a great success and displayed the skills that students have acquired through their respective courses in Hospitality from each school. The evening is two fold it not only provides students with relevant industry experience, develops confidence and teamwork but raises much needed funds for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance

A big thankyou to the Auctioneer Jason Roses and the National Zoo and Aquarium function coordinator Portia as well as the owners Richard and Maureen Tindale for providing a fantastic venue.

And most importantly the staff from all the schools who worked tirelessly to make this happen

Make sure you keep this event in the diary for next year!

Community Partnerships - Yellow Van Partnerships

The Yellow van picks up unwanted produce from supermarkets, large events and clubs to transport and deliver to around charities around Canberra. The Yellow Van delivers to St Edmunds of a Monday and then meals are prepared throughout the week. The Van then collects the prepared meals on a Friday...
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The Yellow van picks up unwanted produce from supermarkets, large events and clubs to transport and deliver to around charities around Canberra.

The Yellow Van delivers to St Edmunds of a Monday and then meals are prepared throughout the week. The Van then collects the prepared meals on a Friday for distribution amongst those in need.

Dear Mr Fullagar,

I am writing to you as the Senior Manager of Red Cross programs in the ACT.  Once such program is The Roadhouse, which is a free food service operating from the Griffin Centre in Civic for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  Each night of the week starting at 4.30pm we provide a hot, nutritious meal to approximately 100 participants.  With no government funding or support for this program we operate by donation and rely heavily on The Yellow Van.

This is where we want to thank you and your students for the most wonderful food that you provided through the Yellow Van for this program.  The participants are still commenting on the variety, quality and exceptional taste.  Some people have even been asking us for the recipes.

Please pass on our most sincere thanks to the teachers and boys that took the time and care to make such wonderful food and let me know if at any time the boys would be interested in attending the Roadhouse to see the impact of their work first hand.

Thanks again,

Penny Stokman
Manager Nutrition Services

Excellent programs produce excellent students

2013 - ACT Finalists VET in Schools Excellence Awards 2012 - ACT VET Excellence Award 2012 - Chief ministers inclusion award for education Gold for international competition 2012 - National Australia Bank School's First Impact Award 2011- Finalists VET in Schools Excellence Awards 2011- Finalist...
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  • 2013 - ACT Finalists VET in Schools Excellence Awards
  • 2012 - ACT VET Excellence Award
  • 2012 - Chief ministers inclusion award for education Gold for international competition
  • 2012 - National Australia Bank School's First Impact Award
  • 2011- Finalists VET in Schools Excellence Awards
  • 2011- Finalist VET Student of the Year- Joshua Brown Yr 12
  • 2011- Certificate of Excellence – Outstanding Achievement in Vocational Award,
  •  St Edmunds student Joshua Brown by the Board of Senior Secondary Studies, Brett is currently completing his apprenticeship with Parliament House
  • 2010- Certificate of Excellence – Outstanding Achievement in Vocational Award,
  •  St Edmunds student Brett Waslin by the Board of Senior Secondary Studies, Brett is currently completing his apprenticeship with restaurant Aubergine.
  • 2010- Finalists Training Initiative Award ACT
  • 2010- Finalists VET in Schools Excellence Award
  • 2009-Winner of Training Initiative Award ACT
  • Providing quality vocational experiences where students are exposed to a diverse range of learning applications. The department’s emphasis is on engaging students from an early age.
  • 2008-Winner of VET in Schools Excellence Award
  • Awarded for excellent teaching programs, community partnerships, future focus and training outcomes.
  • 2008- Certificate of Excellence – Outstanding Achievement in Vocational Award, St Edmunds student Ryan Spiteri by the Board of Senior Secondary Studies
  • 2007 (2013-2014 2nd Edition) - Development of Teaching Resources- Workbook Published.
    St Edmund’s Hospitality and Food Science teachers, published a Food Technology and Hospitality Kitchen Workbook (Bindaree Publishing) which has sold over 70,000 copies nation wide to Universities, TAFE Colleges and Schools. The workbook has been recommended by BSSS.
  • 2007-Winner of Training Initiative Award ACT
  •  St Edmund’s was recognized for the initiative and development of the “Colleges Cooking for the Community”.

Local, National and International Competitions

  • 2013 - Silver ACF Culinery Championships
  • 2012 - Gold ACF Culinary Championships
  • 2011- Gold and Silver ACT World skills Competition
  • 2010- Gold ACT World skills Competition
  • 2010- Silver NATIONAL World skills Competition, Brisbane
  • 2010- Silver and Bronze ACF Culinary Championships
  • 2009-Silver ACF World Championships, Tahiti
  • 2009-Gold ACF National Championships, Gold Coast
  • 2009- Gold and Silver at Worldskills
  • 2009 Worldskills Host
  • St Edmund’s Hospitality Department hosted Worldskills, ACT Chapter of this event in conjunction with the ACT Department of Education and SIP –Student to Industry Program. This event hosted 10 competitors from various local schools.
  • 2008- Silver ACT Culinary Championships
  • 2007- Gold ACF World Championship- Taipei
  • 2007- Gold National Championship
  • 2006-Silver ACF International Championship, Gold Coast
  • 2006-Gold Coast ACF National Championship, Gold Coast

The subject Food Science and Hospitality was unheard of in an all boys school 15 years ago. Today, it has become one of the most popular electives with the school.

Why you may ask? It is because it is an active hands on class, which raises the individuals self-esteem and is challenging. It provides for a broad range of teaching styles, which provides for their emotional and social needs. Young boys are treated as adults; we nurture their development and have expectations of them, which are parallel to industry in the later years.

Year 8

Food Science in Year 8 is exciting and very different from any subject or elective they have done in the past. The Year 8 program gives them a strong foundation for further studies in the area. It provides for the students a sound understanding of nutrition and the practical skills required as a...
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Food Science in Year 8 is exciting and very different from any subject or elective they have done in the past. The Year 8 program gives them a strong foundation for further studies in the area. It provides for the students a sound understanding of nutrition and the practical skills required as a part of life skills. The boys are ever enthusiastic about the subject, which is identified in all components of the subject especially the Light Luncheon that is provided by the students for Parents and Teachers, showcasing a semesters worth of skill.

Years 9 & 10

Years 9 and 10 have the opportunity to hone their skills in the practical component. Students are set challenging tasks and are expected to demonstrate skills, which are required at an industry level. These high standards and expectations are instilled in the students so that if they decide to...
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Years 9 and 10 have the opportunity to hone their skills in the practical component. Students are set challenging tasks and are expected to demonstrate skills, which are required at an industry level. These high standards and expectations are instilled in the students so that if they decide to further there studies in the area of Hospitality or obtain work in the industry they have a strong skills base, which can be further developed. The subject also provides further investigation into the relationship between diet and health.

Yr 10 Food Science Extended

This Year 10 course aims to: Provide students with the opportunity to work towards a nationally recognised qualification in Hospitality Provides students at high school with an understanding of, Vocational Education and training, competency based assessment Allow students to explore Hospitality and...
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This Year 10 course aims to:

  • Provide students with the opportunity to work towards a nationally recognised qualification in Hospitality
  • Provides students at high school with an understanding of, Vocational Education and training, competency based assessment
  • Allow students to explore Hospitality and the Hospitality Industry
  • Provide students with the opportunity to consolidate and develop their practical skills
  • Assist students in preparing for further studies or employment in the Hospitality field

Hospitality Year 11/12

In Years 11 and 12 Hospitality is offered as a 'A/T' course. The course is aimed at students who: wish to continue and study hospitality courses in specialised institutions specifically designed for hospitality; including private colleges and TAFE institutions. Students are able to apply for...
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In Years 11 and 12 Hospitality is offered as a 'A/T' course. The course is aimed at students who:

  • wish to continue and study hospitality courses in specialised institutions
    specifically designed for hospitality; including private colleges and TAFE
    institutions. Students are able to apply for recognition of prior learning for the
    subjects undertaken at school
  • for tertiary students who wish to use the knowledge gained to obtain casual
    employment during their years of study

Students who successfully complete the course over the two years will gain
appropriate certificates.

Aims

The course aims to provide students with appropriate skills, knowledge and attitudes that will equip them to:

  • understand the structure of the hospitality industry, its workplace culture and practices
  • communicate effectively
  • apply knowledge and skills in practical situations the
  • gain an awareness of social, economic, legal, cultural and environmental impact on hospitality
  • research, analyse and present information
  • gain knowledge and understanding of vocational pathways and training opportunities and develop appropriate attitudes and values

The Tourism and Hospitality Course Framework goals focus on the essential things that students should know and be able to do as a result of studying any course in this subject area. All courses should enable students to:

develop skills in leadership, management, problem solving, planning, working

independently and collaboratively

  • understand the relationships and interconnections within the industry, society and the environment
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of and insight into the service
  • industry, including workplace culture, structures and practices
  • use and adapt communication modes effectively to a diverse audience
  • think analytically, critically and creatively
  • demonstrate skills to industry standard.

Actual units of competency will be advised on the students’ unit outline at the commencement of the 2014 school year due to the introduction of a new training package.

  • Outstanding personal appearance and hygiene
  • Clear communication skills
  • Social interaction
  • Teamwork​

Useful Hospitality Internet Resources:

Hospitality Staff

Paula Moeller:  Paula is the Food Science Coordinator at St Edmund's College Canberra.  She has 13 years teaching and hospitality industry experience in Australia, the United Kingdom and Turkey, and holds a Bachelor Degree in Education, a Certificate II in Hospitality, a Certificate IV as a...
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Paula Moeller:  Paula is the Food Science Coordinator at St Edmund's College Canberra.  She has 13 years teaching and hospitality industry experience in Australia, the United Kingdom and Turkey, and holds a Bachelor Degree in Education, a Certificate II in Hospitality, a Certificate IV as a Workplace Assessor, an Accor Academie (Front of House Operations), Certificate III in Commercial Cookery and a TESOL Certificate from St George's College London.

Dean Parkes: Dean has 19 years experience as a chef and trainer in the Hospitality Industry and holds a Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery, Diploma in Hospitality, and Bachelor of Vocational Education and Training.  Previously a Culinary Skills lecturer at Canberra Institute of Technology, Dean is currently teaching Food Technology and Certificate I & II in Hospitality at St Edmunds College Canberra. In 2007, Dean received an Initiative in Training Award at the 2007 ACT Training Excellence Awards and Chief Minister's Award 2012.

In 2006 and 2007, Dean Parkes and Paula Moeller led the St Edmund's College Food Technology and Hospitality entries in the Secondary Schools Culinary competition held by the Australian Culinary Federation.  Their students achieved first place in the 2006 and 2007 Australian finals and second place in the 2006 international finals held in Queensland.  The 2007 international finals held in Taiwan, their students excelled winning first place.

Dean and Paula have also been successful in publishing a second edition Food Technology and Hospitality Kitchen Work Book. The book has been sold in all states in Australia to Universities, TAFE Colleges and Secondary Schools. Thank you to Bindaree Publishing.

Contact

Food Science and Hospitality Co-ordinator
Ms Paula Moeller Tel: 6239 0630
Email: pmoeller@stedmunds.act.edu.au