DIMBOOLA Memorial Secondary College’s VCAL hospitality students have created their own cafe.
Led by their teacher Patricia O’Connor, the students run the Hilltop Cafe from the school’s health and fitness centre on Friday mornings from 10.30am until 11.30am.
“We’re trying to develop the students’ abilities, work related and independent as well,” Mrs O’Connor said.
“They are exposed to a business environment and develop hands-on skills.
“We are making the most of the facilities we have.”
Friday was the cafe’s final opening for the term.
It will open again on October 11.
Mrs O’Connor said the students mostly catered for their peers and teachers. “But we opened recently to the public as well,” she said.
She said about eight students were involved, with differing levels of study.
“The most senior students take on the roles of head chef and cafe co-ordinator,” she said.
“The other students take on roles such as barristas and cake decorators.”
She said the cafe offered a hot drink and a slice special for $4.
“The price is to cover costs, but with the intention that we can make a bigger cafe and have longer opening hours,” she said.