As of this week, the Golden Swan Café is officially open for business! On Tuesday and Thursday mornings until the beginning of Term 4, our Food Technology/Hospitality students become baristas-in-training in our very own student-run café.
Each year, 15-24 students are offered the chance to complete a barista training course, run over two days in the school holidays. The next course is being held in the upcoming July holidays. On the course, students learn about the origins of coffee and how to make all the different types of brews. The students must complete the practical and theory assessments. Once they are successfully trained, they have the opportunity to run the Golden Swan Café.
“This is where they practise what they have learnt during the course and gain experience in running a small business by providing customer service and making hot beverages,” says TIC Hospitality, Louise Clouston. Students arrive at 7.30am to prepare, then run the cafe, and oversee the money. “It is a fantastic opportunity for our students who are interested in gaining a part-time job within the hospitality industry, specifically a café,” says Louise.
Staff and Year 13 students can purchase a range of coffees (with specialty milks) and our Year 9-12 students can purchase delicious hot chocolate. The café is open from 7.50am and prices are just $3.50 per beverage, or $3 if you bring your own cup (50c extra for speciality milk).
Pictured above are Year 13 students Emma Schulte (making coffee) and Anneliese Sinclair during the Café’s first morning this week. Emma was making a soy flat white and it was genuinely delicious!