Year 12 Hospitality Assessments (Monday 22 & 29 June 2020)
On Monday 22 June and Monday 29 June our Year 12 Hospitality students have completed two full days of hospitality service as a part of their training to achieve their Certificate II in Hospitality. Over the two days, they served 60 students and teachers per service, displaying their food preparation and customer service skills.
Mr Ramsay and Mr Winch’s Year 9 Humanities & Social Sciences classes were treated to a two-course Italian Luncheon Feast. The menu included garlic bread, penne pasta with beef sauce or Chicken Parmigiana, and a rich chocolate brownie or orange polenta cake. The services were externally assessed by Hospitality Group Training, and all students passed this assessment. Students were praised for their great teamwork, strong communication skills and delicious food.
Well done to the Year 12 Hospitality students. We are so proud of the work you have done to pass this assessment.
Thank you to Ms Holmes, Ms Terry, Mrs Jones, Ms Fisher and Mrs Gerou for all their hard work!
Reading, Reading, Reading! (Thursday 25 June 2020)
Our Year 7 Academic Extension students had to read a number of novels over the semester as part of their reading program in English. This ended with students having to choose a novel from their reading log that they would have enjoyed the most and present this to the class, promoting the novel and highlighting important aspects of it. These are some of the awesome presentations by students.
Year 11 Food Science Big Bake Off (Thursday 25 June 2020)
The winners are Joshua Oughton best in show for pikelets, Edward Gibson best in show for cupcakes and Chimi Dolkar Dorji best in show for scones. Students took a recipe lucky dip style and had to present their best on a plate to be judged by Mrs Maitland, Ms Holmes, Miss Fisher and Miss Barbato.
10 Café Foods - Garnishing (Thursday 25 June 2020)
As part of the Year 10 Café foods course, we are learning about the variety of food presentation and garnishing techniques that are used in the cafe and restaurant industry to make both sweet and savoury dishes look appetising to customers.
This lesson, we learnt how to make strawberry roses, spring onion flowers, piped chocolate designs, we dusted plates with cocoa powder and were even annotating some beautifully presented Masterchef dishes!
Congratulations to all our Year 10 Café Foods students who put the effort in to give these techniques a go for the first time and added some new skills to their repertoire!
Year 7a Music Group (Tuesday 23 June 2020)
Mr Sutherland and his Year 7a Music group were practising a difficult musical piece during their lesson this morning. They made it sound very easy.
Lego Therapy Program (Friday 19 June 2020)
The Lego Therapy Program is run weekly by Education Support Officer, Ms Kays. This is a form of therapy where students take in turns with assigned roles:
- Engineer – in charge of reading and relaying instructions. They must tell the Supplier what pieces to retrieve and tell the Builder how to build the model.
- Supplier – in charge of finding the correct Lego pieces. They must listen to the Engineer and figure out which piece to retrieve and give them to the Builder.
- Builder – in charge of physically building the model. They must listen to instructions provided by the Engineer and receive the pieces that are retrieved by the Supplier.
The Director makes sure that everybody is working well together. Usually the Education Support Officer is the Director depending on how many are in the group.
Playing with Lego in a structured therapy setting promotes social interaction, turn-taking, problem solving and giving and receiving instructions. It can be used to target goals around language and motor skills. The instructions include the shape, size, colour and how many bumps on the brick. Lego therapy also helps to develop skills in all learning areas and is enjoyed by all who love playing with Lego.
These pictures show Leroy Sassine, Blake Robertson, Dario Bobanac and Lujan Gendry participating as a group in Lego Therapy with Ms Kays as Director.
12 Food Science and Technology (Thursday 18 June 2020)
As the Year 12 Food Science classes move onto their next task "Heat and Eat meals" we are spending our practical lessons learning about, and trialling healthy recipes that can be cooked, cooled and reheated. This particular lesson we were producing a very tasty chicken curry, rich in flavours and full of nutrients from the chicken and vegetables. The next stage for students will be to research, select and produce their own 'Heat and Eat' meal - we can't wait to see what they create!
Year 9 and 10 Specialist Dance (Friday 5 June 2020)
Our Years 9 and 10 Specialist Dance students are happy to be dancing again!
For more information and to apply for the 2021 Specialist Dance Program, submit an expression of interest https://balcattashs.wa.edu.au/learning/dance/
Zoom Meeting with Premier of Western Australia, Mark McGowan (Wednesday 3 June 2020)
Mr Curtis and our inaugural Year 12 Student Representatives, Leann Abastillas and Neeyanta Nakarmi participated in a Zoom Meeting with the Premier of Western Australia, Mark McGowan hosted by David Michael MLA for Balcatta.
Leann and Neeyanta asked the Premier some tough questions in regards to global and local issues. They were joined by several other students from a number of schools within the Balcatta electorate and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to be involved in this collaborative meeting.
Year 8 Digital Technologies (Tuesday 19 May 2020)
Our Year 8 Digital Technologies cohort have worked in teams to create lifelike personal robots. The robots are made from Micro:bit processors and Bit:bots. Students have enjoyed seeing their coded interactive creations come to life.