Yesterday, the team at Harrisdale’s in-house Willow Tree Café welcomed a new co-worker – special guest barista, Yaz Mubarakai (MLA). Yaz rolled up his sleeves, donned an apron and lent a hand assisting Year 11 Certificate II Hospitality students make beverages for students and staff. Thank you, Yaz, and congratulations to our Hospitality students for their terrific job making delicious treats and operating their café each Tuesday!
As Term 2 comes to an end, we would like to share glimpses into just some of the events our students have been involved in over the past two weeks: debating, school camps, hospitality events, and a visiting artist.
Let’s start with debating:
Harrisdale SHS hosted Round 2 of the interschool debating competition, winning two of their four debates. It was fantastic to see our students showcasing great teamwork, leadership and public speaking skills.
Well done to our debating students – we’re really proud of you!
Bush Rangers Camp
Over the weekend, Harrisdale’s Year 9 and Year 10 Bush Ranger Cadets travelled to their camp site at Dryandra. Bush Rangers participated in a ‘Two Knowledges’ bushwalk with an Indigenous elder and a conservation biologist, and contributed to an environmental conservation program involving tree planting and rehabilitation work on farms in Pingelly.
While the Bush Rangers were camping at Dryandra, our Music students attended Harrisdale’s inaugural Music Camp, held at Woodman Point Recreation Camp. Over the course of their ‘long weekend’ of music making, students prepared for upcoming music festivals to be held in August, including the Concert Band, Choral and Classical Guitar Ensemble festivals.
This term our VET Hospitality students have been involved in real catering opportunities to gain experience in all the essential industry skills.
Recently, our Kitchen Operations and Hospitality students prepared and served a dinner to VET coordinators within the City of Canning schools cluster. The menu consisted of braised beef cheeks, homemade gnocchi, medley of vegetables and sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce. Impressive!
The students are also honing their catering skills in our in-house coffee shop, Willow Tree Café, open each Tuesday to offer staff and students a variety of menu items including an assortment of beverages and muffin of the day!
Earlier this week, Year 11 Visual Art students participated in a workshop run by East Fremantle based ceramic artist Philippa Gordon. Philippa demonstrated a range of clay modelling and printing techniques that students can apply to their Semester 2 clay sculptures project.
South of Swan Dance Festival
Congratulations to Harrisdale’s Dance students for their superb performances at the 2021 South of the Swan Dance Festival, held at the Octagon Theatre on 22 June. Here we share some images of students during their rehearsals at the Octagon.
Last Friday, some of our Certificate II Hospitality students turned their hand to making freshly brewed coffees. Unsurprisingly, they did a great job! This year, 167 of our Year 11 students (representing approximately 70% of the cohort) are studying externally delivered certificate courses or auspice certificate courses delivered at school that include Sport Coaching, Kitchen Operations, Creative Industries, Business and – as you can see – Hospitality. The positive start to Vocational Education and Training (VET) at Harrisdale SHS this year augurs well for the future of these courses.
Today, 16 of our Year 10 students commenced a one-week Automotive Taster Course with South Metropolitan TAFE at their Carlisle campus.
The students are learning basic vehicle maintenance and are completing units of competency that involve identifying, clarifying, and resolving routine basic problems commonly encountered in an automotive workplace.