School canteen celebrates 200,000th cheesie

St Norbert canteen staff L-R: Cheryl Curtis of Forrestfield (Cafe Assistant), Cindy McIntyre of Baldivis (Cafe Manager) and Assunta Tilli of East Cannington (Volunteer). Photo: David Baylis
St Norbert canteen staff L-R: Cheryl Curtis of Forrestfield (Cafe Assistant), Cindy McIntyre of Baldivis (Cafe Manager) and Assunta Tilli of East Cannington (Volunteer). Photo: David Baylis

WHILE many school canteens have ditched nutritionally devoid meat pies and choc milk in favour of sushi and bliss balls, the humble cheesie has remained a schoolyard institution.

And at St Norberts College in Queens Park the canteen ladies are getting ready to serve up their 200,000th cheesy at their canteen Café 135 next Tuesday.

Twice a week canteen manager Cindy McIntryre and assistants Cheryl Curtis and Carmel Montgomery make six varieties from plain cheese to spaghetti and baked beans.

Mrs Montgomery said queues for the cheesy snack snaked out the door at the college of 900 students.

Photo: David Baylis

“About three months ago we were busy making cheesies and started trying to guess how many we had cooked over all the years since we started working together 11 years ago,’’ she said.

“I did some calculations and worked out that in October we would be making our 200,000th.

“It’s quite a process and it’s not easy, especially with so many varieties, but I was quite shocked to realise the figure.

“When I moved to Perth from New Zealand, I’d never even heard of cheesies, let alone realise I’d be making thousands every year.’’

The student who buys the golden 200,000th cheesy will receive a prize.

L-R: Year 12 students Mika Bautista (18) of Queens Park and Aldric Ratnasekera (17) of Gosnells enjoying their cheesies. Photo: David Baylis