Jarrahdale Primary students cook up storm for parents


Jarrahdale Primary School’s Ellie Arkam, Jared Thompson and Cooper Chamberlain prepare some dishes for parents.
Jarrahdale Primary School’s Ellie Arkam, Jared Thompson and Cooper Chamberlain prepare some dishes for parents.

JARRAHDALE Primary School students treated parents to a night out at the school’s inaugural Harvest Bounty restaurant.

The whole school activity got students to cook, take orders and serve up a three-course meal to 60 members of the community.

The night was designed to celebrate the skills the students had learnt as part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program, which taught students how to grow and prepare their own food from scratch.

Students served up kumara soup, beetroot spinach tart and apple crumble and acted as wait staff, kitchen hands, busboys or washing-up staff.

Teacher Jessie Barber said the students planned the entire event themselves, from menus to seating arrangements, and she was delighted with how smoothly the night ran.

“I was brimming with pride,” she said. “I wouldn’t have expected any better from professionally trained people.”

Mrs Barber hoped the students built on the organisational and planning skills they had learnt over the course of the project.

“They were planning for about two or three months beforehand and they ran most of the planning themselves,” she said.

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