DOZENS of past and present canteen employees came together at Leeming Senior High School last week to celebrate the re-opening of the much-loved facility after a recent major upgrade.
Dating from 1985 when the school was built, the canteen was in desperate need of a facelift after more than three decades of operation.
With the Education Department unwilling to fund the refurbishment, the Parents and Citizens Association stepped in to purchase new flooring and flyscreens, stainless steel bench tops and a commercial-grade gas oven.
The upgrades received the tick of approval from founding canteen manager Sue Walker, who spent 25 years running the facility and still volunteers once a month.
“I’m greatly impressed with the non-slip floor and the flyscreens,” she said.
“The flyscreens used to be at mouth level for the kids so we’d have to bob up and down to try and see what the students were ordering.”
Mrs Walker said the menu had received a complete overhaul from her days as canteen manager.
“I’m well remembered for my snagga buns – it was just a sausage in a cheesy bun, but it really caught on and past students will often bring them up when they see me in the street,” she said.
“Of course, when the Traffic Light (healthy eating guidelines) came in, that put paid to all the fun stuff.”
Current canteen manager Debbie Bowie thanked the P&C Association and said the upgrades made both operating and cleaning the facility much easier.