A GROUP of Girrawheen students have swapped classrooms for the kitchen.
The years 7 to 12 Aboriginal students from Girrawheen Senior High School and its Clontarf Academy are learning UK chef Jamie Oliver’s cooking tips and skills through Jamie’s Ministry of Food mobile kitchen classes in Joondalup.
Clontarf Academy director Andrew McGovern said the seven-week program, which is being funded by the City of Wanneroo, would teach students a valuable life skill.
“We hope it plants a seed for a future Jamie Oliver or an employment opportunity for a student,” he said.
“I’m pretty excited about the amount of engagement from the students.
“They love it.”
Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the initiative was inspired by the City’s reconciliation action plan, which intended to identify, encourage and celebrate young Aboriginal leaders in the community.
“Students will learn about nutrition through hands-on cooking classes that demonstrate how easy and budget-friendly it can be to make simple meals,” she said.
“Knowing how to cook nutritious meals from scratch can have a fantastic effect on long-term eating habits and maintaining health and wellbeing.”