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Hospitality students learn on the job.

​Students gain valuable real world experience.

Stanthorpe State High School has always tried to make Vocational Education students’ learning similar to what they would experience in the ‘real world’. The Certificate II in Hospitality students are definitely no exception. This year they have been very busy, not only actively demonstrating their knowledge and skills as part of their assessment at school, but they have been gaining this ‘real life’ experience whilst working for the QCWT.

Every week, Year 11 & 12 Certificate II in Hospitality students work at the QCWT (Queensland College of Wine Tourism) helping prepare for weddings, community functions, luncheons and conferences. They have also been serving at major functions including the three course dinner for 160 people farewelling local MP Lawrence Springborg held recently at the Civic Centre. A group of 30 people from the Sunshine Coast applauded the work and professionalism showed by the Year 12 Hospitality team at a function at the QCWT. Functions and events like these give students a taste for the ‘real life’ in the hospitality industry.

At present, the Hospitality students are busily preparing to cater for a CWA function to be held in June. At this function, they will not only set up and serve over 100 ladies but they will also do all of the catering, a 2 course hot lunch. This is another great experience that will assist them in developing their Hospitality skills and we thank the CWA for this opportunity.


 Students practice what they have learned


 Student show their skills


 Setting up for functions