The Kaipara College Tuck Shop is providing students with a real-life experience of what it's like to work in a busy food outlet and the opportunity to achieve NCEA credits as a result.
15 students studying Food Technology in Year 13 are making sandwiches and doing other basic food preparation tasks in the Tuck Shop in a further expansion of the relationship between the Helensville District Health Trust and Kaipara College.
The head of the College's Food and Hospitality Department Trina Smith says, "we're really grateful to the Health Trust for providing our students with an authentic catering experience."
This is the third year Kaipara College students and staff have enjoyed a menu of nutritious, healthy food made locally by the Helensville District Health Trust's kitchen team.
The food is made and prepared fresh each day at the Health Trust's commercial kitchen at Te Whare Oranga ō Parakai.
Since taking over the running of the Kaipara College Tuck Shop in 2016 the menu has been transformed to include salads, wraps, sushi and fruit smoothies.
Kitchen and Catering Manager Keryn Reardon says, "over the last couple of years the students' expectations on food has come along way and it's encouraging to see so many now choosing healthy options and enjoying it."
But she says the traditional tuck shop meat pie is still popular with teenagers, so they're on the menu a couple of times a week.
"However, we ensure the pies we sell score well for nutrition as well as taste," Keryn Reardon says.
Kaipara College Principal Steve McCracken says, "the school views this relationship as integral to the ongoing education of our youth around healthy food and is part of a wider health promotion philosophy. The food provided is nutritious and meets the taste-buds of teenagers, and that's not always an easy thing to do."