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'Paper Bag Lunch' Initiative

You may remember a couple of years ago a guy from Emerge called Alex did a smoothie and wrap making trial with some of the Learning Support students and a number of you supported us by purchasing these.

The idea behind this was to gradually expand a transition support option for our students where they could sell the smoothies and wraps to businesses in town.

Alex left to go on his OE but before he left he secured funding to support this project and passed it on to BGI. For all of this year we have had a small group of students travelling in to BGI to make wraps, smoothies etc in the BGI kitchen and selling them to local businesses. The initiative is called "Paper Bag Lunch" and BGI has partnered up with Kaibosh Food Rescue to provide the food.

Over time we hope to continue to expand this idea to create a self sustaining business in which some students could work after they leave school.

On Seven Sharp last night there was a short clip, not about our students, but it does feature our students making the lunches at BGI.

Mojo Barista Course

Last Tuesday six of Onslow's Learning Support students attended a Coffee Career Day at MOJO Headquarters in Wellington. Head Trainer Katrina Roberts gave them an introduction to coffee and the roasting process, followed by coffee training on the espresso machine and learning how to make pressed coffee. Two Teacher Assistants Kirsty Walker and Hazel Dilger accompanied the students to support them with their practical and written learning.

All six students achieved Unit Standard: 17286 Level 2 2 Credits - Make Pressed Coffee.

Jack Hunter, Jeremy Goddard, Caitlyn Leong, Sharray (Shar) Saxby, Corey Yee and Angus Payne