MALE students of Trafalgar High School will be learning the essential skill of cooking in the coming months in the school’s Boys Cooking Program.
Above: Year 11 students and former THS Boys' Cooking Program participants Paul Wright and Cambell Staff ready to cook. Photo: Matthew Sims.
First published in the 24 April 2015 edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen. Click here to read the entire edition online.
The program has been running for the last three years with funding from various groups in the Gippsland area.
THS student welfare officer David “Wombat” Lyons said the program was a chance to broaden the children’s social horizons.
“The aim of the program is to build the social skills of our young people,” Mr Lyons told the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen.
“For a young person, talking to adults is a challenge and having to meet a new adult each week means they practise that skill over the program.”
Boys from all year levels are encouraged to join the program to increase their knowledge of food and their social confidence.
The boys will be taught to cook healthy, cheap meals that they can continue to cook into university and beyond, Mr Lyons said.
Members of the community, including people from other adult social groups, are also being called on to help the boys and taste what they cook.
Each Thursday class will require three or four volunteers from the community to attend the school’s home economics classroom.
The program is a chance to meet different people and become a “good influence” on others, former participants Cambell Staff and Paul Wright said.
Campbell and Paul are currently in Year 11 and will be not participating in the program this year while they focus on their studies.
They have both taken part in the scheme since Year 8.
“I would definitely recommend the program to other students because you pick up heaps of new skills and learn to live a healthier lifestyle,” Campbell said.
The program will run at the school every Thursday from 30 April until 25 June, 14:15 to 15:30.
If you would like to volunteer to help over the next couple of months, you can contact Mr Lyons by calling 5633 1733 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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