RSC students try cooking and caring

By Campaspe News

ROCHESTER Secondary College has had an amazing group of students representing them in VET Hospitality at TAFE in Echuca.

They were all well equipped to hold their own in the first round of the Murray River Culinary Challenge.

Each student had to present a three-course meal to be judged on presentation, taste and seasoning.

The students were also judged on how well they worked in the kitchen and how well they worked as a team – and to a plan.

Some amazing dishes were presented with two top scoring students from each school chosen to represent their school at the regional finals in August.

Congratulations to Jasmin Malham and Casey Ryan, who will be Rochester Secondary College’s representatives.

The college’s pathways co-ordinator Colin Huddy said on Thursday year nine students attended a health careers day at Rochester and Elmore District Health Services (REDHS).

Colin said the students rotated through a series of interactive workshops, which included occupational therapy, physiotherapy, nursing, dietetics and lifestyle activities.

There was also an information session on non-health related jobs at REDHS.

He said Caitlyn Byrne shared her story of going from Rochester Secondary College into a nursing/midwifery course at La Trobe University in Bendigo, where she is now in her second year.

“The final activity was a demonstration of how many health workers may be required to assist a patient from an initial injury to full recovery,” Colin said.

“Almost everyone in the room was allocated a role, which was an epic undertaking,” he added.

“The morning ended with a barbecue cooked expertly by four year 11 students.”

Colin said the feedback from students had been overwhelmingly positive, enjoying the chance to have fun while learning about the different roles in the health field.

He said a prize drawn at the end of the day was won by Madalyn Ross, who went away with a new Fitbit.

“We would like to offer a big thanks to Cheryl Petrini and everyone at REDHS who contributed to the day,” Colin said.

“Along with the Campaspe Cohuna Local Learning and Employment Network (CCLLEN) for coordinating the event,” he said.

“And a special thanks to the RSC teachers who attended.”