Convenor: Ruth Kelly
School Type: State High School
No. of Students: 789
Acknowledgement of QAST Awards Received:
Recipe of the Year 2019
Top Ten Tuckshop 2019
“Bites has become the heart of the school”
Emerald State High School’s Bites tuckshop is fortunate to have a dedicated team of bright, positive and friendly staff and volunteers who create an engaging and welcoming atmosphere. Music is played during break times in the courtyard adjacent to the tuckshop and this promotes a positive and upbeat social environment.
One of the key elements contributing to the open and friendly culture of the tuckshop is the open-door policy. Staff and students are able to purchase items from the tuckshop throughout the day (7am to 3pm). Authorised visitors to the school are encouraged and welcomed to use the tuckshop.
Always thinking of new and innovative ways to increase tuckshop profits, the team provides a catering service for the school community through the provision of catering services for in-house events such as parent teacher nights, the school formal, education conferences and regional and local sporting events. The P&C has been working with the local Council to become a fully licensed catering business that will provide more opportunities to the Bites tuckshop by providing busy families with the ability to purchase nutritious takeaway meals.
Supporting the school community is also an important role of the Bites tuckshop. The tuckshop menu includes a selection of healthy and nutritious home-made fresh foods from a diverse range of cultures. Student volunteers are encouraged to volunteer and students wishing to experience the hospitality and catering industry through work placement are given opportunities throughout the year to work in the tuckshop. Students who are experiencing hardship are provided with tuckshop vouchers to ensure they receive a nutritious meal.
The school community, including volunteers, students and staff grow vegetables and herbs in the school kitchen garden. The fresh produce is used on a daily basis in the tuckshop. The Bites team believe that it is important for them to cut our pre-packaged items and make all the food from scratch. Fresh produce is also donated from the gardens of school community members. What isn’t used in the tuckshop is made into jams and relishes that are sold at a market stand located in the tuckshop for teachers, students and visitors to purchase from.
Just like a kitchen in the family home, the tuckshop at Emerald State High School is where people want to be.