Convenor: Carolyn Kong
School Type: State PrimarySchool
No. of students: 858
Days open: 5
Acknowledgement of QAST Awards Received:
Top Ten Tuckshop 2019
Tuckshop Menu of the Year 2018
Top Ten Tuckshop 2018
Top Ten Tuckshop 2016
Smart Choices Menu Award (Primary School category) 2016
“Our culture is one where we aim to be the best possible tuckshop we can be”
In 2010 the tuckshop prepared a mission statement and it remains the tuckshop’s guiding principles:- The tuckshop aims to provide a positive, friendly and welcoming environment for children, parents, volunteers and staff, while maintaining a very high standard of food safety and hygiene and providing nutritious menu items to the school community.
Engaging and listening to volunteers makes them feel comfortable and more willing to keep volunteering in the tuckshop, and hopefully encourage them to expand their voluntarism to other areas of the school. Treating students with friendly respect makes their tuckshop experience enjoyable and not the ‘scary’ experience that it might be for some students. Ensuring the teaching staff are well nourished is important to the tuckshop team and they do their best to accommodate teachers’ requests.
Wellers Hill State School has a Japanese Bilingual program which brings many Japanese families to the school and trying to engage these families to volunteer in the tuckshop is an ongoing process for Carolyn, as volunteering in Japanese schools is unusual. To help overcome this hurdle the P&C employed Akane, a Japanese parent, as Assistant Convenor and it has paid off in many ways.
Akane’s presence in the tuckshop has helped pave the way for more Japanese parents to become involved as volunteers, the tuckshop is also a great environment for them to practice their English skills. There are also many benefits to the students with the day to day interaction the type of experience they need to develop their Japanese conversational skills away from the classroom. The tuckshop menu has also adapted and now boasts a number of Japanese inspired items. Having these items on the menu offers the Australian students a first-hand experience of another Japanese cultural element other than language. Sushi bowls are one of the most popular items on the menu and the students love pop-up days featuring onigiri and okonomiyaki.
Over time a culture of positivity, engagement, service and most importantly one of fun has been developed and put into practice by the convenors. While this can take time and dedication it pays off with the tuckshop being a work environment the staff and volunteers love.