Food for thought at Peninsula Grammar in 2018

This year, Peninsula Grammar introduced a new and innovative Food Technology program in state-of-the-art facilities for its Years 7 to 10 students. “As a school committed to 21st Century learning, it is the interdisciplinary learning opportunities that our Food Technology Centre gives our students that is the most exciting aspect,” said Principal, Mr Stuart Johnston.

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A critical component of the program is the appointment of the right Food Technology teacher and Peninsula is pleased to say they’ve recruited one of the best. Mrs Renae Knight joined Peninsula at the beginning of the year with a Bachelor in Consumer Science and a Diploma of Education.

“I think learning about food is incredibly important. It’s not just about the life skills and learning how to cook – although this is clearly a benefit,” she said. “Our young people need to understand the social, ethical, economic and sustainability considerations in the development of food products. It enables them to be informed citizens on so many levels.”

Renae has developed a broad-based Food Technology program encompassing hospitality, food science, nutrition and community engagement and the students are thoroughly enjoying it. 

“Parent feedback has also been very positive,” laughs Renae. “Especially when the students take home their creations to share the outcome of their work — this has been very popular, even when they don’t always get it quite right!”

Peninsula Grammar has invested in a brand new purpose-built state-of-the-art Food Technology space featuring top-of-the-range cooking facilities and a co-located classroom for theory and discussion.

“The kitchen facility is the best I have taught in,” said Renae. “It has been designed extremely well, with collaborative learning in mind.”

Food Technology is set to grow at Peninsula Grammar, with more specialised elective classes that cover areas such as international cuisine, café-style food and meals suitable for entertaining. In 2019, Peninsula Grammar also plans to offer VCE Food Studies.

To find out more about Peninsula Grammar’s Food Technology program, visit www.peninsulagrammar.vic.edu.au or call them on 9788 7777.

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