Pies make room for curries
WHEN it comes to school lunches, the Aussie meat pie rules.
When it comes to school fundraising, the canteen wins hands down.
And when comes to holding it all together, the canteen volunteers are the ones who really make the difference.
The invaluable service of these culinary volunteers was recognised at a thank you lunch at Alstonville High School yesterday.
One volunteer, Mary Heard was retiring after 30 years of service to the school.
Lyn Vidler has also been a volunteer in the canteen for the past 13 years.
"I really enjoy the social aspect of the day and it's a great way to be present in my children's school life," she said.
Canteen supervisor Sandra Griffiths said without volunteers the school canteen would not make a profit.
"Proceeds from the canteen are the main revenue raiser for the school's P&C," Ms Griffiths said.
"This year our canteen made $30,000 profit, which gets handed on to the school."
School principal David Silcock said volunteers were a vital part of the school.
"Volunteers at the school show the kids that their parents care about them," he said.
"It also models the idea of volunteerism to the students and it's a great opportunity for the parents to socialise."
When it comes to school canteen menus the meat pie remains popular, but Ms Griffiths said students were getting more adventurous.
"Once upon a time a vegemite sandwich would do to feed a teenage boy," she said.
"Now we have raised a generation of gourmets who are more likely to go for a Thai chicken curry or a Moroccan lamb."
Year 12 hospitality student Lachlan Raymont helped prepare yesterday's lunch.
He makes his own lunch every morning and likes a simple peanut butter sandwich, but sees his school friends' tastes changing.
"Since all the gourmet and cooking shows have been on television, students' tastes have become more sophisticated," Lachlan said.
What students really like
- Meat pie or meat pie on buttered roll.
- Packet of chips on a buttered roll.
- Chicken fillet on a buttered roll with tomato sauce.
- Enchiladas...not on a buttered roll, thank goodness.
- Flavoured milk and juices.