Café initiative for group of students

Students from Collingwood School and Media Arts College serve guests at the schools first community caf� day in St Aidans Church, Morpeth. Picture by Jane Coltman

Students from Collingwood School and Media Arts College serve guests at the schools first community caf� day in St Aidans Church, Morpeth. Picture by Jane Coltman

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Students at a special school in Morpeth cooked up some treats as a community café project got under way.

The teenagers in Year 12 at Collingwood School and Media Arts College enjoyed putting together the menus and designing the posters and they also chose the name for the café – Tealicious.

They made the scones and cakes for the afternoon tea, which was held in the community room at St Aidan’s Church, prior to the big day in school and froze them.

Once they had been defrosted on the day of the café, they added the finishing touches. In addition, they made some sandwiches and served drinks to the guests – parents, carers and members of the church community.

Support was provided by design and technology teacher Alison Porteous, who was a chef in her previous career.

She said: “The students were absolutely over the moon with how it went. They were very courteous and the feedback was wonderful.

“This project will help to improve their communication skills and although the afternoon tea was free, guests made donations that will go towards a trip to Edinburgh to reward these students.”

Fliss Tunnard, Anglican parish of Morpeth community development worker, said the team at St Aidan’s was delighted to be working with the school on this initiative.

She added: “We are very impressed with the students’ effort, enthusiasm and dedication to the project, which enables them to work towards qualifications while making links with the community.”