Hospitality is about welcoming and entertaining people and this is one of the fastest growing industries in the world! Hospitality gives a learner a wide spectrum of skills and career possibilities. Even if learners are not interested in pursuing this as a career, it can give them skills that can benefit them for life, for example: endurance, working under pressure, critical thinking skills, adaptability, team work and knowledge of the different fields in the hospitality sector.
This is a practical hands-on subject that allows you to be creative with the computer as well in planning menus, drawing up shopping lists, costing recipes, substituting ingredients and designing menus according to a theme. Then there is the practical execution of a formal dinner with four courses in grade 12 where you have to be a waiter in the one function and a chef in the other. You have to plan the whole function according to a theme and be part of the entire creative event. Essential life skills that cannot be examined in any other subject are gained from these events.
We also try to give the learners exposure to different experiences in the business sector. In grade 10 we take the learners to an award-winning famous coffee shop in Cape Town as part of the Coffee Tasting ROUTE: TRUTH to experience the vibe and buzz of Baristas working with the real deal and executing their passion. They do tasting and learn what the hype is about brewed coffee and a “real good cuppa coffee”.
The grade 11 learners go to the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town under Table Mountain for the experience of a life-time! They dress up for the event and experience the treatment and glamour of a Five Star Hotel with its charm and grace. This is part of their curriculum with tea parties as a theme.
The grade 12 learners do have little time at hand, but we try to take them on a wine tasting event to teach them the valuable skills of wine-tasting. Previously we visited Bilton Wine Estate and Neethlingshof Estate. They need to have the skill of pairing wine with food, using the correct glasses and serve the wine correctly.