Ronald McDonald House

Student Reflections:

Chantelle Carr's Childcare Report

On Wednesday 24th October, a group of Year 11 students from both the Hospitality and the Childcare Certificate II Classes got on a bus and headed off to Ronald McDonald House in Nedlands. Ronald McDonald House provides accommodation for the families of sick children from around Western Australia. Once we arrived and unloaded all the games and arts and crafts we had brought along with us, we were greeted by the enthusiastic staff at the front desk. Our visit started straight away with a tour of the breath-taking facility. We learnt about the art around the building, explored the beautifully decorated roof top garden and got a quick look in to the rooms that families stay in. Soon enough everyone had begun to appreciate the effort so many people had put into making such a magical environment.

After the tour, it was time for the Hospitality students to head off to the kitchen to help the Chef to prepare the evening meal, leaving the rest of us to wait for the families and children to arrive. It wasn't long until two young boys showed up and taught us all about their new BMX finger bike's and skateboard's. The afternoon quickly turned into night with families coming in and out. We spent this time helping staff make resources for the Learning Centre and of course a visit from the Director of Hugs and Pats, the adorable House dog, Gus. Dinner was served at 7:00pm and it didn't take long before everyone was lining up for the mouth-watering food cooked by Tranby's gifted Hospitality class. Dessert was served and all the children and students headed for the playground with ice-creams in hand. The face paint was brought out and children were lining up for all sorts of designs, students were playing soccer with the children, flying down the slide and making memories to last a life time. As the staff and teachers began packing away the dining room we realised it wouldn't be long before we had to head home. Saying our good byes was harder than we thought as these beautiful children continued asking when they could see as again, so after consulting with our teacher we assured them that we would try and visit again as it was a wonderful experience for both staff and students.

Jocelyn Boucher's Hospitality Report

On 24th October, the Year 11 Certificate II Hospitality and Certificate II Childcare students travelled to Ronald McDonald House located in Nedlands. We left school at 2:00pm and headed up to the house, all very excited to see what this experience had to offer. Once we arrived, we were welcomed with many bright smiles and unlimited amounts of positive energy from all the workers. We were fortunate enough to have a tour around the house to look at all the different places and see all the wonderful facilities they offer to WA families.

The Hospitality students were lucky enough to work in the kitchen, where they cooked a variety of Mexican food. There were a variety of flavours and colours being combined and created in the kitchen, whilst the Childcare students were introducing themselves to and getting to know some families who had come down for a hot meal. As most of the families had finished arriving, we served up the food and received very kind comments about our services. Each student and teacher got the privilege of hearing stories about the journeys families had been on. I felt very grateful for receiving the opportunity to go to the Ronald McDonald House and being able to spend time with the bright and happy children. This was an amazing experience and I would love to give back to the House another time.

Kadyn Murakami's Hospitality Report

On Wednesday 24th October, the Year 11 Certificate II Hospitality and Community Services Childcare students travelled to Ronald McDonald House in Nedlands. Whilst the Child Care group played board games and did fun activities with the kids, the Hospitality Group prepared and cooked for approximately 30 families which added up to 110 people. The venue where we cooked was a very well set out Industrial Hospitality kitchen and overall the House had a lovely environment. I definitely enjoyed my experience at Ronald McDonald House and would most definitely welcome the opportunity to do it again