Last week Thursday our Food and Nutrition class, taught by Mrs. Dieleman, served a huge portion of the school a delicious lunch. For $3 you could purchase a ‘Walking Taco’. For $2 you could purchase a bowl of apple crisp and ice cream. For $4 you could get the ‘combo’, both the taco and the apple crisp. I bought the combo and I would say that at $4 it was a steal of a deal.

Behind the delicious final product though, was an absolute flurry of activity throughout the morning getting things ready for the big service. The students quickly found out that working out of our kitchen in the gym was a challenge and soon the prep. work spilled out into the gym on to tables. Students were actively engaged in setting up, cutting food, grilling beef, planning the serving process, working out pricing, cleaning everything up afterwards and then taking an inventory of what was left over. This was, from start to finish, a huge undertaking with all kinds of business and ‘real world’ types of applications. In the end, the final product or assessment of the work was clear: was the food ready for lunchtime and further, was the food good (at least good enough to sell)?

Last Friday our staff spent some time delving into a PD discussion centered on what ‘real’ work looks like within a school setting. In essence the conversation revolved around how we, as Christians, can take what we are doing and actively engage with our wider community to make ‘real’ connections for the sake of learning but also to actively develop our voice in the wider world.

Here is a quote from the article that we were discussing on Friday as a staff that directly relates to this sort of activity:

‘Christian education falls short when schoolwork is simply about preparing students for the ‘real world’ as if the learning that takes place now is for a world that does not exist.’

What do you think? Does this look like ‘real’ work to you? Why or why not? What is ‘real’ work within the context of schooling?

Larissa Belch, Kassidy Saarloos, Alanna Saarloos and Cassie Vannoord serving up lunch.