Ahhhh, is the sound of the deep breath most of us take when the morning school run is complete and we are off to work, or to continue on with our day of errands.
Today is the day once per term I get to stay at school. Doing a day in the Canteen means a day to interact with the Beacon Hill school community of other mums, teachers and all the children while I help prepare the fuel to keep them going during the school day.
Unbelievably its fun; most of us are keen multi-taskers as parents and getting the job done while having a cuppa and a chat is a breeze.
It is a bonus that all of us volunteers are greeted by a very smiley Jenny or Kellie who is already hard at work, printing the many labels for us to organise into classes and stick to paper bags.
So I sign myself into the Canteen volunteer register, and start sticking, it’s a the start of a well ordered process to make sure the vital deliveries are made to all the kids.
Preparing and adding the many choices of fruit, packets of crisps, popcorn, drinks muffins; not forgetting the forks, spoons and serviettes for their main meal.
Preparation of the delicious canteen cooked meals of nachos, butter chicken, lasagne or even the Beacon Bol. The smell just makes you hungry but the hardest part is trying to decide what you are going to choose for lunch! Me I love the Nachos!
Recess and Lunch Time is the busiest but most enjoyable part, you serve the many faces of Beacon Hill students from the cute and quiet Kindy kids to the “What can I get with this much money?” kids; to the confident “I would like this and this and this” kids and don’t forget seeing your own child with a list of things they would like as you are there. While university level maths is not a pre-requisite for canteen volunteer roles, the basic adding and subtracting ones you learnt at primary school will certainly help and be assured that if you get stuck you can use the old faithful fail-safe but educational “How much change do I need to give you if you purchased that?”
The final sorting of hot and cold food prior to class blue box deliveries can get pretty hectic but having more hands on deck make it easier to it do right at the last minute so that items are given to the children at the right serving temperature.
It’s mad and crazy but what an achievement once it’s completed. Once lunch is over you take a breather and relax, well for a second!! Clean up and restock as much as you can and have a look at the amount of fun you’ve had in one day and end up signing up for a day once a term!
We always need volunteers to help in the canteen to help Jenny and Kellie. Please use the online schedule to add your name to.