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Threads of Creativity and Tastes of Success: Term 4 Adventures in Food & Textiles and Hospitality

What a Term 4 we have all had! There have been many exciting things coming out of our Textiles room and our girls are so proud of their creations.

The Year 7 classes were given a brief: The Rockhampton Regional Council are seeking Year 7 designers to create a sustainable message on a tote bag that they can produce and sell in the region. And boy, did these girls create some compelling sustainable messages along with well-constructed and sturdy bags! They developed a lot of skills including ironing, hemming and sewing a seam. An important lesson that a lot of girls learnt was to take it slow, read the instructions, ask for help and the quick unpick is your new best friend! That last one wasn’t a crowd favourite.

The Year 8-10 students were also deep in investigating celebrities and designing a shirt that is inspired by a fashion icon. They had to research their icon, design a shirt and bring it to life. Inspiration was found in the Rock n Roll of Joan Jett, the fun and experimental tastes of Harry Styles, the pretty in pink Barbie, the regal Princess Diana, the classic beauty of Audrey Hepburn and many more. There were ruffles for days down in the Textiles room as sleeves were created and many proud and happy faces as they finished and saw their designs in their hands.

Senior Hospitality Practices returned right back into the thick of assessment work as they busily submitted their last piece of assessment for the year. After the Year 12 cohort left, the Year 11 girls finished the year out on a Christmas high. First stop to getting into the season was to make a Christmas fruit cake. Not only did they soak the fruit and bake the cake over a few days they also had the opportunity to use fondant to decorate their cakes too. The girls were proud of their efforts – many of which, it was a first time for. We finished off the term with designing and baking Christmas Dessert Boxes that were delivered to staff around the School. These boxes were filled with goodies: cinnamon shortbread, mixed berry fruit mince pies, apricot balls, reindeer (carrot) muffins iced with cream cheese and candied carrot and a choc biscuits topped with marshmallow trees!

Thanks for a great year girls, I am excited to bear witness to your creativity in 2024!

Emily Alley

Food and Textiles and Hospitality Practices Teacher



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