A recent addition to Blockhouse Bay’s café scene is Glen’s Café. However, this café is unlikely to be on most people’s café circuit given that it’s run entirely by students at Glenavon School.
Former café owner and past Glenavon teacher, Mr Grant O’Connor, launched the café project in October 2017 with the aim of providing the students with authentic learning experiences that would give them real-world skills.
Glen’s Café is run with the support of Allpress Coffee who provided the coffee machine, supply the beans and trained the teachers who then pass on their skills to the students.
The intermediate-aged students apply for the year-long course by submitting a CV, and once selected they spend the first term in training, learning the art of making a good coffee, and the science behind it. Over the course of the year the students become very competent baristas, and are also trained in other aspects of café work such as serving, money handling, cleaning and food prep.
The café is open to school families and staff during lunchtimes to purchase coffees, and students are allowed to buy hot chocolates during their breaks.
Glenavon teacher Miss Libby Brown has taken on the job of training the new intake of barista students to join the Glen’s Café team, which this year plans to add healthy food to the menu, including cheese and baked bean toasties.