On the 28 February, Mr Clerke and five students were fortunate to attend The Hotel Management Institute (HMI) Inter-Schools Challenge orientation. After a rainy train trip to Medlow Bath near Katoomba, we reached the historical Hydro Majestic Hotel and were taken on a tour by the hotel’s manager. The hotel, first built in 1903, is currently undergoing Stage 1 renovations, costing approximately $28 million. It is located on a property 1.1km long, overlooking the views of the picturesque Blue Mountains, undeniably a very classy hotel.
We looked at the accommodation facilities which will be home to future students entering the industry, offering them the opportunity to live in the hotel environment and experience how it operates during the initial stages of development. We then travelled to another one of their hotels located in Katoomba, Lilianfels Hotel and Spa. Here we sat down for a High Tea lunch and listened to a presentation on the HMI. We then toured this hotel, being amazed at the elegant dining rooms, the grand indoor pool as well as the luxurious ‘ladies only’ spa room. This orientation was a day to introduce us to the industry as well as gain knowledge on the education and training that HMI provides its students.
This Friday, at McCarthy Catholic College, three teams of two: Dakoda-Jane Garner and Danielle Greening, Sarah Simmons and Madison Pirrone, Lauren Bozic and Shannen Lobo will attempt the HMI Challenge. We will face several schools from around the area in a cook off, a problem-solving scenario and a presentation on promoting HMI. The most competitive challenge, the cook off, will involve us having 90 minutes to prepare three identical serves of our chosen dish, serving it to a panel of judges and fighting it out to win the prizes of $50, a $100 voucher or an iPad mini, each! As well, the winning team will feature on McCarthy’s radio station, WOW FM (100.7).
I would like to thank Mr Clerke for organising this opportunity for us. It was a well enjoyed and informative day, a majestic experience that was new to many of us. We look forward to our week ahead, full of planning and preparation and hopefully, with a little bit of luck, will have the winning team on the day!
Written by Shannen Lobo, Year 12 Hospitality Student.