Principal of the Lodge School, Vasco Dash, is pleased with his students??? success in this year???s Junior Duelling Challenge, as well as the Caribbean Junior Duelling Challenge.
Speaking following a reception on Wednesday which recognised the students, teachers and chefs, Mr. Dash said: ???This is the first time for us [winning] in the 10 years the competition has been going on… I am overjoyed at their success but they worked hard for it… I am sure it will hold them in good stead for the careers they will choose to pursue in the area.???
He described the teachers as ???exceptional??? in their efforts, noting that they ???worked during lunchtime and after school and pulled from their pockets to buy resources???.
Mr. Dash also commended the Sandals chefs who trained the students, proudly acknowledging that one was an old scholar – Gleisper Williams – who had learnt his trade in the school???s Food and Nutrition lab.
The Principal revealed that the number of students interested in Food and Nutrition at the Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC) and, in particular, the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), had increased.
???Imagine 35 students in a CAPE class. This is large and they are not just Lodge students. You would appreciate they are students who would have come into the sixth form from other schools like Combermere, Springer and Deighton Griffith.???
???The Food and Nutrition Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination class is now oversubscribed, and still parents are calling the school to have their child enrolled in the CSEC and CAPE programmes,??? Mr. Dash said.
Stressing that as a result of the competition many students had expressed an interest in participating in the 2016 Junior Duelling Challenge, he thanked all the sponsors, especially Chef Peter Edey for organising the programme. He also noted that the first prize of a refrigerator and 32″ stove was timely for the school???s new Food and Nutrition lab.
The school, at Society, St. John, tied with Frederick Smith Secondary in this year???s competition, and was selected to represent Barbados in the Caribbean Junior Duelling Challenge.
As a result of winning the competitions, students will get the opportunity to visit Puerto Rico???s Culinary School for one-week, and travel to The Bahamas, where they will visit several schools and participate in a culinary show.