Macarthur Hospitality Students Cruise Sea of Success

Oct 12, 2012    


Ten outstanding students, representing eight Macarthur High Schools, spent a very unusual day out of the classroom recently. They were treated to a tour of P & O Cruise Ship the Pacific Pearl, had lunch on board and received an overview of the massive catering operation. The statistics and the military style precision in running this operation are astounding.

These Year 11 and 12 students are studying Hospitality as part of their Higher School Certificate along with approximately 900 others in Macarthur.

MWLP placed these 900 students into workplaces this year and asked each and every ‘host’ employer how the students rated in their work places. 38 students performed at such an extraordinary level that they were placed on the Honour Roll.

The Honour Roll is a partnership between locally based company MWLP – Linking Youth and HTN, Hospitality Employment Solutions, the largest group employer of Apprentice Chefs.

Following rigorous judging the 38 students were narrowed down to 10 and then three finalists emerged: Laura Pennington from Broughton Anglican College who did her placement at Jamaica Blue, Siobhan Brennan from Elizabeth Macarthur (Elm Tree Café) and Taylor Nasmyth from Mt. Annan High (Rydges Campbelltown).

During the luncheon on board the cruise ship the Hospitality Work Placement Student of the Year was announced – congratulations Taylor Nasmyth. Taylor was clearly overwhelmed saying “I am very surprised. My experience at Rydges was amazing and winning this means a lot. Being able to do my work placement really reinforced that Hospitality was definitely for me.”


L To R Siobhan Brennan, Taylor Nasmyth, Karen Schlosser (MWLP), Laura Pennington

We are thrilled to advise that Taylor has now commenced an apprenticeship with HTN and will be placed at Rydges Campbelltown. “All I can say is that MWLPs work placement program really works and it is a pleasure to be able to put on days like this one for the young people of Macarthur” says HTNs John Lynch.

Taylor’s Hospitality Teacher, Michelle Woolley wasn’t surprised by her win at all. “Taylor is awesome. Her passion for the industry was evident. Taylor was always keen to assist with functions. I’m going to miss her”, Ms Woolley said.

Details: MWLP 4625 1863