Torbain Primary School
To support the WoW Ambassadors when planning and organising the community cafes. To ensure parents and children are aware of up and coming dates through letters and Twitter.
Buy necessary ingredients and equipment for the café.
Target children from Primary 5 - 7 have been given the opportunity to develop a number of skills and qualities through PEF funding.
The key focus for the children is to continuously develop skills for learning, life and work while being part of a focused group.
The children all bring different personalities to the group which allows them to be successful together. We have the chatty ones who are easily distracted by the customer and the more shy children who like to keep busy and focus on their job. This also works well when we are setting ourselves targets, we try to be creative with our ideas but also consider we have to be realistic with what we can achieve in school, with the time frame we have.
The Community Café covers multiple areas of the curriculum:
The school recognised success in our Friday morning Breakfast Club and saw this as an opportunity to expand parental involvement in the school community. As well as this, we were able to strengthen existing links with Newcraigs Church and our elderly community.
We developed the enterprise further this year by giving our Pupil Voice ambassadors the opportunity to be involved in the cafes and share their learning/experiences with the café guests.
The WoW children from last year were awarded the Social Enterprise Award - this is something we will work towards again this year.
So far from this experience the children have developed...
This project has been running since August 2018.
For the school year beginning August 2019 we altered the running of the cafes so that every year group would be able to participate throughout the year. When organising some of the dates we were selective and used the school calendar to support. For example our first café introduced the new Primary 7 house captains and the last will focus on transition from nursery to primary 1.
The cafés are proving to become more popular with parents and local community. We invite elderly residents from the local churches as they enjoy spending time at the cafes and hearing what the children have been doing.
The main costs of the café are ingredients and equipment. We regularly try to restock and bulk buy so that we are keeping costs down. The café runs on donations only.
The children decided they wanted to share their successes with parents and the local community.
Newcraigs Church - Wendy is the school and community worker for the church. She regularly attends with the older residents.
Local businesses/supermarkets - provide products they can no longer sell. We use these to make soup, bake treats or decorate the hall.
Start off small for the first year. Allow the café time to become popular and develop before expanding it further.
Don't be scared to ask local supermarkets if they would like to support the project. We have received lots and always found a way using them wisely.