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The students from Aspect Macarthur School Enjoy Cookery School with Peter Sheppard
LOCAL students with autism learned how to create a range of tasty pasta dishes at Campbelltown Catholic Club this week.
Better still, their handmade treats were donated to Macarthur’s Shining Stars Foundation, which provides hot food to homeless people.
The students – from Aspect Macarthur School – were guided by a true master chef, our Club’s director of culinary development Peter Sheppard. They had a great time, with several of the teenagers showing a natural talent in the kitchen.
“We do basic life-skills cooking at school, but nothing like this,” said an Aspect Schools teacher Lauren Gorey. “The students were so excited when they found out they were coming here.”
The finished dishes were handed to Kylie Bentham of Shining Stars Foundation, a volunteer-fuelled charity which feeds, and provides blankets and clothing to, rough sleepers and homeless people across Macarthur.
“Today is amazing,” Kylie said. “The students are having a ball, and we’ll hopefully end up with a few good-sized trays for our next meals service at Claymore. Thanks, Catholic Club!”
This was the latest of an ongoing series of community cooking workshops presented by Peter Sheppard.
For more information, visit Shining Stars Foundation Street Outreach Service on Facebook.
Aspect Macarthur School provides an educational program for students with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum. It is based at Cobbitty, but has satellite classes in local schools such as St John the Evangelist Primary School and Sarah Redfern Public School. The students cooking at the Catholic Club were from the class at Clancy Catholic College, West Hoxton.
Article and Photography by Jeff McGill