On November 9, the Year 10 Food Technology students at Rangitoto College embarked on a culinary journey, presenting a delightful high tea presentation for the residents of Knightsbridge Retirement Village. This first event marked the climax of just over a term’s worth of meticulous preparation and culinary creativity. The high teas were not just a feast for the taste buds but a visual spectacle, with each one individually themed and featuring an array of bite-sized finger foods, ranging from tantalising cupcakes to classic club sandwiches, sophisticated canapés, and an assortment of delectable biscuits. The process seamlessly integrated with the students’ assessment of technology practice in modelling, showcasing their ability to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world scenarios. The journey began with an initial meeting to familiarise the students with their stakeholders, followed by a taste-testing session that allowed them to refine their creations based on valuable feedback.

What made this experience truly special was the connection that blossomed between the students and the elderly residents. The event became a platform for the exchange of stories, fostering a sense of manaakitanga. Witnessing this intergenerational interaction was not only heartwarming but also a testament to the broader educational impact beyond the classroom. The afternoon was deemed a resounding success, with the elderly residents expressing their genuine enjoyment and appreciation for the students’ efforts. Anticipation is already building for the next event, as the school eagerly looks forward to creating more memorable moments with the villagers in the future.