College students celebrate Chinese New Year

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Students at Banff and Buchan College celebrated Chinese New Year on Tuesday February 8, with a themed lunch in the College’s Bressuire Bistro.

The lunch was organised by students on the college’s supported programme as part of their ‘Time to Dine’ enterprise which has been set up to help them raise funds to compete in a ‘Sports for All’ competition in August.

Tutor Jim Saunders said “The students went to a lot of effort to set up the lunch today, preparing menu’s, purchasing the raw ingredients then preparing and serving the food.

“The ‘Time to Dine’ students host various coffee mornings and lunches throughout the year. They are involved in the whole process of running their enterprise from budget control and purchasing ingredients to promoting their events and learning about good customer service.

“The aim is to raise enough money to enable them to take part in the ‘Sports for All’ competition which will, this year, take place in Fraserburgh’s twinned town of Bressuire.”

The Chinese New Year themed lunch was well received by staff and students with the Bistro booked to full capacity.

As well as the ‘Time to Dine’ group, the lunch was supported by the College’s ‘Towards Independence’ learners who organised the décor of the restaurant.

This was all made possible with the support of the College’s Students’ Association which provided funds for all the decorations and raw materials for the lunch, meaning that 100% of the income goes to towards the students’ fundraising.

Kieran Pirie, communication officer of the Student’s Association said: “The lunch today was fantastic. The restaurant was lovely decorated and you could see that the students had put a lot of work and effort into it.

“We at the Students’ Association think it is essential that we celebrate other cultures traditions so as to promote cultural awareness.”

Susan Gall is the College’s student engagement officer, she was also involved in supporting the event and attended the lunch with Officers of the Students Association.

Susan said: “The students put a lot of effort into organising today to make the lunch as authentic as possible. The restaurant looks lovely now its all been decorated and the food and service today was first class.

“ The students have done a fantastic job and should be very proud of their efforts. Hopefully today’s lunch will help to bring them closer to their fundraising target.”