For over a decade students of Runcorn State High School have competed in Junior and Senior Secondary Schools Culinary Competitions and have enjoyed successes bringing home many medals. On five occasions the students have won the right to represent Australia on the International stage. International finals Runcorn has competed in have been conducted in Tahiti, Taipea and the Gold Coast. Taking pride of place in the Cravings restaurant is the signed Chef’s jacket, belonging to Chief Judge Paul awarded in Taipei to the team which displayed best team work at the competition.
Many competitors have gone on to be successful chefs after leaving the school, which is just reward for the dedication they displayed during their high school years.
The year 11 and 12 Business Students have the opportunity to participate in an exciting business excursion which is sponsored by the school and at no cost to students. The program originated in Switzerland and is currently running in hundreds of European and Australian schools. In this three day workshop students will gain an appreciation of the integrated nature of business and the need for balance in a company’s operations. It gives them an insight into teamwork and group dynamics and skills in business presentation.
The F1 in School Technology Challenge is the world’s largest secondary school technology program. It involves over nine million students from 17,000 schools in 31 nations. F1 in School is a holistic action learning program which focuses on developing long term employability skills. Students learn leadership, team building, project management, business planning, public speaking, marketing, collaboration, writing and presentation skills.
Students in all year levels have an opportunity to participate in the competition at Runcorn SHS. F1 in Schools is run in year 9 graphics and throughout the year as a sports option. Students utilise equipment such as the 3D printers, CNC router and virtual wind tunnel to maximize their chances of progressing within the competition. In 2013, Runcorn SHS was represented by two teams in the State Finals.