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BLACK MOUNTAIN SCHOOL
Cafe will offer more than great brew
Two before Ten barista JJ Sadkowsky helps Black Mountain School year 12 student Corey Harper perfect his
Photo: Karleen Minney
When Black Mountain School's funky
SixDegrees cafe opens to the public it
will sell more than just a quality brew.
It's about coming here for an
experience: a cup of coffee, a light
snack but an experience,'' principal
Frank Fogliati said.
People who haven't had much
contact with people with a disability,
they will grow as human beings
The new cafe, which is part of a
larger social enterprise to include
alfresco dining and an art gallery, was
completed in time for last Thursday's
launch, coinciding with International
Day of People with Disability.
While the cafe might be situated
within the leafy school grounds, its fit-
out is among Canberra's best, filled
with dark, moody walls, artistic
lighting, swathes of wood and pops of
Mr Fogliati said he expected the
garden cafe and gallery to open to the
public and prospective employers in
term 1 next year.
The specialist school's students will
operate the cafe, stock the outlet with
fresh produce grown on site and sell
their artwork in the new gallery.
In the meantime, they will begin
training in the completed cafe.
They will have a skill set that is
targeted in industry,'' Mr Fogliati said.
We would invite prospective
employers to come to the school and
say: Wow, they really do know how to
undertake all the tasks required in a
cafe. Yep, I can find a job for them --
it might not be full time but I'm going
to give them a start'.
It's a modest beginning to a huge
Mr Fogliati said Australia ranked
21st out of 29 OECD [Organisation for
Economic Co-operation and
Development] countries when it came
to employing people with a disability.
Improving the pathway to work not
only benefited students but employers
and the economy, he said.
Sixteen-year-old student Crystal
Owen said she liked the new cafe and
looked forward to gaining hospitality
I like the roof and the lights --
they're really nice and pretty,'' she
I'm really looking forward to
making milkshakes, making coffee,
handing out food.''
Similarly, 17-year-old Jessica
Harden said she felt excited about
working inside the cafe and thanked
the Canberra organisations and
individuals who helped get the project
off the ground.
Minister for Education and
Disability Joy Burch said she admired
the community's support of the new
She said the cafe would benefit
every student who passed through its
to wrap presents
The Cerebral Palsy Alliance is looking
for volunteers to wrap presents for a
few hours each day from Saturday,
December 12, until Christmas Eve.
In a continuing partnership with the
not-for-profit organisation, Westfield
Woden and Westfield Belconnen will
match donations given by shoppers.
Those who choose to get their
presents gift-wrapped are asked to
contribute a gold coin donation for the
Proceeds will support local children
and adults living with cerebral palsy.
To register to help, contact Sarah
BOY, 3, TRAPPED
Crash victims in
A man and a child are lucky to be alive
after their rental truck smashed into a
tree in Hackett early last Thursday.
The 53-year-old and the three-year-
old are both in a stable condition after
a crash in Antill Street just before 1am
left them trapped in the crushed cabin
of the truck.
Firefighters used the jaws of life to
free them from the wreckage while
they received medical care from
intensive care paramedics.
Both were taken to Canberra
Hospital with minor injuries, where
they underwent further assessment and
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