School visits tend to follow a familiar formula when Vodafone Warriors players are out and about in the community – not so when Sione Lousi and Ligi Sao visited Waimahia Intermediate School in Clendon in South Auckland.
That’s because this involved visiting a café at the school, not going classrooms, attending an assembly or leading football-related activities and drills on the field.
The rumours were out that this café made a chocolate brownie that was too good to believe and just had to be tasted. That was enough for Lousi and Sao.
This, though, is no normal café. Indeed, Waimahia Intermediate has set up its own operational café complete with a coffee machine, pie warmer, cooling fridge and some very cute staff.
While the boys sampled a little of the chocolate brownie they also tried the banana smoothie which passed the delicious test with flying colours.
The café has been created as a way for the students to learn about key business principles such as production, money handling and customer service.
It’s a great hands-on learning experience with all the food cooked on the premises on Thursday and then served up to other students and the community on Friday.
The school’s aim is to develop the café to the next level and open it to the public throughout the year.