St Catherine's students serving coffee from their own coffee cart
20 September 2019

The Wake Up Cup launch

​On Friday 6 September, the Year 9 design and technology and Year 9 commerce cohorts were delighted to launch the Wake Up Cup.

The Wake Up Cup coffee cart has been a collaborative learning experience that has spanned three terms and has involved over 90 students. The commerce classes designed a business concept and plan, forming a Board of Directors and various operational teams such as marketing, finance and baristas. They instructed the design and technology classes to bring the cart to life and to present cart concepts. The commerce classes were amazed by the quality of design choices provided by their creative colleagues. Following some design collaboration and discussion, the design team got to work to build the cart under the expert direction of Ms Kate Sonter and Ms Rebecca Holmes. After the cart was completed, the barista team was trained to make coffee and worked really hard to perfect their craft, practicing on a number of ‘soft open mornings’ for caffeine-loving teachers. We were so excited to see all the work of the girls come to fruition on the launch day.

Thank you to all the parents and staff who attended on the day to buy those first cups of coffee! Thanks also go to Ms Kylie McCullah who cut the ceremonial ribbon on the day. The business is now growing and the girls are learning to manage the accounting and ordering on an ongoing basis. We will also look to update our marketing strategies and products in order for the girls to experience business development firsthand.  All St Catherine’s community members are invited to enjoy a coffee on Friday mornings from 7.15am-8.00am. As we are trying to be as sustainable as possible, we ask that you bring your own cup. Card payment is accepted and encouraged! Follow @stcathswakeupcup on Instagram for updates. Thanks as always to our business entrepreneur mentors from Elafent, Mr Bruno and Ms Sia Pisano.

Mrs Joanna Graffen, Miss Melanie Avramovski, Ms Rebecca Ayad, Ms Kate Sonter and Miss Rebecca Holmes.