School life is no longer all about books and backpacks.
Kinsale Community School is proving that education can be as invigorating as a double shot of espresso.
The West Cork school has opened a coffee truck — aptly called The KCS Grind School — that’s brewing up opportunities and life skills for students, all while serving up a cup of joe with a side of community spirit.
The secondary school has rolled out an ingenious initiative that’s set to create a ripple effect of opportunities for its students.
The coffee haven is not just about serving delicious brews; it’s about transforming students into hospitality virtuosos, setting them on a path for both summer jobs and future careers right in their local community.
Principal Fergal McCarthy shared his excitement for this venture with Yay Cork; “We have the largest provision of places for children with autism in a mainstream setting in the country. We also have a class for students with moderate learning difficulties.
‘We want all students to have an inclusive and enjoyable educational experience and the coffee truck provides this opportunity.”
All Transition Year students will also get barista training.
Fergal explained that students don’t just pour coffee; they pour their hearts into gaining barista skills, numeracy skills, and perhaps most crucial of all, social skills.
Kinsale Community School’s coffee truck fires up its engines every day, ready to serve a cup of happiness at break times to students and staff. Along with various coffee drinks to choose from — the beans are sourced from local artisan roastery, Kinsale Coffee — there are also teas and hot chocolates.
This isn’t the first innovative idea from the school to enrich the student learning experience. There is also a hairdressing and beauty salon, a running track and fitness suite, a 4G All Weather pitch, a digital media creative hub incorporating a radio station, a greenhouse and an anaerobic food digester.
Who knew school could be so much fun?