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Students took over this Bondi school’s canteen and are making a handy profit

When Reddam House students Jamie Holdcroft and Daniel van Heerde returned to school after lockdown last year and noticed the school canteen had shut up shop, they hatched a plan to take it over themselves.

Principal Dave Pitcairn admits he didn’t think they would be successful – external providers had tried and failed – but was happy to let them have a go.

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The then year 10 students created a business plan, surveyed students on their preferred menus, and invested about $1000 of their own money into supplies and equipment.

A year later, the boys are taking in about $80 a day in revenue, up to $50 of which can be profit.

“It’s exceeded expectations, which is good,” Jamie said.

Canteen operators had always struggled to remain viable because the shop doesn’t have a monopoly at the senior school: students at the Bondi campus are free to leave the grounds and buy food and snacks at local shops and cafes.

 

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