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The last course in fine dining for Fowey's 'Ladette to Lady' group

By CG_NeilBason  |  Posted: April 29, 2013

  • Ladette to Lady - Table laying at Fowey Hall Hotel

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The boys of Fowey Community College may have followed suit when they got their 'charm' on, but on Thursday, April 25, at Fowey Hall Hotel, the girls were back in town.

The original seekers of a life less ordinary were at the hotel to take part in the 'fine dining' element of the school's popular 'Ladette to Lady' course.

And, as fine dining goes, this one may have proved to be the last course, because as well as getting to grips with the intricacies and details of the fine dining experience, the girls also had the honour of being the final group to undertake the session as it currently stands.

While the opportunity for young ladies to learn about good etiquette will not be lost entirely, the course will  be tweaked for the 2013/14 curriculum and a variation of its current form unveiled.

The final afternoon of posh nosh and glamour proved to be a big hit with the girls, as under the guidance of restaurant manager, Ben Fagan, and duty manager, Cherish Rothwell, both former Fowey pupils themselves, they were taught about the fine dining experience.

Maria Norman, 14, said: "I learnt which glass to use for water and wine."

While Jenna Clark, 15, left the afternoon knowing the ins and outs of the variety of cutlery and importantly, when to use each item.

Caitlin Grose, 14, believes the course as a whole delivers far more than good etiquette, adding: "It's given us good skills for the future."

The 'Ladette to Lady' sessions were the brainchild of head of mathematics, Samantha Munro, and head of IT, Tina Fletcher.

The course takes the Year 10 ladies through a number of challenging sections, including, deportment (how to walk in heels) and elocution.

Miss Munro said: "We're always delighted to work with our neighbours at Fowey Hall Hotel, who as always put on a fantastic, well-planned lesson for our students, and we would like to say a big thank you to Ben and Cherish for giving up their time and putting so much energy into ensuring our ladies had a great time learning new skills today.

"The lesson is designed to be fun but on a more serious note, the entire course is also designed to give the girls and boys a confidence boost by taking them out of their comfort zone and into different environments."

The students were rewarded for their efforts in napkin-folding and setting a table, with afternoon tea, including cucumber sandwiches and saffron cake.

Fowey Hall's Events Manager, Mel Brown, said: "We're always delighted to support the local community here in Fowey and we really enjoy putting on these lessons for the girls and boys at the school."

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