Australian Students Mix in a Little
Mystery In Recipe Book
AUSTRALIA - November 13, 2006 --Students of All Saints College in
Maitland, New South Wales, are not saying why they chose "The
Wooden Spoon" as the title of a recipe book the Year 11 (junior)
students have published to mark the 800th anniversary of
the founding of the Dominican Order.
All Saints College, St Mary's Campus Year 11 Business Services
Administration students have turned the notion of winning the wooden
spoon on its head with the publication of what the Maitland-Newcastle
Aurora magazine describes as "winner".
The collection of recipes was produced by teacher Mrs Josephine
Brewer and the fifteen girls in this year's Business Services class
who borrowed the book's title from a story from the life of St Dominic.
But people need to purchase the book to find out the story, the
The girls aimed high, sending out hundreds of letters. Recipients
included Pope Benedict XVI, Australian Prime Minister Howard, movie
stars, dignitaries and many of the Dominican Sisters, requesting
their favourite recipes.
The class formed teams, researched, kept a strict mail registry
of outgoing and incoming responses; word-processed, proofread, discussed
and developed the print and layout. Mrs Brewer added, "They
had to learn to become very good at proof reading!" The girls
also took the photographs on the covers and the many inside.
After six months of constant work and huge effort, The Wooden Spoon
was appropriately launched on Dominic's Feast Day at St Mary’s,
the celebration of 800 years of the Dominican Order, and business
Class member Kirryn summed up the feelings of the class, "It
was a really good learning experience. We learnt the value of teamwork,
in our groups we were able to delegate tasks, so everything ran
really smoothly. It is exciting to see that all our hard work has
paid off, that we have done it ourselves."