Students sniff out clues and race around Singapore to learn about the tourism industry

Nanyang Girls High School students smelling and guessing herbs and sauces used in cooking at the Kitchen training lab in 9th Avenue.
Nanyang Girls High School students smelling and guessing herbs and sauces used in cooking at the Kitchen training lab in 9th Avenue. ST PHOTO: MARCUS TAN
Naval Base Secondary school students smelling and guessing herbs and sauces used in cooking at the Kitchen training lab in 9th Avenue.
Naval Base Secondary school students smelling and guessing herbs and sauces used in cooking at the Kitchen training lab in 9th Avenue. ST PHOTO: MARCUS TAN

SINGAPORE- A group of secondary school students spent a part of their afternoon on Thursday (Sept 8) sniffing plates of herbs to identify the herbs.

Some 60 secondary school students from northern and western parts of Singapore raced around the island on searching for clues and completing challenges such as the one involving herbs, as part of a hospitality race.

Organised by Republic Polytechnic's School of Hospitality, the race led students around tourism establishments like hotels and restaurants to introduce them to the hospitality and tourism sector.

Students went to tourist hot spots like Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall where they had to record a 30-second performance and the Padang where they had to strike a patriotic pose.

"Through the race, we want to show students what are the possible areas they can venture into, what are some future education or career options" said Ms Yeo May Lee, manager at Republic Polytechnic's School of Hospitality.

Ng Xin Le, 14, said the race was a way for students to explore a possible career in hospitality. "The tourism and hospitality industry is a big part of Singapore's economy,"said the Nanyang Girls' High School student. "As we grow up and go into society, knowing enough about the industry will help us when we start thinking about jobs."