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Residential Arrangements

Flats

All students live on campus during the training period in flat groups of four to six. Each flat resides as a team led by a team leader. Each accommodation is equipped with common room facilities such as a refrigerator, sink, hot water kettle, utensils and storage cupboards. As part of the community development training, there are residential duties assigned to each flat to practise ideas (cleaning communal areas, cooking as per rationed menu, applying hospitality standards where each student is responsible to making her own bed and keeping her room clean, working to Occupational and Health Standards). All groups are also responsible for the general maintenance of their flats and are supervised by the cleaner who looks after the common room areas.

In their flats, students provide for their own sugar, tea, coffee, and milk. They are however encouraged to use lemongrass, lemon leaves, lime and lemons which are plentiful in the premises. A warden who is a staff member lives in the compound and is the first point of contact if there are emergencies or issues to be dealt with in the evenings and during weekends.

Each flat has a telephone extension. These extensions can only receive calls. Calls outside have to be made from a pay phone located in the Island Kitchen.

Staff House

There are two staff houses on the premises. One is occupied by the warden who also has teaching responsibilities.

Linen & Laundry

Students have been asked to provide their own bedding linen (single flat sheets and pillow cases) and towels. Upon arrival, every student will be supplied with the following: 1 pillow, 1 blanket and a mosquito net. The Centre provides general cleaning agents for the common areas, toilet tissue and washing soap. Each is responsible for purchasing her own washing powders and detergents. Everyone does their own laundry and a user pay washing machine is located at the island kitchen and students need to book and pay in advance to the office or the housekeeper. There are also washtuibs outside each accommodation. Clotheslines are located outside the flats. Students are requested to label their towels and linen so as to avoid misplacements.

Iron

An ironing board and iron is available in each flat.


Meals

All meals are provided for on campus except when there is a field day or an outing. A menu is available for the information of students in the dining hall and on each flat notice board.

Meal times are:

Breakfast 6.45 am – 7.45 am
Morning Tea 10.30 am – 11.00 am (hot/cold drinks)
Lunch 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm
Dinner 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm (this can be moved earlier depending on seasons)

Meals are provided from Monday to Friday. However, trainees are responsible to preparing their own breakfast daily and cooking their weekend meals. Students by Flats are rostered for this. For the weekend meals, the menu and ingredients will be supplied to each flat to prepare meals for that period. Students are also responsible to cleaning up dishes after meals and to ensure that the kitchen is cleaned and well secured over the weekend. This is part of the overall training where they will need to apply how to prepare meals based on menu, how to follow basic households rules on hygiene and cleanliness as well as management of food rations and household tasks.

The Cook as well as the Households & Livelihoods Nutrition & Health Instructor should be advised of any health dietary restrictions or if a trainee is a vegetarian. Arrangements to spend the weekend outside the Centre should be advised in advance to the Cook and management by Friday afternoon for meal purposes.