MBAS students serving up High Tea for Coeliac Awareness Week

08 Jun 2021

Hospitality students from Mercury Bay Area School will be bringing flavour and flair to an upcoming community event to mark Coeliac Awareness Week.

The gluten free high tea is being organised in collaboration with the school by Coeliac New Zealand health promotion manager and Whitianga resident, Lisa Jury, and promises to be a fun and informative event to break down many of the myths around coeliac disease and provide plenty of easy tips and tricks for living a gluten free life. “It’s awesome having the school on board,” says Lisa. “The Year 12 students who are involved have been learning about allergens as part of their NCEA curriculum. They will be making a sponge which will be one of their unit standards that they will get credits for. They are also making brownies and a selection of pastries, so we are in for a treat.”

The theme behind this year’s awareness week is dive behind the label of coeliac disease and discover how it impacts the physical and mental health of those living with the condition.

“I’ve recently taken on the role with Coeliac New Zealand and I am aware of many support groups who organise these events across the country as part of Coeliac Awareness Week, so I thought why not do one here,” says Lisa. “I have already heard from a lot of people in our community who this is an issue for. As well as those who have coeliac disease, there are people with non-coeliac gluten intolerance and those who just don’t eat gluten by choice, they will all benefit from the information I’ll be sharing.” 

Among the resources Lisa will share will be tip sheets for early learning centres and schools, including dealing with specific challenges for example school camps.

Sponsors for the event are Countdown, Healtheries, Kelloggs, NZ Bakels, Benetto, Freshlife and Bluebird. C3 Church on Coghill Street is also providing the venue free of charge. 

The high tea will happen at 11:00am, Friday, June 11. Cost is $10. RSVP to or 027 351 7110. 

Pictured: From the left, are Lisa, Jayden Kelly (MBAS Year 12 hospitality student) and Joanna Mannington (MBAS Hospitality Teacher).