A head start to the hospitality and tourism industry
by Maisha Samiha |September 19, 2016 -- Updated 11:42

ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, GO: The Hospitality Race 2016 is the first event held by Republic Polytechnic’s School of Hospitality that includes a wide spectrum of its industry. Secondary school students ran around Singapore’s Civic District and the RP’s campus to learn more about the country’s blooming hospitality and tourism industry. (PHOTO by: Maisha Samiha)

ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, GO: The Hospitality Race 2016 is the first event held by Republic Polytechnic’s School of Hospitality that includes a wide spectrum of its industry. Secondary school students ran around Singapore’s Civic District and the RP’s campus to learn more about the country’s blooming hospitality and tourism industry. (PHOTO by: Maisha Samiha)

About 60 secondary school students took part in Republic Polytechnic’s School of Hospitality’s (SOH) inaugural race at Singapore’s Civic District and RP school campus. It aimed to give students a glimpse of the hospitality sector.

The event held on the Sept 8 required secondary school students from the North and West zones of Singapore to compete in a series of mini challenges at the two locations. The challenges required them to decode a set of clues to find the pit stops and complete the tasks by taking photos and videos.

“We want students to experience how it will be like working if they want to consider being part of the hospitality and tourism industry,” said Ms Yeo May Lee, the manager of SOH.

“A race format was chosen because the spectrum in the hospitality industry is broad. It includes wellness, medical tourism, customer service, events, hotels and even fitness.”

Students got a tour of Singapore’s Civic District where the country’s historical, architectural and cultural heritage started. Challenges there included recording a 30 second performance at The Victoria Theatre and Concert hall and finding various methods of contacting customer service personnel of a certain telco near Raffles MRT.

The race then continued on campus by showcasing RP’s own facilities. Participants had to identify herbs and spices using their senses at the school’s restaurant lab and determine what the best cleaning tool is at the hotel lab.

The Hospitality Race 2016 took about four to 5 months of planning by the students of SOH. Naval Base Secondary School (NBSS) emerged as the winners and received $800 worth of cash or vouchers, medals and certificates sponsored by Passionista, a member of the Vivarch Enrichment Group.

Muhammad Syahmi B Mohamad Y, 15, one of the winners from NBSS, said: “The race was very enjoyable and meaningful. Some the challenges needed teamwork and a sense of direction.”

His team mate Mohamed Azman Bin Mohamed Asthik, 15, added: “Our team work and our race master were the major reasons why we won. When we felt like giving up she encouraged us to give our best. My team members and I feel very proud of this moment and we are thankful that this opportunity was given to us.”

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