A head start to the hospitality industry
by Maisha Samiha |September 18, 2016 -- Updated 13:52

Republic Polytechnic’s School of Hospitality (SOH) ran its first hospitality race that aimed to give Singapore’s secondary school students a lead to its industry. The event held on the Sept 8 required students to complete a series of mini challenges in order to learn what it takes to finish first.

CALM BEFORE THE STORM: 60 secondary school students from the North and West Zones of Singapore competed in a hospitality race for the ultimate prize of cash or vouchers worth $800, medals and certificates. (Photo: Maisha Samiha)

CALM BEFORE THE STORM: 60 secondary school students from the North and West Zones of Singapore competed in a hospitality race for the ultimate prize of cash or vouchers worth $800, medals and certificates. (Photo: Maisha Samiha)

HISTORY MEETS TOURISM: 80 percent of the race was mainly held at The Civic District. This is where Singapore’s historical, architectural and cultural heritage started. Victoria theatre and concert hall, Singapore River, Esplanade, Asian Civilisations Museum and The Fullerton hotel are just some of the key interest areas. (Photo: Maisha Samiha)

HISTORY MEETS TOURISM: 80 percent of the race was mainly held at The Civic District. This is where Singapore’s historical, architectural and cultural heritage started. Victoria theatre and concert hall, Singapore River, Esplanade, Asian Civilisations Museum and The Fullerton hotel are just some of the key interest areas. (Photo: Maisha Samiha)

SNOOZE AND YOU LOSE: Participants only had three hours to complete the race at The Civic District. Each team had an assigned race master and a clue sheet was given to guide the students on what to do. Teams were required to take photos and videos of their challenges to keep a record of the scores. (Photo : Maisha Samiha)

SNOOZE AND YOU LOSE: Participants only had three hours to complete the race at The Civic District. Each team had an assigned race master and a clue sheet was given to guide the students on what to do. Teams were required to take photos and videos of their challenges to keep a record of the scores. (Photo : Maisha Samiha)

MAY THE BEST TEAM WIN: Some of the schools that signed up for the event include Admiralty Secondary School, Fuchun Secondary School, Hua Yi Secondary School,  Nan Hua Secondary School,  Naval Base Secondary School, Nanyang Girl’s High School and Northbrooks Secondary School. (Photo: Maisha Samiha)

MAY THE BEST TEAM WIN: Some of the schools that signed up for the event include Admiralty Secondary School, Fuchun Secondary School, Hua Yi Secondary School, Nan Hua Secondary School, Naval Base Secondary School, Nanyang Girls’ High School and Northbrooks Secondary School. (Photo: Maisha Samiha)

READY, STEADY, GO: Time management, strategy, efficiency, team work, knowledge and skills are all looked out for in the race. (Photo: Maisha Samiha)

READY, STEADY, GO: Time management, strategy, efficiency, team work, knowledge and skills are all looked out for in the race. (Photo: Maisha Samiha)

STRATEGY IS KEY: A common sight during the race, groups stayed around the meeting point to figure out their game plan. Clues need to be solved before they can go to the various locations to complete the challenges. (Photo: Maisha Samiha)

STRATEGY IS KEY: A common sight during the race, groups stayed around the meeting point to figure out their game plan. Clues need to be solved before they can go to the various locations to complete the challenges. (Photo: Maisha Samiha)

OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE: Difficult clues require extra help. Participants had to come out of their shells and ask strangers around for directions and the names of the places. This gave students a sneak peak to the hospitality industry where communication is important for efficiency. (Photo: Maisha Samiha)

OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE: Difficult clues require extra help. Participants had to come out of their shells and ask strangers around for directions and the names of the places. This gave students a sneak peak to the hospitality industry where communication is important for efficiency. (Photo: Maisha Samiha)

PICTURE PERFECT: The Civic District is an architectural heaven which gave students plenty of opportunities to snap Instagram worthy pictures. In addition, participants got to put themselves in the shoes of tourists and learn more about what would interest them. (Photo: Maisha Samiha)

PICTURE PERFECT: The Civic District is an architectural heaven which gave students plenty of opportunities to snap Instagram worthy pictures. In addition, participants got to put themselves in the shoes of tourists and learn more about what would interest them. (Photo: Maisha Samiha)

MENTOR’S LOVE:  A successful team comes with good support. 30 students leaders from SOH had helped to nurture and guide potential hospitality students. (Photo: Maisha Samiha)

MENTOR’S LOVE: A successful team comes with good support. 30 students leaders from SOH had helped to nurture and guide potential hospitality students. (Photo: Maisha Samiha)

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS: Naval Base Secondary School won The Hospitality Race 2016.  They had showcased excellent strategy, team work and dedication. The team walked away with the winning prize sponsored by Passionista, a member of the Vivarch Enrichment Group. (Photo: Maisha Samiha)

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS: Naval Base Secondary School won The Hospitality Race 2016. They had showcased excellent strategy, team work and dedication. The team walked away with the winning prize sponsored by Passionista, a member of the Vivarch Enrichment Group. (Photo: Maisha Samiha)

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