The Gentle Café – welcome Marian & Peter

28 January 2021

We’ve been so lucky at Glenaeon to have had the wonderful Sharon and Lorna running The Gentle Café up until the end of last year, and we are so thrilled that they have passed the baton on to former colleagues and close friends Marian and Peter Kissner.


Marian and Peter will be operating The Gentle Café at our Middle Cove Campus from the start of Term 1 2021. They bring with them many years’ experience in the restaurant and catering business and a passion for delivering fresh, tasty and nutritious meals and snacks for our students, teachers and staff to enjoy.

The menu will still feature some of the firm favourites that our students have always enjoyed, as well as some new items to freshen things up.

We asked Marian & Peter a few questions about what they will bring to the Café in 2021, and beyond:

What attracted you both to running the Gentle Café?Marian and I have worked at The Gentle Café with Sharon and Lorna on many occasions and have enjoyed the environment of the Middle Harbour setting, the students and the staff, so when the opportunity arose to bid for the running of the café it was a no brainer.


What’s in store for the Gentle Café in 2021? What will stay the same and what will change?One major change will be the introduction of cashless payments, but we will continue to accept cash.  In regards to the menu, initially we will continue along the same lines as Sharon and Lorna and as we find our way and understand what everyone likes, we will slowly introduce some new items.


What’s your approach to providing good nutrition to our students?Fresh and healthy, obtaining the best produce from local suppliers and following the Green, Amber, Red guidelines of the Health Department. 

Sustainability and environmentally friendly options?Lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, legumes, salads, free-range chicken and meat products.


Special dietary requirements? What options are there for students with dietary requirements?Vegan, Gluten Free and Vegetarian options will be available


How do parents place an order?We have created a website for The Gentle Café, details below, where parents of Class 3-6 students will be able to order online each evening. We have made it as easy as we can to navigate with instructions on the first page. Students in Years 7-12 can buy food and drinks directly from the café at recess and lunchtime.

A Tap and Pay facility is also now available for contactless payment. We hope everyone will support the Café!


Link to online Ordering for Class 3-6 Parents:  [p/w see GLO]

Parents and Students in Year 9 only are encouraged to volunteer in the café. Link to volunteer sign up: