There was a special buzz around Parklands on Thursday 11th February when the Great British Bake Off came to our school.
Miss Hartley and Miss Hattersley organised a school wide bake off competition and the response from the children was phenomenal! With entries from over half the school the hall was bustling at the start of the day with children and parents dropping off cakes, buns and biscuits.
School council had the tough job of creating a shortlist of finalists in each category – with prizes up for grabs to staff, KS1, KS2 and Early years. Baking was judged in one of four categories – cakes, buns, biscuits and other baking. The standard of baking was high and it was difficult to narrow down the list to just a couple of finalists in each group.
The tables were heaving with delicious cakes in the shape of the Titanic, the Cookie Monster, a sweet shop, our times tables, flowers and even a giant cup with Mr Dyson on it. Year 5 had tasted, designed, made and evaluated their own delicious biscuits and even Mr Dyson entered a dish (although he was disqualified because James in the kitchen helped him!)
In the afternoon we were extremely lucky to be joined by Sandy Docherty – one of the contestants on the 2015 series of the BBC’s Great British Bake Off programme. With Miss Hattersley she had the difficult job of choosing the winner of each group as well as selecting a star baker for Early Years, KS1, KS2 and the Staff.
Sandy presented each star baker with a special Parklands red Star Baker apron and posed for photographs with everyone. She spoke to us about life after the Bake Off and promised to come into school and bake with us in the future. Hopefully we have inspired some future Bake Off and Masterchef winners.