Mark Hall Academy: Keen young bakers get chance to develop their passion
Education / Sat 17th Dec 2022 at 11:18am
STUDENTS were invited to take part in a bake-off event at Mark Hall Academy, in Harlow.
The 75 students paired up with teachers to create seasonal bakes to become the Butlers Bake Off Champion 2022.
Assistant principal Victoria Butler set the challenge and said: “The event was to give our children an opportunity to develop their love of cooking and baking while incorporating the feel-good festivities of Christmas.
“The event brought with it an absolute explosion of beautiful baked goods, festive treats and Christmas creations. The atmosphere in the ‘bake-off tent’ was truly electric and brought with it a truly palpable togetherness.
“Entries included Father Christmas falling down a chimney, a gingerbread house that would make even Nadiya Hussain stop in her tracks, a festive pizza, a marshmallow towering Christmas tree, and a larger-than-life Rudolph.
“Students have developed teamwork and a huge sense of camaraderie by taking part.”
The activity proved so popular, it had to be held across three days.
What isn’t explicit in the article is that the event was so popular with pupils, staff appeared on multiple nights to work with different students on consecutive nights and even Governors were repurposed from Judges to Bakers. I am not sure which role I enjoyed most, as both were immense fun. The photography class were involved, using the event as part of their GCSE course and the Art & Design Department made the props & awards to offer the TV Show-like experience. This extra-curricular activity exemplifies the selflessness of the staff, the programme of activities (rolling back out after lockdown) and the cohesion of the school community.