House News

Bake-Off Challenge 2022

28th February 2022

Our first House competition of 2022, led by Heywood House, was aimed at the very many talented aspiring bakers we have in school.  The competition began on 7th February with ‘Biscuit’ entries from our Junior students followed by ‘Traybake’ entries from students in years 7-9 on 8th February and ‘Cakes and Pastries’ entries from students in year 10 upwards on 9th February.  With over 150 mouth watering and well presented entries, we had a challenge on our hands to judge each on on presentation, texture, technical ability and taste.  Our worthy panel consisted of over 15 members of staff who tasted and deliberated to identify winners from each category.

Congratulations go to our overall signature bake winners:

  • In our junior category,  Sabiha Sarwar, Lee House.
  • In years 7 – 9,  Harriet Anderton, Mackie House.
  • In years 10-13,  Juanita Bonney, Heywood House.
Junior section winners in each year and House were also awarded. Congratulations go to: Mariead in year three, Gracie in year four, Sophie in year five and Poppy in year six.   Priyah is the Clayton House winner out of 38 entries, Amelia wins out of 28 entries for Heywood House, Sabiha wins  out of 32 entries for Lee House and Inaya and Elsie are joint winners for Mackie House, out of 26 entries.
Celebrating also in second and third places in our Senior sections are:
  • Years 7 – 9:  Blythe Stancliffe for Lee House, Bea Tootill for Lee House and Miriam Dada for Heywood House; Lily Kitson for Lee House and Freya Gatenby for Mackie House.
  • Years 10-13:  Lucy Blanchard, Lee House and Orla Ventris Crowley,  Clayton House.
The Bake-Off culminated in a Showstopper Challenge on Monday 14th with a brief to bake a centrepiece celebration cake inspired by the place you come from.  We were incredibly impressed by the many fantastic entries.  The standard was truly exceptional. Judges have had a global tasting trip spanning The Angel of the North to rose cake from Pakistan; Nigeria to Torta Italian; China’s red bear panda cake to Ireland and Wales; a Canadian winter cake to Warwickshire and Scotland; a delicacy from India and not forgetting Yorkshire and plenty of our local landmarks.
The winner of the Bake-Off Challenge 2022 was Harriet Anderton (Seniors) for her ‘My Yorkshire’ cake and Poppy Chappell (Juniors) for her ‘The Top of Yorkshire’ cake inspired by Emley Moor.
In second and third places were Georgia Newsome and Isabella Crawford; Annabel Cade, Tara Rehal and Mimi Varley (Juniors) and Komal Kaur and Orla Ventris Crowley (Seniors).

Thank you very much to everyone who participated. Take your own trip with some of the highlights.


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