HOUSE : Pancake Competition

On Shrove Tuesday, Design & Technology – Food hosted the House Pancake competition. Teams of Year 8 students, representing each of the Houses, produced pancakes which were judged by a panel based on presentation, flavour and texture. Students from each form were excited to be representing their houses. The judges were really impressed by the quality of the pancakes and the creativity of the entrees, who worked well together to present their pancakes within the time limit.

Thank you to all the Year 8 students who took part, as well as to our judges Mrs Dray, Mrs Garcia and Mrs Schillaci-Rowland, who also helped to run the competition on the day.

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Presdales Afternoon Tea

On Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd May parents, friends and staff were delighted to attend an amazing Afternoon Tea prepared and hosted by our Year 10 GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition students. It was lovely to welcome visitors into school to share in the student’s success. Working under strict exam conditions the students baked all morning producing delicious breads, cakes and scones. We are delighted to report that our students coped really well working under the intense ‘Bake Off’ pressure. Their freshly baked products were finished and presented to a professional standard along with homemade preserves. The whole group are justly proud of their fantastic results and received extremely positive feedback from our guests on the day for their fabulous food.

Once again a special thank you goes to the Art Department for the loan of the student artwork and to both Mrs S Eyre and Mrs A Wall for setting the lovely scene in our Afternoon Tea room.

Mrs N. Garcia

Year 11 GCSE Food Preparation Students Wow Staff and Visitors!

As part of their GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition specification, our fantastic Year 11 students successfully completed their 3 hour practical exam, this half term. This year the Food Preparation task themes are based on North & South American Cuisine, dishes suitable for a teenager eating a plant based diet and dishes which are rich in calcium for people with osteoporosis. Year 11 have produced a wide range of exciting dishes to fit their chosen task. Staff and visitors lucky enough to taste the food all made extremely positive comments about the food including; “amazing aromas,” “excellent flavours” and “fantastic presentation”.

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Tunnock’s Teacake Challenge

Our Year 10 GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition students took part in the Tunnock’s Teacake Challenge during their practical lessons this half term. The food styling challenge was to produce a plate with a focus on the presentation of a Tunnock’s Teacake to the theme of “Patterns and Shapes”. The students were encouraged to create a piece of culinary art using their artistic creativity and food preparation skills.

We were looking for the most stunning plate created. Marks were awarded for creativity, presentation and using a variety of technical skills. Our students demonstrated various high level skills including making their own honeycomb, fruit coulis and piping.

Due to the strength of the entrees it was difficult for our guest judges, Food & Textiles teachers Mrs Dray and Mrs Finch, to pick the winners. Our top four students were 1st place Darcey Cumberland, 2nd place Immie Baldwin and joint 3rd place Annabella Johnson and Alice Lynn. Darcey will be entered into the national competition to represent Presdales and we wish her all the best.