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The Great Croft Cook-Off

20 March 2014

 

How do you inspire 84 children aged between 7 and 11? You introduce a cookery contest! When Mrs Edwards, Catering Manager, approached me with an idea inspired by the Great British Bake-off, little did either of us realise just how excited the children would be. To have 84 entrants into a baking contest was far beyond our wildest dreams!

 

The contest is for the children to bake biscuits or a cake in 1 hour without adult input. They are then judged on appearance, taste, technical difficulty and most importantly of all, how well they have tidied up!

 

We are currently working our way through the heats with the finals scheduled for later in the Summer Term. To see the sheer enjoyment on the children's faces as they embark on their creations is something to behold. From the very youngest pupils, they have worked with great determination and focus, wrestling with their ingredients in an attempt to create their masterpiece.

 

The quality of all of the entrants has been incredible. From chocolate creations to Victoria Sponges, we have seen it all, and tasted them too! Whoever the eventual winner is, one thing is for certain, every child that entered had an amazing time and enjoyed every minute of it!

 

Enjoyment is a key aspect we at The Croft understand helps children to learn. Extra-curricular activities such as The Great Croft Cook-off also offer opportunities for enrichment, creativity and competition in addition to subliminal subject-related disciplines such as Maths and Science, ie weighing and proportions of ingredients, and their effects when combined.

 

We firmly believe our diverse extra-curricular clubs, opportunities for travel to France and skiing in Italy, and self-development at our residential courses nurture and develop individuals to become fully-rounded lifelong learners, as they aspire, achieve and excel in all that they do.

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