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This is a nurturing environment where children, staff, parents and governors know each other and share a common understanding of the School’s purpose – to ‘aim high’ and through shared understanding of Gospel values, ensure that the potential of every child is fully achieved. Our children are happy, sociable, well-behaved and value our diversity, which enriches everything we do. We are recognised as ‘outstanding’ by the local authority and are confident this will be endorsed at our next Ofsted inspection.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

St. Mary Magdalen’s Bake Off!

Today a group of Year Six students visited the Community Kitchens at The Green Man.
 
Our award winning school Chef, Shereen, led the session which started with the everyone washing their hands and donning paper chef hats and aprons.
 
Shereen talked about the ingredients used for bread-making and Year Six were able to explain the chemical process, having recently covered this at School. Next there was a demonstration of 'knocking back' the dough, followed by how to shape the bread and the names of the shapes of bread - plait, roll, knot and cottage.  A glaze was added, then seeds or herbs and the bread was put in a proving oven.
 
Excitedly the pupils then collected some wholemeal and white dough, then proceeded to shape their own rolls and bread.  Some interesting artistic interpretations resulted, fit for 'The Great British Bake Off'!  Mrs Saunders provided a humorous commentary!
 
Finally, and importantly, the pupils sold the bread and bread rolls in the Foyer to the public.  All money raised went to the local food bank.
 
Not only did the children learn some new skills, building on the science learned at School, but they also did something to help their local community.
 
Nilgun Bekir