October 2018

WHS bakers rise to the occasion for charity fundraising

Withernsea High School recently held its own version of the ‘Great British Bake Off’ to help raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Seven members of staff went head-to-head with a range of homemade tasty treats, including cakes and savoury items, which were then sold to staff and students at a bake sale on Friday 28th September.

Before the items could make it to the stall, they had to get past a judging panel comprised of Mrs Pindar, Mr Petrow and Mrs Evans from the School Leadership Team and Mrs Henderson, a Governor of the school.

The judges awarded points for effort, presentation and taste before settling on an overall winner. After much deliberation (and second helpings, just to be certain!) Miss Ainley from the Admin Team took the top spot with her colourful Smarties-filled rainbow cake.

Taking first place for effort was Mrs Monaghan with a trio of Banana Bread, Fruit Loaf and Savoury Tarts. Runner up in this category was Miss Turnbull with a Ferrero Rocher cake.

Top marks for presentation went to Mrs Moyse from the Admin Team, with Teacher of English Mrs Scaife a close runner up. Both delivered stunningly decorated chocolate cakes which resulted in a difficult decision for the judges.

Topping the table for taste was Mrs Foster’s caramel cake, closely followed by an Oreo cake baked by Teaching Assistant Miss Harris.

The judges thankfully managed to save some slices for the sale which took place in the Student Forum during morning break time. There they were sold alongside homemade and store-bought cakes, buns and biscuits which had been donated by staff and students.

The bake off and subsequent sale were held in support of the ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ – an annual fundraising event which last year raised over £27 million nationally for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Withernsea High School’s efforts managed to secure an impressive £145 for the appeal.

Other activities throughout the week included a colouring competition for Key Stage 3 students and a ‘Guess the length of the Sausage Roll’ competition where, for a small entry fee, competitors were invited to estimate the length of a pictured sausage roll. Mrs Scaife guessed the closest and won a £10 Amazon voucher for her efforts. Meanwhile, flags coloured in during the colouring contest were used as bunting at the cake stall during the sale. 

The week’s events and activities were organised by English Teacher Miss Collins who commented: ‘I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped us raise money throughout the week. From the staff who took part in the bake off, to the students who helped run the stall and made donations, I am grateful to them all for their support and generosity.’

ABOVE: Miss Ainley's Smarties-filled rainbow cake was the overall winner of the bake off.

ABOVE: The judging panel took their responsibility very seriously. Pictured left to right are event organised Miss Collins, Mr Petrow, Mrs Pindar, Mrs Evans and Mrs Henderson.

ABOVE: Mrs Scaife (runner up for Presentation) with Miss Collins.