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Ready, Set, Bake Off!


The annual Great Mountie Bake Off last night enthralled the entire School in an evening of fun, excitement and tasty treats, all in aid of charity.

Entries from pupils throughout the Junior and Senior Schools had been on display in the Terrace Dining Room throughout the day. Chefs from our award-winning caterers, Wilson Vale were joined by Mrs Garrity to blind-taste the entries and select the winners for each category.

Mrs Smart, who teaches Y6 and is the Head of Charities for the entire School, announced the winners and runners up of each category. She said, “The standard of entries was very high. The panel of judges have taken their responsibility very seriously, awarding marks for taste, appearance and effort.” The judging panel passed their congratulations to each of the winners and all of the entrants, complimenting them on the whole for such creating inventive and tasty treats.

The winners were:

Fairy Cakes:
Winner: Lydia Y6 “Very moist cakes decorated beautifully”
Runner-up: Caroline Reception “Very colourful and moist”

Biscuits & Cookies: 
Junior Winner: Lucy Y6 “Stunning icing, professional standard”
Junior Runner-up: Miryam C “Delicious biscuit”
Senior Winner: Charla & Ophelia Y8 “Taken a lot of effort to put together and the extra decorations are good”

Christmas Treat: 
Junior Winner: Lily Y2 “Very artistic and modern design”
Junior Runner-up: Asta Y5 “Excellent use of props and delicious biscuits”
Senior Winner: Harriet Y7 “Across the board good presentation, lots of effort and a nice, moist sponge”
Senior Runner-up: Ruby Y9 “Like the idea of a Christmas wreath”

Large Cakes: 
Winner: Charlotte Y11 “Full marks across the board for presentation, effort, originality and taste”
Runners-up: Maddie CI: “An exceptionally close second place, looks amazing, clearly lots of effort has gone into making it a very impressive cake”
Ruby S9: Excellent-tasting cake, like the gold glitter and the effort of making gingerbread”

Winner: Mrs Thompson “has created yet another wonderful cake this year and the presentation and taste of her cake were both judged as excellent”.

The floor was then taken over by the College and Year 6 Charity reps, Sophie, Niamh, Miriam and Yasmin, who auctioned each of the Large Cake entries. There was a buzz of excitement with many year groups pooling their funds to place collaborative bids. The cakes did not last long, with the highest lots going for £62 and £50 apiece.

Proceeds from the Bake Off support The Mount’s Charity of the Year, Pancreatic Cancer UK.

The Great Mountie Bake Off was originally the brain-child of Meagan Butterfield who, inspired by the television show, saw it as a fun opportunity for pupils throughout the school to raise funds for charity. See our Gallery for more pictures.

Junior School children had lots of fun with their inventive entries

Junior School Charity Reps hand out prizes to bakers who created the winning entries
The auctioneers command the room