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Bake Off
Support staff at New Hall School, Essex, held their third annual Bake Off Competition over the half term break. The Competition, organised by school PA Taryn Dodd, fell just days after Channel 4’s Great British Bake Off Final. The staff, most of whom continue working over the holidays, spent their lunchtime at the tasting and judging of the homemade treats.
Mrs Dodd chose fruits scones for the challenge, because of their relative simplicity, making the competition inclusive of all baking abilities. For more adventurous bakers, there was the chance
to spice up the competition, by using their creative  air to give their bakes an original ‘twist,’ in true bake-off style!
The contestants, who hailed from the Marketing, Administrative
and Boarding departments, were briefed to produce 8 fruit scones, with judging based on taste and preparation. The fortunate judges were very meticulous in their judging, as it was clear that much effort had been put into the bakes. Most contestants had put their own stamp on their scones,
ranging from raspberry and coconut to autumnal  avours. Finally, a winner and two runners up were crowned. Congratulations to the Bake Off Champion Natasha Lee, Marketing Assistant, who was awarded a trophy for
her efforts in preparing delicious cranberry and white chocolate
scones, served with homemade jam. In second place was
Kieran Hatten, Communications Manager, for his three ingredient ice cream scones with raisins, and in third, Katharine East, Marketing Assistant, with her raspberry and coconut heart-shaped scones with white chocolate clotted cream.
French debaters sweep the board
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A team of Wellington School, Somerset, Sixth Formers have won a French debate for the second time on the trot.
Having won the debate at Monmouth School in the summer, the team travelled to Taunton School to take part in the  rst of a series of modern language debates for independent schools in the area.
Arguing against video-surveillance
and in favour of liberty and privacy (in French!), the Wellington team impressed the judges with the strength of their arguments and the quality and accuracy of their language and won their debate against a native speaker team from Taunton.
Wellington were judged the best overall, scoring 14 points out
of 15, with Taunton and King’s second and third on 12 and 11 points respectively.
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