Turning cookery class on its head

Morpeth's Stobhillgate First School pupils can't resist a quick sample while making a cookery DVD at Chantry Middle School.
Morpeth's Stobhillgate First School pupils can't resist a quick sample while making a cookery DVD at Chantry Middle School.
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STUDENTS and staff mixed fun with food as ‘Two Ladies of a Certain Age’ returned to the kitchen.

A new DVD has been filmed featuring Chantry Middle School and Technology College cookery teacher Helen Moran, who reprised her role as Celia, but this time the guests were from Stobhillgate First School.

And its Headteacher, Neil Richmond, got in the spirit of the occasion by dressing up to play the part of Nellie.

They worked with Year 4 pupils to make girdle scones, known as singing hinnies.

Teacher Lewis Jackson from King Edward VI School did the filming and the production will be available to parents.

Mrs Moran said: “Children would smell the scones and ask if they were ready, but they would be told ‘they are still singing hinnie’. Singing was the term used to describe them fizzling while they were being cooked.

“The pupils were fantastic on the day and they really enjoyed the experience. They had been looking forward to the filming over the Easter holidays and they relished doing something exciting with their headteacher, who was absolutely hilarious in his role.”

Stobhillgate had a nice surprise as a group of Chantry Year 8 pupils had raised money through their Smarties group enterprise and handed over a cheque for £200 after selling a large number of chocolate chip cookies.

Mr Richmond said: “Mrs Moran came to our school to show us a few recipes and doing a DVD was the next step.

“The pupils involved did a range of activities such as weighing out the ingredients, health and hygiene and plenty of research. We also sang the Blaydon Races for the DVD.

“We all had a lot of fun and it was a useful induction experience too as most of them will be going to Chantry in September.

“I was over the moon to receive the cheque from the Chantry students, it was a lovely surprise. We will spend the money on something special for our children.”