Lauren victorious in festive bake-off

Lauren Seabrook's Cake
Lauren Seabrook's Cake
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A TOTAL of 13 Morpeth children rose to the challenge of making a festive tasty treat for a middle school competition.

Tom Colvin, winner of last year’s Summer Bake-Off, and Jemma Ferguson were the lucky judges who got to eat a slice of the delicious desserts made by The Great Newminster Christmas Bake-Off finalists.

They were selected after 48 year 7 and 8 pupils submitted application forms, which included designs for their themed items.

The awards were made after each product was tasted by teaching staff and the two guest judges. Lauren Seabrook (year 8), Atifa Mahin (year 8) and Sophie Podbur (year 8) were first, second and third respectively.

Lauren won the title with her delightful Snowman designed cake, Atifa made a very tasty chequered sponge with a Christmas decoration on the top and Sophie also impressed the judges with her moist chocolate log with a fruit and cream filling.

Atifa said: “I enjoyed the opportunity to showcase my baking talents and I am really happy to have been awarded second place.”

Meanwhile, all of Newminster’s year 8 students had an exciting opportunity before the end of term – a visit to Newcastle University.

They enjoyed an active two-day programme aimed at raising awareness of higher education subject pathways and what life is like at university.

It included science, humanities and medical workshops, campus tours and a university quiz.

One of the pupils who took part in the visit, Josh Parker-Crabtree, said: “I thought it was interesting to learn about all the different subjects you can take at university.”