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Great Bankside Bake-off

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TASTY: Pupils and staff from each year group at Bankside Primary got involved with the ‘Great Bankside Bake-off’ project

TASTY: Pupils and staff from each year group at Bankside Primary got involved with the ‘Great Bankside Bake-off’ project

Budding bakers head to the kitchen for school competition

Whisks and wooden spoons were at the ready last week as a thriving Leeds primary school held its own version of the ‘Great British Bakeoff’ with a little help from the experts.

The ‘Great Bankside Bakeoff’ saw hundreds of pupils from across the seven year groups take part in the project, cooking up their own ‘recipes for success’ in a school-wide competition.

From muffins to biscuits, the treats were all made with healthy eating in mind and put the budding baker’s skills to the test.

LEARNING: Pupils mix up their recipes for success as part of the competition

LEARNING: Pupils mix up their recipes for success as part of the competition

Staff from Harrogate’s world famous Betty’s Tea Room were also on hand to lend their advice and judge the finals in what was a highly anticipated day.

First place – a visit to Betty’s Tea Room, was awarded to a team from each year group, whilst teams were also rewarded for coming second, with a trip to York Chocolate Story, and third, with an in-school afternoon tea.

Nursery and Reception teacher at Bankside, Salik Miah, was the project leader for the event and said he could not have wished for a better response from the pupils.

“We came up with the idea during a brainstorming session at school where we were thinking of fun, interactive ways of getting the children involved with the new curriculum,” he said.

“We held the successful Bankside’s Got Talent last year and so the idea of doing a bakeoff came naturally really.

“All the children across the year groups really engaged with the baking and showed real commitment to their work which was great to see.”

Children in each year group were handed a basic recipe to follow and were then given the creative freedom to adjust the instructions to make their products healthier and more nutritious.

The week long project also saw pupils creating posters, to raise awareness of healthy eating and hygiene, whilst also discussing, in class, the importance of such matters.

Mr Miah added: “As well as having a lot of fun, the pupils learnt important lessons which will help them adapt to the new curriculum.

“A big congratulations goes out to everyone who took part and thanks to Betty’s Tea Room for judging the finals.”

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Bankside’s Got Talent: The Final

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15 acts took centre stage earlier this week in the battle to be crowned ‘Bankside’s Best’ as a local primary school’s talent search came to an end.

Singers, dancers, beat-boxers and even Batman made an appearance at Bankside Primary School’s first ever ‘Bankside’s Got Talent’ final.

WINNERS: The team of Akarrie and Edward were named as the 2014 winners of Bankside’s Got Talent for their beat-boxing and rapping act

WINNERS: The team of Akarrie and Edward were named as the 2014 winners of Bankside’s Got Talent for their beat-boxing and rapping act

Each act showcased their talent or skill in front of a packed hall of pupils, parents and teachers, in hope of clinching the top prize.

With such an array of performers to choose from, it was up to the team of esteemed judges to select the winners of the contest which began more than two months ago, with almost 100 entrants.

Tasked with the decision making were Asian Express editor and co-owner, Andleeb Hanif; professional boxer, Adil Anwar; and Asian Fever radio managing director, Jabbar Karim.

After almost half an hour of consulting, the winners were picked, with pair of Akarrie and Edward clinching first place and an array of prizes.

The duo wowed the judges and crowd alike with their mix of rapping and beat-boxing and for deputy head, Mr Chris Florey, they were worthy winners.

He said: “It has been a fantastic day, the children and adults have worked really hard, and the talent has shown through today to make a truly magnificent event.

“I’m really proud of the winners, they deserve to be first and I hope to see them selling records one day in the future.”

Reception and Nursery teacher, Mr Salik Miah, has played a crucial role from the beginning in organising the event and is already looking forward to next year’s contest.

FINALISTS: 15 acts made the final after almost 100 had entered and auditioned

FINALISTS: 15 acts made the final after almost 100 had entered and auditioned

“It has been hard work but the children have made it so enjoyable for us all,” he said. “We’ve really enjoyed it as much as the children and we feel really proud about all of them and the different acts who came forward.

“The level of talent was through the roof and it is something we will definitely do it again. Next year we will be back, bigger and better than ever.”

Prizes were also handed out for acts that came in second and third place, whilst the pupil presenters were handed free cinema tickets.

In joint-second were dance team - ‘Dance Troupe’, who performed to Pharrell Williams’ hit song ‘Happy’ and Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’, alongside solo singer, Harmoni, who sang Jessie J’s ‘Price Tag’.

Joint-third was the act, ‘Mardin and the Rolling Thunders’, along with rapper ‘Ameen’, whilst Cutest Act was handed to little Khalid.

FINALISTS: 15 acts made the final after almost 100 had entered and auditioned

FINALISTS: 15 acts made the final after almost 100 had entered and auditioned

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