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The Great Nicholson Scone Competition

20/03/2024 Top News

Pupils celebrate Mrs Nicholson's legacy with a scone making showdown!

Risedale pupils baked up a storm on Wednesday 20th March in honour of their beloved Food Technology Teacher, Julie Nicholson, who sadly passed away in December 2023. The Great Nicholson Scone Competition saw a group of talented young bakers compete for the coveted title of Star Baker and Scone Champion.

The competition was organised by Mrs Nicholson's friend and colleague, Teacher of Technology, Mrs Vizor. 

"Julie was passionate about baking and loved seeing her pupils experiment in the kitchen," Mrs Vizor shared. "This competition is a wonderful way to celebrate her memory and inspire the next generation of bakers, as well as celebrate the talented and hard-working pupils we have here at Risedale." 

The call went out earlier in March, with pupils invited to submit their most scrumptious scone recipes. Creativity was key, with Mrs Vizor encouraging entries that went beyond the ordinary. After careful consideration, the best recipes were shortlisted, and the bakers were invited to compete on the 20th. On competition day, each pupil brought in their own ingredients and battled it out in the Food Technology kitchen to win a trophy, a prize and to be crowned Scone Champion of 2024!

The winning team, Jake Barraclough (10Hill) and Leeland Webster (10Ford), impressed the judges with their delicious and unusual piña colada and lemon curd scones. "We're so pleased!" said Jake. "It was great working together as a team!"  

Leeland added, “I love piña coladas! (and getting caught in the rain).”

The Great Nicholson Scone Competition was a heartwarming tribute to a much-loved teacher. It not only showcased the pupils' baking skills but also fostered a sense of community and friendly competition. The legacy of Mrs Nicholson, a true champion of culinary creativity, is sure to live on through the pupils she inspired. 

Thank you to our brilliant judges; Mrs Clarke, Mrs Louison, Mrs Smith and Mrs Southworth-Gedye and to all the pupils who took part, especially our deserving winners, Jake and Leeland.