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Approximately 30 year 8 students and their families braced the cold, fortunately no rain, to paraded around Devizes town centre displaying their fantastic lantern creations! This year we went for a theme of animals shapes, we had foxes, lots of penguins and a couple of very big seahorses which took pride of place on the night. Our lanterns were further embellished with black and red designs to reflect the school colours and the school logo, which was produced thanks to the DT department's new laser cutter!
Year 10 Lavington School Food Technology Christmas Cake Competition Fifty amazing Christmas cakes have been made by our creative Year 10 students as part of their GCSE Food Technology, BTEC Hospitality and BTEC Jamie Oliver Home Cooking courses. Year 10 students have displayed excellent practical skills, producing a wide range of imaginative designs over three double practical lessons. They have used their skills in design & development; to make and decorate the rich fruit cakes, with a focus on cake making skills, working characteristics of ingredients, shaping, forming and smoothing marzipan and fondant icing layers and the final sugar craft lesson to design, develop and create festive decorations to a high quality using a broad range of modelling skills and technical processes. Judging takes place early next week and all the cakes are currently on display in the DT department for students, staff and parents to view.
The range of cake designs are fabulous. Students have shown tremendous attention to detail and finish, each creating a luxury festive cake product that will be enjoyed by their families and friends. Congratulations Year 10 Food Technologists!
A very big thank you from DT: Food Technology to all staff, parents, friends and families who generously donated 8,000 Sainsbury's Active Kids vouchers to school last term.
We are thrilled to let you know that the following items arrived in school last week and are already being used by all students in their food technology classes:
24 Baking sheets
8 Kitchen scissors
4 Burger presses
4 Can openers
4 Balance weighing scales
4 Digital weighing scales
4 Measuring spoon kits
2 Garlic press
10 Vegetable peelers
10 Paring knives
The total amount of this order would have costed the school many hundreds of pounds, but the collecting of vouchers has meant it is all FREE.
45 year 10 Food Technology students visited Boyton Farm Ginger Piggery during October, as part of the food technology sustainability and work related learning topics, focussing on source, origin, preparation and production of foods in the UK.
The first part of the trip involved a butchery demonstration & sausage making activities, and we had a chance to investigate conditioning, cuts and uses of meat, cooking methods, food preparation and processing methods, plus see the chiller cabinet! The practical sausage making workshop was a real highlight for all. The butchery / sausage making activity was a challenge for a few students but they all showed great respect and understanding to the situation and each other, and we had some really interesting discussions on topical issues such as halal meat, horse meat scandal, food miles, traceability etc whilst making pork sausages!
After a delicious hot lunch of Boyton sausages, mash, farm grown cabbage, onion gravy, followed by steamed sponge pudding with local cream, we were ready for the next activity.
A tour of the 1000 acre farm (arable, dairy, game and rare breeds pigs, cattle and sheep) in the bumpy tractor trailer around the working farm allowed us to appreciate the diverse nature of farming, and there were many interesting discussions about soil, climate, different crops and their uses, market value of crops, pest control, organic farming, feeding & breeding, supporting wildlife including deer, badger, birds, insects, native hedgerows, trees, grasses and flowers. The final part of the tour took us to the herd of Tamworth Pigs and the piglets, which was enjoyed by all.
The year 10 students were great ambassadors for Lavington. Attentive, polite and worked very hard throughout the day.
Thank you to Mrs Woodman, Ms Perriman, Mrs Hamblin, Mr Glover, Mrs Sheehan and Mr Allen for a great day!
They were very impressed with all of the entries, it took a lot of careful consideration to come to a decision
by Lily Brough-Steele (8HMW)
The judges loved the overall impact, imagination and creativity involved. The character was easily recognisable as Mr Twit, it looked very like the illustration in the book.
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
by Jake Wright and Sam Morgan (8CMD)
The judges loved the fact that the decoration ‘told a story’ (Augustus Gloop falling in to the Chocolate river). They were also impressed with the amount of work that had gone in to it, with all the detail.
to Olivia Lee & Olivia Morgan (9HLP) with their ‘James and the Giant Peach’, Lottie Mann (7HEC) with ‘James and the Giant Peach’, Kate Salter & Hattie Tye (9DWM) with ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ and Freya Reynolds (7HEC) with Esio Trot.
students from year 7 and 8 are part of a book group called Books&Biscuits@Lavington.
We are reading and reviewing the shortlisted books for this years’ Carnegie award. Part of the scheme involves having our own web page on the shadowing site, where you can read our reviews, vote in our polls and look at the shortlisted books and see author interviews etc.
The Carnegie winner will be announced on Monday 23rd June.
Those of you with overdue books, please return them to the library or the box in the reception area. It doesn’t matter how overdue they are, you won’t get into trouble. Thank you to the person who returned one that was 2 years overdue!
Also, some of you may have borrowed a book and forgotten to tell me or write it on a slip. Two that spring to mind are the ‘Girl Files’ non-fiction book and ‘The Great British Book of Baking’. Again, please return to the library or the box in reception so that other students can read them.
Our year 7’s have been participating in a nationwide reading competition ‘Read for My School’.
We have won a prize in a ‘mini competition’ as part of the main one. I quote 'We're delighted to inform you that you've won 100 books for your school in our recent prize draw! Your Reading Group were automatically entered as our system identified that they read more than 50 books in two weeks!’
How fabulous, well done to the 64 year 7’s who participated!
The books will be delivered by the end of next term. Perhaps this could be a good omen to carry on and win one of the big prizes!