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By Samanta Viksne
Year 10


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Life of St Edmund's Prayer


Heavenly Father, as we gather in prayer, we ask for the guidance and inspiration of our school patron,
St Edmund, who led a life based on Gospel values and the belief in the power of God.

We, pray that like Edmund, each of us will personally come to believe that,
“I can do all things with the help of God who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13)
and that together our school community may grow ever closer to you and to one another.

May our school be a place that reaches out to the wider community
and is mindful of the environment around us.

We pray in union with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.                                                                     


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Food Technology

Approach to Teaching

“Design and Technology is about making things that people want and which work well. Creating these things is hugely exciting: it is an inventive, fun activity.”

James Dyson, Chairman, Dyson Ltd.

Food Technology at St Edmund’s Catholic School allows students to learn through problem solving and engage in their learning through creativity, giving them the ability to turn their ideas into reality.

All students have the opportunity to experience practical activities having watched demonstrations. They participate in tasting sessions and develop their independent research skills through the use of ICT.


Key Stage 3 content (Year 7-9)

Year 7

During the Year 7 rotation in Food Technology students study the module, “007: License to Cook” where they learn basic culinary skills such as preparing fresh food, learning the different uses of the oven safely, handling sharp knives and how to keep safe and hygienic in the kitchen.

Students also learn about Healthy Eating and use the ‘Eatwell Plate’ to help design their own lunch time snacks.

Students make a variety of products including a Fabulous Fruit Salad, Fruity Flapjacks, Cheesy Scones and many more.

Year 8

During the Year 8 rotation, students study the module entitled “Staple Foods”. They conduct research into the definition of a staple food and they types of staple food we have around the world.

Year 8 students develop skills taught in Year 7 and start modifying recipes to suit their own tastes. There is still a major focus on food safety and hygiene especially in the practical lessons.

Students enhance their independence when working in the kitchen and build upon their skills in boiling, baking and whisking. They also make a variety of foods using different staple foods such as, Vegetable Couscous, Little Cakes and bread and Butter Pudding.

Year 9

Students follow the module “Around the World in 10 Weeks” and cook a range of sweet and savoury dishes from different parts of the world.

They develop a better understanding of Hygiene and Safety when working in an industrial kitchen and will be introduced to some catering terminology and job roles within the industry.

Students have a greater influence on what they are able to cook and how they are able to modify dishes. At the end of the module, students are given the opportunity to design and make their own multicultural dish. 
Year 7 Recipe Book

Year 8 Recipe Book

Year 9 Recipe Book

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Key Stage 4 content / exam board / spec (Year 10-11)

WJEC GCSE Single Award in Catering (QN: 500/4462/X)

The GCSE Catering course allows students to develop and extend their skills within the kitchen and beyond. A great bonus of following this course is that there is a strong emphasis on gaining the required knowledge via practical work thus it is ideal for someone who prefers to learn ‘by doing’. Students get to use their creativity to plan a variety of dishes and meals and learn how to carry these out in the kitchen as well as learning to make their food look appealing.

Areas of study:

 ·          The industry – food and drink.

·           Job roles, employment opportunities and relevant training.

·           Health, safety and hygiene.

·           Food preparation, cooking and presentation.

·           Nutrition and menu planning.

·           Costing and portion control.

·           Specialist equipment.

·           Communication and record keeping.

·           Environmental considerations.

UNIT 1: Catering skills related to food preparation and service – 60%

Controlled Task

Two practical tasks which are internally assessed using WJEC set criteria and externally moderated.

TASK 1: Afternoon teas are very popular and are an excellent way for chefs to demonstrate their skills at producing baked products. Prepare, cook and serve four items, at least one of which must be savoury that could be offered as part of an afternoon tea menu.

TASK 2: The local hotel in your area is holding an international week. As the trainee

chef you have been invited to take part and have been asked to prepare a

two-course meal from a country of your choice.

UNIT 2: Catering, food and the customer – 40%

One written examination Paper 1 ¼ hours taken in the Summer of Year 11.

The paper will contain short-answer, structured and free response questions drawn from the catering content.

Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Award in Hospitality (QN: 600/7044/4)

Hospitality is a fun and exciting subject with a focus on practical skills that help students enter the Hospitality and Catering Industry, as well as helping them to develop key life skills. The course is accessible to all abilities and has a ‘learn by doing’ approach.

Students learn a variety of skills during the course, such as cooking a variety of foods and meals, looking after the customer, being able to plan and run an event, and demonstrate understanding through written assignments. Students have the opportunity to develop personal, learning and thinking skills as well as enhance and reinforce skills in English and Maths in naturally occurring, relevant and work-related contexts.

Coursework 75% and Exam 25%

Unit 1: Introducing the Hospitality Industry (Externally set exam 25%)

Unit 2: Working in the Hospitality Industry (25%)

Unit 3: Food Safety and Health and Safety in Hospitality (25%)

Unit 6: Planning, Preparing, Cooking and Finishing Food (25%)

Students have the opportunity to show a creative flare through the combination of flavours and presentation of their dishes they prepare and cook and are taught how to work to specific deadlines and within strict time frames.

Year 10 'Afternoon Tea' powerpoint (useful research tool)

Year 10 Afternoon Tea Recipe Book


Year 7 Technology Roundabout

Year 8 Technology Roundabout

Year 9 Technology Roundabout

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Reporting a child absent

Parents are required to report pupil absence to the school by 9.00am
(Unless school is closed)

023 9282 3766 (option 1)
Text: 07624 816830
Local Call: 0844 239 3488

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Best Tutor Group of the Week c/o 16/10/2017

7 Romero
8 Damien

Well done!

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School Events

Autumn Term Events

These dates are accurate at time of going to press and are subject to change.

October 2017

Year 11 Information Evening
6.30pm - 7.30pm

Last day of term
3pm finish
Non-Uniform Day
£1 payable to tutor

23rd - 27th October Inclusive

Advance Notice:

St Edmund's Day/PSHE Day
16th November 2017

Year 11 Leavers (2017)
Certificate Evening:
21st November 2017
6.30pm - 7.30pm

School Carol Concert
Monday 18th December
6pm-7pm Cathedral
followed by refreshments

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Stars of the Week

Drama Stars of the Week

Rebecca Lee for working extremely hard in all lessons and rehearsals in preparation for her devised performance.

Dance Stars of the Week

Team Swish in 8 Kolbe for the highest amount of points awarded for their Mario choreography.

Nicole, Jack, Isabella, Jenevieve and Stella from 7 Romero for their excellent contribution as team leaders to dance.

Music Stars of the Week

All the pupils who performed in Covent Gardens, could not be more proud of you.  

Well done to you all.
Keep up the good work!

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In the case of severe weather only
Text severe weather absence line on 07624 816832  
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