CEIST Bake Off 2015

The air of Árd Scoil na Tríonóide was filled with the smell of beautiful baking as well as excitement on Friday last when the final of the CEIST Bake Off was held in the Kildare school.

There was a very positive response to the Bake Off with over 130 applications received from 70 CEIST schools.

These 130 were then shortlisted to seven by the well known Odlums/TV 3 Baker Catherine Leyden. The seven short-listed finalists who took part in Friday’s competition were:

Student School Teacher
Flavia Alvarez Presentation Secondary School,Thurles Maura Carroll
Katie Elliffe Méan Scoil Muire Gan Smal, Roscommon Michelle Cleary
Ciara Galligan Coláiste na Toirbhirte, Bandon Linda Hall
Natalie McConnell St. Columba’s College, Stranorlar Amanda Timony
Rachel McFadden Árd Scoil na Tríonóide, Athy Jacqueline Cooper
Sorcha Matthews Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise Aine Mackey
Aine O’Callaghan St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Tulla Rose Marie Flanagan

Understandably the standard was extremely high. Catherine Leyden said she was heartened by the talent she had seen throughout the competition as it proved baking was a skill which was very much alive and well in our young people.

Pictured above Sorcha Matthews of Scoil Chríost Rí with Dr. Marie Griffin and Catherine Leyden.

However like all competitions there could only be one winner and the accolade went to Sorcha Matthews of Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise and her cake which was based on the theme of sewing. We extend our congratulations to Sorcha and her teacher Ms. Mackey.

While this was the first year of the Bake Off both CEIST and Odlums would like to see the competition becoming an annual event.

Speaking at the Bake Off on Friday CEIST CEO Dr. Marie Griffin spoke of the link between the Bake Off and the CEIST Charter value of Creating Community. She said that events like the Bake Off help create an awareness among students and schools of the wider CEIST family and network.

Dr. Griffin thanked Odlums and Árd Scoil na Tríonóide for sponsoring and hosting the event and particularly acknowledged the Trojan work of Margaret Cambie McEvoy, Deputy Principal and Jacqueline Cooper, Home Economics Teacher who helped make the event such a success.

Pictured above (left to right) are Dr. Marie Griffin, Maura Carroll, Presentation Thurles Teacher, Flavia Alvarez, Student who was runner-up and Catherine Leyden.

Natalie McConnell, student in St. Columba’s College, Stranorlar pictured above with her cake.

The winning cake from Sorcha Matthews, Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise.

Pictured above (LtoR) are Emer Matthews (Sorcha’s Mum), Aine Mackey, Teacher, Scoil Chríost Rí, Sorcha Matthews competition winner and Helen O’Donnell, Principal of Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise.