Biology Week has been fantastic, though not without the occasional technical hitch; on Thursday, the van transporting the birds of prey display broke down on the way to Rossall, resulting in one of the most amusing emails of the term so far: “Unfortunately, the birds have broken down en route…”
There has been quite an edible theme running through the week, with the Year 9’s creating the most incredible animal and insect pizzas – a veritable menagerie which included spiders, starfish, jellyfish, octopus and even a lion with the mane carefully formed from thin slices of red and yellow pepper.
Today, the inter-house Biology Bake-Off was an absolute triumph. Every single house produced an amazing cake. Some of the cakes were more like patisserie installations, such as Rose’s depiction of evolution – fish coming out of the ocean, then perfectly formed chocolate cake dinosaurs (thanks to the Aldi cake moulds!) and topped with an erupting volcano. The dissected rat cake was also really impressive, although a little gruesome.
The winning cakes were stunning. Konstantin’s simple tree secured a highly commended third place thanks to his outstanding chocolate cake. The runner-up prize went to a very life-like ‘heart’, including valves and realistic ‘blood’. The students had tinted the red food colouring with cocoa powder to achieve just the right shade of deep red. Top prize went to an amazing ‘Under the Sea’ installation by Dolphin House; centre piece was a delicious cake, decorated to depict the sea and finished with a huge variety of mini biscuits masquerading as shells, coral and sea creatures. Both beautiful and delicious!
But Biology Week wasn’t exclusively spent in the Rossall Kitchen – Year 7 had a visit to the Butterfly House in Lancaster, there was a hilarious on campus ‘transplant treasure hunt’, we had a great talk by intrepid adventurer and conservationist John Sullivan. And on Friday, much to everyone’s delight, the birds of prey arrived and we all enjoyed a wonderful flight display in the Square. No more breakdowns, meltdowns or avian tantrums in sight!