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Issue No. 123 - 29th November 2006
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The Teachers TV Challenge

Teachers from John Kryle High School were filmed by Teachers TV at Ross on Wye Market for a new adventure series being produced to support next year’s Comic Relief campaign. I spent the morning with the teachers, television film crew and presenter of the show and had a fun time capturing the morning's events.

For the programme 'The Big Cook', teachers from John Kryle High School were set the challenge of cooking a range of dishes and selling them all at Ross market on Saturday. Fortunately, teachers had the support of Chef, James Arbourne from the Bridge at Wilton, who helped them source and cook the best local produce and taught them how to cook a celebrity dish, pears in Perrier. Two local farms, Upper Cwm Farm, Llantilio and Merrivale Farm, Kingthorn gave produce free of charge.

Having sourced their local produce, the teachers, Mrs. Sue Vinall, Mr. Tony Morris and Mr. Chris Elias were taken to PJ's Cookery School in Abergavenny on Friday where, under the tuition of Penny Johnston, they prepared their food.

Continued . . .

Teacher Mark Croad is interviewed by presenter, Amoni Zain for the show. Ref: DSC_9657

On Saturday, they set up a market stall at 7.00 am and their target was to sell all of their produce by 1.00 pm. They met this challenge easily, selling out by 10:45 am. In fact, they had to hold some items back so that they had something available for filming later when BBC Television chef, Alan Coxon came along to present them with awards for their achievement.

One of the items on the stall was a cake and a 'guess the weight of the cake' competition was held to raise money. PE Teacher, Chris Elias told me that the very first person to have a go, Mr. Gareth Nutt was the person who guessed the weight correctly - not only to the nearest ounce but spot on. The strange thing about this for Chris was that Gareth Nutt had been his college lecturer and mentor six years previously when he was in teacher training at Cheltenham and that until that moment, they had not seen one another since the day Chris left the training college.

The Comic Relief series will be broadcast on Teachers’ TV four weeks prior to Comic Relief Day and can be received on on digital satellite, digital cable, Homechoice, and between 11am – 1pm on Freeview channel 88 and on the Teachers TV web site.

Guessing the weight of the cake. Ref: DSC_9700

BBC Television Chef Alan Coxon waiting out of sight ready to surprise the teachers later. Ref: DSC_9723

James Arbourne of the Bridge at Wilton, Presenter, Amoni Zain and TV Chef, Alan Coxon. Ref: DSC_9737

Alan Coxon presenting one of the awards to Tony Morris whilst being filmed. Ref: DSC_9758

Tony shows the teachers' pears in Perrier dish to the camera before selling it. Ref: DSC_9782

Sue Vinall, James Arbourne, Tony Morris and Chris Elias with their awards for entering the big challenge - a cup, Big Challenge tee shirts signed by the actors from Eastenders and £1,000 worth of books for the school. Ref: DSC_9794

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