College helps school pupils prepare for Burns Night

Scotch Pies and Oatcakes top menu to celebrate the Bard’s birthday.

City of Glasgow College bakery lecturer, Jason Ross, helped school pupils prepare a range of Scotch pies and over 400 oatcakes to serve at their Burns Supper on Thursday 25 January.

The 16 pupils, aged 12 to 13 years, from Garnock Community Campus near Beith, attended the special bakery lesson at the college’s state of the art City campus on Glasgow’s Cathedral Street.

Valerie Howe is the school’s home economics teacher and is organising its Burns Supper. She said:

“We wanted to introduce our first year pupils to possible future careers and through their relationship with Scott Anderson, National Training Manager for Scottish Bakers, City of Glasgow College readily agreed to assist our request for help with making oatcakes to serve at our school’s Burns Supper. The Scotch pies are a bonus addition and our pupils had great fun helping to prepare them.”

Bakery lecturer, Jason Ross, is also a judge for the World Scotch Pie Championships, a renowned annual industry event organised by Scottish Bakers. Jason said:

“We are delighted to be nurturing the country's future bakers. While we provided help and outstanding industry standard kitchens, the pupils were very much hands-on in the process of preparing both the oatcakes and pies. It’s a great opportunity to pass on knowledge of a fantastic wide ranging industry to work in, but also for the young people to gain an insight into potential career opportunities.

Callum Rose, 13, thought his day out was great, saying: “I really enjoyed rolling out the pastry for the oatcakes and cutting them. Today has made me think about what I’d like to do when I leave school. I’ve had a lot of fun.”

His classmate, 12 year old Elise Donegan, added: “I’m glad I did this. I got out of school and enjoyed myself.”

While the oatcakes and pies were being boxed up, the school pupils were given a tour of the technologically advanced facilities at City campus and an insight into the enormous range of courses they can choose from in the future.