Singing a rainbow after show success

Spalding High School pupils who took part in the schools' challenge at Lincolnshire Show  are Madeline Johnson, Maja Platek, Erin Lintott and Megan Preston. SG250615-127TW ANL-150625-201913001
Spalding High School pupils who took part in the schools' challenge at Lincolnshire Show are Madeline Johnson, Maja Platek, Erin Lintott and Megan Preston. SG250615-127TW ANL-150625-201913001

A cup of silver was at the end of the ‘rainbow’ for Holbeach Primary Academy, who entered the Schools’ Challenge at Lincolnshire Show.

The academy’s ‘Grow a Rainbow, East a Rainbow’ entry came first in the category for schools with under 250 pupils.

Winning Holbeach Primary Academy hold a rainbow in the Schools' Challenge at Lincolnshire Show. SG250615-125TW ANL-150625-201734001

Winning Holbeach Primary Academy hold a rainbow in the Schools' Challenge at Lincolnshire Show. SG250615-125TW ANL-150625-201734001

Pupils from Class 4 had been busy since February growing and eating fruit and vegetables with the colour of a rainbow and preparing a presentation for judges.

Carol Kenyon, governor at Holbeach Academy, said: “We are over the moon to have won – we just haven’t come down yet.

“I have to admit I had a lump in my throat when our pupils gave their presentation – in fact one of them was in tears at the end of it – they were so passionate about what they have been doing. They worked this room like true professionals and were fantastic ambassadors for the school.”

The show wasn’t all about winning – Carol said the educational opportunities were priceless.

She said: “Learning where food comes from and seeing the animals has been brilliant for them. You can’t emulate that in the classroom.”

Spalding High School was also among the 40 schools from across the county who took part in the challenge.

Members of Year 7 Fork to Fork Gardening and Cookery Club took part in the potato category.

Their presentation involved growing various potatoes in different conditions – and they also baked Polish potato cakes.

Clare Syer, head of food, said: “It’s been a great two days. We didn’t win but entering the challenge has been about more than that.

“The preparation was part of the students’ Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths curriculum (STEMS).

“All of the students who went have had a fabulous time seeing all the different things at the show. We are very proud of them.”