VIDEO: Trent Vale pupils have Pancake Day fun in kitchen
PUPILS celebrated the opening of their community kitchen – by cooking, flipping and eating pancakes.
A total of 354 children took part in a Shrove Tuesday bake off to christen the new facility at St Teresa's Catholic Primary School, in Stone Road, Trent Vale.
The kitchen has undergone a complete refurbishment after the school collected £3,000 through donations and fund-raising events.
It replaces the old kitchen which was more than 100 years old.
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Headteacher Sarah Cumbo said: "I asked for help through the school's newsletter and so many people responded, we were overwhelmed.
"We have received so many cash donations and gifts but also people donated their time and skills. Everyone has been very generous.
"We have also had help from local businesses and trades people associated with the school, parents and grandparents."
Middleport-based pottery firm Steelite donated cups, saucers and plates to kit out the kitchen.
And pupils' families donated a new fridge-freezer, oven, non-slip flooring and six sets of cutlery.
Mrs Cumbo said: "Without the help and support of the community we wouldn't have been able to do it."
The new kitchen will be used for lessons and there are also plans to set up a cooking club to teach youngsters how to prepare and cook healthy food.
It will also be available for the nearby church and members of the public to hire for social events.
Mrs Cumbo added: "We didn't use the old kitchen before because it wasn't really up to scratch.
"But with this new facility we have a wonderful opportunity for the children to learn about cooking and preparing food."
Year Six teacher Emma Perrins spent most of the day with her class teaching each child how to make a pancake.
She said: "I think it will make a big difference for the school.
"The kids have had so much fun and already want to know what the next thing they will be cooking.
"We are quite keen to get baking and start having lessons in here."
The teachers aim to make use of the new kitchen to mark annual celebrations throughout the year, with plans to cook a stir fry for the Chinese New Year.
Ellie Clement, aged 11, from Hanchurch, said: "The kitchen has improved a lot. I can't wait to learn how to cook. I have wanted to do it for ages."
Pupil Jacob Beresford, aged 10, from Trent Vale, said: "The kitchen is really nice compared to the old one and I am looking forward to cooking lessons.
"I had a lot of fun making pancakes today and I can't wait for my next class."
Money for the new kitchen was also raised by holding a school disco before Christmas and a children's fashion show which raised £1065.05.
The school has now started fund-raiding for a new playground.