Welcome to Dawlish College.
It continues to be an absolute privilege to be the Headteacher at Dawlish College – the staff and students are second to none and take all of life’s challenges in their stride. Despite current uncertainties as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we continue to hold onto our core purpose in all that we do. Behind all of the decisions taken and measures put in place sits the balance between keeping staff and students safe whilst also providing them with a varied and exciting school experience.
Dawlish College is a vibrant and exciting place to be, where we have the highest expectations of staff and students alike and seek to provide challenge at every available opportunity. As a small school, we have a very proud record of holistic support, care and individual attention: the happiness and well-being of our students is of paramount importance and is a vital foundation for their growth and development. Our college has an atmosphere of creativity and positivity that is generated by the provision of excellent opportunities for every individual thereby maximising the outcomes and improving the life chances of the young people in our care.
As a parent myself, I understand that you want your child to be inspired, supported and challenged to be the best version of themselves within an environment that knows them and values them as an individual. Thank you for entrusting me with the care and education of your child, present or future, and I look forward to unlocking their ambitions as I get to know them and work closely with you.
During the month of January, the MFL team have been celebrating Epiphany with the French traditional cake “La Galette des Rois” (King’s Cake). Madame Marc baked a Galette des Rois on Epiphany day in the shape of France and encouraged students to try and bake one at home too if they could.
Of course this was only possible virtually this year but students from across all year groups learnt about it and some students had a go at baking one at home and shared their experience with the rest of the group.
This is made with almond paste (“frangipane”: ground almonds, sugar, butter and eggs) encased with puff pastry – délicieux!
“‘La galette des Rois’ celebrates the Epiphany (when the three kings visited baby Jesus). You can eat the cake a few days before and after the 6th January and it can be found in most bakeries in France during the month of January! According to tradition, the ‘Galette des Rois’ was baked to "draw the kings" to the Epiphany.
A figurine called “la fève”, is hidden in the cake before baking. Originally, “la fève” was a broad bean, but they were replaced in 1870 by a variety of figurines made of porcelain. To make sure that giving out the slices of cake is fair, it is traditional for the youngest person to go under the table and call out in turn who should get each slice.
Look up the recipe on the internet and celebrate this tradition next year – you won’t be disappointed!
They clearly enjoyed the task, with Olivia writing: "I really enjoyed making it as it was easier than I thought. Everyone in my family enjoyed it thoroughly and said it was delicious. We did not hide a charm in it as we didn't have one." . Laurence wrote: I thought it was quite easy as for I do cooking at home a lot. I did not hide a charm in it because we were having custard with it. I have eaten all of it with my family of course! We manged to make it last two meals! One with custard and one with ice cream! We will make it again!” Ewan added "I enjoyed making the Galette, it was really easy to make. I did a square one so I didn't waste any pastry. I didn't put a charm in it as I have a little sister who wanted to eat some, so I didn't think it was a safe idea, but we all enjoyed eating it, it was delicious!"