SHOREHAM College stuck to tradition and had a flippin’ great Pancake Day celebration.
Every year, the school, in St Julian’s Lane, Shoreham, upholds its long-running pancake scramble tradition on Shrove Tuesday – although due to heavy rain this year, it was postponed until Ash Wednesday.
The inter-house competition was introduced in 1973 by the then headmaster, Cannon D.H. Booth, who borrowed the idea from a similar tradition at Westminster School.
Four teams of four year-five pupils were chosen to represent each of the school’s houses and each team occupied a corner of a marked-out square on the school playing fields.
The whole school gathered on the side-lines to cheer on their house in the most anticipated and fun inter-house event of the year.
A huge pancake, with a diameter measuring 18in, was tossed into the air by head teacher Richard Taylor-West.
As soon as it left the tray, the teams made a mad scramble to pick up the pieces of the pancake and run back to their corners, where they deposited the pieces into a bag.
Mr Taylor-West said: ‘It’s a terrific event. It’s exciting and a great way to bond our houses and community.
“I did notice some interesting team tactics this year, however, and I wonder if a book of Scramble Laws might be on the way – like an FA referee’s manual.”
Once the entire pancake had been picked up, Mr Taylor-West did a weigh in, using a Newton spring-balance meter, and the winning team was Rodney House.
Jenson Mackley, Rory Donovan, Layla Roshan and Thomas Keeley won £20, having collected a whopping 1,200g of pancake.
Raleigh was second, Nelson third and Grenville fourth.
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