‘Burton Race’ delivers … at Northbourne Park School

On Saturday 6th May, Northbourne Park School started the weekend with its summer Open Morning showcasing the school’s outstanding Outdoor Education programme, practical Science experiments, Music, Sport and Creative Arts.

After a lunchtime picnic with their families, the pupils prepared themselves for the school’s legendary ‘Burton Race’.  A mixture of alumni, teachers and parents came to support the four school houses: Drake, Marlborough, Nelson and Wellington as they competed with each other to claim victory and lay their hands on the coveted ‘Burton Trophy’.

The ‘Burton Race’ is a massive relay event held on the school grounds, in which all the pupils individually sprint and swim/dinghy across the swimming pool.

Our true school ethos really shone through when children were cheered on by the crowd as well as all their fellow students, regardless of what house or year group they were in.  All competitors stood up, clapped and cheered as the final runner strove across the finish line.

There was a great display of community and team spirit throughout the afternoon and after an exciting final lap, the winners of the ‘2017 Burton Race’ was Marlborough House.

A Year 8 student said: ‘’It’s great that so many parents come and support the race and I love how competitive it is on the day, but then afterwards we’re all friends again!’’

Craig Riley, Director of Sport, said:  “The ‘Burton Race’ is just one of the many events the school organises where teamwork and family community exemplifies what the school stands for.  This was another truly wonderful Northbourne Park School collaboration.”