Flippin’ good fun at Shoreham College pancake scramble

Teams of four year-five pupils scramble for the pancake
Teams of four year-five pupils scramble for the pancake

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.

Interesting team tactics were noticed this year

Interesting team tactics were noticed this year

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.

Head teacher Richard Taylor-West throws the 18in pancake into the air

Head teacher Richard Taylor-West throws the 18in pancake into the air

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.

The winners from Rodney House, Jenson Mackley, Rory Donovan, Layla Roshan and Thomas Keeley, collected 1,200g of pancake

The winners from Rodney House, Jenson Mackley, Rory Donovan, Layla Roshan and Thomas Keeley, collected 1,200g of pancake

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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The whole school gathered on the side-lines to cheer on their house

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