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, held on Shrove Tuesday or the nearest school day.
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.
Teams of four year-five pupils were chosen to represent each of the school’s four houses and, on the last day of term, 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 inter-house event of the year.
A huge pancake, with an 18in diameter, was tossed into the air in the centre and as soon as it left the tray, the teams made a mad scramble to pick up pieces and run back to their corners to deposit them into a bag.
New head teacher Richard Taylor-West spoke keenly about his first scramble: “Every independent school has its quirky traditions and our pancake scramble is a cracker.
“The enthusiasm in the year-fives who sprinted to grab the crumbs from the grass was tremendous and all of the teams gave me a tough job to do refereeing.
“Rodney took the prize, deservedly and I have no doubt that next year will be hotly contested.”
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 announced to much cheering from the crowd.
The team from Rodney House, Taino Marotto-Spain, nine, Archie Loxley, nine, Shahad Aywad, ten, and Harriet Thompson, nine, won £20, having collected a whopping 1.25k of pancake.
Grenville was second, Raleigh third and Nelson fourth.
Shahad said: “I had butterflies before it started.
Harriet agreed, adding: “It was so exciting. I am quite small so I kept diving under everyone’s legs to get to the pancake.”
The boys, Taino and Archie, thought it was an amazing experience and so much fun.
“We were under pressure to win as Rodney won it last year, and we are so pleased that we did it,” they said.