Podium positions - Isaac Shenoy, Year 12
Newman spirit - Jai Daurka, Year 9

In customary fashion, making the most of the remaining sunshine, this term opened with the House Cross Country. This annual event has students running in their year groups to support their house, and gain valuable house points. Although the top placed students have a significant influence on the final scores, the amount of participation displayed by each house also earns points. This is what really contributes to the special feeling in the event, as dozens of students assemble at the starting line resplendent in their house colours.

The route starts at the cricket pavilion, around the school field, and into Hervines, followed by a lap of the park, and then finally, a mad dash (for those with the wind left!) through the gate to the finish line, back at the pavilion. As well as students, form tutors are encouraged to participate, and the speediest students have the satisfaction of seeing their teachers puff in to finish after them.

This year it was Foxell, Newman and Pearson who showed the most promise at this early point in the competition, with Newman and Pearson wrestling back and forth for 1st place in the different years, while Foxell maintaining a quietly consistent second place, to keep up with its rivals. With many more events still planned for the year, however, there are still plenty of opportunities for the other houses to shine.

Current house positions

This is always an enjoyable series of runs, and the competition makes it all the more interesting. On behalf of everyone who ran, I would like to thank the PE staff for organising this event.