Queen's Baton inspires pupils and students

The Queen’s Baton Relay arrived at six DRET academies in the build up to the Commonwealth Games.

The baton has so far travelled over 190,000km through 70 nations and territories and, en-route to Glasgow, stopped off to inspire students at Humberston, Havelock and Edward Heneage academies in Grimsby and Wold, Endike and Ainthorpe primaries in Hull.

In total over 3000 pupils and students got to welcome the baton and wish the home nation Commonwealth teams the best before the Games start over the summer.

Leah Charlesworth, Headteacher at Wold Academy, said: “I grew up in Hull and can remember the opening of the Humber Bridge and Royal visits from when I was a child.

“The arrival of the Queen’s Baton Relay is just another of those events that will live long in the memory of every child who was lucky enough to be part of the celebrations.”

Celebrations included brass bands playing, sporting carnivals, guards of honour by cadets and performances by casts of academy productions and even a taiko drum group.

Baton-bearer Andy Train said that the talent and enthusiasm from the pupils and students had really made the day special.

“When the children at Edward Heneage sang a song from the Commonwealth Games, I nearly shed a tear or two. It is amazing to see what this event means. 

“I have come to realise quite what an honour this is. This is such an important and inspirational event.”

The mother of one child who helped Andy carry the baton said on Twitter: 

Thank you to ‪@AinthorpeSchool ‪@DRETnews for allowing my boy to be part of a memorable experience. He is a proud boy. ‪#BatonRelay ‪#Proudmum

David Ross, the Chairman of the David Ross Education Trust, said: “It was a fantastic day. I hope that events like this help to inspire our students – who knows, we may have inspired a future gold medalist.”