Queen's Baton Relay comes to DRET

Ahead of this year's Commonwealth Games, the Queen’s Baton Relay will be visiting a number of the David Ross Education Trust’s academies in Hull and Grimsby.

The Queen's Baton Relay is the traditional curtain raiser to the Games, touring 70 Nations and 190,000km, before ending its journey at the opening ceremony.
Wendy Marshall, Chief Executive for the David Ross Education Trust, said: “We are delighted that the baton relay will be coming to some of our academies. This is a world-class opportunity for our pupils and something they can feel very proud of being part of.”
The baton will be touring six of the Trust’s academies on Wednesday 11th June.
  • Humberston Academy will be starting the celebrations at 9:15am. The baton will be greeted by the East Coast Elite Marching Band and there will be performances from the academy’s Glee club.
  • At 10.00am the relay will move to Edward Heneage Primary School where it will be welcomed with takio drums and flags of all the Commonwealth countries. 
  • Havelock Academy will continue the relay at 10:45am. They will be greeting the baton with a parade from the CCF squad. The relay will take place around the entire star shaped building, going through an art and photography exhibition.
  • In the afternoon the relay will move to Endike Academy for 13.00pm. The baton will be doing a circuit of the gardens and there will be a speech in the amphitheater.
  • At 13.45pm the baton will reach Wold Academy and is due to be welcomed with a carnival theme. All pupils will be dressed in red and white and there will be a smoothie bar to promote healthy lifestyles. 
  • The final stop will be at Ainthorpe Primary School at 14:30pm. The children will be making model batons and displaying commonwealth themed work in the hall.
If parents wish to join the celebrations they will need to contact the academies individually. 
Shane Ward, Sports Enrichment Manager for the Trust, said: "The relay will only be in the country for 15 days of the 288 day tour and so we are very lucky it will be visiting some of our academies in that time.
“This is a fantastic chance for children to see and hold something of great significance to the Games and ultimately feel part of its incredible journey."