Memorable day for baton relay school

Newbattle High School celebrate the arrival of the Queen's Baton

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Baton day at Newbattle Community High School was a massive success for all involved. Students and teachers alike all celebrated the much-awaited day by holding an after-school party in the school grounds.

Several professional athletes attended including champion gymnast Steve Frew, who looked eager to spread the Commonwealth spirit.

Teachers and staff organised several fun activities and events for pupils and visitors to take part in. These included rugby, dance, a bouncy castle, hockey, volleyball and rounders while there was also a barbecue set up by the home economics department.

There was no shortage of music with the school jazz band and Mayfield Pipe Band playing during the baton entrance and throughout the celebrations.

Newbattle student Abby carries the Queen's Baton Before carrying the baton Abby said she was both nervous and excited

Crowds gathered on the streets to cheer on the runners including several from the school. They held up signs, clapped along to the music and cheered on friends and family who were carrying the baton.

Mr Taylor, head teacher of Newbattle Community High School, said, "The baton coming to Newbattle is a once in a lifetime opportunity for all involved - pupils and teachers alike."

Upon the baton's arrival, sports clubs and pupils from the school got their photos taken with the baton making for some truly memorable pictures.

The main attraction were the baton runners, Mr Foley head of PE and 5th year student Abby, who both got to run with the baton in front of proud parents and colleagues.

Newbattle Community High School baton-bearers Mr Foley and his team of baton bearers celebrate their part in the 40-day relay

Mr Foley had been nominated to carry the baton for all the effort he puts into his role a head of PE and as leader of Newbattle's BBC Commonwealth Class students, meanwhile Abby got the amazing opportunity through the school nominating her for her dedication and effort towards sport. Well done to both!

It is the hope of the school's PE department that the Commonwealth Games will inspire young pupils to take up sport and maybe even join some clubs, either in school or in the local area.

Newbattle hosted a spectacular reception for the baton visit and it is sure to make a long lasting impression on pupils, teachers and visitors that have all witnessed this most memorable day at Newbattle Community High School.

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