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Prep School Greenpower teams once again take home top prizes the South West Goblin Championships

Truro High Prep School's budding Lewis Hamiltons went full throttle at the annual South West Greenpower Goblin racing championships last week and proudly raised two trophies above their heads.

Against nearly 600 pupils from primary schools all over the South West, the school’s Goblin cars – Blazing Bamboo, Lightning Strike and Tropical Tornado – zoomed past the finish line with exceptional times which even won the teams a gold and silver for their efforts.

Hats off to the school’s Blazing Bamboo team, who showed off not only their engineering capabilities but an exceptional creative flair, winning the award for ‘best bodywork’. The judges were particularly impressed by their bright carnival theme and extensive use of renewable materials.

Hot on their heels was the Lightning Strike team whose impressive speed and teamwork in the Drag Race led to them winning silver.

It was also a fantastic day at the races for Tropical Tornado. The team expertly navigated the car through the tricky course laid out for the Slalom and, whilst there weren’t any trophies on this occasion, the judges all commented on the impressive team spirit the girls showed throughout the day.

Even more impressive, this is only the third time that Truro High has competed at this regional competition. 

Alongside their packed enrichment schedule of dance lessons, sports clubs, languages workshops, enterprise projects, first aid training and so much more, the school’s students have been building the cars at their weekly Greenpower Club since the autumn in preparation for the event which took place at Predannack Airfield.

The IET Formula Goblin project aims to inspire children aged 9 – 11 years old to take an interest in engineering in a fun and innovative way. Each school is supplied with a kit car which has to be built by the team in the months leading up to race day. Cars are then entered into various categories for the chance of winning a Greenpower award.

The South West event is by far the biggest in the UK, incorporating almost half of Cornwall’s primary schools as well as schools from Devon and further afield.

The teams would like to thank all their supporters including the RAF and Prep School parents especially Linus Surguy, Sally Jones, Matt Hosking, Jamie Findon and Steven Frankland who give hour after hour alongside maths teacher, Mark Burley, to ensure the teams are ready to hit the track.

Published by: Grace Kennard

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