Townsville Bulletin - - INSPIRE - KELSIE IO­RIO

TOWNSVILLE Gram­mar School’s Pre- Prep Pa­per Horse Race was a big hit again this year, putting a unique spin on the race that stops the na­tion. The Pa­per Horse Race, cel­e­brated in con­junc­tion with the Mel­boure Cup last week, got chil­dren out of the class­rooms, run­ning around and keep­ing ac­tive.

A great crowd of older stu­dents, par­ents and teach­ers dressed in their finest rac­ing fash­ions rolled up to see the pre- preps race their pool- noo­dle horses, which the stu­dents helped to make them­selves.

Head of the Townsville Gram­mar Ju­nior School Noel Neth­ery said the at­mos­phere of the Pa­per Horse Race was less com­pet­i­tive, more fes­tive.

“They’re a bit puffed at the end of it, but they do love it and they get into the spirit of the day,” Mr Neth­ery said.

With three races and al­most 70 four and five- yearolds tak­ing to the fields to com­pete, there was plenty of cheer­ing on from the mas­sive crowd for ev­ery com­peti­tor, es­pe­cially from the older stu­dents who had run in the Pa­per Horse Race in years prior.

“Horserac­ing is a big part of Aus­tralian his­tory,” Mr Neth­ery said.

“For a school we bring it down to what it means to four and five year olds, and they have a great time.”

The Pre- Prep Pa­per Horse Race has been run­ning for about 10 years at Townsville Gram­mar School. RIGHT: Townsville Gram­mar School Pre- Prep stu­dents Olly Walker, Jack Nielsen and Mia Kelly took part in the Pre- Prep Pa­per Horse Race.

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