Our Girls went to Buckingham Palace on Monday 13 March to help launch the Queen's Baton Relay the start of the countdown to the Commonwealth Games which will take place on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia in April 2018. Representatives from Years 7 to 10 took part in this special event as official flag bearers.
The ceremony to launch the Relay began on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace where Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II placed her message inside the baton and passed it to the first of the relay runners, Australia's Olympic cycling champion Anna Meares. Anna Meares then passed the baton to her great rival and Team GB star Victoria Pendleton at the palace Gates.
The baton began its 140,000-mile, 388-day global relay to the Gold Coast, and will handed to different relay runner throughout its journey of 52 Commonwealth nations and territories in Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, Oceania, Asia and Europe.
At the Opening Ceremony of the Games in April 2018, the final relay runner will hand the baton back to the Queen or her representative, who will the message aloud to officially open the Games.
The girls had an amazing time and were proud to represent St Martin-in-the-Fields-High School for Girls at such a memorable event. Click on the link to see some of the highlights of the event. I am sure you will spot some of our girls. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1f2KFMuRW30
Well done to girls in Year 7: Lola, Emily, Maria, Year 8: Aaliyah, Melanie, Year 9: Rachel, Angel, and Year 10: Renee, Nadine, Daniella, Aziza.