Billy Cart Derby

One of The King’s School, Tudor House’s most popular traditions and loved community events, the Billy Cart Derby, is back again for another great year.

“Billy Cart Derby is as a huge day that brings friends and families of the Tudor House community together for fun that everyone can enjoy, while giving students the opportunity to showcase their craftsmanship,” says Anni Sandwell, Head of School.

Taking advantage of Tudor House’s 169 acre park-like grounds, students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6 join together to plan, design, build and race their very own billy carts.

Over several months, as part of the woodwork program, Year 6 students ambitiously build their own billy carts, spending numerous hours, hard at work with friends and family, designing proto-type models. Consistent with Tudor House’s strong community values, many children also use billy carts handed down from siblings or Old Tudorians, enabling them to make upgrades from there.

“It’s really quite a sophisticated process. There is an undeniably significant amount of thought and creativity embedded into each billy cart,” says Anni.

The day commences with a parade followed by the Tudor House students competing in a circuit around Hamilton Lawn in teams, often with the older children stepping in to lend a hand to help push the younger students around the circuit. Following this is the downhill race, the most exciting part of the day. As families and friends cheer on in excitement, local police stand by with their radar guns ready to check speeds as the Year 3 to 6 students race by. Each Year group starts further up the hill for a longer and faster run, bringing uncontainable joy to the young billy cart drivers.

The King’s School, Tudor House warmly welcomes friends and families, as well as those new to the community who would like to find out more about our School, to join in the fun Saturday, 31 August at 9.00am. You won’t want to miss out!

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