St Thomas More High School

Rampaging Chariots: Wolver-Mean

On Saturday 1 July, Raphael Sossou and Greg D’Silva competed in this year’s Rampaging Chariots competition organised and hosted by Leonardo Basildon. The two boys and Joe Trim, who was unable to attend on the day, dedicated their own time during lunch and after school to successfully construct a remote-controlled robot. Their objective? To compete and win.

On the day of the event, our boys competed in 3 challenges across the course of the day; Sumo, Assault course and Two-a-side Football. In the morning, the Sumo activity, our boys showed skill and determination in reaching the final unbeaten. They won an outstanding four games in a row including victories over Westcliff High School for Boys and South Essex College. However, after a steely performance against St Martins, we were beaten, ultimately finishing as runner up. An unfortunate engineering malfunction put an early end to our challenge in the assault course, despite some fantastic driving previously having us on course for a record finish. Nonetheless, credit to our boys, they recovered strongly from this, to team up with Mayflower High School in Billericay, and embark on another thrilling run in the two-a-side football in the afternoon session. An extra-time golden goal against Westcliff High School for Boys put us into a semi-final against King Edmund School where despite the concession of an early goal, we recovered for a 2.1 win and take our place in the final. Unfortunately, we met an old foe in the final in St Martins and, despite taking an early lead, we eventually lost out

Despite our final heartbreak, a great day was had by all. Our boys showed great skill and teamwork, from the construction of their robot through to the last kick of the football on the day. We are very proud of our boys and wish them many congratulations for their great work. Mr Leamy, Head of Design and Technology




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