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Cross Country 2016
The annual Outram Cross Country Championship 2016 was held in a new venue after being
in Bedok Reservoir Parks for years. Punggol Waterway Park offered an opportunity for staff
and student to explore the north-eastern part of Singapore. The cross-country was a
culminating event for the students who have been training hard to boost their stamina
during their weekly PE lessons. More than 10 staff, parents and partners also joined in the
challenge coursing through a 2.4km route along the scenic canal.
The GOH was once again the Parent-Teacher Association Chairman, Mr Ramon Cruz, who
flagged off the Upper Secondary Boys at 8.45am. He also joined in the staff race thereafter
and was at the finishing point cheering for all the students and staff making the final push to
There was also Inter-House Cheerleading competition led by Mr Francis Tang. He cajoled
and persuaded each individual houses to try their very best to shout and cheer in fanciful
ways. The winning house was Swettenham as the members displayed unique creativity and
united enthusiasm in their cheer.
This year, the overall champion was decided on a complex but well-crafted set of rubrics.
The weekly PE runs made up 20% of the score. It encouraged students to stay active and
built up their stamina in the weeks leading up to the event. The elite Top 10 runners of each
division would also make up 20% of the score. This allowed the better runners from each
house to try their very best to bring honour to their house. The remaining 60% would be
decided by the percentage of students from each house who could either run under 35
minutes or for the obese students, less than 45 minutes. This component proved to be the
real game changer, with Buckley winning the overall title by the slimmest of margins, with
the contributions from each and every Buckley student. Congratulations Buckley!
A quick survey was carried out and the general responses from the students revealed that
even though they had to endure the scorching heat, the run in the new venue was
invigorating and the whole event was well organised. Many looked forward to running in
Punggol Waterway Park in 2017 and to challenge their personal best!