Olympic fundraising by Southsea children

St Johns College Junior School Charity Day. Pupils from years 3 to 6 take part in sponsored events to raise funds for Faith in Football.
St Johns College Junior School Charity Day. Pupils from years 3 to 6 take part in sponsored events to raise funds for Faith in Football.
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For many the London 2012 Olympics is becoming a distant memory.

But not for the pupils of St John’s College Infant and Junior School in Southsea, who recreated some of the games to raise money for charity.

They took part in the school’s Olympic Challenge Day to raise money for local charity Faith and Football.

The whole junior School got involved, even children in reception attempted each of the nine events, which included weight lifting, gymnastics, athletics, Boccia and blind football.

Pupils were awarded for their efforts before lunch at their very own closing ceremony.

The charity’s frontman Linvoy Primus even popped in to see how pupils were getting on with the challenge.

Year One pupil Sasha Scott, 5, says: ‘The sitting volleyball game was my favourite, and I got 10 points in Boccia.’

Luca Osborne, 9 and in Year 5, adds: ‘This is my second Challenge Day – I really enjoy it.

‘My favourite event was sitting volleyball, our score was 10 but we wanted to beat the high score of 15.’

Genevieve Hardy, in Year 6, is House Captain for School House.

She says: ‘It’s been a really fun day and we are helping others by raising money and having fun.

‘I watched the Olympics on the television and the Equestrian event was my favourite – so it would have been great to have horses here today.’

In the afternoon pupils from Year 3 to Year 6 continued with the set challenges in their House teams.

Pupils paced around the school looking for clues to assist with solving their orienteering activity.

They put their brains to the test in heated chess matches and tested their physical ability as they took part in a ‘marathon’ run around the school grounds.

At the end of the day, when their energy levels were spent, children were put to the test to see how much of the Olympics they remembered in the London 2012 House Quiz.

Quizmaster and Headteacher Tony Shrubsall quizzed teams on famous 2012 Olympians, the opening and closing ceremonies, venues and sports various athletes took part in.

Faith and Football is a Christian charity which aims to serve the local community by helping young people and their families through football.

The school will be raising money for the charity over the academic year.