Pupils at Siskin Junior School in Gosport took part in their own torch relay as they marked the ‘Jubilympics’ – a combination of celebrations for both the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics.
They had a street party and all the children dressed in red, white and blue.
And to help them celebrate, torch bearer Becky Wilson, who ran with the Olympic torch in Bath last month, visited the school and gave the children an opportunity to run with the torch.
Fey Wood, head of school, says: ‘Becky offered to come into the school. Each of the children ran around the field with the Olympic torch, passing it to each other as a relay.
‘It was just a brilliant day, particularly for our kids who wouldn’t normally get an opportunity to run with the torch.’
Fey adds that bringing the torch to the school helps the children learn more about the Olympics. They have just started a new topic at the school focusing on this year’s Games.
‘It’s really important,’ she says.
‘One of the things that we are trying to do is to raise aspirations and to see every day people striving for that.
‘It’s all about the ethos and that ‘‘can do’’ attitude which is really important.
‘The multi-cultural aspect to the Olympics is paramount too. It helps to open up the children’s eyes about all aspects.
‘Aspiration is the bottom line. You have got to go for it. Anybody can give it a go.
‘This raises the profile of sport in the Rowner community.’
And Fey says the Olympic torch visit was a huge success.
‘The children absolutely loved it. One of them said it was a fantastic opportunity to be able to hold the torch. They were just overwhelmed.
‘I don’t think they understood the enormity of it all to begin with. By the end of the day the children thought it was awesome.
She adds: ‘I know that the torch coming here did make a difference.
‘With the Olympics being held in this country, it’s bringing it home a bit more to them. We are really encouraging our families now to watch the real torch when it comes to Gosport.’