Wimborne goes for gold

Lulu-Belle Stanley, seven, doing the splits
Lulu-Belle Stanley, seven, doing the splits
Dr John Steadman, archivist of Portsmouth History Centre based at Portsmouth Central Library     Picture:  Malcolm Wells

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Primary schoolchildren staged their very own Olympics opening ceremony to give them a head start in this term’s curriculum.

Youngsters at Wimborne Juniors sang, danced and made flags representing countries all over the world for their show in front of proud staff, parents and the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr Cheryl Buggy.

The Southsea school’s show was aimed at launching their termly topic ‘going for gold’ on the theme of the 2012 Games, which will inspire the whole curriculum.

Bethryn Keysell, eight, belted out Five United Rings with her classmates.

She says: ‘We practised the song all week and learned every word off by heart – everyone performed it perfectly.

‘The song described the five Olympic rings and what the event is all about, which was very inspirational.

‘I’m looking forward to the real opening ceremony. My mum recorded the one in Beijing and I watched it a million times as it was so bright and colourful.

‘Ours was a smaller version but just as fun – I’d do it all over again if I could.’

Rosie Oakley, eight, led the flag parade with a flag of China which she painted herself.

She says: ‘It was lovely to see all the flags which represented different countries taking part in the Olympics.

‘Mine was the biggest because I was leading the parade. I felt very special and excited, it was a great day and I was very proud of my school. I spoke to the Lord Mayor and she said she enjoyed our ceremony which was brilliant.’

Poppy Crown, eight, performed her own gymnastics routine and joined in a group dance.

She says: ‘We all had so much fun. The dance routine was quite hard and tiring, we picked up a girl and spun her around and we jumped up and down a lot.

‘I’m happy we are celebrating the Olympics by putting on our own ceremony. It has made us all much more interested in the Olympics and we’ve learned a lot about it.’

Sarah Luker, deputy head, says: ‘The atmosphere was terrific. The children were so excited and they had put so much hard work into it throughout the week which paid off on the day.

‘Now they’re filled with enthusiasm for the topic. We’re going to start with thank you letters to the Lord Mayor!’