PUPILS celebrated the start of the Havant School Games by staging an Olympics-themed opening ceremony.
Warblington School is one of 48 schools across Havant borough involved in the week-long sporting event.
Every school taking part was encouraged to hold its own ceremony and the Southleigh Road school went all out.
Each tutor group chose a country to support and made the national flag.
Yesterday morning, as the tutor groups walked on to the sports field to begin a one-mile run, each country’s national anthem was played.
The run was followed by the release of hundreds of red, white and blue balloons with messages attached to them wishing Great Britain’s Olympic team good luck.
A fanfare was played by the school’s music department.
Head of PE Rob Andrew said: ‘The balloons all have a message of hope attached to them, in true Olympic spirit. We’re hoping one of them reaches the GB team. I’m sure the students will look back on the School Games and say “do you remember that brilliant week we had?”.
‘It is giving the students so many opportunities but obviously we would like to win.’
The School Games takes place this week and involves 16,000 pupils.