Head strikes gold with shirt idea to stoke Olympic fever

NEW LOOK Warren Park Primary School head Colin Harris, with pupils Emily Stirrat and Olly Parsons.  Picture: Allan Hutchings''(120383-032)

NEW LOOK Warren Park Primary School head Colin Harris, with pupils Emily Stirrat and Olly Parsons. Picture: Allan Hutchings''(120383-032)

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THERE’S fun and Olympic games at a school where pupils are proud to wear the famous five rings on specially-made shirts.

Every single boy and girl at Warren Park Primary, Leigh Park, has been given a free polo shirt with the logo woven in to get them in the spirit of the 2012 games.

SYMBOL A new olympic style logo

SYMBOL A new olympic style logo

Headteacher Colin Harris, who is an avid sports fan, came up with the design which replaces the black central Olympic ring with the school logo – a circle encasing a rabbit and its warren.

He said: ‘I feel very strongly about the Olympics – it’s a golden opportunity.

‘And more than that I’m incredibly proud of this country and I hope we do extremely well.

‘I want my children to share that sense of great occasion, but if it’s happening miles away, and they don’t have tickets, how will they feel able to support it?

‘It’s our theme for the year and we have already had lots of assemblies and talks about it, with many Olympic-styled events to come throughout the year including our sports day.

‘The uniform is another way to give the children that sense of being a part of this fantastic experience.’

While all 420 pupils will be sporting their Olympic polo shirts, those who buy new uniforms this year will have the chance to add branded sweatshirts and cardigans to their wardrobes.

And the idea is a winner with pupils.

Olly Parsons, nine, who loves his new shirt, said: ‘It’s so cool – I love how our logo has been combined with the Olympic rings.

‘I’m so pleased our country is hosting the Olympics and Paralympics and I’m looking forward to watching it on the TV.

‘It’s so important for all of us to get behind the Great Britain team.’

Emily Stirrat, 10, added: ‘I feel so proud to be wearing our Olympic uniform.

‘It makes me feel happy because we’re part of the celebrations, even though the games are happening a long way from here.

‘I hope we win lots of medals.’

ICONIC SYMBOL

A SYMBOLIC merging of the school logo and the Olympic rings, pictured, was a clever manoeuvre to avoid copyright infringements.

Headteacher Colin Harris, who has tickets to see the 100m heats, was determined to give pupils a lasting Olympics memento.

He said: ‘The idea just came to me one day – I wanted the 2012 Warren Park uniform to represent the Olympics. I’m only using four rings. The fifth happens to be the school logo.

‘That way we avoid copyright infringement, and bring the Olympics home to Leigh Park.’

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