IT’S still be nine months away but pupils have been holding their own version of the Olympics.
Youngsters from Hook-with-Warsash School in Warsash have been taking part in a variety of sports in preparation for London 2012.
Each year group was given a country to represent such as China, Greece and Brazil, and they all dressed up and marched through the school as part of the opening ceremony. A torch was paraded and will stay lit at the school over the fortnight.
The project was opened by Olympic kayaking medalist Campbell Walsh and Paralympian swimming gold medalist Peter Hull MBE. Deputy headteacher Sara Willoughby said: ‘We did a project two years ago looking at the international community.
‘We looked at creative arts around the world
‘We decided to do it now because it would be good to start the year with this for the children to be focused.
‘As the year goes on and the media hype builds up they are already aware of it.
‘We had a big opening ceremony so each year group had a country to represent.’
The children took part in sports such as sailing, volleyball, kayaking, synchronized swimming, volleyball, gymnastics, handball, tennis, judo and archery.
‘We have got lots of different sports going on so that the children are gaining experience about things that are happening at the Olympics,’ added Ms Willoughby.
‘We are focusing mostly on sports but we are also looking at where countries are in the world and their contribution to the Olympics. It’s fabulous. There’s such a good feeling in the school.
‘The children are so excited about it all.
‘They are gaining an enormous amount from it. The children have taken it on board and are excited about it.
‘Having the Olympics in this country is really important and it’s raised the profile in their minds.
‘The fact that it’s in London has made a big difference.’