Olympic torch ignites respect among pupils

FLAME From left Anna Marris, David Brown, Ronnie Baldock and Megan Ashby.    Picture: Allan Hutchings (110816-384)
FLAME From left Anna Marris, David Brown, Ronnie Baldock and Megan Ashby. Picture: Allan Hutchings (110816-384)
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RESPECT, courage and friendship have been ignited at a school playing host to an Olympic torch.

Bidbury Junior School is just one of the dozens of schools across Havant and Waterlooville, where pupils are being inspired by the values of the 2012 London Olympics by taking part in an Olympic torch relay.

Last week it was passed from Bidbury Infants School to the Junior School, in Fraser Road, Havant, as part of the Let’s Get Set for 2012 Torch Programme’ organised by the Havant and Waterlooville School Sports Partnership.

The arrival of the torch marked the beginning of a special week focusing on taking part in sport and making sure all pupils understand the Olympic values of respect, courage, excellence, inspiration and friendship.

Headteacher Julie Wood said: ‘Alongside the rest of the country we are very excited about the Olympics coming to London.

‘At Bidbury we aim to offer inspirational experiences and what could be more inspirational than the ethos of the Olympics?

‘Pupils are given many opportunities to develop their sporting prowess through after school clubs such as cross-country, dance, karate, basketball and football teams for both boys and girls.

‘We believe maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a vital component for succeeding in sport and this is encouraged across the curriculum.’

Year six pupil Ronnie Baldock, aged 11, said ‘Many people have been inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic games to achieve their goals in sport – at Bidbury we are all really excited about London 2012.’

And 10-year-old Megan Ashby, said ‘The Olympic flame and learning about the Olympic values has brought the entire school communittycloser together.’

The school runs a healthy kitchen offering school lunches and breaktime snacks and a breakfast club from 7.40am. Children and parents are also able to buy toast at 8.30am to ensure a good start to the school day.

There is also a Gardening Club where children grow their own vegetables.

The torch will be working its way across schools in the Havant and Waterlooville area over the coming weeks.