Portsmouth pupils start week of Olympic events

HONOUR Pupil Brandon Owen with the 'Olympic' torch. Picture: Malcolm Wells (122099-2495)
HONOUR Pupil Brandon Owen with the 'Olympic' torch. Picture: Malcolm Wells (122099-2495)
Julian Brown (60) with his family (l-r) son-in-law Paul Saunders (29), daughter Sara Saunders (28), wife Karen Brown (60) and daughter Kate Brown (31).

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OLYMPIC fever has taken hold at a Portsmouth primary school that launched a week of activities.

Victory Primary School, in Allaway Avenue, Paulsgrove, opened its Olympic Challenge yesterday.

LOOKING ON Youngsters at Victory Primary School

LOOKING ON Youngsters at Victory Primary School

Classes were given different counties to represent by wearing the nation’s flag’s colours.

And they carried a huge flag into an assembly to start the challenge.

Year 5 student Brandon Owen was given the chance to light the school’s Olympic torch to kick-start the celebrations.

The 10-year-old said: ‘I was glad to be part of the celebration.

‘In assembly, I held the Olympic torch. I was happy and excited to do it.

‘I wore red, white and green because my class was representing Italy.

‘I’m looking forward to the Olympics starting.’

During the assembly, children were treated to a guest speaker.

Lieutenant Commander Rod Strathern, of HMS Victory, visited the school.

He spoke about the importance of the Olympics and what impact it would have on the pupils.

All next week students will get to learn about different aspects of the Olympics and Paralympics.

The week was devised by the school’s sports co-ordinator Kath Unitt.

She said: ‘I wanted to create something that would be accessible to the whole school. We have a week of events planned.

‘We have a Paralympic day where children will be given information.

‘They will find out what it’s like to be in a wheelchair and about blind football.

‘There will also be a sports day so that children can be active.

‘They absolutely love sport and enjoy lots of it.’