IT’S a symbol we’ll be seeing a lot of in this Olympic year – but not quite like this.
The photo, taken from a helicopter, shows more than 2,100 pupils and staff from Bay House School in Gosport dressed in different colours and linked up to create a huge Games logo.
Their effort yesterday smashed the Guinness World Record for ‘Largest human Olympic Rings’.
Excited boys and girls in colourful T-shirts, sweaters and even banana suits formed massive yellow, black, red, green and blue circles that could only be seen in their entirety from the skies.
And in the true spirit of the Olympics, the sponsored non-uniform show raised more than £2,000 for the African charity Friends of Mulanje Orphans, which the school has supported for years through donations and student visits.
Abi Marlowe, 15, who visited the orphanage last year and was dressed in red for the challenge, said: ‘This school has great team spirit and I’m so proud of our new world record.
‘This proves that if you work together you can achieve amazing things.’
Stanley Hood, 12, joined the black team. He said: ‘It feels great to have set a new record. I was so impressed with what we all did today.
‘We all saw pictures of the school that set the previous record – they looked amazing. But ours is going to be even better.
‘I’m pleased we’ve done this in the year the Olympics is coming to London. I feel immensely proud of that.’
Elliot Lapworth-Upshall, 13, in yellow, says the event made him so excited about the Olympics he can’t wait for it to get started.
He said: ‘This is among the best things I’ve ever done in my life.
‘I feel honoured to have been a part of it and the atmosphere throughout the school is so upbeat – we’re all so happy.’
The Lord Mayor of Gosport Councillor Christopher Carter and Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage attended the event.
Ms Dinenage, who stood in the blue ring, said: ‘The atmosphere was fantastic and the students were having such a great time – and so were we!’
Bay House’s effort easily overshadows the current record of 1,900 held by George Abbot School in Guildford, but pupils will have to wait for official ratification before they enter the hall of fame.
Headteacher Ian Potter said: ‘There was a great spirit and it was a real community event that I shall remember until the day that I die and I’m sure the students will too.
‘Bay House has broken many records in its time, but to now put ourselves as a world record breaker is a great achievement.’
He added: ‘We’ve not only broken a world record for the number of people making up Olympic rings, but we’ve almost certainly broken another raising money for a great charity that is close to our hearts.’