Pupils’ Olympic week!

Holy Family and St Michael's Catholic School and ten other schools across the district in the catholic partnership have created their own Olympic Torch. Passing the torch from St Jospehs to Holy Family & St Michaels is Hannah Imeson and Holly Hutsby

Holy Family and St Michael's Catholic School and ten other schools across the district in the catholic partnership have created their own Olympic Torch. Passing the torch from St Jospehs to Holy Family & St Michaels is Hannah Imeson and Holly Hutsby

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IT was an Olympic week of activities for Pontefract schoolchildren who kicked off their events by celebrating London 2012 World Sport Day.

Pupils at Holy Family and St Michael’s Catholic Primary School joined thousands of schools and colleges around the UK last Monday in celebrating athletes and cultures of the world.

A week of Olympic-themed events saw students from the Cobblers Lane school kickstart the celebrations by watching the torch relay route.

Christine Weir, headteacher, said: “The TV camera filming the relay also filmed our children, who were wearing Olympic hats they had made, and were cheering, waving their torches and flags.

“The younger children from school watched events on a big screen in our hall, and were able to feel the excitement and join in cheering with our children on the route.

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that the children will forever remember.”

The school received an event pack from the Get Set Network full of Olympic branded goodies to help decorate the school in the run up to the games, including bunting, banners, an inflatable globe and flags.

The flags were used for at the school’s sports day when the children were in random teams representing 12 countries, participating in sprinting, relay, egg and spoon and sack races.

Students then took part in the Catholic Primary Schools Partnership Olympic Torch, which saw a torch made by pupils make its rounds of schools in the area.

Youngsters paraded the torch around the sports field after it arrived from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary Schools in Castleford and Pontefract.

Mrs Weir added: “The Olympic launch will be remembered by us all as it has been tremendously inspirational in bringing our communities together in the spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic values.”