Grimsby kids fly the flag for Olympic Games
THE spirit of the games was alive and well at Western Primary School when pupils held their very own Olympic ceremony.
The Broadway school staged its version of the opening ceremony – complete with national anthems, a mini torch relay and sporting challenges.
The event was held to kick off a program of Olympic-themed activities and lessons at the school.
Head teacher Kim Leach explained: "All our learning this term is going to be centred on the Olympics and will be applied to all aspects of the curriculum.
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"The staff wanted to kick-start that learning with the event that we have had today.
"Every year group has been designated with a country to represent, and they have been learning the national of that country and making flags. The whole school have been involved and really entered into the spirit of it, which has been fantastic.
"Events like this raises children's self-esteem and confidence. It also helps to add enjoyment into the curriculum and gives them a purpose for learning."
Mrs Leach also added that the school is looking to join with its local partner schools to hold an inter-school mini Olympics some time in July.
"The upcoming Olympic Games is something that these children will remember for the rest of their lives, so any events to help celebrate it are so important," he said.
"Today's event has been fantastic – the children and the staff have thoroughly enjoyed themselves."
Holly Bradley, 5, who was representing Great Britain, said: "We have been learning the national anthem and I know all of the words.
"I have really enjoyed today and I am looking forward to the Olympics."
Jamie Knapp, 8, added: "There is not long before the Olympics now and I am really looking forward to it.
"Today has been a lot of fun and I really enjoyed singing the national anthem of my country for the day, which was Ireland."
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