Pupils compete in Inter-School Olympics
FLAGS are flying high for 3,000 primary school pupils who are competing to find their Olympic champions.
Great Coates, Wybers and Willows Primary Schools will be going for gold as they compete against one another in the Inter-School Olympics this week.
From archery to fencing, t'ai chi to swimming, and athletics to disabled sports, pupils from all three schools will spend the week showcasing sports skills to bag the title of Olympic champion.
They marked the occasion by holding a special opening ceremony yesterday, in which pupils made an Olympic oath promising to compete in the "true spirit of sportsmanship".
Then pupils performed on drums as parents and teachers watched on.
Head teacher Chris Bayne said: "The Olympics being held in Britain is something they might not see again in their lifetime, so we wanted to make it an event they will remember forever. What better week to do it in than when the Olympic Torch comes to the area."
Each class will represent a different country throughout the tournament and during lessons they will learn more about that country's culture, history and traditions.
The event was created by Ward Councillor Cliff Barber, who worked with Ann Green from Focus On Communities.
Danny Bacon, 10, pledged his oath alongside school pals, Jack Hall, 8, Ellie East, 7, Lilli Wallis, 6, Ellie Ardito, 6 and Niamh Merriman, 11. He said: "I am looking forward to the Olympics and seeing how we do. I think we will get some gold medals."