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Kent Schools’ Big Events Programme

The Kent Association of Headteachers unanimously endorsed in Autumn 2011 a proposal for financial support for the Kent Schools’ 2012 Big Events Programme. This programme builds upon 20in12 and Go for It and is designed to enable every Kent school to fully engage with, and celebrate, the London 2012 Games in the spring and summer terms of 2012. It is fully inclusive across all phases.

Below is an interactive map outlining activity of each Education District against Strands 1, 2 and 3 of the Big Events Programme. For detail on the other elements of the BIG EVENTS Programme - the PRIDE Values Award Programme, Lasting Memento, and Chris Cook Olympian Programme - please use the link below.

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District’s Programme of Events

Find out what each of Kent’s districts have planned for the Big Events Programme. Click on one of the districts below or use the links opposite to find out more.

Kent map Thanet Dover Canterbury Shepway Swale Ashford Tunbridge Wells Maidstone Tonbridge and Malling Gravesham Dartford Sevenoaks

There are five strands as laid out below or read our FAQ document for more information about the Big Events programme.

1. Cultural and Sporting Festivals


These will be events throughout the spring and summer of 2012 to mirror as closely as possible the spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic experience.

2. Torch Relay engagement and celebrations


Kent has more stops for the Olympic Torch than any other area in the UK with 38 towns and villages being visited over a four day period in the last week of the summer term. These 38 communities visited by the Olympic Torch will include two breakfast stops, two lunchtime stops, two evening stops, and eight photo stops. The engagement of young people is a major focus within all district council plans.

3. Young People Leadership and Volunteering


It is hoped that up to 1, 000 young people in the age range 8 – 16 will become leaders, officials and volunteers across all 12 education districts to support the delivery of the BIG EVENTS programme.

4. PRIDE Values Awards


This strand will offer every school in Kent the opportunity to recognise the commitment and enthusiasm of our young people in demonstrating one or more of the Olympic and Paralympic values which in Kent we remember with PRIDE (Personal excellence, Respect and friendship, Inspiration, Determination and courage, and Equality). This will be through their work in school or across their local community. We would also like to extend this programme to include members of staff. Certificates and medals to support delivery of this strand will be sent directly to every school by Kent County Council.

5. Lasting Memento


This aims to capture the excitement of our young people in the build-up to the Games. It seeks to record their ‘treasured moments’ during and after the Games from a personal, school and community perspective during this very special period in British history.

This five strand programme will be coordinated by each education district’s ‘lead 2012 school’. It will be complemented by Olympian/Paralympian visits that will be arranged for each of the 12 Districts throughout the Spring and Summer terms of 2012. The funding will secure in the region of 70 Olympian/Paralympian engagement opportunities for Kent Schools.