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Find out more about the Big Events programme happening in the Ashford district.

Ashford District Torch Relay

17 – 27 April

Ashford and Tenterden School’s Celebrate the London 2012 Torch Relay – Schools across the District have taken part in a Torch design competition where the winning design will be made and will complete a relay around all 55 schools within the District.

Each school will be taught an Olympic song and dance that they will perform when the torch arrives at their school. The torch will be accompanied by an elite athlete and the Ashford Kent School Games mascot.

Olympic Celebration Evening

Wed 2 May from 6.30 – 8.00pm.

As a culmination to the Ashford Torch Relay, a medal presentation ceremony will take place. Five students from each of the 55 schools will be awarded the Ashford Medal in recognition of their demonstration of the Olympic and Paralympic Values (Personal Excellence, Respect and Friendship, Inspiration, Determination and Courage, Equality).

During this medal presentation ceremony, there will be performances by Ignite Dance Company and the Highworth Jazz Orchestra along with exhibitions and demonstrations by local students. The students will be presented their medals by an elite athlete and other dignitaries – of whom will be confirmed shortly.

East Ashford Rural Schools Olympics

5, 22, 29 June and 6 July

A fun day of Mini Olympic activities where medals and shields will be presented to individuals and teams. There will be four events in total being held at four different venues on four separate dates. Each event will involve 20 pupils from each school and there will be seven schools involved in total. The participants will be a variety of ages – Year R through to Year 6.

Primary School Olympics

16 June 9am to 12 noon

This event will see the annual District Sports Event at the Julie Rose Stadium rebranded giving it an Olympic twist to really inspire the young people in this exciting year.

Secondary Olympic Week

Week commencing 25 June

Opportunities will be organised for students in secondary schools across the district to compete in Olympic and Paralympic sports competitions both during the school day and after school.

Tenterden Games

29 June

Homewood School in collaboration with both Tenterden infants and Juniors schools will be holding an Olympic Ceremony and Sports day on the local Recreation Ground where Parents and the local community can attend and participate in.

Primary Olympic Week

Week commencing 2 July

Opportunities will be organised for students in primary schools across the district to compete in Olympic and Paralympic sports competitions both during the school day and after school.

Sports will include Archery (KS2), Badminton (KS2), Table Tennis (KS2), Handball (KS2), Goalball (KS1), Fencing (KS2), Sitting Volleyball (KS2) and Boccia (KS1).

Olympic Languages Fair

10 July

As a result of a successful pilot project, this project will see children from Year 3-11 teaching each other Olympic related words in another language. The project is a transition project and will result in the children being provided with instructions for a game in a different language.

Hamstreet Torch Relay Event

18 July 2012

The ACE Partnership schools will be celebrating together the arrival of the Olympic Torch. The schools will come together on 18 July in Hamstreet to watch the Torch pass and then take part in a Guinness World Record attempt. There will also be a balloon release where the children’s hopes and dreams will be attached to the balloons before they are then released.

Torch Relay Event

18 July

As the Torch will be visiting The North School for a lunch stop on 18 July, students in years 7-9 will be involved in carnival style activities that will follow the Torch as it travels onto the school field.

Whilst the Torch is packed down for lunch, there will be a number of Olympic based performances being staged on the school field. Once the Torch departs, the children will continue to participate in Olympic themed activities so the spirit of the Games can be experienced by all.

Every school in the District will be invited to bring two students with a member of staff to celebrate this memorable occasion.