Find out more about the Big Events programme happening in the Shepway district.
March – July
The opportunity for pupils from Shepway Primary schools to experience Paralympic sports including Wheelchair Basketball, Goalball, Boccia and New Age Kurling. A team of coaches will take the roadshow to any participating school in the district for a two hour Paralympic experience. In this time pupils will take part in each sport, learn about the Olympic and Paralympic values and experience sport from the eyes of a Paralympic Athlete.
April to 18 July
Each primary school within the District will create their own Torch that will be passed around to their neighbouring school. This Light the Legacy project will commence in April and will conclude on the 18 July when the actual Olympic Torch arrives in Shepway.
A Legacy book will be created that will include photos of every school hand over. Each school will write a short story entitled ‘The journey of our torch’ and all these pieces will be combined to create a short story, which will also be included in the Legacy book.
6 – 8 June
As part of the build up to the Olympics and Paralympic Games, pupils from across Shepway will be offered the opportunity to take part in an Olympic, Paralympic and Cultural activity day during half term. Each of the days will provide the children with a great insight into the Games and will engage and inspire them through a range of activities.
Olympic Day will include the chance to experience Trampolining, cycling/BMX and Handball
Paralympic Day will include Blind Football, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby and Goalball
Cultural Day will include art, drama and dance workshops and will result in a Cultural performance
25 – 29 June
The ‘Once in a lifetime’ project aims is to provide a week of activities linked to National School Sports Week. This week will incorporate art, dance, sport and drama – in the hope that there will be something for everyone. In the art project pupils from across the Hub of schools will join together to create a legacy piece of Art work depicting all that London 2012 means to them. In the dance and drama projects pupils from across the schools will create a piece of work that will then be shown in each schools assembly. The sports element will be an opportunity for sports teams from each school to compete in Olympic and Paralympic style sports.
25 – 29 June
‘The Spirit of the Games’ activity week will comprise of every school competing in a set of Olympic sport challenges with results being entered online so that schools can compete against one another and prizes can be awarded for both individual and team results.
During the week each school will also develop their own dance, drama and music pieces where mixed groups of pupils will perform together. These performances will then be taken to each of the schools in the hub and performed during whole school Olympic themed assemblies.
The week will conclude with an award ceremony.
25 – 29 June
During the week commencing 25 June 2012 Primary schools will visit the Julie rose stadium, Ashford where they will take part in a large scale Mini Olympiad. The aim is to take (with help from our parents) every pupil to the Stadium to take part in a fun day of activities including multi-skills type stations and traditional athletics events. The event will be for every pupil from Year 1 to Year 6, with reception classes joining for part of the day.
Every child will take part in a range of activities, try to set personal bests along the way and collect award stickers based on their own individual and team achievements. The event will close with an official Closing Ceremony and awards presentation – Just like the Olympic and Paralympic Games will in the Summer.
25 – 29 June
During National School Sports Week each school will host a Mini Olympiad afternoon. Every school will adopt a country and teams will rotate around the four schools taking part in a range of activities. The aim is to provide a sporting experience that is reflective of the Olympics and Paralympic Games.
Each school will hold an opening and closing ceremony which will include a flag and Torch display.
In the week the Torch arrives in Shepway, a one off sporting event will be held at the Cheriton Road Sports Ground, for all schools to take part in. A Key Stage 1 morning event and a Key Stage 2 afternoon event will encourage schools to bring a team of players to take part in a range of Olympic Challenge stations including the well known sports of Hockey, Football, Basketball, Netball and Golf plus the lesser known sports of Volleyball, Handball, Archery, Cycling and Taekwondo.
The day will finish with a full Torch procession and a closing ceremony.
1 and 2 July
Utilising various school sites, pupils will have the chance to learn about current and future sport stars, take part in Olympic themed quizzes, cook nutritional foods for athletes, create a wall collage for each school and try a range of new sporting experiences.
In addition there will also be a Young Leaders training day for potential new young leaders from our Primary schools. During this day the young leader will plan a Pre School Olympics activity afternoon, which will be delivered at Hythe Bay Primary School.
The Marsh Academy will play host to our Olympic event and as such be the ‘Olympic Stadium’ and the neighbouring primary school of St Nicholas Primary will play host as the ‘Olympic Village’.
Pupils will take part in a range of activities hosted at the Secondary school site utilising the full extent of their facilities. This will include workshops focused on sport, dance and ICT – developing pieces of work that can be taken back to their own schools and help inspire and enthuse everyone in their school.
Sport will provide competitive opportunities, whilst also encouraging groups to develop ‘new sports’ designed by pupils and can be played after London 2012, ICT will work with students on identifying Olympic and Paralympic athletes and creating a piece of work that can both inform and inspire other students, whilst Dance will look at creating a group motif dance that can be shown across all school assemblies.
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