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

Olympic and Paralympic Roadshow

April/May

During terms 5 and 6 an Olympic and Paralympic Roadshow will visit every Primary and Special School in Thanet. The Roadshow will consist of an Assembly about the ‘Opening Ceremony’. The assembly will include the singing of the national anthem by an Opera singer and the raising of the Union Jack. Following inspirational video clips the students will participate in a synchronised set of movements inspired by the drummers at Beijing opening ceremony.

For the rest of the morning each class will visit the ‘Olympic Park’ (the playground) where they will have the opportunity to participate in a Decathlon event before returning to the class where each child will mould an object from clay to represent their impression of what the Olympics means to them. Every clay creation will then be presented to each school on the celebration day in a presentation frame.

Olympic and Paralympic Celebration Day

28 June

The event will be held at Quex Park, and will begin with an Opening Ceremony involving a procession led by the primary school children. Each pupil will be provided with a t-shirt in one of the five Olympic ring colours, and they will wear these throughout the day to give a true Olympic feel. Children will take part in workshops led by local employers/organisations and students and staff from Ursuline College.

Lunch will comprise of a picnic with foods from around the world with all the pupils sitting on one picnic blanket. Year 7 students will join the gathering for lunch and will then participate in two workshops before taking part in a closing ceremony. During lunch music will be provided by students and bands from the Thanet schools. The lunch will finish with a world record attempt to break the current record for highest number of children singing together.

An aerial photograph will be taken of all the pupils so that this great event can be remembered for years to come.

Primary School Cluster Festivals

Terms 5 and 6

The Games will give pupils the opportunity to take part in both track and field athletic events at a facility which will be used by visiting Paralympians to train on before the games in September 2012.

100 children from 5 schools (Dame Janet Primary, Newington Primary, Newlands Primary and St Laurence Cof E) will participate. The main focus of the day will be on traditional track and field events and living out the Olympic values through students demonstrating their own excellence by taking part and showing individual progress, as well as encouraging friendship between competitors who will promote fair play and respect. Young Leaders from the Marlowe Academy will be acting as officials including timekeeping, event officials as well as responsible for recording the scoring on the day.

Olympic Sports Activity Week

25 – 29 June

Six schools within the District will take part in an Olympic Sports Activity Week run by Chatham and Clarendon House Grammar School. Participating schools will take part in variety of Olympic themed activities to increase excitement and engagement with the Olympic and Paralympic Games:

OLYMPIC AWARENESS WEEK – Alternative Sports Experience and Country Study
Schools will take part in a variety of Taster sessions so that they gain a real insight into the Olympics and the sports that are involved. Sessions that will take place are:

  • Monday – Archery
  • Tuesday – Olympic Wrestling
  • Wednesday – Fencing
  • Thursday – Sitting Volleyball
  • Friday - Rowing

House Competition – Each tutor group will represent a Country and will research and put together a display related to their team’s performance in the Games. The pupils will also focus their displays on promoting the sport and culture of their designated Country.

 

The Marlowe Games

June

The Marlowe Games will provide pupils with the opportunity to take part in both Track and Field Athletic events at a facility which will be used by visiting Paralympians to train on before the games in September 2012.

100 children from local schools will participate in these Games. The main focus of the day will be on traditional Track and Field events and living out the Olympic Values through students demonstrating their own Excellence by taking part and showing individual progress, as well as encouraging Friendship between competitors who will promote fair play and respect.

Young Leaders from the Marlowe Academy will be acting as officials and will adopt roles such as timekeeping and scorers.

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