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Date: Dec, 2010 Views: 2308

Mini Champs 2010

What we wanted to do

We wanted to introduce our local primary schools to the Olympic and Paralympic Values.  We felt the best way to do this was to create an opportunity for KS1 pupils to be involved in their own mini olympics focusing on PRIDE as the theme.

What we did

Leadership Ambassadors from Meopham Secondary School known as the ‘L Team’  inivited KS1 pupils from the local rural primary schools to attend a special festival called Mini Champs. 
The L Team are a group of approximately seventy students from across all year groups (year 7 to 13) who were nominated by fellow pupils and staff to undertake special Ambassador role to inspire pupils within their own school and local community in the lead up to London 2012.  The L-Team is unique bringing together pupils from across the curriculum working togther to create exiciting Olympic theme based opportunities and activities.
‘Mini Champs 2010 brought together over 220 KS1 pupils to take part in their very own Olympic event.  Prior to the Mini Champs event taking place the L Team visited each school participating and through an interactive assembly introduced what the festival was about, the type of events they would be taking part in and more importantly linking Mini Champs to London 2012. 
The assembly by the L Team introduced the London 2012 mascots Wenlock and Mandeville using the Micheal Morpurgo animation to help explain to the KS1 pupils what a mascot is and the role it plays within sport.  The competitions: create an Olympic Torch, make a Team Flag based on the Olympic Heroes assigned (Rand, Redgrave, Holmes and Bannister which are the house names for the L Team) and create their own Olympic Values.
The Mini Champs festival opened with a Ceremony lead by Leo the Lion the GSSP Mascot giving the pupils the chance to display their Olympic Torches, Team Flags and hand over their Olympic Values.  A whole group warm up lead by Leo and the L Team prepared the pupils for their events.
The pupils took part in a number of Multi Skill events followed by fun relays and finished with special awards and prizes based on the PRIDE theme for the schools that took part.

What impact did it have for the children involved?

Mini Champs focused on young pupils learning the value of working together as a team.  Lead and motivated by their L Team leader theywere able to discover and learn the importance of friendship, respect, determination and courage through particitipation in fun mini olympics.

Did the work lead to any differences within the school?

The KS1 pupils learnt about London 2012 and the values it represents.  More importantly it brought together parents, teachers and pupils from both primary and secondary creating a wonderful community atmosphere and raising the profile of Young Ambassador Leaders from Meopham SecondarySchool.

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