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Theme:Creativity Innovation and Movement ยป

Date: Mar, 2011 Views: 2078


What we wanted to do

To make the local community aware of London 2012 by celebrating 555 days left to the Olympic Games.

What we did

Over 100 Young Ambassadors aged 10 -18 from the Gravesham Leadership Academy and Sports Academy took part in a unique event to inspire the local community in the run up to the London 2012 Games.  The event was called 555 and celebrated how many days are left until the start of the Olympic Games.
We wanted the 555 event to be fun, spontaneous and have a wow factor for the local community.  The Young Ambassadors performed a dance to an unsuspecting general public in the Gravesend Town Centre.  Secrecy was the key to the success of the event which meant that even the Ambassadors were not informed of their role for 555 until the evening before, where they attended a special rehearsal to learn the Evolution of Dance taught by a Sixth Form Dance Leader from Gravesend Grammar School for Girls and Carol Ann Pullen from the Carol Ann School of Dance.
The spectacle of 100 students performing a very entertaining dance brought Gravesend Town Centre to a standstill and attracted shoppers, store keepers and family and friends. The Ambassadors also handed out business cards with details of the Olympic Games to further inspire the community.

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What impact did it have for the children involved?

The Leadership Academy brings together students of all ages, schools and cultures.The friendships forged from these events are creating a unity and respect across all the schools within Gravesham and greatly help primary to secondary school transition.

Did the work lead to any differences within the school?

The event has built on their understanding of their unique role as Ambassadors and heightened their realisation of how close the Olympics now are.

The event also forged new links with a local dance school, Carol Ann School of Dance.