The PDM designed a torch relay spanning 15 months with weekly visitis to every one of the 46 schools in the partnership. The relay was launched in April 2011 and wil complete in July 2012 just befor the start of the 2012 Olympic Games. The torch is handed over to the next school by Young Ambassadors in a whole school assembly. The school has an Olympic focus week engaging pupils in activities across the curriculum.
During the handover ceremony the Young Ambassadors give a presentation sharing their Olympic week experience and activities with the new school. At the end of the week the school documents their activites through photo’s and reports in a record book. Young ambassadors write a message of goodwill. The Heateacher signs and dates a specially designed scroll which shows every Thanet school’s participation in the torch relay.
So far pupils have enjoyed activities such as creating an Olympic garden, performing an Olympic song, taking part in Olympic/Paralympic sports and personal best challenges, writing Olympic poems, performing Olympic themed dances. There has been a range of art activities including pipecleaner sports people, making flags and posters, making clay medals and designing stadiums to name a few. Through all these activities the pupils learn about the history, symbolism and values associated with the games.
The torch visit has given schools an impetus to introduce the Olympic theme to pupils. It has engaged Young Ambassadors and given them confidence in their role. New ideas to engage pupils are generated as schools share their expereinces and activities. The record book and scroll will leave each school and the district as a whole with a lasting memento of the 2012 Games. The journey of the torch is being followed by local paper ‘Isle of Thanet Gazette’ which contributes to the interest and excitement created as each school awaits its visit.