Pupils to get glimpse of Olympic torch

Olympic Torch:Wellingborough: Wrenn School mini torch relay 'l-r Richard Armstrong (Deputy Headteacher) with pupils O'Brian Zhanero, 12, Taya Goodchild, 13, Rachel Wilson, 13, 'Friday 1st June  2012

Olympic Torch:Wellingborough: Wrenn School mini torch relay 'l-r Richard Armstrong (Deputy Headteacher) with pupils O'Brian Zhanero, 12, Taya Goodchild, 13, Rachel Wilson, 13, 'Friday 1st June 2012

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Almost every school will allow pupils out of class to see the Olympic torch relay as it passes through the north of the county next month.

Children from 54 of 79 schools contacted by the Telegraph will be present on July 2 to witness the passage of the torch.

Schools that cannot take their children to attend have given the option to the parents to take their children themselves so they don’t miss out.

Weldon Church of England Primary School headteacher of Lynne Wildman said: “Myself and the other teachers think it is a very special occasion and it would be a shame for the children to miss out.”

Loatlands Primary School, Desborough, had another reason to take their children.

Headteacher Andrew Spencer said: “We have a member of staff that is a torch bearer, that was our main motivation to go.”

Corby Old Village Primary School and St Brendan’s Catholic Primary School, in Corby, are among the lucky schools that are having the torch pass right in front of their front door.

They will get the children to make their own torches and flags so they can wave them during the event.

Events to celebrate the procession of the torch have also been organised by the schools. A few are having an Olympic-themed sports day and fair to celebrate.

The children at Pytchley Endowed Church of England Primary School will hear the stories of the mother of Debbie Darling, who took part in the Olympics in Seoul in 1988 and Barcelona in 1992 in the sailing events.

Headteacher Ellen Wallace from Woodnewton School said most schools understood it was important for children to witness the event.

She said: “Clearly we want the children to have the opportunity to see the Olympic torch which is something they might only see once in their lifetime.”

Parent Jo Nevitt, who works at Hawthorn Community Primary School and has a child at Barton Seagrave Primary School and another at Bishop Stopford School, said: “It is definitely a good thing because it is lovely for the children to be able to see the torch relay and feel a part of it.”

Andy Miller, who has two children at Hall Meadow Primary School, Kettering, said: “I think it is a great thing.”

The torch will be passing through the county on Monday, July 2. It will be in Wellingborough at 11.23am, in Kettering at 12.07pm and in Corby at 2.22pm.

For more details visit the official Olympic website