THE OPENING ceremony of the Olympics is one of the major events on the sporting calendar this year and a school is planning to capture the spirit of the event this week.
Barton Seagrave Primary, in Belvoir Drive, was awarded about £7,000 to bring the Games to the community, and the whole school will take part in a week of Olympic celebrations, which started yesterday.
The week includes the school’s own opening and closing ceremony, and to mark the occasion, Barton Seagrave Primary has been working with Latimer Arts College to compose an Olympic-themed song to be sung by the whole school.
Headteacher Sue Stokes said: “The song is titled Be the Best You Can Be and that is the message we want to give to our pupils.
“It’s taken a phenomenal effort to organise the week of celebration but we think it will help our pupils appreciate the Olympic ideals like friendship, courage and inspiration as well as the sports side.
“We are going to have our own opening and closing ceremony and this will unite the whole school and they will have a chance to sing our song at our ceremonies.”
Highlights of the school’s busy week include a tournament with their partner school in Ghana, with both schools taking part in sports at the same time and compared via internet video feed Skype to find out a winner.
Various sports days will be taking place, including an outing to Kettering athletics track, as well as a torch relay, competitions with other schools and a zumba event.
In March, the school was awarded £6,600 to host Olympic-themed games, by the London 2012 Olympics education programme, Get Set.
It was the only primary in the county to receive the windfall.
Children’s minister Tim Loughton said: “Sport can bring out the best in everyone and the London 2012 Games is a great opportunity for us to inspire a generation of young people.”