Schools put on their own Olympic torch relay

Rushden Mayor Marian Hollomon joins some of school children during a break in the relay at Rushden Hall
Rushden Mayor Marian Hollomon joins some of school children during a break in the relay at Rushden Hall

The Olympic torch may not have entered East Northamptonshire but that did nothing to dampen the spirits of children in the area.

Hundreds of pupils from 12 schools in Rushden and Higham Ferrers took part in their own version of the Olympic torch relay on Friday, June 29, finishing with their own games at the Pemberton Centre.

The event was organised by the Rushden and Higham School Cluster Council and all the schools designed their own torches which pupils carried around the two towns.

Cluster council chairman Emily Swannell, 12, who attends Rushden Community College said: “It’s really brought the local schools together to celebrate what’s happening in our country, and we organised it all.”

After the torch relay finished sports leadership students from Rushden Community College hosted a mini Olympic Games event which ended in a grand finale award ceremony, where the torches were judged and prizes were given for the most creative, durable and eye catching torch.

Extended Schools co-ordinator Jo Holmes said: “The children have worked so hard to plan this event and learned lots of project management skills along the way.

“The school cluster council is an amazing body of children representing all schools in the area.

“They really are quite unique and we should be so proud of our partnership work across the community.

“This is the first time they’ve planned such a large event from start to finish.

“As a result, the children are now linking in more with elected members from both Higham and Rushden and learning skills in democratic decision making.”

The children would also like to thank all the businesses and the police who supported them and ASDA for displaying their torches in its foyer.