Torch tour reaches its penultimate week with visits to Grantham schools

Olympic Day at Great Ponton School. 495C
Olympic Day at Great Ponton School. 495C
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THE Cultural and Olympic Tour has reached its penultimate week with visits to Harlaxton, Great Ponton and Cliffedale primary schools.

Each school’s bronze ambassadors and teachers facilitated excellent Olympic assemblies that inspired pupils. The assemblies were followed up with all three schools dedicating the day to Olympic-themed activities.

Olympic Day at Cliffedale School. 500C

Olympic Day at Cliffedale School. 500C

Harlaxton pupils competed in a sports day, and once concluded many pupils were able to leave the school early to see the London 2012 torch relay run through Grantham.

Great Ponton pupils participated in a wide range of activities.

Headteacher Jon Clack said: “Our school was delighted to receive the cultural tur torch. After a super opening assembly we spent the day participating in a range of different sports activities including paralympic sports like Boccia and Blind Footballl.

“The Olympic values were celebrated during the day and the children had a terrific time.”

Olympic Day at Harlaxton School. 488C

Olympic Day at Harlaxton School. 488C

Children at Cliffedale enjoyed a break from normal lessons on Monday when the school held an ‘Olympics Day’ starting with an opening assembly.

Pupils from Reception to Year 6 learned about the seven Olympic values, and the history of the Olympics and Paralympics. They tried a range of sports for able and disabled athletes, including boccia, blind football, racquet skills and field events.

The opening ceremony included a guest appearance by John Mapletoft, who ran as an Olympic torchbearer in Mansfield. He talked about his experience and showed the children his Olympic Torch.

Cliffedale headteacher Robert Young said: “John has been teaching table tennis at this school for years and it was wonderful for him to come in today to talk to the children about his role as a torchbearer. We are all very proud of him.”