Nelson school ready for 2012 London Olympics

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PUPILS and teachers at St John Southworth RC Primary School, Nelson, are celebrating being officially welcomed into London 2012’s Get Set network in recognition of their commitment to the Olympic and Paralympic Values.

The school has already embraced the spirit of the Olympics in many ways. Year 1 have enjoyed the theme of the Olympics for their topic, even having a role play gym for potential coaches and athletes in their classroom, and the school has adopted the Democratic Republic of Congo as part of the Salford Diocese torch relay of prayer.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games awarded the school a plaque and certificate to acknowledge their involvement in the London 2012 education programme.

They join schools and colleges across the UK as members of the a special London 2012 community – the Get Set network - and will receive access to competitions and 2012 Games related opportunities over the year.

Olympic torch bearer Lizzie Stansfield, who presented the school with the plaque and certificate, said: “Pupils at St John Southworth are excellent examples of how London 2012 is helping to spark young people’s imagination and inspiring them to get involved and make a difference.

“They have clearly demonstrated London 2012’s education programme extends far beyond PE and sport and I hope they will motivate other young people to join their journey.”

Lord Sebastian Coe, chairman of LOCOG, said: “When London won the right to host the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, we made a clear promise to use the power of the 2012 Games to inspire young people.

“I am proud to welcome St John Southworth RC Primary into the Get Set network for their exciting work around the Olympic Values of friendship, excellence and respect and the Paralympic Values of inspiration, courage, determination and equality.”

Mrs Margaret Borman, headteacher, said: “The Olympic and Paralympic values are exactly what we encourage within school. We are proud to be recognised for this.”