Ling Bob gets into the swing ahead of London Olympics

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The London 2012 Olympics came to Halifax with Charlotte Taylor, the Ceremonies and Live Sites Co-ordinator of the London Olympics Organising Committee (LOCOG) visiting Ling Bob Junior, Infant & Nursery School before attending the West Central Halifax Family of Schools Olympic Festival at North Bridge Leisure Centre alongside Halifax’s own world record holder and GB Paralympic Athlete, Hannah Cockroft.

Ling Bob School is one of 174 Schools who successfully applied for a “Get Set” Schools Network Grant which is the Education Programme being delivered by the London 2012 Olympics in association the Department for Education.

School staff have been utilising special cross-curricular resources designed for teachers to use within and beyond the classroom. Ling Bob staff provided these resources for others schools to use as well as Steve Tipton delivering assemblies across schools in Calderdale based on the Olympic and Paralympic Values.

Ling Bob’s deputy headteacher, Dorian Brooksby, along with Ken Inwood, the manager of the family of schools, organised an Olympic Festival at North Bridge Leisure Centre for Beech Hill, St.Augustine’s, Mount Pellon, Christ Church and Savile Park Primary Schools and were well supported by Sports Ambassadors from Sowerby Bridge High School and Halifax High School.

The opening ceremony involved pupils from Ling Bob School reading messages from schools that they had made contact with in China, Spain, Mexico, Australia and Tanzania. They explained the Olympic and Paralympic values of friendship, excellence, respect, determination, inspiration courage and equality to other competitors before leading the teams in an opening parade around the sports arena.

The fanfare music and national anthems were controlled and played by Lucy Strike (Y6) whilst flag bearer Matthew Oddy (Y6) carried the London Olympic flag and Amy Thorpe (Y6) carried the Olympic flag while Katie Iannelli (Y6) carried an exact replica of the 2012 Olympic torch.

Teams competed against each other in hockey, volleyball and goalball which included blindfolded players being given instructions by a sighted player in the team.

The presentation ceremony culminated in medals being presented by Hannah Cockroft and Charlotte Taylor.

All Schools were featured on the podium at some stage in the competition.

Results: Volleyball – Bronze: Ling Bob (Spain), Silver: Saint Augustine’s (Mexico) Gold: Beech Hill (Jamaica), Hockey: Bronze: Mount Pellon (USA), Silver: Beech Hill, Gold: Savile Park (Mexico); Goal Ball: Bronze: Mount Pellon Silver: Beech Hill and Gold: Christ Church (GB)

Taylor added: “It is remarkable to witness how the Ling Bob School Staff has engaged young people at the school and in the Halifax community.

“Lord Sebastian Coe recently said that “Get Set” is designed to inspire a generation of young people. Today I felt that Ling Bob school pupils were the ones inspiring the older generation with their sporting prowess, teamwork, confidence and charm.”