Olympics - London 2012
Kingsmead School were hugely involved in the Olympics. Being so very close to the Olympic site, the Olympics and Paralympics had a big impact on our school and local community. We felt it was very important to find ways to empower our pupils and their families to really take ownership of London 2012 and on this page we outline some of the ways in which this happened.
As part of our school's International Primary Curriculum, for the last five years one whole term in Year 4 has been dedicated to the Olympics as a topic, covering the history, geography and values of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. This international scheme of work explores the concepts of sportsmanship, determination, team spirit and commitment and every year the topic is launched with a Key Stage 2 Mini Olympics day event. For 2012 we expanded the Olympics as a topic for all our year groups, culminating in two whole school events; our own Whole School Olympics Sports Event and an Olympic Torch Ceremony. Both of these events were ahuge success. During our Olympics Sports Event we had pupils from Years 5 & 6 working in a Media Centre, photographing, interviewing and filming the day’s events. Here is a selection of the photos they took of the event and some interviews with staff about the day.
Take a look at our Olympic Torch Parade photo album for photos of this event.
Our school was an early member of the Get Set Network, the official London 2012 education programme, and we had two year 6 pupils as Olympic Ambassadors, who took part in many interesting events, including the opening of the Aquatics Centre. You can find the report they wrote about attending this event at the bottom of this page. Our year 4 and year 2 pupils were overall winners of the 2012 Personal Best scheme organised by the Hackney Sports team and were awarded their trophy at the Hackney Sports Awards Ceremony at the Hackney Empire. Pupils at our school helped to design the Olympic murals on the Kingsmead Estate (to find out more about this look at our news story on the Olympic themed murals )
Kingsmead pupils were able to attend a number of the Olympic and Paralympic events as well. As winners of the 2012 Personal Best programme Year 4 pupils won tickets to the Closing Ceremony and to the Women's Football Championships. Both groups of children had a really fantastic time.
Eight pupils were selected to take part in the Guard of Honour, welcoming Olympic athletes as they arrived at the Olympic Stadium on the night of the opening ceremony of the Olympics. Our pupils were asked to welcome the team from Mauritius and they made a lovely banner to do this with. They had a great afternoon and evening and even go to high five Usain Bolt.
We also had tickets for the Paralympics and a group of Kingsmead pupils went to watch the Paralympic Athletics at the Olympic Stadium.