Great Yarmouth youngsters prepare to welcome Olympic athletes at opening ceremony
08:30 20 July 2012
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AN excited band of Great Yarmouth youngsters are among a lucky group of hand-picked pupils that will welcome the world’s athletic elite to the Olympic opening ceremony.
Pupils from Greenacre Primary, St Nicholas Priory Junior, North Denes Junior and Great Yarmouth High schools will form part of a guard of honour that will line the streets leading to the multi-million pound Olympic Stadium, to cheer on the international competitors as they make their way into the opening spectacular next week.
The youngsters were selected for their special roles for getting fully involved with the Get Set network, the education programme of the 2012 Games, which has been instilling the Olympic and Paralympic values of respect, friendship, inspiration, courage, determination, equality and excellence.
The work was spearheaded by St George’s Infant School, which was originally invited to bring a group of eight students to London for the guard of honour.
But as it’s pupils were too young to take part they put together a team from their neighbouring cluster schools who are now preparing for their moment in the Olympic spotlight.
Each of the eight students was picked to represent Yarmouth as they had worked particularly hard to demonstrate the Games’ values or had achieved sporting success.
Melodie Fearns, headteacher at St George’s, said: “The children are quite honoured, they feel very privileged and they’re very excited about going to the event and being part of it.
“And they’re quite excited about seeing all the athletes and having all the big characters walk past them, like Usain Bolt.”
The lucky pupils found they would be taking part in the line up, which will feature 2,000 youngsters, in May but have had to keep their special roles under wraps.
More than 200 schools from across the UK will be represented in the guard of honour and each has chosen an Olympic nation to cheer on.
The Yarmouth team plumped for the tiny country of Brunei and have been busy this week putting the finishing touches to a banner to welcome its athletic team.
On the day itself the youngsters will also be given lanterns to hold and a special uniform to wear - and have been given instructions by Olympic officials to make their welcome as warm as possible.
And a proud Ms Fearns added: “We’re tasked with making lots of noise to welcome them. I think we’ll be fine with that!”