Thursday 8th April 2010 by C. Freeman
Students are planning Olympic-themed activities for local primary schools after attending a seminar organised by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust. The 'London 2012 Games Student Leadership event' promoted the forthcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games and encouraged students to promote sports in their own school.
The students learned about the history and ethos of the Olympics before taking part in activities and quizzes. A highlight of the day was the talk by paralympic athlete, Rob Tarr. He was paralysed in a car accident aged just 16 but, since then, has achieved many sporting goals, including taking part in three separate Paralympics, captaining the wheelchair rugby team in Athens 2004. He gave an honest and inspirational talk about his accident, motivation and sports career.
The day ended with students thinking about how they could put what they had learned into practice. The Brooke Weston students, from Years 11 and 12, decided to run a series of 'mini-Olympic' events at local primary schools in Corby, and they are already planning ideas for the session later this term at Oakley Vale primary school.
Mr Clasper asked students to email their reasons for wanting to attend: He said: 'I got a vast array of different messages and picked the students from Years 11 and 12 who showed the most enthusiasm, the ones who had a fierce interest and the best ideas.' The successful applicants; Jack Worts, Robyn Hambrook, Imogen Mann, Karl Moulton, Aimee Hooson, Ami Longhurst were the oldest school delegates to attend the event, which was held at North Kesteven school, Lincolnshire.
The students discussing their group project.
Mr Clasper said: 'The task was how we can use the forthcoming Olympic games to improve provision and participation. Rather than just keeping it within Brooke Weston where we have got after-school and extra curricular sports, we thought it would be a good idea to get involved with local primary schools. Our students thought it was absolutely amazing, it really fired up their imagination. Now they are devising a programme talking to primary students about Olympic values, teamwork, fitness and healthy lifestyles. As well as classroom projects it will involve races and competitions. We are aiming to get every child involved in something, whether they are sporting, good at planning or a team player.'
Imogen Mann said: 'We've named the project community cohesion and it's going to be a mini-Olympics which will be run in four schools. We will go to the teachers and gain an understanding of what the students are capable of and implement it in their school.'
Ami Longhurst added: 'Rob Tarr was really inspirational, telling us how he got into the sport. He was our age when he had his accident and was telling us how he made the best of it. It was really good discussing how we could get people more involved in different sports in our own community.'