Children rub shoulders with Olympic stars

The pupils and staff from Chantry Middle School and Technology College going to the Olympic Guard of Honour in London before the opening ceremony.
The pupils and staff from Chantry Middle School and Technology College going to the Olympic Guard of Honour in London before the opening ceremony.
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A GROUP of Morpeth schoolchildren will rub shoulders with Olympic athletes from across the globe when they visit the Olympic Village in London later today.

During the athletes’ procession from their base to the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony, students from 250 schools will form a Guard of Honour to line the route – holding lanterns and banners they have created to support one of the 204 competing nations along with Team GB.

They include eight from Chantry Middle School and Technology College: Michael Chattaway, Sam Eyres, Cerys Matthews, Kristie Wilson, Dylan Strong, Lewis Mason, Courtney Elliott and Molly McMeekin, who will also be backing Bahrain. They will be accompanied by Head of School Steven Johnson and PE teacher Linda Grundy.

As part of their celebrations for London 2012, World Sports Day and their own Chantry Olympic Games, each class researched and learned about a smaller country that would be taking part in the major event.

Pupils made hats, banners, posters and badges in their country’s colours and everyone took part in a fun and colourful day of sport.

Mrs Grundy said: “It is a great honour to be asked to be part of the Guard of Honour and support Bahrain and Team GB. We fully endorse all of the Olympic values and have had a fantastic year celebrating the Olympics in school.

“We hope that the 2012 Games will inspire our students to be future Olympians and enjoy the range of sports on offer in our school and local community.”

Chantry has been selected through the reward and recognition programme of the Get Set network, the official London 2012 education programme.

As well as having the opportunity to cheer on the world’s best athletes and be part of a global moment, the children will also get the exciting chance to tour the Olympic Park and see some of the venues this afternoon.