Norfolk & Suffolk: Schools Olympic Funding

A week on from the Olympic Torch relay coming through Suffolk and Norfolk and Heart's been finding out more about what schools are planning for the games.

Four Norfolk schools have successfully secured funding to enable their pupils to celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The schools have received 'Plan your 2012' funding from the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) of up to £4000 each.

The money will enable each school, which are part of the Olympic 'Get Set' network, to put on selected activities to celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic Games coming to the UK.

- Mileham Primary School will be arranging dance workshops, through Norfolk Dance, for the schools in their cluster and will explore issues of disability and the Paralympic values.

The workshops shall use a repeating piece of music lasting one minute, with the intention of each group being videoed for one minute of dance. The minutes will then be edited together to produce a 25 minute video.

- St John's Community Primary in Hoveton have been working with the seven primary schools which make up their cluster to deliver a Torch Relay between the schools.

St John's is also looking to lead on the organisation of a cluster sports festival for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children.

- The Hall School are going to use the funding to offer disability awareness lessons and practical coaching for disability sport to Higher Sports Leader students at both Thorpe St Andrews High School and Hellesdon High School.

The skills that the students will learn will be put into practise by delivering PE sessions at Hall School during the 2012/13 school year -  creating a legacy off the back of the Paralympic Games.

- Acle Primary School will also be promoting Paralympic values through a number of key projects with their cluster schools.

These include:Each school creating an Olympic legacy garden in the school grounds, promoting accessibility and sensory awareness, as well as the Olympic and Paralympic values.

Each school will perform a dance and a song to promote an Olympic or Paralympic theme at an event to be hosted at Acle Primary.

Acle Primary will also print a book of poems inspired by the Olympic values.This will be shared with the cluster schools? communities and the wider network of Norfolk schools.

Alison Thomas, Cabinet member for Children's Services at Norfolk County Council, said:

"I am delighted that these Norfolk schools have successfully secured this funding.

The projects they have planned clearly link in to the values of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and will be used to not just bring benefit to their pupils, but also to many more pupils in their cluster areas."

Suffolk County Council says grants of up to £500 from LOCOG will be given out to schools across the county. 

Richard Smith From St John's Primary Speaks To Heart

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