School pushes the boat out for torch

A school will be raising the roof in celebration when it hosts the Olympic Torch.

The torch will stop at the Lumsdale site of Highfields School on its way from Chesterfield at 1.45pm.

To mark the occasion the school will have its own opening ceremony with musical fanfare written by students and staff, as well as a parade of the Olympic country flags with a model Olympic torch, produced by the school’s design and technology department from a winning design by year eight student Hannah Rosenbaum.

There will also be a dance performance by the 69 students involved in the Big Dance 2012 event, the UK’s biggest celebration of dance.

Representatives from nearby primary schools will be there on the day, as well as the England women’s football captain, Casey Stoney, who will be presenting awards.

The British Council have arranged for Sharee Lane, deputy head of St John Fisher College in Australia, to visit Highfields during the week to continue the link both schools have as part of the BBC World Class Olympic Dreams schools.

Head teacher Eddie Wilkes said: “It was really exciting to be contacted by London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) over 18 months ago to ask if we would host a visit from the Olympic Torch Relay.

“We are, of course, thrilled and very proud that the torch is making its lunch stop at Highfields on Friday 29 June, between 13.45 and 14.45.

“We are one of just a few school stops that the torch is making as it winds its way around the country, and is acknowledgement for the outstanding work the school does in promoting leadership through sport.

“In particular it is recognition of the work undertaken by Jayne Allen, our school sports co-ordinator.”

Throughout the day the young people will be participating in a range of traditional sporting events, as well as dance, music and creative activities.

Highfields continues its involvement in the day as two of our students have been nominated to run with the torch. George Marriot (Year 8) will carry the flame through Chesterfield before its arrival at Highfields and Sara Needham (Year 10) will carry the flame in Derby towards the end of the day before the evening celebrations commence.

The highlight of the day will be the ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity for our youngsters to see the Olympic torch so close up. They will line the route onto our field for the arrival, and later for the departure, as it continues the journey toward the Olympic Stadium in London where it will arrive some four weeks later on 27 July 2012 for the culmination of the opening ceremony.

All students and staff continue to promote the Olympic and Paralympic Values of respect, excellence, friendship, courage, determination, inspiration and equality which has culminated in the programme of events taking place at Highfields.