Pupils get in mood for Olympics

Pupils at Woodfield Junior School Wigan Lane, Wigan, who took part in an Olympic style closing ceremony at the school

Pupils at Woodfield Junior School Wigan Lane, Wigan, who took part in an Olympic style closing ceremony at the school

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A WIGAN school has been getting into the Olympic spirit by holding competitive tournaments.

Pupils at Woodfield Primary enjoyed a Games-linked day, learning about competing countries and listening to inspirational visitors, Paralympian Josie Cichockjy and torch-bearer Cameron Foster.

Suzanne Barnes, school business manager at the school, said; “Children from each year group were placed in teams, learning about their team country and designing a T-shirt for the team they were representing.

“Each team earned points during the tournaments and sports games and children eagerly checked the scoreboards every morning to see who was in the lead. Every child in school has been awarded an Olympic certificate for representing their team.

“The children have had an exciting and active week and have taken part in all the activities and events with true Olympic spirit.”

The event concluded with pupils Greg Holmes and Isobel Barnes being awarded the Anne Dawson memorial sports trophy, in memory of a former governor who died of cancer,

Ms Barnes added: “We were delighted to welcome Mr Jeff Dawson into school to present the Anne Dawson Award to pupils, Greg and Isobel, for their outstanding contribution to sport whilst at Woodfield.

“Mrs Dawson, who was a Governor at Woodfield and supported many children at the school, wholly believed in and encouraged sport for children and was a great ambassador for sport, truly representing the Olympic values of courage, determination and respect.”