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Portora Gets Set

21st May 2012


Pupils and teachers at Portora Royal School have been officially welcomed in to London 2012’s Get Set network, in recognition of their commitment to the Olympic and Paralympic Values through curricular and extra-curricular linked initiatives. The school is getting set to welcome the Olympic Flame to Enniskillen on 5th June and in particular their own Torchbearer Year 8 student Angus Keys. The school will be performing some Music and Dance in the Castle courtyard this day as a celebration of the Olympic Flame passing through Enniskillen. BGT star and Portoran Ashley Elliott will be one of the performers.  

The London Organising Cmmittee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) awarded Portora Royal School a plaque and certificate to acknowledge their involvement in the London 2012 education programme.  They are now a part of an active London 2012 community of schools and colleges across the UK– the Get Set network - and will receive access to exclusive competitions and 2012 Games related opportunities over the coming years. 

Mr Ian Hodgson, Director of Music and PE teacher who wrote the successful school bid and is co-ordinating the programme across the school said: Staff and students have enjoyed linking aspects of their day to day learning with the Olympic values. There have been excellent examples of how London 2012 is helping to spark young people’s imagination and inspiring them to get involved both in and out of class and make a difference.  They have clearly demonstrated that London 2012’s Get Set education programme extends far beyond PE and sport and I hope they will motivate other young people to join their journey.’ 

Sebastian Coe, chairman of LOCOG, said: “When London won the right to host the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, we made a clear promise to use the power of the 2012 Games to inspire young people.

“I am proud to welcome Portora Royal School in to the Get Set network for their exciting work around the Olympic Values of friendship, excellence and respect and the Paralympic Values of inspiration, courage, determination and equality.” 

Educational Olympic themed initiatives covered at the school this academic year have included -

  • In English a BBC Young Reporters competition with students posing questions to Angus Keys. Angus is a Year 8 student who after being nominated by his peers was successfully chosen to become a Torchbearer during the Enniskillen leg of the Olympic Torch Relay on 5th June. Also school rowing coach and Olympian Mr Holland (Atlanta 1996) and Olympic rowing OP Mr Kennedy (Munich 1972 & Moscow 1980) were grilled in a student led Q&A session 
  • In Geography the use of ICT and Black Cat Web Design to promote the Olympic & Paralympic values. 
  • In Learning for Life and Work the production of a video based on Teamwork
  • The Debating Society have been involved in an inter-school competition discussing issues surrounding the Olympic movement
  • In Drama a visit by the Konflux Theatre Company to put together a Play in a Day based on the history of the Olympics. Also involvement in the Big Dance Pledge a multi-venue world record attempt to get dancers across the UK performing an Olympic commissioned piece of choreography on 18th May to coincide with and celebrate the arrival of the Olympic Flame to the UK
  • In PE and in association with The Irish Schools’ Athletic Association, Athletics Ireland and with the support of AVIVA promotion of ‘The One Mile Challenge’ a joint venture to give teenagers the opportunity to involve themselves in recreational running or walking as a healthy form of exercise. The emphasis is on participation. 
  • In Music a mini-musical entitled The Ancient Olympics is to be performed at the end of year assembly    

To earn the right to use the new education logo, and become a member of the new Get Set network, schools and colleges need to register with Get Set, showcase their student-led work around the Values via their dedicated ‘Get Set’ blog, and complete a short application form. They will receive the right to use the London 2012 education logo on their headed paper, website and school sign. 

Almost half the schools and colleges across the UK are already registered as using the Get Set resources - or taking part in the initiatives promoted through the eight key themes of Get Set +. 

The education logo was designed by Reiss Evans (18), a design student from Canterbury College, England who won a national competition in September 2009 to create an education-themed infill for the London 2012 Olympic logo.  

  • For further information please contact Mr Ian C Hodgson at Portora or the London 2012 Press Office on +44 (0)203 2012 100 or visit their website at www.london2012.com