THURSDAY, 31ST MAY 2012
Year group performances.
Speech from Headmistress.
Olympic Torch Procession.
Equality of the world and people in it.
THE OLYMPIC BROMSGROVIAN The pupils of Bromsgrove Preparatory School in Glamorous Opening Ceremony to Special Olympics! By Sarah Chapman This morning the pupils in Bromsgrove Preparatory School had an opening ceremony to an „Olympic day‟ that the children were all taking part in, they were all dressed in clothes that reflected the colors of the flag of the country that their form was given. These flags were paraded around the Sports Hall, starting with the year three forms and ending with the year eight forms. These flags included 26 of the 205 countries participating in the London Olympics. After the flags were paraded, the children had a surprise „visitor‟, the Olympic torch! This was walked around the outside of the hall by Beck Cutting, the Head Boy of the school. The children were all very excited as they found out that during the day the torch would be taken around the school and they would be able to see, or even touch it. The torch had been brought into the school by a student from South Bromsgrove High School, called Ellie. She is a young ambassador for the London Olympics. The girls‟ Olympic choir performed their song „Raise me up‟. This choir was created by Head of Music, Mrs Edmonds, to support the Olympics. There was a boys and a girls choir who battled it out for the special prize of chocolate, the girls won so they were allowed to go first in the ceremony. Then the year group performances happened. Year 3 showed us the history of the games, they put on a performance and sang a song. They had some representatives acting some of the Olympic sports, four were showing the horse riding activities , with wooden horses, two were showing the running and two were showing gymnastics. The children thoroughly enjoyed their experience. The next year group to perform was Year 4, they sang about the Olympic mascots, Wenlock and Mandevile. Mrs Richards, the organizer of the ceremony, particularly congratulated the pupils as the first time they had seen that song was on Monday. Years 5 & 6 combined to sing an Olympics orientated song, called Proud. They included the English sign language actions for the most important words, Feel Proud. These actions were; running your hands up your body to symbolize „feel‟, and jolting your hands up your chest in the thumbs up position to symbolize „proud‟. After this, Yr 7 contributed a song to the ceremony; the song was about the long wait from the last time the games were in London to now, 64 years. The year 8 contribution was to teach the younger pupils about the Olympic and Paralympic values such as determination and fair play. Year eight had six representatives; Callum Stirrat, Prashanta Rai, Oliver Hall, Eleanor Moss, Lidia Poshideva and Paige Corcoran. After the last contribution, the boys‟ Olympic choir sang their song, Champions. This was the last performance of the day, but the headmistress, Mrs Deval-Reed said a few words about how proud she was and finished the ceremony with, „Let the Bromsgrove Olympic Games commence!‟
FLAGS FLY AT BROMSGROVE SCHOOL OLYMPIC DAY On the 31st of May 2012, Bromsgrove School celebrated the 2012 Olympics with ‟Olympic Day‟. The opening ceremony included the flag procession. Two children out of each form paraded around the hall with the flag from their form‟s country, and also dressed color accordingly. There were 26 different flags, including USA, Poland, Jamaica, Australia and China. This was to mark the celebration of all countries taking part in the Olympics coming together as one, and of course the Paralympics value of Equality. Of course they were also celebrating the world which we live in and the things people can achieve, with the Olympic motto of:‟
Swifter, Higher, Stronger‟. Many of the children got into the spirit by wearing Jamaican hats in form 7CH, who proudly represented Jamaica. A member of staff at the prep school said, „This is our first Olympic day of many we hope, and we wish to make it a success and also a memorable occasion for all staff and children as it‟s not often we can celebrate the Olympics Flags Flying At Bromsgrove being in our country‟. The School Olympic Day on Friday celebrations continued through out the day, but the the 31st May. most memorable part had to be the flags flying in the opening ceremony, representing the countries.
The Press Room by Richard Brookes & Callum Stirrat Today, our strong team of roving reporters, researchers and typists have been working hard all morning to get the Olympic Bromsgrovian off the press. Our rovers have been sneaking around receiving a good reception as we interviewed the pupils. Our cameraman was doing very well jumping out of bushes and taking sneaky pictures of all the events going on. The researches have been researching- no surprise there- the Olympic and Paralympics games. I also hear that smoke is coming from the keyboards in the typist Head Quarters so that they can bring you the best newspaper the prep school has ever seen!
Inspiring Infants Ignite Opening Ceremony By Oliver Hall On the 31st May 2012, the Bromsgrove Olympic opening ceremony took place in the sports hall. Years 3 & 4 were the first to perform. Year 3re-enacted the ancient Greek Olympics. They also sang a song while performing. We saw them drum rhythms while singing, they did very well keeping to the beat and the song was brilliant. We saw them reenact ancient Greek wrestling with props such as Greek costumes and a laurel crown, the fights were very tense and the ending made people laugh. They then performed horse/chariot racing, the sprinting event and gymnastics. They had definitely put the performance together well. Year 4 sang a song about the Olympic mascot Wenlock. The music was very lively and I could see that many people were tapping along to the catchy rhythm. People next to me were, and I know I was! They held up a plush toy of Wenlock at the front. Even though there were technical difficulties, the children still performed outstandingly well. They sang in tune and in beat with the soundtrack. One of the Year 8s commented: “Both the years performed very well. It took a lot of courage and determination to stand up in front of the school and perform in front of peers and teachers. They certainly put into practice two of the Olympic values. They are an inspiration to other years Well done !”
WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TODAY? They made us proud. By Megan Thompson Year 5 & 6 delivered a very loud, strong and inspiring performance of “Proud” by Heather Small ( which is the official song for the London 2012 Olympic bid in Bromsgrove school‟s first Olympic day. Year 5 & 6 followed a very strong performance from year 4 and they didn‟t disappoint. Year 5 & 6 even included sign language into the song, which follows the Paralympics values of equality. The song inspired a lot of students to always remember that they can excel in anything they do and that everything is worthwhile in the end. The extremely moving song took 160 very motivated pupils and lots of hard work from the staff to achieve such greatness. Afterwards many students felt like they could achieve anything and the buzz of the Olympics really showed. The pupils that performed have every right to feel very proud. Afterwards a student commented on how inspiring it was. “ I just felt a buzz, I feel that‟s what the Olympics is all about inspiring young people
whether it is in sport or any thing else. I really feel proud to be school that can deliver such performances.”
Itâ€™s been a long wait, but it was worth it! Year 7 contributed a song to the ceremony; the song was about the long wait from the last time the games were in London to now, which is 64 years. All pupils sang a hearty rendition, supported by Mr Harris wearing Jamaican dreadlocks!
Sensational performance by year 8 inspire all! Bromsgrove Prep School are celebrating the Olympics today as for the upcoming Olympics that will be set here in London this summer. Along with a brilliant introduction speech by Mrs Richards it was also ended with a inspirational finish speech by fellow pupils; Paige Corcoran, Ellie Moss, Ollie Hall, Callum Stirrat, Prashanta Rai and Lidia Pozhidaeva . Their speeches were about the elements that were needed to conquer the Olympics .The three values of the Olympics are Friendship, Excellence and Respect. Not forgetting the Paralympics values which are Determination, Inspiration, Courage and Equality. Lastly a well-known poem, Invictus by William Ernest Henry was wonderfully performed by Ollie Hall which dedicated to the Olympic games and to the athletes.
Year 8 Race For London By Patrick Dolan and Olivia Bond Something new and exciting happened in Cobham hall on the 31st May 2012; the Year 8 pupils of Bromsgrove school began to start their race for London! This was a huge task which would require a lot of strength and effort from all of the year group. They were trying to achieve this goal by using 2 rowing machines, 2 cycling machines and 2 treadmills and calculating how many miles that they ,in total, as a year group, could a achieve by working on these machines. The goal, when all the miles are added up, is to hopefully reach London, if not further in mileage. The teacher running the session, Mr Widdop, wants Yr 8 to enjoy and appreciate fitness and actually have fun while working hard. Mr. Widdop has been cracking the whip for speed and wants all year 8â€&#x;s to do their best and fly past their goal of getting to London. Year 8 pupil Michael Petrakas, while running very fast on the treadmill, said that he was finding it very hard and tiring, yet very beneficial running for fun and that it was very enjoyable and something he would love to have a go at again! Altogether, it seemed that the year 8 pupils were having a very good time and were very keen and eager to reach their goal of getting to London. A sense of competition was also in the air as pupils tried to go longer miles on their machine than others. But the main question that everyone wants to know is, will they actually get to London? We can now reveal that in fact, Dover was reached! Well rowed, cycled and run!
Running for Gold By Prashant Gurung and Ali Silk
On 31st May in Bromsgrove School at the playing fields, a group of Year 7 pupils were being pushed to run their very best. Even though it was cold outside, they ignored it and pupils managed to run a staggering relay of 5000m, and achieved their goal successfully. Mr Clarke (the teacher in charge) said, “this activity is about showing courage.” Unfortunately Ed Mooney didn‟t have the right shoes on. Therefore he could not run but he said, “It was very interesting to watch.” Therefore, you should always come equipped! Another eye-witness said of Abi Saker that „she made it look easy‟.
Paralympic Fun By Oliver Nicholas, Beck Cutting and Alex Delaney-Hall On the 31st May, Year 6 pupils had a visit from Chadsgrove Special School who then taught them how to play a new and interesting sport. Jason Ward taught the Year 6‟s how to play wheelchair basketball and let them have a game for themselves to see how challenging it truly is to not just be an Olympic athlete, but a Paralympic athlete. He comes from a school for physically disabled children where many of the children play wheelchair basketball. We spoke to Jason, he told us “I started playing through school and I enjoy playing against other schools and my friends do too, I hope the kids enjoy playing as well”. Overall the Year 6‟s had a fantastic day with the disabled basketball team of Chadsgrove School.
Torch lights up year 4 By Ellie Moore, Michael Townsend and George Goodall Thomas Holroyd, aged nine, in Year Four created his very own unique Olympic torch. He proudly marched up and down the corridor of Maple showing everyone his wonderful torch. The Year 4 pupils enjoyed how it marked the beginning of the Olympics and thought it was good fun. Thomas Holroyd said “ I have really enjoyed creating the torch and it was very exciting marching up and down Maple and showing this torch to all this friends. Thomas‟s creation not only made his day special but he inspired Year 4 to do something like his torch, which is what the Olympics is all about. The overall experience made Thomas and the his friends feel part of the Olympics.
Swifter Higher Stronger By Tom Nolan and Nick Papainoannou
Many people in 8LC classroom have been learning the Chinese language. They have been learning such words as Ni hao which means hello and Zàijiàn which is goodbye. Many people have enjoyed this activity with Mr. and Mrs. Caldwell . These are what some of the pupils that were involved with the activity. Tom Nolan said, “ I love learning Chinese because it is very interesting”.
Gèng kuài gèng gāo gēng qiáng
Bromsgrove 奥运会。 By Jake Fieret and Sam Lee
On the 31st May room 8, Mr 7 Mrs Caldwell were teaching Chinese Mandarin to some year 8 pupils. They learnt how to count to ten and how to say some simple words and phrases like “Hello, goodbye, thank you, sorry and can I use the toilet?” However, some of the pupils did seem to get a bit carried away.... Tom Banton says he “leant a lot” and it was “really fun”. Alex Delany-Hall says it was “The best thing in his life”. From our point of view the kids were having a real blast and having lots of fun. We think it‟s good that they were learning about other cultures but managing to have a great time at the same time.
Girls Olympic Choir By George Smith From years 5-7 every girl has had the option to join Bromsgrove School Olympic Choir made in celebration of the 2012 London Olympics . There were ten girls who ended up being in the choir. The girls sang “You raise me up” originally sang by Westlife. Although there were only ten girls their sound filled the whole sports hall. The pitch was perfect and there were no notes were off key. I am looking forward to seeing their next performance.
Boys Olympic Choir By George Smith After seeing the Girls Olympic Choir performance the Boys Choir had a lot to live up to. There were only about seven boys in the choir. The boys sang “We are the Champions” originally sang by Queen.
Bronze, Silver or Gold? By Ellie Birch London 2012 is one of the main focal point of the year. For this event about 4,700 medals are being made. Each one taking 10 hours, totalling about 47,00 hours of hard work to make them. Designed by David Watkins, the medals have significant points with different meanings. These include the circular shape representing the world, the curve representing amphitheatres, the emblem; modern city, the grid; pulling together and the radiating energy and effort of the athletes. Also, the River Thames represents London, where the games are being held. Her Majesty, the Queen, unveiled the medals one year before the Olympics at an event in Trafalgar square. They were released on 27th July 2011. The Royal Mint are making the medals at their headquarters in Llantrisant, Southern Wales. Each one will be struck with nine- hundred tonnes of weight fifteen times. The Chief Executive said „We are immensely proud and honoured to be able to strike the Olympic and Paralympic medals.‟ „More than 800 local people are employed by the Royal Mint, and now each one will be able to tell their children and grandchildren that they had a hand in creating a piece of Olympic history.‟ We all look forward to seeing these medals, whether we are at the Olympics or watching the television!
Ancient Olympic games By Kate Ward and Kara Doyle The ancient Olympic games started off in Greece, most people stayed overnight; as the sun started to rise people would come out of their tents, unwrap themselves from their blankets, and go down to the River Alpheios to wash. As they ate, the spectators talked among themselves about how wonderful the games really were. A huge crowd at least 50,000 had gathered in front of the temple of Zeus, ready for the great procession and sacrifice. The procession and sacrifice took place on the third day, which was a tradition in every Olympic Games. The third day was chosen for the sacrifice because it was right in the middle of the games. „The Olympic games are pretty and uncomfortable. You are scorched by the sun and crushed by the crowd. There are NO decent toilets. You get soaked when it rains and you are deafened by the constant noise. But it‟s all worth it for the brilliant events you see.” Eye witness account, Epicteteus, Discourses, C. AD 100. The events in ancient Greece were very different from how they are now. They have many events, some the same and some different. Here are some examples chariot racing, sprint racing, boxing, javelin, wrestling, discus and long jump. The Olympic Games ended because the Romans seized control of the country. In the late 300‟s AD they changed to the Christian religion and because the games were held in Zeus‟ honour; the Christians don‟t believe in him the games were banned for 15,000 years by the Roman Emperor Theodosius I. Today, the Olympics came to Bromsgrove School!
The Olympic Rings By Elliot Neuberg The five Olympic rings represent the five major regions of the world that were brought together by the great Olympic Games, these regions are: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. Every national flag in the world includes at least one of the five colours, which are blue, yellow, black, green, and red. The Olympic rings were designed by Baron Pierre de Coubertin in 1913 he made them from a similar design on an artefact from ancient Greece. It is important to emphasize that Pierre de Coubertin never said or wrote that the colours of the rings were linked with the different continents. The Olympic Rings were first used in 1920 at the Olympic games in Belgium.
Much Wenlock, the town that changed the world By Tom Schwartz Much Wenlock, a small town in the West Midlands, changed the world of sport after a well respected doctor, Dr William Penny Brookes, had an idea. His idea was to revive the Olympics. After Greek mythology went out Christianity came in meaning no cause for the celebration of the gods of Olympus, meaning no Olympic games. In October 1850, Brookes ensured his place in the history books because that year was a big one. He started by making an agricultural reading society, with a class for everyone. His second move was to create an Olympian class, aimed at social reform. Brookes promoted mortal, physical and intellectual improvement. He also encouraged the towns people to get involved in outdoor recreation and athletics, with awards at annual meetings. Some of the more upper-class citizens were disgusted at the thought of the working-classes running around in shorts and vests. Soon the whole town was getting involved, not necessarily taking part but spectating and supporting. Some of the first events were unmistakeably British with events such as football, cricket, quoits, 3 mile bicycle race, 150 yards hurdle and a wheelbarrow race. Soon the Much Wenlock Olympian games became internationally famous with interest from Greek Evangelis Zappas ,looking to boost Greek national pride, and Pierre de Coubertin, a young French aristocrat, taking looks with Pierre staying with Brookes at one point. Pierre, Knowing that Brookes was too old to take on the responsibility of making this an international event, decided to take over. Therefore creating the modern Olympic games, an international event for all to enjoy.
National Anthems By Nikita Goz Most nations have anthems, which is developed as a song. Most anthems are in a style of marches and hymns. A hymn can become a national anthem if the state has a simple tradition to do that. e.g. State Hymn of the Russian Federation. Different states and countries perform their anthems in the
The National Anthem is God Save the Queen. The British National Anthem originated in a song first performed in 1745. It became known as the National Anthem from the beginning of the nineteenth century. The National Anthem is played whenever The Queen makes a public appearance and is played by the British Broadcasting Corporation every night before closedown. It is also played at the Olympics or any other important celebrations. Lots of nations sing their anthems in Olympic games. The Olympic Hymn first appeared at the first Olympic Games in 1896 in Athens, Greece. National anthems play a big part in the Olympic Games. The Olympics Games an international sporting event played every four years has its own flag and "hymn", used when the Olympic flag is raised, usually during the opening and closing ceremonies.
The Olympic Bid By Ella Collin Having hosted the Olympic Games twice before in 1908 and 1948, London was keen to be able to host the games again. Since London began to start bidding in 2003, many people were happy to see that we had won the bid and so it was to be hosted here in 2012! Every time that London has hosted the games, we have left our own stamp on it with our innovative approach. Nine cities submitted bids to host the 2012 Olympics, and so the International Olympic committee shortlisted them down to five. These were: London, Madrid, Moscow, New York city and Paris. From all of these, London was selected! However, London won the bid by only four votes between them and Paris. Some cities planned to enter the bidding process, but didnâ€&#x;t end up sending in a official application. In the four stages of the process London won three out of the four stages but only by a few votes in most cases. In the final stage, Paris got fifty votes, while London secured the win by fifty-four. After a city was eliminated from the process, they were allowed to vote where they wanted it to be hosted. In some cases though, Some countries were not allowed to vote, as their country representative was either suspended from voting, choose not to elect or they were in the election themselves. The official election began in 2005 just before two years before the Beijing Olympics, so they could be prepared a long while ahead. Rio de Janeiro in Brazil has already secured the bid to host the 2016 Olympics. So, overall London won the bid a long while ago, and now the opening ceremony is fast approaching and is taking place in a matter of weeks. Good Luck!
Keeping the Flame Alive By Elizabeth Edwards The Olympic flame has been an unforgettable tradition since the start of the first Olympics. The Olympic Torch today is ignited several months before the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games at the site of the ancient Olympics in Olympia, Greece. Eleven women, representing the Vestal Virgins, perform a ceremony in which the torch is kindled by the light of the Sun, its rays concentrated by a parabolic mirror. The Olympic torch travels routes that symbolize human achievement. In 1976 the flame was transmitted from Greece to the New World via satellite. Heat sensors in Greece detected the flame, the signal was sent to Ottawa via satellite and there a laser beam lit the torch. The torch, but not the flame, was taken into space by astronauts in 1996 and 2000. The Olympic Torch Relay ends on the day of the opening ceremony in the central stadium of the Games. The final bearer of the torch runs towards the cauldron, often placed at the top of a grand staircase, and then uses the torch to start the flame in the stadium. It is considered a great honour to be asked to light the Olympic Flame. After being lit, the flame continues to burn throughout the Olympics, and is extinguished on the day of the closing ceremony. We have an official amount of 57 days left until the opening ceremony! The flame was transported from Olympia, Greece by Princess Anne, David Beckham and Sebastian Coe (they flew by a Gold plane, the BA2012!). Gold medallist Ben Ainslie was our first torch bearer, starting from Landâ€&#x;s End, passing on to many other celebrities such as Will.I.Am! If you missed it coming through Worcester earlier this month, it will be returning to the Midlands in June!
Tremendous Torch Relay By Thomas Jeys On the Thursday 31st May, Bromsgrove Prep School warmly welcomed the London 2012 Olympic torch. A year 10 student form South Bromsgrove High School, called Ellie, brought in the torch in Bromsgrove's own Olympic ceremony, for all to see. The torch was gracefully carried by the schoolâ€&#x;s Head Boy Beck Cutting around the sports hall. He glided on air as he had the torch in his hand. Later on in the day, all students will be able too see the torch closer and even touch the torch!
A big thank you to Mrs Richards for organising this very special day! Couldn’t Have Done It Without You By Kieran Walker and Morgan Berry (Roving Reporters) Earlier today a reporter and I interviewed Mrs Richards. At the moment she is the most famous person in the school. This is because she is leading the way in our tour of the 2012 Olympics. In the past Mrs Richards has said she loves the Olympics and today we certainly found this out. Today she gave a gripping speech in assembly and again told us she thought it was right to hold our own Olympics in honour. She said, “we want something different and special.‟ We were asking her in the sports hall. She said she enjoyed wheelchair basketball and said it is harder than it looks. Her form is supporting Denmark and she made sure they gave their best. She also said she is inspired by Tom Daley and that she hopes he wins gold. We thank you very much Mrs Richards. As we left she told us about her dream of having something to do with the Olympics and wanting to make it more important in the UK. You have certainly won our gold medal!
Olympic Organiser-Mrs Richards By Billy Draper-Barr and Pratik Moholkar On the 31st May a group of lucky Prep School pupils interviewed Mrs Richards, an adult who is very passionate about the games. After our own opening ceremony, we had the privilege to interview Mrs Richards, the organiser of the Bromsgrove Olympics. She told us about how she came up with the whole idea. „”love the Olympics and I wanted a day where we could all celebrate together‟.” We also found a lot of things about Mrs. Richards, such as her favourite Olympic event was wheelchair basketball, which she said was much harder than it looked! We also found out that her favourite teams were Denmark and, of course, Great Britain. Like many other people, she wanted to see Usain Bolt break another record, yet again. Thanks Mrs. Richards for a great day and celebrating the Olympic Games with us.