Olympic start to summer term in Midhurst

Carrying the Olympic banner
Carrying the Olympic banner

CHILDREN at Midhurst Primary School have begun their summer term on a high note with the first of a series of events that will help to shape history.

They launched their summer term’s learning with a full-blown Olympic opening ceremony complete with costumes and routines which were admired by parents, friends and fellow pupils who gathered to watch.

Sun Rise by children representing Australia

Sun Rise by children representing Australia

Headteacher Matthew Barnes told the Observer: “Each year group represented a different country and children performed and shared learning experiences from across the world.

“This varied widely from a traditional African dance by the Year 6 group who were representing Kenya to a cheerleading demonstration by children representing the USA in Year 4.”

Other performances included a country dance by children in the reception class, a Chinese dragon dance by children in Year 5, the singing of Sun Rise by pupils representing Australia in Year 3 as well as a sports display to the tune of Match of the Day by Year 2 pupils representing France. In addition, Year 1 pupils shared some of their learning in German, the country they had been asked to represent.

“Parents were amazed at the talent of their children and the variety put on to begin the school’s study into the Olympics, ancient Greeks and modern sport,” said Mr Barnes.

“The ceremony was just the beginning of a fun-filled term that will also include a sports week, a Greek legend and performance, a week’s celebration into the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and a closing ceremony in readiness to see the torch coming through the town in July – watch this space as the excitement unfolds!”