London 2012 on timetable for lucky few

olympic torch

12:14pm 14th June 2012

Students from Rossett School in Harrogate are going to play a part in the Olympics opening ceremony.

The eight youngsters, from Years 7 to 9, will make up a 2,000-strong Guard of Honour for the world's greatest athletes, lining the parade route.

Rossett School was selected after demonstrating commitment to living the Olympic and Paralympic values, incorporating them into the school's life and curriculum.

Deputy headteacher John Lawton said: "Rossett will be supporting the Moroccan team during the celebrations, so we've been busy putting together displays of Moroccan culture and sporting stars and we'll be learning to greet each other in Arabic and Berber, the country's main languages.

"It's a tremendous honour to be chosen to take part in this event, which for many of the athletes will be their first experience of the London 2012 Games. It was very difficult to select just eight students to represent Rossett - we asked them to describe what the Olympics meant to them and give the reasons why they felt they should be chosen. All those who were successful truly try and live by the Olympic values of respect, excellence and friendship and thoroughly deserve their place."

As well as having the chance to cheer on the Athletes' Parade, the students will be able to tour the Olympic Park beforehand.

13-year-old Jack Smith, one of those who will travel to London, said: "The Olympic Games represent a special and unique opportunity for the countries of the world to come together. It will be a genuine privilege to represent my school on such an important occasion."

Rossett School's celebrations also include a special Primary School Olympic Games.

Taking place on Monday 18 June, around 300 pupils from schools across Harrogate will take part in a day of Olympic and Paralympic sports, with an inter-school athletics competition in the afternoon.

There will also be a whole-school 'walking bus' from Rossett School to York Place to watch the Olympic Torch pass through Harrogate on Tuesday 19 June.

Photo courtesy of London 2012

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
A1(M) crash

Lucky escape after motorway crash

Two people were in a van which came off the A1(M) near Knaresborough.

Bingo

New homes due to open on Lucky Numbers bingo site

Families to move into new apartments in Harrogate as early as the Spring.

Most read
police lights

Suspect disturbed during Harrogate break-in

A would-be burglar was caught breaking into a flat on St Winifred's Avenue.

wind turbine fire

WATCH: Wind turbine on fire

Firefighters have been called to Knabs Ridge near Harrogate.

Newer article

Suspended sentence for llama owner

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: A man from Knaresbrough receives a 12-week jail sentence suspended for 12 months for allowing ten llamas to suffer.

Older article

Murdered officer remembered

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: The family of a volunteer police officer killed by an IRA gunman in North Yorkshire have marked the 20 years since his death.

Top articles

Istanbul nightclub massacre gunman 'arrested'

World: The man suspected of carrying out the New Year's Day shooting at an Istanbul nightclub has been arrested, according to local media.

Andy Murray makes winning start at Australian Open

Sport: World number one Andy Murray kicked off his Australian Open campaign with a hard-fought straight-sets victory against Illya Marchenko on Monday.

Sky's The Young Pope wins over hearts at US premiere

Showbiz: Sky Atlantic's The Young Pope has premiered in the US to rave reviews, with critics calling it "wickedly funny and insightful".

WATCH: Strong winds hit Yorkshire

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Gusts as high as 93mph have been recorded.

Record growth on Yorkshire-Scotland air link

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Passenger numbers have soared on flights from Leeds Bradford Airport to Glasgow.

Proposed Dales school closure "not fair"

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: Parents are stepping up their campaign to save Horton-in-Ribblesdale Primary School as a public consultation begins.

Bell-ringing marathon raises thousands for helicopter heroes

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: A man from Ripon took on the challenge after Yorkshire Air Ambulance rushed him to hospital with serious injuries.

WATCH: Harrogate car dealer opens its showroom to charity at Christmas

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: A car dealer has opened its doors to the Supporting Older People charity in Harrogate.

LISTEN: Award Winning Pateley Bridge Welcomes You Over Christmas

Christmas: Officially the Best Village High Street is wanting to see you for last minute festive shopping and for a day out over the Christmas period.

What Big Family News Could Mean For You

Business: From engagements to first homes, from inheritance to wills, if you and your family had some big news over the last month there could be more to sort out that you realise. LCF Barber Titleys are here to talk you through it.

Inside Fostering: Behind the Scenes of Fostering North Yorkshire

Features: Stray FM have created a new 4-part documentary series finding out what it takes to be a foster carer and how it can change the lives of young people where you live.

Bell-ringing marathon raises thousands for helicopter heroes

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: A man from Ripon took on the challenge after Yorkshire Air Ambulance rushed him to hospital with serious injuries.

The Yorkshire floods: one year on

Special Reports: People affected by last year's downpours describe what has happened in the last 12 months

VIDEO: Tour de Yorkshire a "great success"

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: North Yorkshire County Council's leader has praised the enthusiasm and numbers of people who turned out to watch the cycle race.

Tour de Yorkshire host venues confirmed

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: There'll be no re-run of this year's memorable Tour de France stage finish in Harrogate.

LIVE: Monday 20 June 2016

Harrogate, Craven & Wharfedale: The latest news across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale.

Beadnall Copley