Pupils win competition to see Olympic Torch's arrival in boroughBy Jon Nurse
June 22, 2012
Creative colourers will be among the first to see the Olympic Torch when it arrives in Wokingham.
Pupils from Robert Piggott CE Infant and Junior Schools won a borough-wide colouring competition to bag prime positions on the bank of the River Thames to watch the torch arrive on July 10.
The Robert Piggott CE Infant entry was a seven-foot tall torch with more than 100 smiling faces, and figures competing in Olympic sports coming out of the flames.
Sally Ann Akers, executive headteacher, said: “We are delighted to learn that we have been chosen as the Key Stage 1 and 2 winners of the Olympic Torch Competition.
“The children are very excited about seeing the torch and witnessing this as part of the Olympic Games.”
Some 60 children and 10 staff from the schools will view the torch’s progress along the Thames from the grounds of Thamesfield Nursing Home.
They will be joined by pupils from Wokingham secondary schools as well as some looked-after children.
Councillor Angus Ross, executive member for environment, said: “There are so many Olympic initiatives and schemes inspiring youngsters, but we wanted to do something specifically for younger children using art. The aim of the competition was to help these young children feel part of the Olympic dream.
“Standing on the bank of the Thames, watching the torch go by, they’ll have wonderful memories they can tell their own grandchildren one day.”