Olympic torch relay a memorable day out for Wokingham pupilsBy Jon Nurse
July 11, 2012
Excited schoolchildren enjoyed a chance to cheer on the Olympic Torch in Remenham yesterday.
Around 120 pupils from primary and secondary schools in the borough gathered in the grounds of Thamesfield Retirement Village to wave flags and applaud Sir Steve Redgrave as he held the torch aloft and glided along the river.
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Jess Adams, Year 10 pupil at The Piggott School in Wargrave, said. “It’s been really fun and I think all of us have really enjoyed it.”
Robert Piggott Infant and Junior Schools brought 60 lucky pupils along who won an art competition.
Executive headteacher Sally Akers said: “The children are loving it – they’re having a wonderful time. We are delighted to have been invited here today. It marvellous to give the children as many opportunities as possible to take part in this wonderful event.
“There are lots of wonderful things happening at school. We have an Olympic exhibition for the whole community and parents to come to and last night some of our Year Five pupils were in Oxford dancing in the Cultural Olympiad.”
Year Six pupil Sam Edmunds won the Olympic art competition for the junior school, while pupils united at the infant school to create a 7ft high work of art that was judged the winner.
Jack Daisley, also in Year Six, said: “We have been learning about the Olympics at school. I think we’re really privileged to have our own special place by the river. There are so many schoolchildren in Wokingham so I’m really happy to have been chosen.”
Sports ambassadors from Maiden Erlegh, The Piggott, Emmbrook, St Crispin’s and Holt Schools joined the celebration alongside pupils from Addington School in Woodley.
Sean Kennedy, head of boys PE at The Piggott School, said: “The sports ambassadors have earned this morning for all their hard work through the year.”
Retirement home resident Lady Sandra Trewby, 91, joined the children on the riverbank.
Her late husband Vice Admiral Sir Allan Trewby helped design the torch when the Olympics were last in London in 1948.
“It’s all very exciting,” she said. “I think the relay is even more popular this time because it is so well covered by the media.”