Tuesday, 08 May 2012

As the whole country gears up for a summer of sport, and with London 2012 less than 100 days away, the College had its own Olympic week.

In true Olympic fashion, it started with an Opening ceremony: the Head of School, Sasha Morse, announced Olympic Week officially open, as Deputy Head of School, Alex Kolliari-Turner, paraded the Olympic Torch through Chapel. The Heads of Houses pledged the participants' oath whilst dressed in their House Sports Vests. The rest of the week saw more Olympic themed events, as each House bought into the Olympic Ideal of participation over performance. The A2 Sport Science group presented the History of the Olympics in an enlightening and amusing fashion to the Lower and Middle School on Tuesday.

The next day saw five members of staff discuss their favourite Olympians in Chapel. Miss Duffield chose the South African swimmer, Natalie du Toit; Mr Lambe, Jesse Owens; Miss Sturgeon selected Ethiopian Marathon Champion, Abebe Bikila; and Mr Withers produced a brilliant portrayal of Lord Burleigh, but after an online vote, Mr Pass's pick, Daley Thompson, came out the worthy winner. Other events throughout the week saw Leconfield and Abraham display the Olympic Field event records in the Front Quad - the javelin record stretches from Abraham House to the Prep School front door! Head's House undertook a triathlon; Chichester and Ryle produced Olympic cake sales; and Aldrich took part in the 71 club swim.

In DT, pupils designed and made Olympic medals, the 1936 Berlin Olympics were studied in History, whilst in Chemistry, the Lower Third created their own suite of bronze, silver and gold 'medals' as they learned how to change the colour of copper coins.

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