SPORTS Day at King’s Ely has taken on Elympic proportions this term.

In addition to the usual track and field competitions, children of all ages have been taking part in a variety of cultural and sporting challenges throughout this week, from water polo and archery to Japanese writing, French cooking and Spanish dancing.

During the aptly named Elympics, students also learnt about the history of the Olympics and took part in a competition to win tickets to the London 2012 Olympic Football Tournament.

King’s Ely is part of the Get Set network, which recognises commitment to the Olympic and Paralympic values.

Head of Personal Development, Helen Wright said: “The week’s events have given the pupils the opportunity to take part in a range of activities that they may not otherwise have had the chance to participate in, including boccia – a Paralympic sport for athletes with disabilities, and blind-folded football.

“As well as giving them insight into the challenges faced by those who compete at an international level, the events have helped the pupils learn about the values that the Olympics represent, which are respect, excellence, friendship, courage, determination, inspiration and equality.

“To give the Elympics a truly international feel, we also utilised the skills of our international students and teachers, who held classes on origami, Thai writing and foreign language.”

In addition to watching the football tournament, pupils and staff will be supporting two-time Olympian Goldie Sayers, the UK women’s javelin record holder who was a pupil at King’s Ely from 1990-2000. 


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