Lessons to be learned from summer's Games
ALL I can say, with one day to go, is thanks for a year's worth of assemblies and a lifetime of inspiration!
This Tweet from Vic Goddard, the head of Passmore's, the school featured in television's Educating Essex series, as the Paralympics drew to a close will no doubt be echoed by teachers and head teachers across the greater Bristol area this September.
The brilliant summer of sport offered lessons to young and old – and not just about endeavour in the arena.
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Simon Botten, head teacher at Blackhorse Primary in Mangotsfield, said: "When something is done well, it has a profound impact. Our theme this year is 'the power of wow' and all our assemblies this term will be about the Olympics. There is a lot of interest at the moment and we want to capture that."
Schools had already been drawing on the Games for months in the run-up, with many choosing to focus on the Olympic and Paralympic values – Friendship, Respect, Excellence, Determination, Inspiration, Courage, and Equality.
The torch relay through the area was watched by thousands and every school sent representatives to a concert in Millennium Square where children sang a special Olympic song.
Bristol played host to the Kenyan team and Olympic and Paralympic athletes have visited scores of primaries and secondaries to encourage youngsters to get active. Many schools also took part in Cultural Olympiad events.
But it was the performances at the Games themselves that proved so inspiring, with many competitors triumphant against the odds.
And for a city where one in every 20 children is now of Somali origin, double gold-medal winner Mo Farah proved the ultimate role model.
Today The Post salutes all the thousands of staff and children in schools in the greater Bristol area who are striving to achieve their personal best.