Pupils to line route as athletes make way to Olympic Stadium
STUDENTS from a school in Shirehampton will form a guard of honour as athletes make their way to the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.
Children from Oasis Academy Brightstowe will line the route as athletes make their way through the Olympic Park to the Olympic Stadium on July 27.
At the start of the athletes' parade, the students will join pupils from 249 other UK schools and make up the 2,000-student guard of honour. They will hold lanterns and banners they have created to support one of the 204 competing teams, with the Bristol students supporting Algeria.
The students are learning about Algerian culture and its athletes as part of the celebrations for London 2012 World Sport Day taking place on June 25.
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Oasis was selected for the parade after demonstrating a commitment to living the Olympic and Paralympic values and incorporating them into their school lives and curriculum.
Pupils have learned about the history, geography, art, music, dance and culture of Algeria. Sports captains have delivered assemblies about Algeria and traditional Algerian meals have been served at lunchtime.
Karl Robottom, lead teacher of PE, said: "The Olympics has provided us with an opportunity to help the students to learn about different countries and their cultures.
"This fits in nicely with the Oasis ethos of inclusion, in that all nations will be competing together and demonstrating respect for one another, regardless of race, religion or sporting ability.
"The fortunate students attending the Guard of Honour ceremony prior to the opening ceremony will experience first-hand this great mix of people from around the world that the Olympics, and sport in general, has the power to bring together."
Seb Coe, pictured, chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, said: 'The presence of so many young people at the start of the Olympic games opening ceremony will continue to show London 2012's commitment to put young people at the heart of the Games."