London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
Tickets to the Games
What an amazing summer! Through the Mayor of London’s Ticket Share initiative and the London 2012 Key Seats scheme, over three hundred students and staff from Wanstead High School saw elite athletes compete in fantastic venues within an atmosphere that was supportive, exciting and one which everyone will remember for many years to come.
Through the Ticket Share initiative students were treated to some of the best seats in the venues to watch Athletics, Basketball, Football, Handball, Hockey, Volleyball and Weightlifting. We were also very lucky to be selected to join the Key Seats programme which saw students in VIP seats at the Athletics, Wheelchair
Rugby, Hockey, Water Polo and Basketball.
Student Torchbearer carries the Olympic Flame
Megan was successfully nominated by Ms Efthymiou as a torchbearer and had her moment to shine carrying the Olympic Flame on 22nd July 2012, having been selected out of tens of thousands of exceptional nominations that went through to the final stages.
Many students and members of staff volunteered as Games Makers or London Ambassadors with one group of Young Games Makers enjoying a very special moment as they saw one of their peers receive a hat from the one and only Usain Bolt. George Hoy, who was volunteering alongside his club (the Orion Harriers), had the honour of carrying Usain Bolt’s kit and being given his hat. The moment has since been shared worldwide through the international press and led to appearances for George on BBC’s The One Show and Five News. Click here to read more.
Ms Scully, Head of PE, led our school team of ten Young Games Makers who for two weeks had the wonderful opportunity to work trackside at the Olympic Stadium carrying out kit to some of the most famous athletes in the world.
Mrs Hinds, a Games Maker, supported the athletes with their IT needs and spent time with the Jamaican team, while Mr Scott looked after the press at the Beach Volleyball. Our London Ambassadors meanwhile were stationed in their pink and purple at the Southbank helping tourists and sharing their love of London.
Dancers take the stage at the Olympic Park
Wanstead High School dancers took to the stage at the Olympic Park during the Paralympics after being selected by LOCOG to perform in front of hundreds of spectators. Our contemporary, break and street dancers performed to a packed audience and wowed the crowds on a sunny September day. The students shared the bill with ‘X Factor’ winner Joe McElderry, ‘4 Wheel City’ from New York and other local schools. A fantastic experience for all involved.
Young people celebrate launch of London 2012 Olympic Truce programme
Wanstead High School students were very excited to hear that a film in which they had featured, celebrating the Olympic Truce, had been shown at the United Nations in New York. A group of year ten students researched the history of the Olympic Truce before being invited to take part in a workshop which was filmed to create a learning resource to be shared via Get Set goes global, part of the official London 2012 education programme.
In addition to the reward of knowing that their film had been part of the London 2012 team’s presentation at the United Nations the students also enjoyed attending the Peace One Day concert which is part of the London 2012 Festival and featured Razorlight, Eliza Doolittle and short films made by young people as part of the Film Nation Shorts project.
The London 2012 Olympic Truce programme offered young people the chance to learn about the Olympic Truce and to take part in sporting and cultural activities which helped promote the themes of the Olympic Truce in their schools and communities.