The Olympic Torch comes through Calne…
On Wednesday 23rd May, our academy will line the streets to watch as the torch begins its journey through Calne.
Our reporting team will be bringing you the latest news of the event soon.
The flame comes to Springfields
On the 23th of May 10:45am, the Olympic torch went past the academy. At 9:00am all the classes went to their first lessons as usual (except year 9 and 7 who were busy putting out chairs for the assembly to follow). Then at a quarter to ten we had an early break for fifteen minutes.
The assembly followed break-time in which we had a quiz on the Olympic torch, and prizes were won. One by one the pupils made their way out onto the streets in tutor groups. Once on the streets, they were given flags and bunting, awaiting the torch tour of Calne. Six minutes later , it arrived at the academy.
A member of the school community said, “it made me feel proud of my country”. The convoy of vehicles went past slowly, but the torch went past so fast the pupils couldn’t see it for long.
Over all, every one really enjoyed the special moment and it was a once in a lifetime opportunity for all to see.
George Year 9
The torch comes to the West!
The torch lit the skies of Wiltshire on the 23rd May, day 5 of the torch tour as it continued the journey through the south west of England.
It ventured through many towns and villages; approximately 30,000 people from Bristol to Wotton Bassett will have seen this great artefact and event.
The torch left Bristol at 6am on 23rd, and arrived in Chippenham at 9.46am, where 6 torch bearers carried it through that journey.
It then left Chippenham and arrived in Calne, Curzon Street, at 10.45 am. Travelling next to Marlborough, it reached this beautiful town at 11.25 am, followed by Chiseldon at 11.56 am and finally arriving in Wotton Bassett in the afternoon. The famous Olympian David Hemmery, who won the gold medal in the 110 metres hurdles in the 1968 Olympic, had the task of taking the torch through Royal Wotton Bassett.
Swindon, then Cirencester, was the final two towns on day 5 of the tour.
However, it will return to Wiltshire towards the end of the tour on day 54, 11th and 12th July, before it is carried to London on 27th July for the games to begin.
Josh, Year 9
Olympian David Hemmery carrying the torch through Royal Wotton Bassett
THE TORCH TOUR ACROSS THE U.K. – A GREAT EVENT FOR A GREAT NATION!
The nation has been waiting for the great event of our lifetime – the torch tour of the UK. Lit in Greece on 18th May 2012, the torch travelled on an exclusive aeroplane with Princess Anne with David Beckham and Lord Coe, who brought it to the south coast. The UK tour began on 19th May and will end of 27th July, when the opening ceremony will start.
1, 019 communities in the UK and N Ireland will be involved in seeing the great sight of the torch as it travels the nation. The journey began in Land’s End, Cornwall on May 19th and will end in Guildford on 27th July, bringing the 70 day tour to an end.
8 000 torchbearers, represented by the holes on each torch will proudly carry the flame across the nation. The torch was lit from the sun’s rays in the Temple of Hera in Olympia, Greece, the home of the Olympics, the home of the torch.
Every four years, it is delivered to the host nation, this time, 2012, the UK, to represent peace, unity and friendship, a gift from Greece.
The torch will eventually mark the start of the Olympics when games begin on 27th July.
Jack, Year 10
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