Fleetville Junior School, in St Albans, has been named Get Set network school of the month for December and received a surprise visit from London 2012 Olympic mascot Wenlock.
Get Set is London 2012’s official education programme and Fleetville Junior School successfully joined the Get Set network in September 2011. The Get Set network is the London 2012 reward and recognition scheme for schools that are demonstrating a commitment to the Olympic and Paralympic Values.
Fleetville Junior School has been selected as a Get Set network school of the month because they have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the Olympic and Paralympic Values. Fleetville have established a Get Set Olympic and Paralympic Committee to increase awareness and excitement for the London 2012 Games. The committee set pupils the challenge of designing a new mascot called FRED ICE to represent all of the Olympic and Paralympic Values - Friendship, Respect, Excellence, Determination, Inspiration, Courage and Equality.
Seb Coe said: “When London won the right to host the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, we made a clear promise to use the power of the 2012 Games to inspire young people. I am proud to see that Fleetville Junior has been recognised as Get Set ‘school of the month’ and is actively engaged in exciting work around the Olympic and Paralympic Values.”
Chairman of the Hertfordshire is Ready for Winners Partnership, Derrick Ashley, said: “Many congratulations to Fleetville on their fantastic achievement. Increased opportunities for young people is one of our legacy ambitions and we are working hard with schools around the county to achieve this. Hertfordshire has maintained the accolade of being the number one county for percentage of schools registered for Get Set in the whole country and has the highest percentage of network schools in the region.”
Headteacher, Jeremy Loukes, said. “We are delighted to have been recognised as Get Set school of the month. It reflects the high profile that sport has in our school and the enthusiasm and commitment of staff and pupils. We are grateful to our sports co-ordinator, Natasha Chapman, for her determination and passion to ensure that all our pupils have access to sporting opportunities.”
Frances Button, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “Fleetville Junior School has a strong focus on physical education, it is great to see a local school totally engaged with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The school is currently planning an Olympic and Paralympic Week for July 2012, during which students will learn more about the Games and have the opportunity to take part in a variety of Olympic and Paralympic sports and I wish then the very best of luck.”
(Photo courtesy of Adam Rowley Images: Fleetville’s Get Set Olympic and Paralympic Committee with surprise visitor Wenlock.)