Lancing students get into Olympic spirit with balloon-releasing event

Students at North Lancing Primary School releasing hundreds of balloons to mark Olympics
Students at North Lancing Primary School releasing hundreds of balloons to mark Olympics

STUDENTS at a Lancing school got into the Olympic spirit by releasing hundreds of balloons during a ceremony held in honour of the games.

North Lancing Primary School, in Mill Road, held an Olympic opening ceremony in which students from the school released two hundred balloons with pictures and tags on them, allowing the school to see how far the balloons had travelled.

Head teacher Emma Hansford opened the event and junior Olympic torch bearers Matthew Singleton and Ella Griffiths were passed a home-made Olympic torch from sports co-ordinator John Whiteside.

A brief history of the Olympics was then told and the 200 balloons, all in the colours of the Olympic rings, were released.

Miss Hansford said: “It was fantastic. The children really loved it.”

Later in the day, held earlier in June, children sang two songs, lead by music teachers Peter Greaves and Fiona Cartmell.

During the last two weeks (June 14 to June 28), students at the school have been learning about the Olympics.

This has included them taking part in a range of sports, from karate to tennis and long jump, and making papers with Olympic stories, among other things.