Torch dreams come true for kids

Philiphaugh and Lillesleaf Primary's own Olympic torch. wednesday 13th. June. Front from left, Kamran Aziz, Antony Wood, Molly MacLean, Amy Horseman, Ruth Macdonald, Alex Smith, Abbie Forster. Back, Tracey bell, Alison Tiemessen, Matthew Nosworthy and Dorothy Scott.
Philiphaugh and Lillesleaf Primary's own Olympic torch. wednesday 13th. June. Front from left, Kamran Aziz, Antony Wood, Molly MacLean, Amy Horseman, Ruth Macdonald, Alex Smith, Abbie Forster. Back, Tracey bell, Alison Tiemessen, Matthew Nosworthy and Dorothy Scott.
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CHILDREN from Philiphaugh and Lilliesleaf primary schools celebrated the arrival of the Olympic flame to the Borders last week by holding a torch relay and Olympic-themed day of their own.

Eight primary seven pupils, four from each school, and three support staff, undertook a seven-mile run from Lilliesleaf primary school, through Midlem and Shawmount, to Philiphaugh Community School.

The torch runners were then piped into the sports grounds during an Olympic opening ceremony, where they were welcomed by pupils representing 16 countries, staff from both schools, parents, carers and grandparents.

Pupils participated in 12 events each, representing a different Olympic or Paralympic sport. The day was concluded with a closing ceremony, where pupils were presented with certificates and stickers.

Kevin Wilson, lead organiser and principal teacher across both schools, told TheSouthern: “The Olympics had provided a fantastic platform for pupils to work, learn and play together.

“This special day of sports was the perfect way to celebrate the national event and provided another chance for pupils across the two schools to come together.”

Over the past few months, pupils from nursery to P7 across both schools have been working in mixed age groups to research a specific country each. The pupils then represented their country at this joint Olympic day.

Mr Wilson said: “A lot of hard work has gone into organising this event, but when you have staff at all levels taking an active role in providing ideas, using initiative, problem solving and organising resources, things soon come together.

“The only thing we couldn’t organise was the weather, but even that played its part in ensuring this was a successful and memorable day for all.”

Organisers and pupils wish to say a huge thanks to all staff who were involved in the event and to parents and guardians for their support.

The adults running with the torch were Tracey Bell, Dorothy Scott and Alison Tiemessen.

The four P7s from Philiphaugh Community School were Alex Smith, Kamran Aziz, Amy Horsman and Antony Wood.

The four P7s from Lilliesleaf Primary School were Molly Maclean, Ruth MacDonald, Matthew Nosworthy and Abbie Forster.

Other adults involved in the organisation of the event were: Karen Cornwall, Craig Anderson and Karen Stewart.