Church school to host Paralympic torch tour

A Cumbrian church school is set to play host to the 2016 Paralympic torch, just months before the Rio games.

High Hesket CE Primary made a successful bid to be one of only 100 schools to take part in the nationwide tour. Now a Paralympic party is to drop in on Thursday morning.

The two-hour visit will see Year 5 and 6 pupils take part in four special activities which demonstrate the Paralympic values of courage, determination, equality and inspiration.

Then five children and five adults – including staff members and members of the community – will take part in a torch procession through the school grounds ending at the school hall.

Headteacher Margaret Taylor said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for our children to engage with the values which are the foundation of the Paralympic movement and which it is important to see displayed in our school too.

“Everyone is looking forward to the event and we hope that it will raise levels of interest even further in the Paralympic games.”

Ten nominees will act as ‘Guardians of the Flame’ during the torch procession. One of those community members taking part will be former High Hesket pupil Danny Ewin, who was left paralysed following a road accident aged 16 and who now plays wheelchair basketball.

The ‘Guardians’ will have the honour of carrying the Paralympic torch along the processional route, handing it over at key locations. They will also be asked to give a short speech to outline why they have been selected.

The events aim to raise awareness of ParalympicsGB and the Rio Games, as well as change perceptions of disabled people and educate young pupils about the history and importance of the Paralympic movement.

The ParalympicsGB Rio 2016 Torch Tour will visit High Hesket CE primary on Thursday 23 June, 2016, between 9am and 11am.

The activity workshops will run for an hour from 9.15am with the torch procession scheduled to last 20 minutes starting at 10.20am

Pupils will also have the opportunity to record a short goodwill message for the next school on the nationwide tour.

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For further information contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager, on 07469 153658, 01768 807764 or at communications@carlislediocese.org.uk.