7:20am Monday 14th May 2012
Helping build excitement amongst children in the run up to the start of the Olympic Torch Relay next week, schools in the Helston area have been sharing their very own ‘torch’.
The unofficial torch is being passed through 216 primary schools in the county, in the run up to the start of the official torch relay on Saturday, May 19.
The torch started its journey at St Mark’s Primary School in Morwenstow, North Cornwall, in October.
For the last few weeks it has been making its way through the primary schools in the Helston and Lizard area, with pupils celebrating in different ways.
The head teacher of Mullion Primary, Carleen Dryburgh, hosted an assembly for the whole school because everyone was “excited about the torch”.
After the assembly two teaching assistants accompanied year six children Emily Meridew and Jamison Boll in carrying the torch to its next designated location, Cury Primary School.
Porthleven School decided to run the three and a half miles between the school and recipients Nansloe Academy in Helston. Thirteen children completed the trip in a relay, escorted by members of staff.
From the Helston area the torch headed through West Cornwall, with the last school to receive it being Sennen on May 25.
The torch itself was designed by St Breock Primary, after it became one of the first schools to be awarded a ‘Plan Your 2012’ grant. It was made by Richard Harwood at the design company Tulipart.
Photos are being taken of the torch at each school and sent back to St Breock, where they will be compiled into a special book showing the torch’s journey.
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