Olympic torch visits Polwhele House school
10:27am Friday 25th May 2012 in Truro
An Olympic torch has made a visit to Polwhele House school with the children able to get close to it and many were able to hold it.
Sean McDonnell, a PCSO in Falmouth, is the uncle of one of Polwhele’s year four girls, was an Olympic torchbearer in Falmouth on Saturday.
With kind permission from her uncle, Jenna Kerridge brought the torch into her class at school, with perfect timing as the group had made their own Olympic torches for their Sports Day the previous week.
Jenna was very excited about sharing her uncle’s torch and said, “I’d like to thank Uncle Sean for letting me bring the torch to school. It was lovely that the children could hold it and many thanked me for the once in a lifetime opportunity”.
Class teacher and head of art at Polwhele House, Claire Richmond said, “We are very grateful to Sean for allowing Jenna to bring his torch into our school. Many of our children lined the route with their families as the torch came through Truro on Saturday, and some were lucky enough to see Sean carry it through Falmouth.”
Miss Richmond said: “Having experienced the atmosphere of the start of the relay in Cornwall, the whole class was very excited. As each of the children made their own Olympic torch for Sports Day last week, it meant a great deal to them to be able to hold the real thing – something that at eight years of age I am sure they will remember for the rest of their lives”.
Sean, who comes from Falmouth, was chosen to be a torchbearer due to the work that he does in the community. Newly married on Friday, the day before he was a torchbearer, his new wife’s daughter – Charlotte – nominated him for his sporting achievements and charitable work.