Newham Schoolchildren chosen for London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony

27 January 2012 in 2012 Games and legacy and Education and Young people

Children from five Newham schools will appear in front of millions of people worldwide after being chosen to take part in the London 2012 Opening Ceremony.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games have today announced the under 16s volunteer performer cast for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be selected from schools in the six host boroughs that are most engaged in the official London 2012 education programme ‘Get Set’.

Pupils from the following Newham schools will be taking part in the opening ceremony:

  • Essex Primary School,
  • Colegrave School
  • Lister Community School
  • Hallsville Primary School
  • Cumberland Secondary School

  • In total 18 primary and seven secondary schools have been involved in an audition process for the Olympic Opening Ceremony with children aged 7-9 years and 11-13 years. In total 1,650 children auditioned for the London 2012 Ceremonies Mass Movement Team, undertaking large scale choreography as well as dance routines. 940 children will be selected to perform in the Ceremony on 27 July, 2012, watched by 80,000 people in the Olympic Stadium and a worldwide TV audience of over a billion people.

    For the selected children there will be between 15 and 20 rehearsals taking place initially at the selected schools, then in East London at London 2012 Ceremonies rehearsal sites and finally in the Olympic Stadium. LOCOG is providing transport between the schools and the rehearsal venues for the young people.

    Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham said: “There are a lot of talented youngsters in Newham and it is fantastic that this has been recognised by LOCOG. An important part of the Olympic Legacy is the inspirational power it can have, in demonstrating how much our children can achieve, whether it is through sport, music, dance and much more.

    “This is a once in a lifetime experience for our schoolchildren. With the Olympics taking place on their doorsteps, there is a wealth of opportunities available for them and I know they will take advantage of what is on offer.”

    Katie Parks, assistant head at Colegrave Primary School said: “We feel privileged to be part of the London 2012 Opening Ceremony. What an amazing opportunity – we’re proud beyond words and excited beyond belief! Bring on the games!”

    Seb Coe, London 2012 Chair, said: “Being part of the Ceremonies is a great way of inspiring young people, I’m delighted school children from the Host Boroughs will be part of the show and help tell our story to the world. The students involved will have an incredible experience which will build their confidence and a sense of pride in themselves, their friends, family, school and wider community.”

    Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said: “We want to create a legacy from the Games by inspiring our young people and ensuring they are at the heart of the celebrations. Not only are we giving young Londoners free tickets to watch the spectacle of sport, hundreds of youngsters will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to actually take part in the biggest event on the planet, watched by millions of people around the world.”

    Schools from the six host boroughs will be auditioning in February for the Olympic Closing Ceremony. Applications are open until 22 February for adult volunteer performers to audition to participate in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. LOCOG are searching for 5,000 volunteer performers to fill roles as dancers, actors, percussionists and general all-round performers.