Students from Newham to take part in London Games Ceremonies

24 January 2013 in 2012 Games and legacy and Young people and Events
Newham schoolchildren will appear in front of millions of people worldwide after being chosen to take part in the London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony and Paralympic Opening Ceremony.
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) have today announced the names of the Newham schools that will be part of the under 16s volunteer performer cast.

Schools chosen to perform across all four ceremonies have been selected from the six host boroughs and are engaged in the official London 2012 education programme ‘Get Set’ incorporating the Olympic and Paralympic values into their curriculum. An audition process took place for the ceremonies involving children aged 9-11 years and 11-16 years.

Children from Little Ilford School in Manor Park will perform in the Olympics Closing Ceremony which takes on 12 August. Children from Eastlea School in Canning Town will take part in the Paralympic Opening Ceremony which takes place on 29 August. The ceremonies will be watched by 80,000 people in the Olympic Stadium and a worldwide TV audience. The Newham schools taking part in the Olympic Opening Ceremony were announced earlier this year.

For the selected children, there will be between 15 and 20 rehearsals taking place 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.”

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 Newham will be part of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and help tell our story to the world. The students involved will have an incredible experience which will help build their confidence and a sense of pride in themselves, their friends, family, school and wider community.”