Pupils at The Victory Primary School have celebrated this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games with a Rio-themed parade.
Since Monday 20 June, pupils and staff at the school had been enjoying a week of sport, culture and music as part of Spirit of Rio – United Learning’s national cultural festival. On Friday, this culminated in an exciting, grand finale parade inspired by Rio 2016 for the whole school community.
Throughout the week, pupils had taken part in their sports day and learnt about the Olympic and Paralympic values which include friendship, respect and courage. Each class at the school was given a sport and a country to find out about and their research projects formed the basis for Friday’s Olympic parade. They also participated in Brazilian-themed arts, music and dance workshops as well as getting to try foods from other countries.
Friday’s parade started with samba drummers from local secondary, King Richard School, welcoming all the children into the MUGA. Each class assembled to showcase their creative work and mascots for their families and friends. Guests were then treated to yodelling and fencing as well as traditional Austrian, Indian, Greek and samba dancing. The Haka was performed with Mo Farrah’s trademark ‘m’ and the event culminated in a rousing rendition of ‘Rule, Britannia!’ with the lighting of the school’s Olympic torch.
Guests of honour at the parade were Deputy Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Ken Ellcome and his wife Mrs Jo Ellcome. The children, their parents and their teachers were also joined by The Victory Primary School’s governors and a representative from HMS Victory, CPO Ash Coates.
Mrs Kath Unitt, the event organiser, said:
“I was overwhelmed by the children’s contribution and support from the parents. This was a really joyful event which we hope will last in the children’s memories for many years to come.”
Mr Jim Hartley, Head Teacher at The Victory Primary School, said:
“This was a fantastic week with the children and staff working so hard to celebrate this special event at school.”
Year 6 pupil Lottie said:
“I thought the parade was awesome and it was great watching all the different presentations.”
James, a Year 3 pupil, said:
“It was really exciting and I was surprised to see so many parents. The drummers played brilliantly.”