Following a visit from an Olympic torch bearer the Y5’s turned into newspaper reporters, recounting the exciting day in print. We had some excellent pieces of work – here is Joanna Xie’s report of the day …
On Tuesday, 10th July, Ryan Wileman, cousin of a teacher at Totley Primary’s husband came to school to explain to the children his Olympic torch experience.
Ryan ran with the Olympic torch on Doncaster Road, Rotherham on 26th June. he was nominated by his sister-in-law, from a Coca-Cola competition, and made it through a shortlist. He was told about being nominated for his work in the Salvation Army Church in December. “I never imagined it ever happening, it was a once in a lifetime experience!” he said.
To represent the 8000 people over Great Britain holding the torch 8000 holes were made in the torch, also, in a triangular shape, to represent the 3 Olympic values – Friendship, Respect and Excellence. This information was told to the children, of which one commented “Wow that was interesting!”
In the afternoon, Ryan went around the classes, bringing his torch. The Y5’s were inspired by his visit and designed their own torches! Everyone had their photos taken in pairs and classes.
“I felt great and shocked to have a phot with it!” said Sarah. “I was glad to touch it!” another told me.
Although it’s over for the people of Totley Primary School the torch is still travelling around the entire country giving many other people a once in a lifetime chance.