Pupils and staff at Goole High School have been given the opportunity of a lifetime to take part in the 2012 Olympic Games, thanks to their magnificent fundraising achievements.
Year 11 student Ryan Fallowfield (16) and PE teacher Neil Poskitt have been selected from thousands to take part in two 50 metre races with stars from across the athletic world, at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday, April 1, in front of a 20,000 strong crowd.
Year 11 student Nick Marwood (16), and Year 7 student Georgie Mellard (11), have also been selected to take part in the Gold Challenge Parade at the Olympic Stadium on the same day, which will see them walk the track of the Olympic Stadium, as two of the school’s top fundraisers.
Nick and Georgie will be joined by Senior School Coordinator Ryan Saunders and PE teacher Michelle Devine.
Both pupils and staff are delighted to be taking part in such a prestigious event.
Nick said: “It is really really exciting to have been selected to travel down to London to the Olympic Stadium.
“It really is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am proud of all the hard work myself and the other students, and staff at the school have done to ensure we are part of the 2012 Olympic games.”
Goole High School headteacher, Danuta Tomasz said: “To have the school involved in the most prestigious event the country will ever host is one of those once in a lifetime moments.
“I can’t imagine a better way of recognising the achievements of our students and sports staff than this. I know that each and everyone of us feels incredibly proud of our selected ambassadors and we wait with bated breath for when they come back to find out what it felt like to step into the fabulous surroundings of the Olympic Stadium.”
November last year, saw a number of students take part in a sponsored run to raise £340, towards the school’s Get Set target of £2012 which will be donated to the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, a charity which provides emotional and practical support to families who have a child with a life threatening or terminal illness.
A number of other fundraisers have also been planned for the next month including a staff v sixth form football match at the VPG on Thursday, March 29. Kick off is at 6pm and tickets are now on sale from the school.
A 2012 m sponsored walk/run will also take place at the VPG at 4pm on Thursday, April 19.
The walk/run is for the school and community and participators are being urged to collect as many sponsors as possible to reach the school’s target of £2012.
To enter simply sign up for the challenge and collect a sponsorship form from the school building located just off Centenary Road.
Goole High School was awarded a plaque and certificate in October 2011, by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), to acknowledge the school’s involvement in the London 2012 education programme, the Get Set Network.They are now a part of an active London 2012 community of schools and colleges across the UK– the Get Set network – and will receive access to exclusive competitions and 2012 Games related opportunities over the coming months.
Sebastian Coe, chairman of LOCOG said: “When London won the right to host the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, we made a clear promise to use the power of the 2012 Games to inspire young people.
“I am proud to welcome Goole High School in to the Get Set network for their exciting work around the Olympic Values of friendship, excellence and respect and the Paralympic Values of inspiration, courage, determination and equality.
“By joining the network, Goole High School now has a golden opportunity to give some of their pupils the chance of a lifetime – tickets to see the greatest show on earth.
Sarah Lynskey co-ordinator of Physical Activity and Sport at Goole High School said: “We are trying to demonstrate that London 2012’s education programme extends far beyond PE and sport and we are trying to motivate young people and members of the community to join us in our journey.”