School's version of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony
may have been created on a shoestring budget compared with
the official ceremony in Glasgow today, but childhood
imagination and enthusiasm well and truly made up for it.
More than 100 pupils were led by a bagpiper as they paraded
around the school courtyard waving flags of Commonwealth
And while the Commonwealth Games baton was made out of
corrugated cardboard, a plastic drink bottle and some sticky
tape, yesterday's preamble to the official opening ceremony
had all the atmosphere of the Glasgow version.
Principal Verity Harlick said it was recycling at its best.
The event was part of the school's study of the games, which
would include competing in ''child-friendly'' versions of the
sports, such as athletics and gymnastics, next week.
There would also be medal ceremonies for the competitors.
She said the school held its version of the opening ceremony
yesterday so when the pupils watched the actual ceremony on
television today, the event would hold greater meaning and
context for them.
''It's designed to teach the kids about participation,
perseverance, respect for other competitors - just good
It was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the school's
cultural diversity, she said.
About 43% of the school's pupils were born in countries in
Asia, South America and Europe. For 11-year-old Tim Walls,
participating in the school's ceremony was like nothing he
had ever seen before, and it had inspired him to compete in
the Commonwealth Games in the future, as a marathon runner.