"The most important thing in the Olympic
Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."
Working in pairs re-write the creed to apply to studying at their school, what is the most important outcome of an education? Qualifications, learning, growing as a person, trying your hardest.
The thoughtfulness Olympics: A new event on the international calendar, competitors from around the world gather to display how polite and considerate they are. What would the events be?
Working in groups brainstorm a series of events and produce an aerial view of the arena where they would take place.
Come up with a creed for the competition. It should start by saying 'At the thoughtfulness Olympics the most important thing is...'
Come up with a plan for TV coverage of the thoughtfulness Olympics. Who would the pundits be? What would the studio look like, what would be a suitable logo?
Recap on the main teaching points.
Students read out their suggestions for creeds and events to the rest of the class. The class comment on opinions expressed and the language used.
- The Summer Olympics happen every four years in between the Winter Olympics, and this year are being held in Athens, Greece.
- Britain is sending its biggest-ever squad to the Athens games but will still find it difficult to win medals.
- The Olympic Movement groups together all those who agree to be guided by the Olympic Charter and who recognise the authority of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
- The IOC was created on 23 June 1894; the 1st Olympic Games of the modern era opened in Athens on 6 April 1896; and the Olympic Movement has not stopped growing ever since.
- The first Winter Olympics were held in 1924 in Chamonix, France.
The Olympic Oath states: "In the names of all competitors, I promise that we will take part in these Olympic games, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honour of our
- The Olympic Motto is: "Swifter, Higher, Stronger."
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