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BBC World Class - Twin for 2012

Schools Spotlight on Team Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt

In the Spotlight this week are the schools in Jamaica attended by Olympic gold medallist sprinter Usain Bolt, and their UK partner schools.


Olympic Dreams Q&A with students from William Knibb and Langdon Park.

Jack Ford, PE Teacher, Langdon Park

Twinning with a school in the run up to the 2012 Games is a great opportunity for students to learn about another culture, and what the Olympics might mean to students from across the globe.

I want our students to be able to share these feelings with other students from around the world who may not ever experience the Olympics Games first hand

I know that in Tower Hamlets there is a great awareness of the Games, but I don't think the students have any idea just how big the games is going to be - and what it is going to be like living in a host borough whilst it is happening.

In Tower Hamlets we can use sport to increase confidence and self-esteem, and also to allow the students to interact with different cultures from across the country in a wide range of environments.

Jack Ford, teacher at Langdon Park Secondary School, talks about how the Olympic Dreams partnership has energised pupils.

Our BBC world class application was entered on behalf of all the secondary schools in Tower Hamlets.

Each secondary school has been linked with one year group in Jamaica and will be working on a specific project. These projects range across citizenship, careers, P.E., sports leadership, and science.

One of the main and most successful projects taking place is a sport leadership project being run by a group of year 9 and 10 sports leaders in two Tower Hamlets schools.

The sports leaders will also be putting together a series of sessions to enable students to try sports which they don't usually do.

It is hoped that the partnership will continue to grow towards 2012 and culminate in our Jamaican friends coming over to the UK during the Olympic Games.


Children from Waldensia Primary school in Jamaica perform a song composed for their Olympic Dreams partnership.

Danielle Williams, Teacher, Orion Primary

We are delighted to be teamed up with Waldensia Primary School and we have made a great start with our joint projects.

So far we have created mock-passports so the children can introduce themselves to their new friends in Jamaica.

As well as this we have looked out of our windows and described or drawn our view for them. The children are now eagerly waiting to see if our view is similar to Waldensia's.

The View From My Window by Suad (age 8)
The View From My Window by Suad (age 8)

Our current project has got the children busy with our video cameras, because we are making a 'day in the life of Orion' video, to send over to Jamaica.

Dwight Berry (Waldensia's headteacher) visited the school recently, which we thoroughly enjoyed as he told us all a great deal about his school.

We have set up a joint project for each half term between now and the start of the Olympics.

Forthcoming projects include comparing games the children play in the playground, as well as comparing and experiencing children's TV programmes from our partner's country.

We are also extremely excited about a project looking at different types of food and sending traditional recipes to Waldensia - they will cook the recipes and send reports/photos back.

At Orion our theme this academic year is to become global citizens and we believe that this project has helped our children to dramatically increase their global awareness.

It has also helped our students to learn about different cultures and life experiences from a child's point of view.

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