Pupils form Olympic guard of honour

With the sporting event of the century just a few weeks away, it’s not just athletes who are getting prepared.

The opening of the Olympic Games in London will be watched by billions of people all over the globe and pupils from two local primary schools are gearing up for it.

Pupils marched to Airth Castle to hear the results

Pupils marched to Airth Castle to hear the results

Children from Hallglen and Airth have been chosen to take part in the guard of honour parade at opening ceremony on Friday, July 27.

The primaries are two of a handful of Scottish schools chosen for the glittering parade, lining the route all of the famous athletes will walk as they parade through the Olympic Park on their way to the stadium.

The 16 lucky kids were chosen at random by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-style golden tickets at a ceremony at Airth Castle last week.

Beth Paris, a P5 pupil at Hallglen, said: “I felt really excited and was speechless when the golden ticket with my name on it was called out.

“I’m really looking forward to being part of the guard of honour parade. My mum is very proud that I’ll be taking part in the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. It’s really amazing.”

Joining her from Hallglen will be Andrew Wilson, brother and sister Jake and Amie Waugh, brothers Jamie and Keiran Stephen, Abby Fulton and Michelle DeJager.

From Airth, Kirstin Lawrie, Kamran Baig, Alexander Bennett, Jemma Hammell, Rebbecca Govan, Aaron Park, Zach Neufeld and Caitlin Macdonald will be making the trip to London.

Children will carry and wave lanterns and banners to show support for the Games’ 204 competing teams, with the Falkirk contingents showing off the colours of Sierra Leone and Luxembourg, accompanied by some of their teachers.

They will have the opportunity to capture their experiences with photo opportunities on the day and will receive t-shirts and certificates to mark their participation, not that they’ll ever forget the experience.

Airth head teacher Julie McKenna said: “The opportunity to travel to London to form a guard of honour for all the Olympians is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for these pupils and one they will never forget.

“This is an exciting time for us with the whole school taken over by Olympic fever. There has been a tremendous buzz within the school from staff, pupils and parents, and it’s been an emotional rollercoaster for the final eight selected who just can’t stop smiling.

A total cast of 15,000 will take part in the London 2012 Opening and Closing Ceremonies - watched by an estimated audience of four billion - and led by Britain’s best producers and directors.

Hallglen is embarking on fundraising activities to help fund the Olympic trip.

For more information contact head teacher Alison McCalley on (01324) 508510 or Janine McGregor from the parent council on 611025.