LOCOG are the Olympics committee. This is the view from their head office.
Over half term, us parents were set a task of finding out everything we could about the Olympics.
Well I am the lead in making sure our company is ready for the Olympics so I had a bit of an advantage over the others. For a start I filled in my form with this picture
Yep – that is the actual Olympic torch…and it’s very heavy. I really wouldn’t like to run with it.
Anyway, I suggested that rather than fill in a bunch of details, I come and talk to the little one’s class. The teacher was well up for it. So much so that she asked I also talk to the next year or two up as well!
I agreed, of course.
So last week I rocked up with a vague plan of what to talk about it.
“Where is it?” the teacher asked me.
“What?” I replied
Uh oh – the teacher thought I had the actual Olympic torch to bring in! Not only that, she had told the kids too!
So that wasn’t the greatest of starts (no I do not have the torch!)
So I sat down on a tiny chair and started talking to the kids and found myself talking about how the torch is fuelled. It is a very rural school so it was great because we could talk about lighting fires at home and oil fired central heating! It went very well and the teacher and her assistant scribbled notes as I talked.
Then I had to head over to the next class and talk to them. She said “can you do the same thing?” Erm…sort of…I do tend to wing it!
It was harder because they were older and knew more. So I changed my ‘pitch’ a little and off I went again. I had my London Marathon medal to pass around too.
Everyone seemed very happy with the talk which was good.
The next day I went to pick up the little one from school and I got collared by the headmaster. It appears the kids had been talking and the older classes were feeling left out and had been asking for me to talk to them.
So this Friday (I think) I will head to the little ones school to talk to the rest of them about the Olympics. It get's increasingly difficult to engage them as they get older so I will have to give this some extra thought!