Olympic fun as school becomes the Leen Mills Arena!

OPENING CEREMONY -- the 'Olympic torch' is held aloft to mark the start of the Leen Mills Games -- DISPIC NHUD12-1324-5

OPENING CEREMONY -- the 'Olympic torch' is held aloft to mark the start of the Leen Mills Games -- DISPIC NHUD12-1324-5

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A SPECTACULAR opening ceremony led the way when hundreds of children at a Hucknall school enjoyed a week of Olympic-themed attractions.

Each class at Leen Mills Primary represented a different country for the event, which was designed to celebrate the upcoming London 2012 Games.

RULE BRITANNIA! -- (from left) Hope Lazslo, Daniel Walker and Evie Thorne  -- DISPIC NHUD12-1324-1.

RULE BRITANNIA! -- (from left) Hope Lazslo, Daniel Walker and Evie Thorne -- DISPIC NHUD12-1324-1.

Youngsters waved flags and paraded in front of family and friends to officially open the extravaganza at the school, which was dubbed the Leen Mills Arena.

Attractions included an afternoon of sports challenges, featuring beanbag-throwing and hula-hooping.

There was a martial arts demonstration where pupils got the chance to try out taekwondo.

Then, all 350 children at the school were set a circuit-training challenge.

As well as these events, each class was involved in daily activities centred on the countries they represented, which were Great Britain, China, Greece, Italy, Canada, South Africa, Jamaica, Australia, Germany, USA and France.

These included tailoring the national curriculum to learn about the cultures, languages and customs of the countries.

One example was pupils making pizzas to represent the cuisine of Italy.

The whole event was set to culminate in the presentation of medals to every pupil at a special assembly this morning (Friday).

PE co-ordinator Paul Charly said: “It has been a brilliant week. The fact we have had good weather has made it even better.

“Everyone in the school has taken part and some children have asked why they can’t do this every day!

“I think some parents have been surprised by how good it has been.”

Money for the event was raised during a sponsored Olympic torch-relay, held last month at the school, which is on Leen Mills Lane.