Olympic fever hits country — and school

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OLYMPIC fever has hit Bulwell’s Our Lady Catholic Primary School, where a sports extravaganza brought the best out of more than 150 pupils.

Staged on the school playing field, the event was supported by more than 100 parents and family members. In addition to the keen competition involved, it was noticeable for its sportsmanship and camaraderie.

Traditional games and challenges included egg and spoon races, three-legged races, a hobby horse derby and track events, all of which delighted an enthusiastic audience.

“Pupils are being encouraged to set their own targets and to try and emulate them,” said a school spokesman. “This applies not just in sports but in their lessons as well.”

Children taking part in the sports event gained much inspiration from a surprise visit to Our Lady by Tom Baptist, the school’s former diocesan youth chaplain, who was chosen as an Olympic torch bearer.

Tom, who has formed a special bond with the school, enjoyed entertainment by the pupils. He told them: “Our Lady School will always have a special place in my heart. To come back as an Olympic torch bearer is a golden moment.”

Head teacher Pauline Lynch paid a glowing tribute to Tom and said he had been a ‘guiding light and friend to all’ during his time at the school.

OUR PHOTO shows teacher Anne Marie Bell with children who took part in hobby-horse races (PHOTO AND STORY BY: Peter Jordan)