A team of eight pupils are looking forward to their moment on the world stage after being chosen to take part in the Olympic Games opening ceremony.
The youngsters from York High School are the only schoolchildren from the region to be picked for the ceremony in London in July, when they will join the Ugandan team for a parade through the Olympic Park and into the Olympic Stadium.
The York pupils were chosen after taking part in the Get Set network Olympic education programme. The school showed it had incorporated the Olympic and Paralympic values into school life and the curriculum.
Gavin Cowley, York High’s deputy head, who will be joining the children at the event, said the eight youngsters were selected by their year leaders for their commitment to school and their good behaviour.
He said: “It will be amazing for the children and ourselves to take part the ceremony, it is a fantastic opportunity.”
Seb Coe, chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, said: “The presence of so many young people at the start of the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony will continue to show London 2012’s commitment to put young people at the heart of the Games.”
York High has also been taking part in a worldwide project with the British Council and Youth Sport Trust called International Inspiration. The project aims to enrich the lives of children across the world, by providing access to physical education, sport and play. It was part of a promise made by Seb Coe on behalf of the London 2012 Games.