The eyes of the world will be on London in July as after seven years of preparation, the London 2012 Olympics officially begin and a group of pupils from Greenlaw will be there to see it in person as they play their part in the opening ceremony.
The primary school has been selected through the reward and recognition programme of the Get Set network, the official London 2012 education programme, to form part of the guard of honour which will line the route as athletes from all around the world make their way from the Olympic Park to the Olympic Stadium on Friday, July 27.
And two of the pupils selected to represent the school on the big day are hotly anticipating their trip to England’s capital city.
Primary 6 pupil Eva said: “I was shocked when I got picked and I was very excited. I never thought I would get this opportunity. I think I am very lucky because the Olympic games may never be in London again,” while fellow student Megan added: “I’m buzzing to be given this opportunity. I nearly fell off my seat when my name was called. It’s a once in a lifetime chance and I can’t wait”
Pupils at Greenlaw have already been getting into the Olympic spirit by learning about the cultures and athletes of Bermuda, their chosen team, as part of their celebrations for London 2012 World Sport Day taking place on June 25.
Headteacher Jayne Waite described the Olympic invitation as “a once in a lifetime opportunity” for the school and chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG), Lord Seb Coe, said it was important to have a strong delegation of youngsters involved.
He commented: “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.
“For those athletes taking part in the games, the guard of honour will provide a stunning welcome to the Olympic stadium and the perfect curtain raiser for the athletes’ parade.”