Rye school keeps the Olympic legacy alive

Rye Olympic Legacy SUS-140303-130950001
Rye Olympic Legacy SUS-140303-130950001

Students from Rye Studio School have been working with other local primary schools and their international partners to build a lasting legacy for the Olympic and Commonwealth games.

In partnership with the Department for Education, GET SET, the Olympic and Paralympic education programme, the School was awarded a grant to support the delivery of the cultural and creative activities to inspire and motivate the young people.

The school is focussing on the cultural element and Olympic and Paralympic values of friendship and inspiration.

The Rye Studio School students, all studying Arts Award alongside their A levels, ran sessions on dance, music, singing and art based around the friendship theme and that of future aspirations, modifying the work to include cultural activities like African dance.

They worked with different age groups at Beckley, Peasmarsh, Playden, Guestling and Winchelsea and filmed the sessions to make an animation and documentary of the activities to share with the schools.

A professional animator will work with the creative media students to complete the task.

The School students engaged in similar work older students at Faaborgegnens, their Danish partner school, to add an international dimension to the project.

Seb Coe, Chair of the British Olympic Association, said: “Get Set to Plan your Legacy is a great opportunity for schools, like Rye Studio School to contribute to the legacy of the Games and make a lasting impact in their community.”

Schools in the Rye area played a high profile role in the celebrations when the Olympic Torch passed through the streets of Rye.

They created flags and colourful costumes and followed the torch in a procession along the High Street.

Rye MP Amber Rudd has welcomed the news that the Government has committed to keeping the £150m a year Primary PE and Sport Premium until 2020.

This means that between 2014 and 2020 primary schools in Hastings and Rye will receive around ££1,515,150.

School heads will be able to decide on how the money is spent.

It will be used to improve sporting facilities, provide extra coaching and recruit and train specialist PE teachers.