An historic moment for Kings Oak kids

(back l-r) Alex Bowman, 11, Cody Henderson, 10, Ellie-Mae Batty, 10, Abbie Jones, 11, Dominique Buck, 11, (front l-r) Adam Thornton, 10, Niall Bailey, 11, and Luke Blackburn, 11, of Kings Oak Primary Learning Centre, are celebrating after being chosen to take part in the opening ceremony at the London Olympics. Picture: Andrew Roe
(back l-r) Alex Bowman, 11, Cody Henderson, 10, Ellie-Mae Batty, 10, Abbie Jones, 11, Dominique Buck, 11, (front l-r) Adam Thornton, 10, Niall Bailey, 11, and Luke Blackburn, 11, of Kings Oak Primary Learning Centre, are celebrating after being chosen to take part in the opening ceremony at the London Olympics. Picture: Andrew Roe

KINGS Oak kids are on guard! Lucky students from the school are set to take part in the historic opening ceremony of this year’s Olympic Games.

They will form a Guard of Honour to line the route as athletes make their way through the Olympic Park into the Olympic Stadium,

As the athletes process from the Olympic Village, the Wombwell youngsters will join pupils from 249 other schools from across the UK, to make up the 2,000 student Guard of Honour.

Lining the route, they will hold lanterns and banners they have created themselves, to support one of the 204 competing teams.

For many of the 10,500 athletes the Guard of Honour will be their first experience of the London 2012 Games.

Kings Oak kids have prepared a vibrant Yorkshire welcome - by learning all about the athletes of the Italian team.

This is all part of preparations for London 2012 World Sport Day that takes place on June 25. World Sport Day, presented by Lloyds TSB, will see schools linking up to celebrate how sport unites the different cultures of the world - as they support the Italian competitors.

Kings Oak Primary Learning Centre was selected through the reward and recognition programme of the Get Set network - an official London 2012 education programme. Pupils have shown how they uphold the Olympic and Paralympic Values as part of their school lives and curriculum.

This term pupils have studied the Olympics with a specific focus on Italy. Their work includes an ‘Italian Theme Day’ for children and parents to experience the culture, food, language and traditions of the country.

Pupils will also research great athletes and try out their own skills in a mini-Olympic games with partner schools from around the borough.

LOCOG Chair, Seb Coe 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. For athletes, the Guard of Honour will provide a stunning welcome to the Games and the perfect curtain raiser for the Athletes’ Parade.”

Alex Bowman, one of the Kings Oak pupils, said: “It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I am so excited.”

Along with their ‘global moment’, the kids will have the chance to tour the Olympic Park and see some of the London 2012 venues.