PRIMARY school children will get the chance to host an Olympic-style torch designed by engineering students.
Hard-working teenagers at St Hild’s C of E School, in King Oswy Drive, Hartlepool, created the torch in the classroom to coincide with the real Olympic Torch touching down in the UK ahead of this year’s London Games.
The torch is now being passed around primary schools in the North Hartlepool cluster ahead of all of the schools gathering for a sports competition at the end of next month.
St Helen’s Primary School and St Bega’s RC Primary School have already hosted the torch and the youngsters at West View Primary School, Clavering Primary School, Barnard Grove Primary School and St John Vianney RC Primary School will all get their chance in the coming weeks.
The torch will then head back to St Hild’s when all of the schools gather for two Olympic-themed sports events.
A competition will be held for Key Stage Two pupils on Friday, June 29, before Key Stage One youngsters get the chance to try their hand at a number of different sports on Monday, July 2.
Michelle Ellett, business manager for the North Hartlepool cluster of schools, said all of the primary schools are delighted to get the chance to be involved.
Mrs Ellett said: “The engineering students at St Hild’s did a fantastic job and it’s great to have the primary schools in the cluster involved.
“The schools will all get the chance to host the torch before Key Stage One and Two pupils compete in a sports event.
“With the Olympics getting closer all of the schools are doing lots of Olympic-related activities in the classroom and this is something else for them to enjoy.”
“It’s great to have the link with St Hild’s as well.”