EXCITED Sunderland pupils are preparing to make history.
The youngsters are practising for their role in the Olympic 2012 opening ceremony in London.
A group of eight pupils from Seaburn Dene Primary School will travel to the capital next month to be part of the 2,000-strong band of students lining the route for the Athletes’ Parade.
Children will be holding lanterns and banners they have created to support one of the 204 competing teams. For the Torver Crescent school pupils, it will be Mexico.
Natalie Kaye, Year 1 teacher and sport co-ordinator at Seaburn Dene Primary, said: “We were partnered with a school in Mexico and the children have been writing to the youngsters there. We will be representing Mexico at the event.
“We were thrilled when we found out we had been chosen to take part. It is a real accolade for the school. For the children it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It will be amazing for them.”
Children had to be aged 10 or over to take part and the eight youngsters chosen from Seaburn Dene are in Year 5.
Natalie said: “They have either represented the school in sport or are good ambassadors for us. We are really looking forward to the event.”
After travelling to London by train, the children, accompanied by Natalie and another member of staff, will be taken on a tour of the Olympic Stadium and given lunch and goody bags before preparing for the evening ceremony.
After staying overnight the youngsters will then travel back to Sunderland.
Natalie said: “We thought parents might be a bit nervous about the children going to London at such a busy time, but when I phoned them they all said yes straight away because it is such a huge opportunity for the pupils.”
The Guard of Honour of schoolchildren is being organised by Get Set, which is the official educational arm of the London 2012 games, and the schools were chosen from across the country for demonstrating a commitment to living the Olympic and Paralympic values and incorporating them into their school lives and curriculum.