by STACEY HEANEY
Wallace Preparatory Department pupils Ben Harding, Trudie McCoosh,Victoria Hunter and Rory Adair with Lisburn Mayor Brian Heading and Wallace Principal Deborah O'Hare as the Wallace Preparatory Department is welcomed to London 2012's "Get Set Network" which recognises their commitment to Olympic and Paralympic values.
PUPILS and teachers at Wallace High School Prep are celebrating being officially welcomed in to London 2012's Get Set network, in recognition of their commitment to the Olympic and Paralympic Values. The Preparatory Department is one of only two Primary Schools in Northern Ireland to receive the recognition.
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) awarded the school a plaque and certificate to acknowledge their involvement in the London 2012 education programme. They now join schools and colleges across the UK as members of the special London 2012 community — the Get Set network - and will receive access to exclusive competitions and 2012 Games related opportunities over the next eight months.
Lisburn Mayor, Councillor Brian Heading, who presented Mrs. Corinne Latham, Head of Preparatory with the plaque and certificate, said: "The pupils at Wallace Prep are excellent examples of how London 2012 is helping to spark young people's imagination and inspiring them to get involved and make a difference. They have clearly demonstrated that London 2012's education programme extends far beyond PE and sport and I hope they will motivate other young people to join their journey"
Sebastian Coe, chairman of LOCOG, said: "When London won the right to host the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, we made a clear promise to use the power of the 2012 Games to inspire young people. I am proud to welcome the Wallace High School Preparatory Department into the Get Set network for their exciting work around the Olympic Values of friendship, excellence and respect and the Paralympic Values of inspiration, courage, determination and equality."
Mrs Deborah O'Hare, Principal of Wallace High School said: "We are delighted that the values of Wallace High School have been formally recognised. The children in the Preparatory Department are thrilled to receive the accolade. They look forward being involved in a number of local and national activities in the run up to the games."