Thousands of Cardiff school pupils have sent their good luck messages to the athletes hoping to bring home gold for Team GB this summer, with their messages joined together in a giant paper chain.
Primary and secondary schools from across the city came together at Whitchurch High School yesterday in the final stage of a project which asked pupils from 23 schools to write good luck messages on strips of paper for the Team GB Olympic athletes.
The resulting 10,000 strips of paper – which also include some messages from school staff and members of the public – were joined together yesterday, and will now be vacuum packed and sent off to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) to pass on to the likes of Jessica Ennis, Sir Chris Hoy, Tom Daley, Zara Phillips, Andy Murray, and Rebecca Adlington.
The huge creation was the idea of Carla Davies – international co-ordinator at Whitchurch High School.
She said: “I wanted pupils to get a clearer understanding of the Olympic values and how important out athletes are.”
More than 200 pupils were at Whitchurch High School for the making of the paper chain, in an afternoon that also included some of the school’s five Olympic torchbearers talking about their experience, a cheer leading display and zumba session, before Landsdowne Primary School led a performance of the Welsh National Anthem.
The schools who took part in yesterday’s event included:
Ysgol Glan Taff, Eglwys Wen Primary, St Bernadette’s Primary, Cathays High, Pentrebane Primary, Herbert Thompson Primary, Ysgol Mynydd Bychan Primary, Cardiff High, Bryn Deri Primary, Hawthorne Primary, Cantonian High, Radyr Primary, Fairwater Primary, St Albans Primary, Whitchurch High, Roath Park Primary, Llandaff CW Primary, Danescourt Primary, Llanishen Fach Primary, Lansdowne Primary, Ysgol Bro Eirwg