Pupils honoured by Olympic role
Youngsters will lead the way to the Olympic Games when they accompany world class athletes to the Opening Ceremony next month.
St John's Beaumont Preparatory School, in Old Windsor, is one of 250 schools chosen to have pupils form a guard of honour for the athletes during a procession from the Olympic Village to the Olympic Stadium on Friday, July 27.
Amelia MacPhee, a teacher at the school in Priest Hill and its Olympic and Paralympic representative, said: "We were delighted when we discovered we had been chosen, but had to keep it a secret while all the security checks were completed.
"It is going to be a once in a lifetime experience for those children who get the chance to be involved."
Eight pupils - two from Years 6, 7 and 8, and two of the boarding school's foreign pupils - will take part.
The school has been designated the People's Republic of China to support and will create a banner welcoming their athletes.
Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, 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."
The children will get the chance to tour the Olympic Park and visit other London 2012 venues before the event.
The school was chosen through the Get Set scheme, the official London 2012 education programme for schools and colleges across Britain.