Essex Carrying the Flame is Essex County Council's framework for cross curricular learning and development in schools inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Click the projects below to find out more.
An information card has been produced to provide Early Years settings across the county with information on the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The card also has details on a heritage recollection project which Early Years settings can get involved in.
This is the first of a series of cards to help support young children to prepare for and access the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games at the appropriate level.
In 2011/12 this Grant scheme is for schools to develop cultural projects that can contribute to the Sparks will Fly events in Spring/Summer 2012. Read more>>
In 2009/2010 the Small Grants programme was aimed at Schools and School Sport Partnerships across Essex towards the development of new cultural projects that embraced the Olympic and Paralympic Values and linked to the Explore Culture One World Festival for the benefit of people in the County of Essex. Read more>>
Schools across Essex are working on two 40 metre art relay batons that will be unveiled in 2012 to co-inside with London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Each school participating has chosen an Olympic or Paralympic Value to base their art work on. Each school has the baton for approximately 3 weeks before the baton moves to the next school. The project has received the London 2012 Inspire Mark. In May 2011 Olympic mascot Wenlock visited Beauchamps High School to see the art baton being created. Both batons are due to be completed by July 2012. View photos so far>>
Mini Games are sporting events for schools across Essex to comptete against each other in a sports day resembling the real Olympic and Paralympic Games. The events include all types of sports seen at the Games or resmbling those sports as well as opening and closing ceremonies with flags made by pupils and medals ceremonies on podiums. Mini Games has bee regonised by the London 2012 Inspire Programme for reflecting Olympic and Paralympic Values. Summer 2011 Basildon, Chelmsford, Colchester and Uttlesford all hosted the Mini Games for their schools.
The School Games is a new approach to competitive school sport designed to motivate and enthuse all young people. Essex is currently organising the Winter School Games which are taking place on Wednesday 18 January 2012 in Harlow and will see schools across Essex competing at county level. Read more>>
Schools have been involved in a unique art collaboration between our London 2012 hopeful elite athletes and professional artists creating a master piece based on them called Journey to the Podium. The artists and their subject athlete have visisted schools as part of the project to involve students in the creative process as well as educate and inspire them. Read more>>
In June 2011 the Dance Festival took place at Woodlands School, Basildon. This dance and gymnastics festival see schools create and perform dance and gymnastics pieces themed on ‘Inviting the World’. Read the latest news about this>>
On Wednesday 6 July 2011 Secondary Schools and Colleges across Essex participated in a range of activities including rafting on the newly open Olympic Canoe course.
July 2011, talented young sport stars across Essex were selected to attend a residential camp hosted by University of Essex. During the weekend the young people worked with National Governing Bodies of Sport to improve technique in their chosen sport. 21 school children across Essex were chosen to participate in the camp by National Governing Bodies of Sport, they included badminton, boccia and cycling. During the weekend the school children participated in team building activities, sport specific training with sport coaches and African drumming workshop. Team Essex Ambassador James Huckle attended the camp for a Q&A session with the school children.
An annual festival of wonder for pre-school children and their carers occurs in Central Park, Chelmsford each Summer.
At the festival in 2011‘The tiny Tots Games’ was launched. Chelmsford College students supported the Tiny Tots Games by running sports activities for the children. The Tiny Tots Games forms part of sporting legacy in Essex. Read lastest news about this>>
Essex School Sport Partnerships have been participating in the Panathlon Challenge - An exhibition of competitive sport between local schoos. The Panathlon Challenge delivers sporting opportunities and “mini-paralympic” type competitions for young disabled sports people. The teams qualify from their semi-final competitions and compete across a range of sports - Boccia, Kurling, Polybat, Table Cricket and Athletics. Read latest news about this>>
Funding has been awarded by the Arts Development team at Essex County Council to deliver 13 school art workshops across the County which will each feed into a Journey event planned for 2012 and the 'Sparks will Fly' Finale planned at Hylands Park.
This project has been themed ‘treasure’ and the concept is to give children and young people the opportunity to think about and document what they treasure in their lives, school, home and then to produce a piece of art work (treasure map) representing this.
It is envisaged by the end of the workshops there will be 13 treasure maps which can be showed at the ' Sparks will Fly' Finale in July 2012.
Currently, Blenheim Primary School in Southend, Bradfield Primary School in Manningtree and Willowbrook Primary School in Brentwood are participating. The project happen from April 2011 to May 2012. If your school is interested in joining a workshop email: Kelly Harman
Essex Carrying the Flame in partnership with Jo Brockis, Study Support Consultant delivered‘Move It’ dance project for Secondary School students across Essex at Twickenham during Easter 2011.
The project began with dance auditions which took place across the county. 80 students were selected to participate in 4 day workshops over the Easter Holidays. The project culminated in the students performing dance routines at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 23rd April 2011.