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GOING FOR GOLD: Owen Hunt, Meghan Outlaw, Jay Melling, Alex Warell, Georgina McMahon and Lauren Cropper with swimmer Claire Cashmore. (d29051202)
GOING FOR GOLD: Owen Hunt, Meghan Outlaw, Jay Melling, Alex Warell, Georgina McMahon and Lauren Cropper with swimmer Claire Cashmore. (d29051202)

Hill Top Primary School in Low Moor celebrated its Olympic Week with a special visit from Paralympian swimmer Claire Cashmore.

She delivered an assembly to the whole school followed by a question and answer session with each class.

Claire is a multiple British record holder and won a bronze at the Paralympics in Beijing in 2008 as well as collecting two bronze medals in Athens in 2004.

Hill Top headteacher Des Martin said the children were excited about Claire’s visit and even got the chance to wear some of her medals.

The week started with an opening ceremony with the school’s own Olympic torch handed around the school cycle track, and throughout the week each class did work on different Olympic countries.

They also had an Animal Olympic workshop when Zoo Lab brought in African land snails, newts, tarantulas, scorpions, locusts and the children discovered how some animals can outrun Usain Bolt or outlift the Olympic weight lifting champion.

There were dance workshops where pupils learned cheerleading from the USA, the capoeira of Brazil, the Cuban Salsa, traditional Caribbean, African or Egyptian belly dancing, Spanish flamenco and even Bollywood.

Other activities included swimming, track and field events at Tong School, tae kwon do, archery visiting a mosque, funrun and culminating in a sports day, jubilee picnic and Olympic dance performance.

Mr Martin said: “At Hill Top, we often have these special celebratory weeks.

“The Olympics and all that they stand for has enabled us to put a programme together for the week which excited, enthused and engaged all our children and their parents.

“We especially looked forward to Claire’s visit, in promoting the ‘can do’ attitude we try to instill in our children.”