OLYMPIC fever has gripped Pilton Bluecoats School in Barnstaple in the run up to Beijing with pupils busy competing and enjoying their own Games in lieu of a traditional sports day. The event is called the Colour Olympics and began on Monday, giving the c

OLYMPIC fever has gripped Pilton Bluecoats School in Barnstaple in the run up to Beijing with pupils busy competing and enjoying their own Games in lieu of a traditional sports day.The event is called the Colour Olympics and began on Monday, giving the children a chance to learn about friendly competition and teamwork, as well as some of the creative splendour associated with the games.The Opening Ceremony took place on Friday, with the hall transformed for the occasion as musicians from the Abundant Life Church in Barnstaple performed alongside the school choir and house groups.They have been giving up their own time to work with pupils for the past month, writing and practising an Olympic hymn for each house, performed at an afternoon concert for the children and them another in the evening for family, friends and the community.This week the focus shifts to the field, where teacher Ian Thomas has created a two-week programme which features athletics, gymnastics and football, but also kwik cricket and tag rugby."The final event will be our own Key Stage 2 Olympics held at Pilton Community College and the children will compete in their house groups," he said."It gives the children an opportunity to learn about themselves and others through friendly competition and sport, the importance of working together, being respectful to opponents and enjoying physical activity."Ian based the event on a similar one he helped organise while working as a coach at Indian Acres Camp in Maine, America, just over 10 years ago.The Abundant Life Church team number experienced session musicians among their ranks and Ian is delighted they have taken the time to help:"It's fantastic for us because the whole; concert ties in with the Christian ethos of the school and also provides the children with an event they will never forget," he said.n THE musicians from the Abundant Life Church (centre) and teacher Ian Thomas are joined by the school choir and house group singers before the Colour Olympics Opening Ceremony gets underway at Pilton Bluecoats.