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Olympic Torch visits Highfields Blog

World Class Virginia | 14:42 UK time, Tuesday, 3 April 2012

The Olympic Torch will visit one of the Olympic Dreams Network Schools.

Highfields School in Matlock, Derbyshire will welcome the torch to the school on June 29th when it comes to the area as part of the relay.   

Highfields is twinned with Australian swimmer Emily Seebohm’s former school, St John Fisher in Brisbane.

Teacher Jayne Allen said: “This is a huge honour for the school everyone here is really excited by the news.”

The day will also be one to remember for Hannah Rosenbaum in year 8 who has won a school competition design competition.

Pupils in years 7&8 (12-13) were asked to design a torch in their design lessons and Hannah’s winning design is now being made into a real torch and will be on show when the Olympic torch pays Highfields a visit.

Hannah said: “I’m shocked, it is so unexpected.”

Her torch design which includes the Olympic logo as part of its handle, will help open the school’s mini-olympics where Highfields will join forces with thirteen other local schools for the mammoth sports day.

Jayne added: “Each year group will adopt a country and compete against each other in sports like tennis and volleyball. The event is getting bigger and bigger and we are expecting nearly 1000 pupils to be taking part.”

This completes a double celebration for Team Seebohm after Emily clinched her place at the Olympics by winning the women’s 100m backstroke final at the Australian swimming trials in March.

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