Olympic torch relay: Day 29

Sunderland & Blue Peter welcome Olympic torch

Saturday sees the Olympic flame travel from Gateshead to Durham, and once again School Reporters are telling the story of its travels.

HOW SCHOOL REPORTERS CAN GET INVOLVED

  • School Report is producing a daily page on all 70 days of the torch relay, telling the 2012 story from the perspective of young people
  • Send us your updates from the relay route, photos and reports for our daily Olympic torch relay pages
  • Read our page of tips and suggestions for reporting on the relay

Horrible Histories author Terry Deary has been working with School Report to uncover some of the lesser-known - and of course "horrible" - stories about places along the route, and today he's telling the gruesome tale of Henry VIII, a shattered bone and a hammer....

The fourth Blue Peter Big Olympic Tour event is broadcasting live from Herrington Country Park, and pupils from Red House Academy in Sunderland have been working with the programme's production team to produce a special film about the torch's travels.

And, of course, School Reporters from lots of schools along the route have already been reporting on all things 2012, from the Cultural Olympiad and the Paralympics to new Olympic logos and Sunderland Aquatic Centre!

Horrible Histories goes to Durham

Durham is a beautiful city famed for its medieval cathedral - and some unpleasant royal visitors.

And Terry Deary, the man behind "Horrible Histories", knows one of its incredible dirty secrets.

Watch him reveal some surprises from the destructive orders by King Henry VIII and a gruesome tale involving a shattered bone and a hammer.

School Report on Blue Peter

The Blue Peter Big Olympic Tour is in Sunderland today and will be broadcasting from Herrington Country Park.

Pupils from Red House Academy have been working with the team to produce a short film about where the torch has been this week.

Tune in to BBC Two at 09:00 BST to see their film - and the rest of the show, which will feature appearances from British Paralympic hopeful Sarah Storey and singer Joe McElderry.

And you can see the film that presenter Jacob and co made at the top of the page!

School Reporters get creative

Olympic logo Dryden School's very own Olympic logo

Pupils from Dryden School have been getting into the Olympic spirit by designing their very own sensory logo for the 2012 games.

They've incorporated the colours of the school's house teams with different materials and textures for everyone to enjoy.

And if that wasn't enough to help them get excited for this summer's games, the young sports leaders organised an in-school boccia competition - one of the official sports for the 2012 Paralympics.

The students played in their house teams, with Caroline being crowned the best player at the end of it all!

Their news day also features a look back to the giant Olympic rings floating on the river Thames as part of the 150-day countdown to the Games and a report on the rainbow light display in the North East to mark the celebrations.

Olympic reporting

Tomos from St Cuthburt's Catholic High School focuses on another feature the London Games has to offer: the Cultural Olympiad.

This is a national festival and has a strong presence in the North East, "running activities to marry arts and sport in true Geordie fashion". You can see just some of the events taking place in Tomos' online report.

And School Reporters from Whickham School have also produced plenty of great Olympic coverage.

Georgia and Shanna look at the debate concerning whether the Olympics will truly unite the different nations competing or create a wedge between them. They balance up conflicting student opinions on the matter as well as highlighting the importance of global broadcasting in such a major event.

Pupils have also written an article on the Sunderland Aquatic centre which they say is "taking a great role in the London Olympics 2012" and outline the features that the pool has to offer.

Paralympic Inspiration

School Reporters from the Durham Federation report on the inspirational story of Martine Wright, the women who, despite losing both her legs during the London bombings, will compete in this year's Paralympic Volleyball event representing Team GB.

Martine's determination to not let the terrible incident prevent her from being ambitious is shown through her positive outlook, she claims she was "lucky to survive and create new dreams from something so negative".

Don't forget...

The BBC's torch relay website at www.bbc.co.uk/torchrelay is the perfect place to keep across everything, watch the torch's journey continuously and get full details of the route.

For tips on reporting the Olympic torch relay, visit our special learning resource for some advice on how to cover it when it comes to your area.

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