Olympic torch relay: Day 51

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Image caption Day 51 of the torch relay began with a punt down the River Cam

The Olympic torch leaves Cambridgeshire today - but not before it travelled along the River Cam in a punt!

Ahead of the torch arriving at the final stop in Luton, 131 Torchbearers will carry the Flame along the 107 mile day 51 route.

School Reporters across the region have been reporting on the forthcoming London 2012 Games.

Students from Melbourn Village College have been looking at the Olympic and Paralympic Games since last year, when they were lucky enough to pay a visit to the Olympic Park.

Former pupil prepares

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Image caption The School Reporters spoke to a former pupil at their school when they went to the Olympic Park

The torch doesn't run through Royston but School Reporters at Melbourn Village College, Hertfordshire, have already been reporting on the preparations for the Games.

Three Year 9 students from the college travelled to London to report on the goalball international competition - the first 2012 Paralympic test event at the Olympic Park.

They got an interview with goalball player Georgina Bullen, who is a former student at their school.

They enjoyed the day reporting, and said the "opportunity to work alongside experienced reporters and getting access to the athletes and senior officials was good".

Reporting 2012

Fraser and Scott from Longsands Academy have been asking fellow pupils and teachers which Olympic athletes inspire them and what they think the benefits are of being an Olympian.

Meanwhile Millie and Jess focus on the Olympic countdown. They look at the restricted sales of tickets and why it has become so difficult to get access to the events. They also focus on the contrasting views of Year 7 and 8 pupils when it comes to getting excited about the Games.

Cottenham Village College in Cambridge took part in a sporting festival which saw them join two other schools in the Cambridge area to play Olympic sports on a local field.

Year 10 students helped to organise and run the event as part of their GCSE course where they were able to teach far younger children the skills and values of sport.

The festival was a way to celebrate the countdown to this summer's Olympic Games and get more young people excited about it and involved in sport in general.

Bonnie and Grace from St Andrews School in Bedford report on British heptathlete Jessica Ennis. Jessica is one of the highest profile athletes in Team GB and the School Reporters discuss her success to date as well as her determination to reclaim her title as a world champion.

Bishop Hatfield Girls' School in Hatfield pays attention to those athletes for whom London 2012 will be their last time competing in the Olympic Games.

They focus on the long careers of Olympians who have competed since teenagers.They also look at the hype surrounding the games asking pupils and PE staff about their personal view on the games.

Amie from St Albans High School for Girls has based her report on people in the area that have been lucky and talented enough to perform in this year's opening ceremony - one of them being fellow pupil Katherine who, after a series of demanding auditions, was selected for her dancing.

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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