Olympic torch relay: Day 66

The Olympic torch stays in London as time ticks towards the opening ceremony at the end of this week.

School Reporters from lots of schools along the route have been reporting on the torch and all kinds of other 2012-related stories.

Excitement is clear at Crystal Palace

School Reporters from Crystal Palace reveal their thoughts on why hosting the Games is so great for the country.

How excited are they? Why is it such a huge event?

Students at Harris Academy on the thrills of the world descending on London, how it's the perfect opportunity to showcase the city and why the Torch Relay is so amazing.

Team GB stars reveal all

Britain's top athletes were in action at Crystal Palace on 14 July and two students from The John Fisher School in Purley were first out of the blocks to speak to them.

Dai Greene, captain of the GB athletics team, controversial sprinter Dwain Chambers and BBC presenter Colin Jackson discussed their Games preparations and dreams with David, Montel and Tom.

And if medals were handed out for initiative and perseverance then Purley's top reporters would be on the podium after recording the words of Mo Farah despite being unable to get close to the 5,000m and 10,000m runner.

Olympic spirit at Greenvale School

Students practice singing The team did lots of rehearsals for their video

The Olympic opening ceremony is just days away but School Reporters at Greenvale School in Catford have been preparing for this moment for a very long time.

Back in 2011, the students decided they wanted to record a song inspired by the Olympics. Their teacher Mr Ashby wrote a song on that theme with his friend Gail and the pupils fulfilled their dream of making a music video to accompany it.

The team said: "The lyrics for our song were built around the themes of hope, aspirations, and enjoying challenges. This led us to look at the Olympic torch and its origins"

"To help students understand the significance of the torch relay we made a replica of the Olympic torch, which we relayed around the school. We learnt that the torch is a symbol of peace and harmony, and that by handing over the torch we are extending out a hand of friendship."

Excitement over Games tickets

Lord Coe and London Mayor Boris Johnson are grilled by School Reporters from Bromley

We're just days away from the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games and thousands of young people from across the country will be looking forward to attending an event.

School Reporters from Hayes Secondary School in Bromley reported on how tickets were allocated.

Ruth, Phoebe and Jack interviewed London Mayor Boris Johnson, and talked about the ticketing system.

Sporting chance

Encouraging young people to get involved in sport has been one of the goals of London 2012 organisers.

Students from Bonus Pastor Catholic College in Lewisham have been investigating the latest innovations in sporting equipment and at looked at ways to encourage young women to stay active.

Getting girls interested in PE

Bonus Pastor Catholic College's podcast features the issues surrounding Olympic athletes changing nationality in return for more money.

They talk about Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge's concerns as well as the athletes' personal reasons for such dramatic switches.

2012 reporting

School Reporters Rebecca and Katie from Carshalton High School for Girls spoke to fellow pupil and local torchbearer Lauren.

Although Lauren knows she was nominated for winning three gold medals in the junior swimming championships, the person who nominated her remains a mystery!

She says she would love to know who it was but in the meantime remains "happy and very excited" to have been chosen.

And students at Southfields Community College reported on the school securing more than 100 of the 100,000 Olympic tickets reserved for young people.

This provides the chance for those aged ten to eighteen to attend the biggest sporting event of the year and Southfields students are lucky enough to be included in this.

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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