Paralympic Games: Day 8
The 2012 Paralympic Games are nearer their end than their start, but there's still plenty of brilliant sport for fans to get excited about.
SCHOOL REPORT AT THE 2012 PARALYMPIC GAMES
- School Reporters will appear on Radio 5 live and other BBC outlets during the Games
- The BBC News School Report website will feature daily Paralympic pages updated with the latest news, interviews and features from School Reporters
After an explosive start on Wednesday, the wheelchair rugby action continues at the Olympic Park with Great Britain up against France after their opening defeat against defending Paralympic champions USA.
Great Britain star Aaron Phipps will be back in action in the basketball arena and, just like his captain Steve Brown, he has been talking to School Reporters.
Aaron chatted with Megan and Izzy from Hounsdown School about his passion for the sport and how he came to be playing it after an earlier involvement with wheelchair athletics.
With all the 'murderball' taking place at the Games today, a little relaxation might be required, and School Reporters from the Phoenix School in Hackney have found just the place.
The young reporters will be escaping the crowds at the Great British Garden, tucked just behind the Olympic Stadium. Not only is the garden a great environment to relax in with its wildlife and winding paths, the Phoenix team will also be putting on various Paralympic-themed activities for the public to enjoy.
As ever, School Reporters from around the UK have also been reporting on other Paralympic sports and athletes, so read on to find out what other stories the pupils have focused on in such a historic year.
And some School Reporters from Robert Clack School in Dagenham, St Luke's School in Hertfordshire and Parkhall Integrated College in Antrim have been fortunate enough to have the chance to be at the Olympic Park to report on the action for themselves - keep an eye out for their updates.
Students from St Luke's School in Hertfordshire enjoyed an exciting day out at the Olympic Park, receiving a warm welcome from the Paralympic 'Games Makers' and watching the athletics action inside the Olympic stadium.
Some of the students spoke to BBC Ouch's Emma Tracey about their Paralympics experience as she joined them on their adventure. School Reporter James told Emma how "very brave" the Paralympic athletes he saw competing seemed.
At the end of the day, the young reporters reflected on their day at the Paralympics, including getting to see gold winning 'blade runner' Oscar Pistorius receive his medal.
School Reporters from The Phoenix School have had a great response to their rap, with over 100 people joining in! They've also been engaging visitors from all over the world with their interactive world rap, blindfolded target throwing, and a giant game of limbo!
Here's their report back to us:
Kieran: "I'm really tired, but it was lots of fun. It felt good to help the public and do our rap with them. Being part of the Paralympics felt really good. I was impressed with all the hard working people at the stadium, they kept on working and working and working. I think all the volunteers were proud."
Yamin: "The best bit for me was meeting journalists and asking them what it's like to be a journalist."
Jamie: "I feel proud. It was exciting and inspirational. The Paralympics bring people happiness."
Dami: "Amazing…fantastic... We got a new shirt and had a big lunch!"
Monirul: "The best bit was rapping with lots of people."
Danny: "I liked giving stickers to people and rapping."
Denzel: "I feel happy. It was hot. I liked meeting people from different countries."
New Update: Every student from The North School in Kent was offered a ticket for the Olympic or Paralympic Games! These School Reporters tell us about their experience at the swimming:
Amy: "The atmosphere is amazing! You can hear the cheering from all the venues even when you're not inside them!"
Chloe: "To witness back to back records - both world and Paralympic - being broken in the Aquatics Centre is something I will never forget!"
Denni: "The experience of coming to the Paralympics is once in a lifetime, something I will never forget. All the competitors are inspirational."
1711: School Reporter Helena from Ricards Lodge High School
"Wow! The Paralympics were well worth watching. This once in a lifetime trip has amazed me a lot! I was really impressed to see what people can do - even if they are blind or have lost a limb! The atmosphere is always tense when the athletes race and then a deafening roar of cheers rings through the crowd as the winner crosses the line. I will never forget such an amazing day!"
1707: School Reporter from St Angela's School
"Wow, what an amazing day at the Athletics; new world records, tears, smiles and medals. Such a wonderful atmosphere in the stadium. We loved it!"
1700: Students from St John Wall Catholic School in Birmingham have been watching events unfold in the Olympic Park today.
Students Shaan and Sukdeep spoke to BBC West Midlands about the Paralympic Games and their experiences of reporting on it, including the athletics action they witnessed on the track today. Tune in later to see what they thought.
1254: School Reporter Jade from Ricards Lodge High School
"I've come with my school to the Olympic Park to watch the Paralympic athletics, and the atmosphere so far is amazing! Everyone is cheering and roaring for the athletes! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity I will never forget! Go GB!"
1253: School Reporter Nithya from Ricards Lodge High School
"At the Olympic Park the atmosphere is amazing - everyone cheering the athletes on especially team GB, it's great!"
1248: School Reporter Britani from Ricards Lodge High School
"The Paralympics are amazing, an unforgettable experience!"
1247: School Reporter from Ricards Lodge High School
"The atmosphere is amazing and alive! Very impressed with the view. Even though we are high up in the gods, I can see everything clearly. I'm so impressed."
1245: Students from The Phoenix School in Hackney spoke to School Report about what they are doing at the Olympic Park today.
It's not just the events they're seeing, but the events they're doing themselves which has us interested. The students have written a rap and are dancing and singing as well, hoping to encourage others to join in.
"We want to build their confidence up and be an inspiration to them," said one School Reporter.
"We thought about the values of the Paralympics and took inspiration from the Paralympians... we put it to a tune and feel the rhythm!"
As well as their musical performance, the students and their teachers have prepared interactive activities for visitors to the Olympic Park:
"We're going to get a big world map and ask people to put a finger print on where they have come from.
"It's once in a lifetime, we'll never go in the Olympic garden again.
"The Paralympics is inspirational because a lot of athletes are trying to get gold, and a lot of athletes might never do this again.
"It's also once in a lifetime for people in the community, children will grow up remembering this!"
We'll be checking back with them to see how they got on; see the latest updates above!
1243: School Reporter Jaziba from Ricards Lodge High School
"Having a fabulous time cheering for GB, the fans are so respectful. An amazing morning!"
1240: School Reporter Jade from Ricards Lodge High School
"I think that it's an amazing experience to be have because the Olympics may never come to London again."
1205: Students from St Luke's School have just arrived at the Olympic Park to watch the athletics. The WHOLE school has come and School Reporter James says it's really exciting to be here!
1110: School Reporter Katy from Robert Clack School
"The atmosphere at the athletics is intense! Beats being back at school for the first day!"
1106: School Reporter from Parkhall Integrated College
"Woo hoo here we are here, go GB and Ireland!"
0956: School Reporter from Parkhall Integrated College
"Just leaving St Pancras - we're on our way. Pity about the 4am start!"
GETTING INTO THE GAMES SPIRIT IN THE GARDEN
Coming to see the Paralympic Games isn't all about sport. Tucked behind the Olympic Stadium is the Great British Garden and it is where School Reporters Kieran, Bacquain, Monirul, Yamin, Danny, Jamie, Denzel, Dami from The Phoenix School in Hackney will be today and tomorrow.
With wildflowers and a frog pond, swing and running track-inspired spiral paths, the garden is a place to escape from the crowds and get involved in activities run by young people with the theme of the Paralympics.
The Phoenix team are planning to get people writing a rap about the Paralympic Values, performing poetry about what people think about the Games and finger painting on a big world map to represent all the different countries taking part.
You can see what they got up to in the series of latest updates above!
WHEELCHAIR RUGBY'S 'MISERABLE CHESHIRE CAT'!
When it comes to that old sporting cliché of pride in the shirt, there's no doubt about how Aaron Phipps feels about playing for Great Britain in the Paralympic Games.
"My coach rang me and I was crying," Phipps told School Reporters Megan and Izzy Megan and Izzy from Hounsdown School when they interviewed him before the Games.
"I was like a Cheshire cat for about a week, it's brilliant - I'm still buzzing about it now."
Phipps initially went into wheelchair athletics, but was converted to wheelchair rugby when some players urged him to try it out.
"I thought I preferred individual sports - because I can be quite miserable at times! But as soon as I got in that team environment I absolutely loved it.
"I love the full contact aspect of the game."
And for anyone who hasn't seen the coverage of the wheelchair rugby yet, try to check it out. Aaron's certainly not exaggerating when he says it's "full contact"!
BOCCIA FOR BEGINNERS
The sport of boccia seems to have developed something of a cult following at the Paralympics, and the tension is set to rise today as the competition reaches the quarter-final stage.
But as one of the few sports in the Paralympics without a direct Olympics equivalent, if you're a newcomer to boccia then you could do with an expert guide.
Fortunately the School Reporters from John Grant School in Norfolk have produced just the thing - and as they are all boccia players and officials, they know their stuff!
And as if their written guide wasn't enough, William, Chris, David and Casey also made this great video to explain more about their sport.
PRESSURE PAYS OFF FOR LAPTHORNE
After winning a silver medal yesterday with his doubles partner, Peter Norfolk, Andy Lapthorne is sure to be celebrating.
During the run-up to the games, Andy spoke to our School Reporter, Stephanie from Robert Clack School. He told her that he always plays well under pressure, and now he's proven that!