Schools debate: 'Legacy of a golden summer'
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Good morning to you all! There are 15 minutes to go until our LIVE interactive debate, and we're raring to go.
Make sure you join us for a discussion on all things Olympic and Paralympic.
What did you make of the Games? Were you inspired to try something new? Did they change the way you think and feel about able-bodied and disability sport?
We want to know. Email firstname.lastname@example.org right now with your thoughts, and we'll see you in 15 minutes.
Right - we're off! A World Class welcome to Colegrave Primary School in Newham, London, who showed our 'Legacy of a golden summer' film in a recent assembly with Year 3 and 4 pupils.
They tell us: "A huge roar erupted when the faces of the athletes appeared - the more well known ones were Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah, Chris Hoy and Tom Daley."
Fantastic stuff - who got a big response in your assembly? Which athletes did you recognise?
We're joined now by Bedford Academy in Bedfordshire, UK!
Lakeisha writes: "I have never watched disabled sport on TV before and I found that it inspires everyone and gives everybody hope."
And Jordan writes: "'I think that investment should be given from the government for Olympic and Paralympic sport.
Children are the next Olympians and Paralympians of the future and I think the legacy of the Olympic and Paralympics should be that more able bodied and disabled children are encouraged to get involved in sport."
Good points there! Do you think that there should be more investment and encouragement to get children involved in sport?
Also joining us this morning are pupils from Nine Acres Primary School in the Isle of Wight - hello to them!
Student Made says that, "This summer's Olympics were really good because they got kids active".
Have any of you become more active, or taken up a new sport, after being inspired by the Olympics or Paralympics?
A nice comment from Chelsea from Bedford Academy, who says: "When I watched the Olympics I just wanted Team GB to win."
"I found that when I watched the Paralympics I was happy for anyone to win, and that I was supporting the athletes themselves rather than the country they were from."
Bedford have also sent us this great pic of some of their students who attended some Paralympic events.
These students were picked for this day out after taking part in the World Class Olympic Values debates earlier this year - well done guys!
Thanks for the great comments so far...
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Greetings to St Mary's CEP from Folkestone, UK, who are now joining us after what they call "The most memorable summer in the History of Sport."
Some of the class saw the Olympics and many of the pupils had the chance to visit the Paralympics!
Shannon was in London during the Paralympics. She had never really seen disabled sport before and thinks that, "It is great that people are now more aware of what disabled athletes are capable of achieving".
The Class of Colegrave Primary School in Newham, London managed to name Eleanor Simmonds and Oscar Pistorius in the video but they admit that they had a little trouble with his surname!
Adam from the class writes: "The Paralympics changed the way people thought, because Britain had broken so many world records and had held the best Olympics ever."
Thanks for the brilliant comments! Did the Paralympics change the way you think about disability sports?
A huge hello to Fairlands Middle School in Somerset, UK, who have sent in a brilliant pic of their Year 8 debating team!
Charlie writes: "It was a very exciting to have the Olympics and Paralympics in London this year.
"I went to the Paralympics recently and I watched sitting volleyball, table tennis, wheelchair rugby and goalball.
"The whole of Year 8 in our school went. The atmosphere was brilliant."
Did you get the chance to go to the Olympics or Paralympics? What was the atmosphere like?
Let's hear from Jessie (aged 6) and Bodhi (aged 5), from Wallisdean Infant School in Hampshire, UK.
They went to the Olympics with "Nanny, Grandad and Mummy and big Brother", and said there was lots of shouting and screaming:
"It was VERY loud and we watched the big TV screens to see what was happening. We saw discus throwing and running. We felt happy and we joined in with the shouting and screaming and cheering. We wanted to do basketball at school."
Hello to Gyanodaya International Residential School who join us all the way from Kathmandu, Nepal.
Amrit writes: "I am simply amazed and inspired by these Paralympians. I am happy to see how they worked so hard and strived to do better."
Nine Acres Primary in the Isle of Wight, UK, have responded to our question (1103).
Seth says he has been inspired by the Olympics and has taken up some new sports. For example, tennis!
Meanwhile, Jack says he was impressed by the sportsmanship of the athletes.
Daniel from Fairlands Middle School tells us that "Yesterday I got to ride on Liam Phillips' BMX bike, as he came into school to tell us about his experiences at the Olympics.
"It was really fast and fun. Even our head teacher had a go."
We're half an hour into our live debate and we've had some fantastic contributions from schools around the world!
You've been talking about your Olympic and Paralympic experiences, and telling us what's inspired you.
If you're just joining us, get involved and let us know what you think by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Great comments Shanara and Georgia from Fairlands Middle School in Somerset, UK!
They describe visiting the Paralympics as a once in a lifetime opportunity.
They saw people from lots of countries and were amazed by the inspirational powerlifters and how much they could lift. The gold medallist lifted 250kg which they worked out is ten times their teacher's weight!
Let's hear more from pupils from Bedford Academy in Bedfordshire, UK.
George from Year 9 says: "I think that the Olympics and Paralympics inspires all people to follow active and healthy lifestyles."
And Vanda, also from Year 9, asks: "Why are there different opening and closing ceremonies for the Olympics and Paralympics?
I think that there should be a joint opening and closing ceremony. A celebration of sport no matter who the athletes are."
An interesting point. Do you agree?
Hello to the Sagar School who join us from Delhi, India!
They've held a school assembly in which they discussed the 'Legacy of a golden summer' film.
Mohit thought: "We might think that disabled people in the Paralympics Games cannot perform, but these games are giving these athletes a chance to prove themselves.
"I felt that anyone can do their best but hard work and courage is necessary."
And Archana added: "The Paralympic Games have persuaded people to think that disabled people can do so much more than we can ever imagine!
"They are like heroes, they have courage, the will to fight and to never give up which most of us are lacking."
Great comments, guys!
Hello and welcome to PSBB School, all the way from Chennai, India!
Akhilesh writes: "I think the games were brilliant. The opening and closing ceremony were truly spectacular. Watching my favourite sport rowing was truly a treat.
The Paralympics are brilliant. They give the disabled a chance to compete, by giving their disability a blind eye and helping them feel normal and to be a part of the action instead of being mere bystanders, which I think is phenomenal and of immense importance in the world today."
We're really starting to see a theme in some of your comments - a lot of you feel that the Paralympic Games have changed the way you think about disabililty sport.
If you've got any thoughts on the Paralympics or Olympics, email email@example.com and let us know.
Back in the UK, Niamh from Fairlands Middle School in Somerset writes: "It was the first time I had been to London and the first time I had been to see live sport.
"I was nervous about going but it was a brilliant day and now I would like to go to Rio in 2016."
Did you catch the Olympic and Paralympic bug during the summer? Has it inspired you to go to Rio 2016?
A big World Class hello to Colegio Newland who are writing in from Querétaro, México!
They have also been discussing disability sport. "We (were) surprised a lot that in these London 2012 Paralympic Games the Mexican Paralympic team had a better participation than the regular team, they won more medals.
"Which led us to think about disability - when you have courage, (disability sport) becomes an opportunity to grow and excel."
A great email from Year 5 at Nine Acres in the Isle of Wight, UK, who say that they are so inspired by the summer of sport that they are going to try and run inter-house competitions at break times in hockey, tennis and football.
They're really looking forward to Rio and would love to take part when they are older!
Jack adds that, "Live athletics and Usain Bolt in particular has inspired him to run".
Benjamin was amazed by the Paralympics and loved the swimming.
How have the Olympics and Paralympics inspired you? Do you now dream of becoming an athlete and competing in the games?
We like this from Fairlands Middle School in Somerset, UK, who tell us that, "Two projects that we did in our school were an art project with our primary schools and a flag project that Get Set asked us to do.
"One of our pupils Tom had his flag made up for the Opening ceremony - what an achievement!"
Absolutely - and here's a photo of the flag itself - great stuff!
Wow - an hour has gone by already, and it's flown by. We've had emails and photos flying in thick and fast from schools around the world.
We'll be continuing the debate for a while yet, so keep it up!
And if you're just joining us, we are discussing the Olympics and Paralympics with schools around the world. If you haven't written in yet, don't delay!
Just email firstname.lastname@example.org with your opinions. And if you agree or disagree with a school's comments, say so! Don't be shy!
Colegio Newland from Querétaro, México, have a reply to a point made by Jordan from Bedford Academy (1100).
"Athletes inspired to lead a healthier lifestyle and for children that should be an example to follow.
"Even if we will not be athletes, we take care of our body, it is an important issue to have a better life.
"That is very good to witness at the Olympic Games - we are filled with excitement for the athletes who represent us and we cannot help but admire them."
This is a great photo from Fairlands Middle School from Somerset, UK, who say: "Pupils tried out goalball in their PE lessons.
"They realised how skilful the players must be to compete at such a high standard!"
Ishan from Gyanodaya International Residential School in Kathmandu, Nepal, writes: "The sublime effort and hardship the Olympians and Paralympians suffered during the training was the key to their success to me."
What do you think makes these athletes so successful?
More great comments from Bedford Academy in Bedfordshire, UK.
Sanjay from Year 9 said: "I was really pleased to see that the Paralympics sold out. I can't remember this happening before in any previous Paralympics."
And Alom, also from Year 9, wonders: "Would Oscar Pistorius be accepted by able-bodied athletes if he was finishing first regularly?
"Is it because he generally finishes towards the back that athletes are happy for him to compete with the able bodied athletes?
"If he was beating them all would they be happy about it?"
Wow - that's a tricky question. World Class doesn't have an answer to that, one, but we'd love to hear your opinions.
Let's hear some first-hand accounts now - Mrs Perry and Jordan from Fairlands Middle School in Somerset, UK, both had the opportunity to go to the games.
Jordan writes: "The best part about my visit to the Paralympics was wheelchair rugby because it was a once in a lifetime experience. It was fast and exhilarating and it made me realise how lucky I was to have had this opportunity.
"I would like to see more Paralympic sports on TV and in schools generally."
Mrs Perry writes: "I went to see athletics and handball at the Olympics in the summer. I saw Mo Farah competing in the 5,000 metre heats. It was the best day of my life, other than having my children and getting married".
Would you like to see more disabled sports on television too? What was the most memorable event during the games for you?
Amrit from Gyanodaya International Residential School in Kathmandu, Nepal, writes in:
"Although we are thousands of miles away from London the magic of Paralympics still gripped us here in the southern part of Asia.
"We heard of the great Paralympian runner Oscar Pistorius, also known as The Blade Runner, who won gold in the Paralympics and who proved that even though he is differently able he has the ability to do anything like Usian Bolt but he just did it in a unique way with extra hard work.
"From his example we can learn that every human being has the same ability to do anything but we just need a little hard work and need to find a unique way to do it."
Fantastic point there from Amrit!
Fairlands Middle School in Somerset, UK, tell us: "Everyone was very excited when an Olympic torch paid a visit! Especially the dinner ladies!"
Pupil P.V Durga from PSBB Nungambakka in Chennai, India, says that "The Olympics, most importantly, prove to be a great source of inspiration to young and aspiring athletes.
"The Paralympics are just proof that physical disability is no hindrance for a person who is determined to achieve his/her goals.
"It was truly inspiring to watch these people compete to win accolades for their country. This never-say-die attitude and immense will power in them is something that all of us need to look up to and learn from."
Great thoughts there!
Shanara and Georgia from Fairlands Middle School in Somerset write that they were: "Impressed by the volunteers who were cheerful and helpful all day long.
"They were giving us shout outs and high fiving us all day! The volunteers are the unsung heroes of the Olympics."
Who do you think are the biggest heroes of the games?
Okay - a little competition for you all now. Who can name the two athletes in the below image?
First school with the correct answer wins... Well, nothing. But you'll get lots of street cred.
Right - we are an hour and a half in to our debate, and we will continue publishing your opinions and photos until 1300 BST (another 30 minutes).
So what have you been talking about so far?
- The Paralympic Games have attracted a lot of debate - most of you have been impressed by the disabled athletes, and some of you have even tried out Paralympic sports as a result.
- Inspiration - many of you have pointed out that young athletes will be inspired by the Olympic and Paralympics.
- Distance doesn't matter - we've heard today from schools thousands of miles away from the UK, and they were just as gripped by the Games as people watching nearby!
Keep your comments coming in to email@example.com - we'd love to hear what you have to say.
Meet Joe, who participated as a torchbearer in the 'Mendip Olympics' - a mini-torch relay held by Fairlands Middle School in Somerset, UK.
Fairlands tell us: "Cheddar was at a standstill for an hour when Joe and 39 other pupils ran our very own "Mendip Flame" from the Primary school to the Middle school.
Joe who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair said, "It was one of the best days of my life being able to participate in front of all those people".
World Class created an assembly about the Mendip Flame which you can check out here.
If you've enjoyed discussing or watching the Paralympic Games, take a look at our Schools World Service films about Alex, who survived polio as a child, travelling from rural Kenya to see the Paralympics.
It was a completely new experience for him, as he had never left Kenya before and didn't know the Paralympics existed until he was invited to the UK.
He met aspiring Paralympians, including Aidan, who has spina bifida and is a wheel chair racing national champion for the UK.
Aidan says: "I just love winning. Every time I race, I'm racing to win. I'm working towards 2016 now. I train six days a week. I have one rest day. Everything now is just go go go. It's 4 years now to 2016. It's all systems go."
After meeting the young hopefuls for Rio seeing the Paralympics for himself, Alex told us: "What I saw in the stadium was wonderful to me.
Someone missing a leg can really run. He or she can beat the able-bodied person. It has motivated my life and I will make sure that my life goes on well."
Colegrave Primary School in Newham, London, tell us that their favourite sports of the the Olympic and Paralympic Games were blind football, beach volleyball and tennis.
Pupil Essam adds: "It was really good, especially the Javelin".
What's your new favourite sport after watching the games?
Callum and Nathaniel from Fairlands Middle School in Somerset, UK, enjoyed the experience of the Olympics.
They were very proud of what the athletes achieved, especially Mo Farah, Tom Daley, Jess Ennis and Eleanor Simmons.
They have been inspired to train for the 2020 Olympics in tennis and athletics and they hope to see more sport in school in the future.
Good luck with the training Callum and Nathaniel! Have the games inspired you to start training too?
Amrit from Gyanodaya International Residential Schoolin Kathmandu, Nepal has had a go at our picture competition (1232).
He suggests Ellie Simmonds and David Weir - sorry, wrong answer, Amrit! It's not an easy one...
The pupils at St Mary's CEP School in Folkestone, UK, have just returned from their swimming lesson at Folkestone Pool!
They tell us: "Learning backstroke today, and some of the eight-year-olds realised how hard this is for them and how much harder it must be for those with a disability.
"They had seen one of the Chinese swimmers with one arm, and couldn't believe how fast he was in the water."
Jameela (aged 9) was lucky enough to watch the men's 100m final at the Olympic Stadium where Usain Bolt won. Her favourite part was the finish as he crossed the line and all the noise and cheers from the crowd in the arena.
"She also loved the fireworks and all the lights in the dark, as they were so colourful."
Amrit writes in again with another attempt at our photo competition. He suggests 'Natasha', which we suspect he spotted written on the front of her bike! Red faces all round at World Class.
We'll let Amrit have that one, just for being eagle-eyed enough to spot it - the athlete is indeed Paralympian and equestrian gold medallist, Natasha Baker.
The other athlete in the picture is still up for grabs, though - any ideas?
More from St Mary's CEP School in Folkestone, UK: "Laurie (aged 9) with her family managed to get tickets for the Paralympics.
"It was the first time she had ever seen anyone with a disability taking part in sports and thought it was amazing that they could do things just like ordinary people.
"She watched the wheelchair basketball and tennis and loved the way that they zoomed and knocked each other over in their wheelchairs!
"All (the St Mary's) girls think that it is great that people with disabilities can do all these sports, and that the Paralympics has given people the opportunity to watch them and understand that they can do sport just like anyone else."
Great stuff there - thanks very much guys!
St Mary's have also sent in this great photo of the 'medal boat' near their school in Folkestone.
The boat was adorned during the Paralympics with a new medal for every Team GB gold won - and by the end of the Games, it was glittering proudly with the 34 golds scooped by the athletes.
Right, that's a wrap everyone. A massive thanks to all of you who wrote in - as usual, there were a brilliant range of opinions on display.
Make sure you join us next week - same time, same place - Thursday 27 September, from 1100-1300 BST.
We'll be discussing a brand new assembly pack about the new Commonwealth Games mascot, which will be released in the next couple of days - keep an eye on the World Class homepage for that.
Oh - and the final athlete in our picture competition? It was British Paralympic equestrian athlete, Lee Pearson.