Lincoln school children to take part in Olympic opening ceremony

School children from Lincoln Castle Academy will form a Guard of Honour to line the route as athletes make their way into the Olympic stadium for the London 2012 Olympic games opening ceremony.

The students will join 249 other schools from across the UK, and make up the 2,000 student Guard of Honour lining the route holding lanterns and banners.

This will be at the start of the Athletes’ Parade and during the athletes’ procession from the Olympic village to the Olympic stadium.

For many of the 10,500 athletes the Guard of Honour will be their first experience of the London 2012 Games.

The Lincoln pupils are now preparing to provide a vibrant and diverse welcome for athletes competing at the games.

Lincoln Castle Academy have been selected through the reward and recognition programme of the Get Set network, the official London 2012 education programme.

The school children will also get the chance to tour the Olympic park and see some of the London 2012 venues before the opening ceremony.

The Athletes’ Parade will see the participating teams enter the stadium, nation by nation.

Teams enter in alphabetical order, according to the language of the host country and IOC protocol order, apart from the Greek team which enters first for the Olympic Games, and the team of the host nation (Team GB), who enter last.

Mrs Katie Vause, Enterprise Coordinator, Lincoln Castle Academy, said: “This is such a fantastic opportunity and to be part of the celebrations in London on the opening day will be something we will never forget!

“All the students have worked so hard on preparations for the 2012 Games and they deserve to enjoy this well earned reward.”