Buckhaven High School’s Department of Additional Support (DAS) has been officially recognised by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).
Pupils and teachers in the department recently held an Olympic themed sports day and, at the event, were officially welcomed by the committee into London 2012’s Get Set network, an Olympic education programme.
The school was given a plaque and a certificate to acknowledge its involvement and praised for showing commitment to the Olympic and Paralympic values.
Buckhaven now joins schools and colleges across the UK as a member of the London 2012 community and will receive access to exclusive competitions and 2012 Games-related opportunities over the coming years.
Two times Olympic gold medal winner Sebastian Coe, who is now chairman of LOCOG, even found time to congratulate Buckhaven DAS; whose pupils formed their own committee, planned the events and catering, and designed invitations for family to attend their sports day.
Lord Coe said: “When London won the right to host the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, we made a clear promise to use the power of the 2012 Games to inspire young people.
“I am proud to welcome Buckhaven High School DAS in to the Get Set network for its exciting work around the Olympic values of friendship, excellence and respect and the Paralympic values of inspiration, courage, determination and equality.”
Susan Moffatt, depute rector at the school, added: “Pupils at Buckhaven High School DAS are excellent examples of how London 2012 is helping to spark young people’s imagination and inspiring them to get involved and make a difference.
“They have clearly demonstrated that London 2012’s education programme extends far beyond PE and sport and I hope they will motivate other young people to join their journey.”
• To become a member of the Get Set network, schools and colleges need to register with Get Set, showcase their student-led work around the Values via the dedicated ‘Get Set’ blog, and complete a short application form. They will receive the right to use the London 2012 education logo on their headed paper, website and school sign. More information can be found online at http://getset.london2012.com.