Thursday, 29 September 2011

Jonathan Edwards visits Wilson Stuart School in Birmingham


• Congratulates the school winning the ‘Get Set to exercise your taste buds competition’ creating a dish which will be served at the athlete’s village during Games Time.

• Meets pupils from Wilson Stuart School and 3 partnership schools to answer questions on his sporting career and London 2012 and take part in a gifted and talented inclusive athletic training session.

Jonathan Edwards, Deputy Chair London 2012 Nations and Regions visited Wilson Stuart School in Birmingham on Monday 19 September to sample their winning dish as part of the ‘Get Set to exercise your taste buds competition’ and to personally congratulate the pupils and staff involved with this amazing achievement.

Three students, all with special needs, from the Get Set network school designed and prepared a dish for this competition, which was short listed from over 6000 entries. Their dish of ‘chicken and potato salad’ won its category and will therefore be served at the athlete’s village next year during Games Time. Wilson Stuart School, which caters for children from aged 2 to nineteen with physical disabilities and complex medical conditions, is one of only 4 schools from across the nation to win this competition and see their dish served to the likes of Usain Bolt and Ellie Simmonds during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Following a taste test of the winning dish, Jonathan joined secondary and sixth form students from Wilson Stuart School to talking about his accomplishments, goals and show the students his Olympic medals. Jonathan was then grilled by a few Wilson Stuart pupils in a Parkinson style interview which covered everything from the length of Jonathan’s legs to what inspired him to take up sport.

To conclude his visit Jonathan joined students from Wilson Stuart partnership schools, Moor Hall, New Oscott and Holy Cross, alongside some of Wilson Stuarts own gifted athletes to be put through his paces at a number of indoor athletic stations teaching triple jump skills.

Jonathan Edwards, Deputy Chair London 2012 Nations and Regions said: “It’s been great visiting Wilson Stuart School and seeing how they have been getting involved in the London 2012 Games. By winning the Get Set to Exercise Your Taste Buds competition the students here will really be playing their part - they have not only learnt about healthy and active lifestyles but their meals could be providing the fuel for the athletes competing at the Games!

This competition shows the many ways children and young people can get involved and Wilson Stuart School are the perfect example of a school who have really embraced the Olympic and Paralympic values.”

Steve Hughes, Head Teacher Wilson Stuart Special School said: “PE and Sport has proven to be a very powerful vehicle for whole school improvement for Wilson Stuart School and we have actively engaging with the Olympics ever since the Paralympic Launch.

As the Games get closer we are really excited about the experiences and energy this once-in-a-lifetime event will generate within school. We are fully committed ensuring our students celebrate the games and also recognise the importance of the Olympic and Paralympic values. We enjoyed taking part in the competition and were delighted to have won. Our students were tremendously inspired by meeting Jonathan Edwards and excited by the opportunity to see an Olympic Gold Medal.”

Chris Wilson, Assistant Head Teacher, Wilson Stuart Special School said: “MOMENTUM… BUILDING ON OUR LEGACY is our future ‘GET SET’ Project - Wilson Stuart Active Society CIC is a social enterprise that has been set up to continue the Olympic Legacy beyond 2012 by Wilson Stuart School, improving standards in education through the power of PE and School Sport, not just for Wilson Stuart School but all our partnership schools in our local Big Society. We aim to continue using the Olympic and Paralympic values in all our future work with young people, knowing the impact it has had in the past 3 years and the impact Jonathan made when he visited on 19 September”.

Get Set is the official London 2012 education programme for schools and colleges across the UK. More than 19800 schools and colleges have already registered with the programme. It provides students and teachers with access to free resources including films, activity and fact sheets and access to competitions such as Get Set to exercise your taste buds. Through Get Set schools and colleges which demonstrate how they are using the Olympic and Paralympic Values can apply to join the Get Set network. Schools which apply to join the Get Set network before 16 December 2011 will receive tickets to the Games through the London 2012 Ticketshare initiative, as well as other exclusive rewards and opportunities.

Jonathan’s visit was hosted by the West Midlands for 2012 team, for more information of events and activities taking place across the region inspired by London 2012 visit http://www.wmfor2012.com/.


To share your London 2012 related stories and experiences visit www.facebook.com/thegamesandme to be in with a chance of winning a visit to the Olympic Park in November.

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