“You have made this so special for so many people. Memories for a lifetime! We couldn’t have achieved any of this without you and your Creative Junction team. Thanks and very best wishes.” Derek Peaple, Head Teacher, Park House School and Chair of the Berkshire School Games Organising Committee
Inspired by London 2012, The Berkshire School Games is an Olympic-style county sporting competition that will give thousands of opportunities for children and young people from across Berkshire to connect and compete between 2012 and 2014.
The School Games is a national programme delivered locally and Creative Junction ensured that in Berkshire a strong cultural element is included. We are delivering this through a series of Opening Ceremonies, to recognise and celebrate the strengths and skills of all children and young people in Berkshire.
The Opening Ceremonies are now a renowned, important and much anticipated part of the global Olympics and Paralympics, and our local Opening Ceremonies aim to have a similar status, profile and impact in the context of The School Games.
During the spring and summer of 2012, Creative Junction worked with teachers and over 700 young people from over 50 Berkshire education settings to coordinate, rehearse and produce five unique and one off half hour Opening Ceremonies. They were a celebration of dance, movement, music and singing all inspired by London 2012 and performed to hundreds of their peers as well as the West Berkshire MP, local authority leaders and dignitaries and representatives from the funder the Youth Sports Trust.
In addition, we organised professional arts activity at the Cultural Village for secondary students, reaching over 700 young people from 46 schools.
In a grand finale, over 70 young people had the opportunity to perform again when Creative Junction were asked to support the award ceremony and Berkshire School Games celebration held at the Hexagon in Reading on Tuesday 17th July, reaching an audience of 400 people.
Creative Junction was commissioned by The Berkshire School Games Local Organising Committee led by Park House School and Get Berkshire Active; and Berkshire Arts: Local Authority Partners.