Plashet School pupils celebrate women athletes on International Day

Pupils at Plashet School celebrated the excellence and successes of female athletes as part of an annual International Evening.

The secondary school, in Plashet Grove, East Ham, expanded on the theme for the festivities this year by celebrating women in honour of International Women’s Day, and by adding an Olympic flavour ahead of this summer’s Games.

Parents, students and guests were greeted at the school gates on March 8 by Year 10 sports leaders waving flags from around the world.

Plashet School, which is also a specialist language college, highlighted the languages that will be brought to Newham this summer by choosing the top nine medal-winning countries to feature in language booklets.

The languages explored were French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Swahili, Russian, Polish, Spanish, Dutch, and Romanian.

Attendees were treated to a series of musical and dance performances from five Olympic continents starting with a flag waving ceremony.

Students projected a film they made about the Olympics and the evening finished with a special Plashet School opening ceremony with the lighting of their own replica torch.

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French teacher Claire Louout received the student-designed torch because she took part in an Olympic Games herself as part of the French handball team.

As refreshment, students served food from around the world.

Sue Rossner, Assistant Headteacher, told the Recorder: “The event was very well attended by students and parents and was a great success.

“We raised awareness of female athletes across the world and one student commented that ‘the Olympics feel real now, I’m really excited.’”