RACE is a joint initiative between Redland Park and St. John’s Primary School in Clifton to explore and promote the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Values through educational learning, enhanced levels of sport and physical activity, and continuing to learn about sustainable forms of living.
On Sunday October 2nd we will be running several workshops including physical training, healthy food cooking and low food miles by Bordeaux Quay Cookery School and Olympic themed art. There will then be a valued-based gathering where we will start to draw out the Olympic and Paralympic values.
The project will heavily involve the local community: shops, police, businesses, uniformed organisations too. More plans and details to follow on our blog soon.
In schools we aim to:
• Explorethe history of the Olympics
• “Adopt” Olympic countries
• Link with the Kenyan Olympic team which will be based in Bristol before the games
• Create torches which could be featured with the children when the Olympic torch passes through the Bristol region
• Discuss Olympic and Paralympic Values in school assemblies
• Host Olympic Messy Church Days/ Summer Holiday Club
Through fitness programmes for all ages we will seek to develop enhanced levels of fitness within the school and church.
New sports will be introduced and enhance existing sport through visiting sports men and women, including Olympians.
Events will include:
• September 2011 Launch Event (jointly held at church and school): Training; Healthy Food Cooking; Launch service.
• Bloke’s Breakfasts and Fitness for Dads etc
• Women’s fitness classes
• Community 5km training and race on The Downs (with Up and Running)
• Community Olympics in July 2012
• We would hope to bring adults and children to the Olympic Park prior to the games, or maybe to the Paralympic Games
Both the school and church have developed keen interest in Green issues and sustainability. Redland Park Church is Bristol’s biggest micro-generation site with £40,000 of PV cells on the church roof. The church and school jointly presented the Operation Noah Climate Change petition to 10 Downing Street in July 2009. The school is looking to install PV Cells.
We shall seek to promote further sustainability awareness by studying how the Olympic Park is being developed with sustainability in mind.
Healthy eating, well-being and sustainability will be expllored by working with Bordeaux Quay Cookery School and Restaurant in Bristol which is dedicated to low food mile and being carbon neutral.
Both the school and church have excellent relationships with our local Carbon Reduction Action Group (CRAG) and Sustainable Redland. We aim to develop links with these organisations.