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The Shannon Lake Olympics

Shannon Lake Elementary is keeping with the Olympic Spirit and celebrating Canada’s success in the games by holding their own mini-Olympic games at the school.

On Tuesday students, staff, teachers, parents, and former alumni took place in the grand opening ceremonies.

Students were split into 20 countries and walked in an athlete parade reminiscent of last weeks Sochi opening ceremonies. The students will remain with their adopted country as they compete for them in the next week of games.

“Obviously the Olympics are happening in Sochi and we wanted to embrace them here at Shannon Lake so we had an opening ceremonies, we will have seven days of competition, and we will have a closing ceremony,” explained Grade 2 Teacher Michelle Apps.

This year is also the 20th anniversary of Shannon Lake Elementary and the final year before some students move to the new school opening in Rose Valley.

“It is wonderful, as we know Shannon Lake will go through a major change with the new opening of the (other) school so this a chance to bring the staff and the students together before that happens next year,” says Apps.

Tuesday’s ceremony even included a torch relay and cauldron lighting. The torch and cauldron were designed by local artist Don Giang.

“The eagle is the school and then the theme is Shannon Lake, and there is the lake and the trees and the fish,” explained Giang. “I wanted to put a Canadian touch to it, which is the native art.”

With a blower he had in his home he created a look that makes the flames move and appear real. The whole project including carving and painting took him about three weeks.

“We obviously asked the right person to do the cauldron for us, very talented, and yes the cauldron will be extinguished in two weeks when we have our closing ceremonies,” added Apps.

The Shannon Lake Elementary School Olympics run from Feb 11 to Feb 20, with a closing ceremonies scheduled for Feb 24. 

--With files from Trevor Rockliffe. 

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