‘Wonderment’ when torch visited school

Horsham Millais School pupils Hannah Davies and Charlotte Poole with the Olympic Torch
Horsham Millais School pupils Hannah Davies and Charlotte Poole with the Olympic Torch
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Girls at Millais School in Horsham were surprised last week when the Olympic Torch was paraded around the hockey pitch.

On Thursday the 1,200 school girls and staff gathered around the perimeter of the pitch unaware that the torch was in school, having been told there was to be a surprise.

Deputy head Mike Sutton said someone linked to the school, who will be carrying the torch, had clearance to take it in for about one hour.

He said: “This was a real coup for the school and it was a once in a lifetime opportunity for the girls to see the torch up close and be photographed with it.

“We didn’t tell them. I sent an email to the staff the evening before saying assembly has been cancelled, please take your pupils to the hockey pitch. There were several speculations and then the torch arrived.

“We had eight prize winners who paraded it around the pitch.

“I was pleasantly surprised at how the girls reacted to it. There was a real sense of wonderment. The girls were amazed and the staff were thrilled about it.”

The Olympic Torch is not scheduled to go through the Horsham District, but it will be in Arundel, Chichester and Petworth on July 16 and in Crawley on July 17.