Bucks is still bursting with life

28th July 2000 at 01:00
THE TES reported (July 14) that school athletic events around the country, including one in Buckinghamshire, are being cancelled.

Yes, we have had a cancellation this year in Aylesbury: schools are busy places these days and not everything is always possible; but that is not the whole story.

Buckinghamshire's Year 2000 School Games involved more than 3,200 Year 6 pupils in over 100 mainstream and special schools. They were hosted by 21 secondary schools and more than 500 sixth-formers took part as organisers and referees. The games also involved a large number ofteachers who gave freely of their time.

They were a great success, as was our celebration of music in education in Buckinghamshire, at the Royal Albert Hall in April. A choir of 1,500, together with the county youth orchestra, sang Carmina Burana (and repeated it at the Millennium Dome last week).

This all goes to show what pupils, teachers and their local education authority can achieve when they put their imaginations and their energies to it.

There is no lack of commitment here.

David McGahey

Director of education

Buckinhamshire


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