Baron Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1894, also designed the Olympic ring logo, which debuted at the 1920 Olympics. Coubertin explained his design in 1931: “A white background, with five interlaced rings in the centre: blue, yellow, black, green and red…is symbolic; it represents the five inhabited continents of the world, united by Olympism, while the six colors are those that appear on all the national flags of the world at the present time.” Coubertin used a loose interpretation of “continent” that included Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania. He never said nor wrote that any specific ring represents a specific continent.
In the lead up to our Olympic Week, each class has been allocated one of the continents to study and have completed a project based on that continent, including art work and music. These elements came together in our closing ceremony on Friday, as each class showcased their learning. What a colourful way to round off a truly wonderful week!