Tales from the Head's Office #8
Right! Hands up all of you who have done your Princess Diana bit? You know, that ‘racing in the parents race at Sports Day’ bit!
Sports Day! The day when all children should be able to show off their prowess at throwing, catching & jumping. The day when mums, dads, grans, aunts & even the dog can come along to school & cheer the Olympians on. It is also the day when those same grownups can make a fool of themselves show their skills!
However, have you ever thought what goes into this special day in the school’s calendar? There are obviously all the trials that have to be held so that the children are in the right events. Once chosen, there are the lunch time practices because believe me, the teachers will be fiercely competitive against each other. This is where the counting comes in. Yes – counting – the different colours so that each team has the same number and the same range of – good/ OK/ not the sporting type – children in each race.
Behind the scenes the caretaker will be summoned to the Heads office to be given the requirements of the sound system. We don’t want the scores on the doors not being heard do we? The caretaker also has to arrange to have the field marked out in the appropriate way so that there is as much a sense of a real stadium as possible. The PTA will be busy buying ice lollies & preparing the certificates that are to be awarded to the winners. If the event is in the afternoon, cook will be told not to make anything ‘too heavy’ for lunch!
The day arrives & of course the one thing that no-one could control is the weather! How many of you have had a Sports Day that has gone on all week?! Never mind! Its tradition isn’t it? It’s one of the things that makes the summer term.
HOWEVER – what are your views about the equalities issues? Should each child HAVE to enter? I certainly hated Sports Day right through my schooling. At primary they thought I should be able to jump while at secondary they thought throwing things would be more appropriate. I was rubbish at them all!
Should each child who enters get a certificate? What about that Wimbledon motto of learning to cope with defeat? What about the team spirit that we English were once famed for?
How do you dear reader feel about having to go along & cheer & take part? Is it one summer activity you would prefer to miss?
Please pop over to Mums Gone To to read another great Sports Day post!
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