St Michael's Sports Day 2018
Sports Day 2018
In our increasingly sedentary age, participation in sports day has never been more important. Through the vision of the PE department, St Michael’s has a day which achieves a striking balance between opportunities for both excellence and inclusion. This can be seen through doubling up event into ‘A’ and ‘B’ streams as well as offering a range of activities that go beyond standard athletic competition.
Each event has its own sense of excitement, be it the persistence of the 1500m to the exhilaration of the 100m. There is the calculation in choosing competition levels for the high jump and the counting of paces for the long jump and triple jump. There is the sense of danger in the javelin and discus. This contrasts with the camaraderie and sheer laughs of the tug-of-war and the gentile geometry of pétanque.
Essential as this is, it only tells half of the story. Firstly, there is the preparation done beforehand. Sports day is the culmination of several weeks of practice rather than an isolated event. Indeed, several events took place in the days preceding sports day back at St Michael’s rather than at Woodside. Then there is the wider cultural side to having the whole school share a day together with a common purpose. This manifests itself in a multitude of ways, ranging from painting faces in house colours through to the now obligatory charity refreshments. Where would we be without that essential cuppa, burger and bun? Finally, there is the follow-up. Whilst house shields and cups are presented on the day itself, individual awards are presented the following week in assembly. Everybody has their part to play, be it a member of staff compiling a chart or stewarding an event, a student competing or supporting, or even a Year 11 examination student just popping over because the last exam has finished and a bit of sunshine is in order. Sports day is ultimately great fun.
- Mr. J Marsegla