There’s no better way to describe our Sports Day this year!
After a soggy start (we took all the stations outside only to be rained on thoroughly!) our spirits were not dampened (HaHaHa) because we had an INDOOR Sports Day backup plan!
The excitement was high and the kids were pumped! It was a great day for team spirit, but also for good sportsmanship and cooperation. It was also very gratifying for Mrs. Boekhout to see so many Grade 8 helpers that came from Nestor!
This week we had an exciting time learning about the Olympic sport of CURLING from “Capital One Rocks and Rings Canada“. It’s a great way to engage in physical activity. It’s a non-contact social sport that you can play your whole life. We learned about rocks, rings, buttons, brooms, and more! We played our “curling” in the gym, but we found out that real curling takes place on ice. That ice isn’t smooth though, it’s pebbly!
Like so many people all around the world, we participated in a Terry Fox Runto show our support for the need to find a cure for cancer. Actually, our school has grown so much in the last couple years that we had 3 separate runs!
Almost everyone in the class knew someonein their family or a family friend who has had cancer. Some were lucky enough to survive but many did not. We all thought about who we were running for. Mrs. Boekhout had three special peopleto run for this year. Dear Mrs. Raabe, a past Nestor teacher and a personal mentor for Mrs. Boekhout, sadly lost her 2 1/2 year battle this year; Ashley Brear, the 20 year old daughter of a fellow teacher, who still managed to create a wonderful annual fund raiser called “Keep on Swimming”; and Brekke Harrison, one of Mrs B’s students who dearly hoped to get to go to grade 3 (and she did!), you can see her special plaque in our Sanctuary courtyard.
Running around the school or making donations (we collected over $55 in our class!) are not the only ways we can honor the memory of Terry Fox though. It was the SPIRITof thisbrave young manthat we should keep with us! No matter what we are doing, we should always TRY OUT BEST!
Mr. Della Vedova taught the school a special songto remember Terry’s spirit. When Terry was asked how he could possibly run when it was so difficult, he replied, “A step at a time,a mile at a time,a corner at a time,just take another step and keep on going! ”
Rain, Rain, go or stay, we don’t care when it’s SPORTS DAY!
So… this year we got the excitement of an INDOOR Sports Day! (Mrs. B. had only just finished setting up her outdoor “Cracker and Whistle” race, when the rain started to soggy up the crackers!)
Some of the indoor races were the same as the outdoor races, but some of the MOST FUN races were exclusive to an Indoor Sports Day! The Stack and Build competitions were FANTASTIC (even if Mrs. B. had to scold some parents for spoiling the “I can do it by myself” pride) and we still got to do the Sponge and Water race in the undercover area. The three big KEYNOTES for Sports Day are FUN!GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP! EXERCISE! We definitely had all three of these, with only a little reminder or two for “appropriate behaviour”. The final scores were SO CLOSE that I won’t even comment!
You might think this is the front page of a School Planner, but it was actually part of a Martial Arts lesson on getting better grades in school! Recently, we had an exciting visit from Mr. Reinelt of Triumph Taekwon-do and he introduced us to the “Black Belt Attitude“!
We learned about listening with your eyes, your body, and your mind! Respect is one of the most important parts of Taekwon-do and no one… NO ONE… uses Taekwon-do if they are just mad at someone. It is for self-defense only. Some of the steps to improving yourself are to: focus, be organized, set goals, try your best, and use teamwork.
Mr. Reinelt showed everyone how to do a proper “snap-kick” and then we had a competition between 2 students to see who could kick the most high kicks in a minute! It was a tie! We practiced our jumping up and ducking down by trying to escape the DREADED YELLOW NOODLES! Oh my! Then we practiced teamwork in a game called Pass the Pizza!
It was a LOT of fun and laughing but we learned a lot too! Maybe some of us might even join Taekwon-do! It would take a LONG time to become a 6th degree Black Belt like Mr. Reinelt though!!! http://www.triumphtkd.com/instructors.html