|My boy running his heart out!|
Today I am relaxing in the knowledge that sports day is over for another year. This one event in the school calendar which seems to evoke a marmite-type response from us parents: some love it and others loathe it. Over the years I have sadly become a little cynical, easing slowly into the ‘loathing’ camp but as I like to try and find positives in everything (if at all possible), I will share the highlights of our day….
- my children were in the same team and instead of witnessing their usual hatred for one another, I got to see some rare moments of cameraderie and maybe even love…
- I was able to support The Tween at her final Sports Day before leaving for Secondary School
- I watched my son being cheered on by his team mates, as he ran his little heart out
- the sun was shining so my white pins got some colour (a kind of off beige)
- I was able to catch up with fellow mums and friends over lunch, thus fulfilling my daily need for companionship!
- by midday it was too hot, so much so that my shoulders got burnt
- the PTA had run out of cookies by 11am
- the ice pops hadn’t frozen properly so we had to witness their forlorn little faces on hearing the sad news
- the whole day started with enthusiasm at 9am and came to an exhausted end at 3pm – way too long!
Where was the flipping competition???? Yes, our school is one of ‘those‘ schools – the ones that opt out of any competition on sports day, choosing instead to praise ‘team spirit’. There is an overall winning team (the one with the most points) and medals for the team which showed the best sportsmanship (cheering on the opposing team) but no accolade for the best runner/fastest skipper/highest jumper. No recognition for individual success.
I will never understand why schools publicly honour and praise children for their academic achievements but choose not to give children recognition for excelling in other areas, in particular sport. Some of these children may not be high-achievers academically, the place where they ‘shine’ is on the sports field. Yes, yes, I know that excessive competition can encourage jealousy and the ugliness of comparison, but a little bit of competition is real….teaches children how to rejoice in their fellow man/woman’s successes. How will they ever learn if we shelter them from all of this as children?
Do you think that schools are obsessed with being ‘fair’? Has your school got it right?
Are you a lover or a loather of sports day?!
|My two loving each other for a change!|