A non-medal event – Weds June 18th 2014

By | June 18, 2014

Sports Days are such blooming good fun at D’s SN school. It’s always very humbling to watch children participating and laughing away, those who just wouldn’t be able to in a different (mainstream) environment.

It is literally a day too, the morning is taken up with individual group events (if that makes sense) and then the afternoon is track events. This is when the participants and observers sit in their house groups, with lots of clapping and tons of cheering.

The staff all emphasise to the children that it’s not the winning, it’s the taking part, a mantra echoed throughout the day but one which seems to be lost when it’s the staff relay! Gosh, that was competitive but so funny to watch.

D did extremely well in her first track event:

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That Tshirt is very apt, I have to stand at the finish line and cheer her on towards me, concentrating on her and her on me as she pounds down the track. One day she’ll knock me over, I’m sure. She seems as fast as an Angry Bird when she’s coming towards you!

The second event she participated in made me even prouder. It was a relay race and each child had to run three times. The children didn’t know until they were lined up that there wouldn’t be individual medals, but it all counted towards the individual house scores.

D wasn’t too happy at this (to put it mildly, she does like a medal) but was persuaded to carry on. As were a few others. Everyone did their best, the shouts of encouragement were huge, D ran, ran and ran again. My throat was hoarse from geeing her on and it was a team effort from all sides. Absolutely brilliant.

And yes, I know it’s not the winning, but the school house that D is in came first after two days of sport, the secondary pupils having participated yesterday. Yay!

It seems like the fortune cookie I mentioned yesterday did bring D luck, but every one of those SN children and their very patient teaching staff deserved something.

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rebecca beesley on 21st June 2014 at 10:41 pm.

Sounds like she did brilliantly – Well done! So nice to hear about sports day being a fun day rather than a stressful one. #smallstepsamazingacheivements xxx

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Jeannette on 24th June 2014 at 6:52 pm.

Thanks Rebecca, we are so lucky with D’s school. They put on amazing sports days and practice so much with the children. There are always a few “moments” but it’s always a very humbling and fantastic day x

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Jane Roberts on 24th June 2014 at 6:30 pm.

Sounds like a fantastic event, your posts about D’s school really make me even more certain that Ethan will be going to the best school for him and his needs. We have his nursery sports day on Thursday and I have no idea what to expect! I’m glad D enjoyed her sports day.

Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0)
x

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Jeannette on 24th June 2014 at 6:54 pm.

Thanks Jane, I hope E enjoys his sports day, we are so, so grateful that D (and all the children) have a fantastic sports day every year 🙂

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