Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Mini Olympics - let the games begin!

We had a great afternoon last Friday at our Olympic Games, with excited competitors and many Mums and Dads joining us for lunch and the activities.

After a march past and raising of the Olympic Flag by school leaders Abbey, Daniel and Gemma, the Olympic Torch arrived after its long journey. Gabby and Tim and had the honour of carrying it on its last leg to our assembly.

Our Olympics were then opened by Dr Lu, who now lives in Narrabri but is originally from China. Dr Lu presented an interesting and much enjoyed speech to our students, talking about China and the relevance of the date (08.08.2008) to the Chinese people. Dr Lu also explained why the Chinese alphabet meant that Australia would be amongst the last nations to enter the arena at the Olympic Opening ceremony. She then officially opened our games by declaring “Let the games begin!” in her native language.

An afternoon of games then commenced, with children competing in some interesting and fun variations of swimming, equestrian, cycling, hurdling, ten pin bowling, 3-legged relays, gymnastics and hockey activities.

The day concluded with a presentation to the winning teams and a commemorative ribbon to all participants, including our Pre School children who had joined us for the afternoon’s activities.