STU­DENTS SHOW OLYMPIC SPIRIT

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Jil­lian Mc­Kee

STU­DENTS at Shalvey Pub­lic School gave our ath­letes in Rio a run for their money in a mini Olym­pa­thon last week.

From Olympic favourites like bas­ket­ball and the re­lay to thong throw­ing and sack races, the day was jam-packed with ac­tion.

Each class was al­lo­cated a coun­try and pa­raded around the school with the Olympic torch for the open­ing cer­e­mony event.

Teacher Trip­tas Kaur said it was a great op­por­tu­nity for the chil­dren to learn about world events.

“We wanted the kids to be able to en­joy the Olympics and un­der­stand what is go­ing on around the world,” she said.

“The kids were in­volved in re­search­ing about each coun­try; it was per­fect for them to learn where they are and what they do.

“The Year 6 stu­dents even helped run the event, ex­plain­ing the games to the other stu­dents.”

At the end of the day, there was a tra­di­tional medal cer­e­mony with Fin­land de­clared the win­ners and awarded de­li­cious choco­late gold medals.

Mrs Kaur said the whole day was fan­tas­tic.

“The chil­dren just loved it and all their par­ents came in – it was such a great day for the whole com­mu­nity,” she said.

There were plenty of laughs at the Shalvey Pub­lic School Olym­pa­thon in­clud­ing ( in­set) an Olympic torch. Pic­tures: Carmela Roche

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