Olympics of a dif­fer­ent kind

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Coun­tries from around the world were well rep­re­sented at the Mata­mata Do­main re­cently.

Mata­mata Pri­mary School com­mem­o­rated the Olympics, with an all in­clu­sive sports day.

Each class chose a coun­try to rep­re­sent and re­search, ex­clud­ing New Zealand. They were en­cour­aged to dress in their coun­try’s colours and wave flags dur­ing the event.

Ju­niors par­tic­i­pated in the morn­ing, as­sisted by the se­niors as lead­ers, with the mid­dle and se­nior class com­pet­ing in the af­ter­noon. Medals were awarded to win­ning teams upon com­ple­tion.

Mata­mata Pri­mary School act­ing prin­ci­pal Jenny Gellen says the day was a learn­ing ex­er­cise about the spirit of the Olympics, in­clud­ing be­ing a good sportsper­son and it was a huge suc­cess.

They held their Olympics in teams of 11, made up of stu­dents rep­re­sent­ing a dif­fer­ent coun­try. Gellen says par­tic­i­pat­ing as a team meant no one was ex­cluded.

The ju­niors did the same events as mid­dle and se­niors, just at a slightly dif­fer­ent level. How­ever se­niors were in­volved in lead­er­ship roles for the ju­niors part of the day.

‘‘The lead­er­ship role is im­por­tant in a pri­mary school.

‘‘The se­niors re­ally do look after the ju­niors and all the kids in school. It was ex­plained what makes a good leader, and every one of them stepped up,’’ says Gellen.

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