THE Brei­d­bach com­mu­nity, and par­tic­u­larly the par­ents, have de­manded that more school sports events be staged fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful fes­ti­val or­gan­ised by Brei­d­bach Pri­mary School last week­end.

The Un­der 13 sport fes­ti­val con­sisted of rugby and hockey, which was played at the lo­cal sports grounds, and hockey, which was played at the school.

The vis­it­ing schools which par­tic­i­pated in the wellor­gan­ised fes­ti­val in­cluded Khomga-based Mor­gen­ster Pri­mary, New­ton Pri­mary of Fort Beau­fort, and the Cradock-based Michaus­dal Pri­mary.

“We al­ready have good re­la­tion­ships with the schools but want to fur­ther strengthen this, as well as to holis­ti­cally de­velop our chil­dren to get used to com­pet­ing against op­po­si­tion from other schools,” BPS prin­ci­pal Ivan Harry said.

“We will re­turn vis­its to all those schools in the fol­low­ing quar­ters and will once again call on the sup­port of par­ents and the en­tire com­mu­nity the same way they did with this one.”

The high­light for most of the par­ents were the rugby and net­ball cur­tain-raisers played be­tween the classes from the foun­da­tion to the in­ter­me­di­ate phase.

A well-at­tended crowd con­sist­ing of par­ents and com­mu­nity mem­bers watched in ex­cite­ment as their chil­dren per­formed on the rugby field and net­ball court.

An ex­cited Noeleen Bar­low, a mother of a Grade 1 pupil, cheered her daugh­ter on from the side­lines.

“The fun is not car­ing about er­rors and mis­takes but to en­joy them­selves,” Bar­low said.

Maver­ine Jonkers, an­other par­ent, said what in­spired her most was the in­ter­ac­tion be­tween all the pupils and the pos­i­tive in­volve­ment of all the par­ents.

The two par­ents, who were re­spon­si­ble for first aid on the day, said no in­juries had been sus­tained.

Lore­nay Thompson, who re­cently com­pleted a Ba­sic Sport Ad­min­is­tra­tion course hosted by the Depart­ment of Sport, Re­cre­ation, Arts and Cul­ture, has put into ac­tion what she was taught.

“I as­sisted the ed­u­ca­tors by teach­ing the Grade 1 kids net­ball skills for the past week and I am happy to see them prac­tic­ing what they were taught,” Thompson said.

Gov­ern­ing chair­woman Winifred Maart com­mended the par­ents in par­tic­u­lar for their over­whelm­ing sup­port of the fes­ti­val.

“I am happy with the out­come of our par­ents and the com­mu­nity at this event and ap­pre­ci­ate their at­ten­dance and for sup­port­ing their school,” Maart said.

“Let us have many more to come,” she said.


BALL OUT: Brei­d­bach Pri­mary scrumhalf Kea­gan Ran­dall feeds his back line with the ball dur­ing their match against Mor­gen­ster in Brei­d­bach last week­end. Brei­d­bach won the game

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