Trying so hard to miss sports day
With reference to the letter from Geoff Billington ( July issue) about why sports day was so important.
Sports day may have been an important day in the school calendar, especially for those sporty families.
At Sprowston First School I actually enjoyed sports day because it was seen as a ‘traditional’ board games day (inside) and fun outside. We all had our various colours and were timed. The headteacher was pretty laid back.
But when it came to Framlingham Earl School, it didn’t help at all with my special needs, including dyspraxia and it was a struggle for me to make friends.
Also, with my poor coordination it meant I was always the last to be picked for the football team. I only liked table tennis.
I used to hate the thought of sports day. In an assembly we were all placed in various teams. I used to practically beg my mum to let me have sports day off at high school as I had a good record of attendance for the rest of the year.
I tried everything. If begging and pleading failed, I pretended to be unwell. I was lucky because I managed to miss four out of five sports days at Framlingham Earl school and the one that I did attend, one of the learning support teachers turned up in the most hideous trousers, which came halfway up her legs, which both me and my friend Paul, found hilarious.