It was also the Village Sports Day.
I wasn't there because I had to work.
I'm not bitter. Really.
That's why it's taken me this long to write about it. sniff.
No really. I know half the village would probably be thrilled to have a legitimate out for Sports Day but I actually really enjoy it. It doesn't take much to entertain me! And I get that there are so many holidays on a Monday that if we took them all off the Monday class kids would not have nearly as many classes as the other days. But still.... sniff
Anyway, K and the girls went to Sports Day (without me sniff, ok I'll stop. I promise) and Amy did her dance (all the kinder kids from both kinders- all 400 of them- sang a song about the Alps as a dance exhibition), K did the age relay where each district fields a runner in each age range from under 10 to over 60. This is the bragging event of the Sports Day. And our district is one of the smaller ones so we don't have that many people to choose from. And yet we came first. Yeah!!
And then it was Meg's turn. She was not really looking forward to Sports Day as primary school kids have an individual event which is rather more daunting than the one-of-400 kinder dance.
But she realised (derr!) that her other post-kinder-now-school-kid friends would also be competing and decided it was doable after all:
Lining up. The bibs have the name of their district on them. Notice what great weather they had? sniff...
On the starter's blocks. I think she's being tactical and distracting her neighbour. Or she might just be chatting with a friend. Oh and the two kids in the yellow bibs in the same race? The kiddy races don't count towards the point total so the bigger districts get to field more kids to give everyone a go.
And they're off! They had to jump for the first bit. Then walk across the balance beam, then run backwards for another stretch then finally sprint for the finish line.
I love the look on her face.
(thanks K for taking the pictures. Oh and actually getting the kids in the frame, too!)
She came third and was given a little notebook. K got a box of washing powder for his first place. Amy got a whistle for doing her dance. A whistle! Who gives 400 kinder kids whistles????
Oh and when I got home from work all glum and sniffing the girls greeted me with a big 'Mummy! Okubo came 4th!' There are 21 districts in the village and as I mentioned we're one of the smallest ones so that's pretty impressive.
Darling Amy then looked at me seriously and said "last year when you came too Okubo was 10th. This year you couldn't come and we were 4th so you don't have to come next time, too!"