It started with a whole school warm up to STEPS 5678. I love this song and didn't even mind Meg's constant practice around the house.
The it was the running races and Meg came first in her group. She was thrilled and so was Obaachan when Meg told her it was all due to the shoes she sent Meg for her birthday. Regardless of the validity of the statement t was happiness all round.
One of the things I love about Sport's day is how organised it is. It's always on time, always runs smoothly and it's majority run by the kids themselves. Here the grade 5/6 girls are waiting at the finish line to grab the kids who ran. The girl wearing the 1 bb grabs the kid who came first, 2 the second, 3 the third etc etc. There are three teams of these girls and they cycle through. The boys do the same for the boys' races.
Amy's turn. What? Amy's not in school yet! That's right but she will be next year and this is a special event for next year's Grade 1's. It's their first intro to the big school. And it must feel really big- huge with 860 students, 140 odd kinder kids and all those mums and dads and grandparents to boot. Not that she looks phased, hey?
And they're off!
Then they do a lap of the oval with more grade 5 and 6 kids holding their placards. Amy is in West Kinder Lily group which is the sky blue placard being held by the boy who takes his job seriously! There is also West kinder sunflower, East kinder lily and sunflower and 'kinder/ daycare'. That's for all the kids who go to kinder outside the village. The ones who get the cute smocks and the straw hats... sigh... so cute!
After all that excitement Amy needed a break and had her bento. Our school sport's day finishes at 12:30 so pretty much noone takes a packed lunch. The kids go back to their classes and eat their lunch and debrief before going home at 1:30 but families tend to just leave at 12:30. The school bus runs as normal and otherwise kids walk or are picked up. But I think even a morning only sport's day is a big wait for Amy and I was making Meg a bento anyway so I made her one too and she was pretty happy.
The big ball event. These huge balls travel the length of the school and back again. Yup a whole school event. And it's taken very seriously!
Waiting for the ball to come back.
Tug of war. I love how you can se how much fun they're having.
Tug of war with the white team cheer squad in action in the background. Those boys must have no voice whatsoever by the end of the day. They scream and yell and whistle and cheer and sing and clap and drum constantly!
That's the white team side of the tug of war. It's combined grades 1 and 2 so it's a pretty big event!
Meg's class danced to 'Youngman'. Which is the Japanese version of YMCA. I said 'aaah! You're dressed like the construction worker guy!' She replied. 'No. We're wearing bibs and we have pompoms!'
Meg wasn't in this one but I had to take a picture as I just equal parts amazed and horrified at the Grade 5/6 7 tier human pyramid.... Meg wants to be on the top... I told her she may have to prepare herself that she might be closer to the bottom tier... (a lot closer I reckon!)
The results are in- go white team!!
All over and walking back to the car we parked at my work.
All over till next year.
When we will have two kids to watch.