Forest View Inter-House Swimming Gala
The year 3 swimmers show style, while their team-mates cheer them on.
Shannon astride her 'horse' in the seahorse race.
On Friday, Jane and I went to Shannon's school inter-house swimming Gala. I was really impressed with the organisation. The gala was held for the children from reception to grade three and every child had to compete, whether they could swim or not - there was no ducking out!
Shannon leads her team out for the next race.
There were regular races for the swimmers and fun water-races for the non swimmers. Every child jumped into the water without fear and they all climbed out without the aid of steps - no mollycoddling here! All the children had great fun, as was evidenced by the joy on their faces and the enthusiasm with which they competed. The gala was well supported by the parents and each family provided a plate of eats for tea.
Shannon follows her team out, ready for a race.
The gala was competitive, with points being displayed on a board, so everyone knew which team was winning. This was such a refreshing change from the nonsense that is allowed to prevail in UK now. There, competition is not allowed, everyone has to see themselves as a winner whether they put any effort in or not. ...and I am sure the nanny government would baulk at the notion of insisting every child participate. What about their human rights to be namby-pamby drop outs?
Shannon exhibits style as she carries her umbrella across in the relay.
Shannon's house, Kudu, came second. She wasn't the least bit traumatised. All it did, was to make her more determined to help her team to win next time!