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Why a washout isn’t always a waste:

Found in: Leadership Blog

Last week, in consultation with our parent sports committee, we decided to go ahead with the Secondary Sports Carnival on Friday. This took into account our only alternate day to use the venue, was the following Monday and the weather was forecast to be and (luckily for me 😊) actually was, even worse.

We thought there would be at least a window of time for students to compete and that we should go ahead with the day when parents had organised time off, rather than gamble on Monday being better.

(By the way; we need to hold the carnival in Term Three to align with the ACC Interschool Carnival held this term. Term Two is filled with Cross Country and camps).

The event was a stripped-down version, without marquees to blow away and students were close to the building to rapidly find shelter from the rain.

We cut out the 800-metre race and ran 100 and 500 metre races. This gives us helpful information for our running races in the ACC. We can gather the rest of the results for jumps and throws at school, especially in the younger secondary years.

Some students got wet running the 500-metre race. We stopped at about 10:30 a.m. and had an early lunch at 11:00 a.m. while waiting to see what the weather would do. We evacuated at about midday.

Let me tell you why I don’t think it was a waste:

1) A good number of students came willingly, instead of bowing out because of adverse weather
2) They were good-spirited and cooperative, not wingey or complaining when we had to make last minute adjustments
3) They were happy and made their own fun while waiting: impromptu card games, uno and a dancing disco were initiated spontaneously
4) They all pitched in and helped when we had to pack up
5) They were responsible about being in the right place at the right time and took the disappointment of having to abort and not getting to compete in their event

On Friday, they learned:

1) Life doesn’t always go the way you plan and sometimes the best you can do is “make the best of it”
2) Sometimes when something goes wrong, it doesn’t mean everything has gone wrong and you can “make the most of it”

I was proud of the spirit of our students on Friday, it was good. Finally, I’d like to thank all the parents who helped, except perhaps the ones who were mocking my phone radar reading capacity!

Rod McNeill
Principal