Poutasi, Samoa - Sports Day
Today we journeyed to Saleilua Primary School to prepare a sports day for the students. Before we arrived at the school we had each planned activities in small groups that would entertain the kids for at least 15 minutes. My group consisted of Jack, Lauren and me and we decided to play Octopus – a game were players had to run from one side of the area to the other without getting tagged. If you are tagged you must stand still, with your arms out and try to tag all of the other players. Anyway, after we arrived at the primary school everyone got into their groups, claimed a space, set up their equipment, and prepared themselves for the onslaught of students. All the children were separated into year groups, except for Year 1-2, who were combined. My group ended up starting off with Year 4. They picked up the game rules really fast and we were able to start a full game quickly. We then progressed with the Year 1-2s, Year 6 and Year 8. Each time adjusting the size of our running distance to suit the year level.
We then had a thirty-minute break where we were served a delicious morning tea and then went to play with the kids before setting up again for the last few rounds of students.
After the break we had two more year groups to go before we were done. My group had Year 5 and Year 3. The Year 5s picked up the game alright, but the Year 3s didn’t do so well. They would not listen to us and kept fighting with each other. In the end we ended up taking them for a run to use up their energy instead.
Overall it was a really fun, but very challenging day and we were all extremely exhausted by the end of it.