The annual sports day – is a day that goes in the calendar from the beginning of the year. A day that culminates in the summer term, and a day for a school to show off their physical aspect to their ‘holistic’ education programmes. But what does a Sports Day actually serve to do?
St. Michael Foundation takes a totally different approach to sports day which reflects the characteristics we are trying to inculcate in our students during lesson time. Namely an emphasis on maximum participation, teamwork, co-operation and most importantly fun. The sports day at the Senior School sees the whole school working together to achieve their goal, regardless of age, gender or form. Friendly rivalry between houses is the predominant atmosphere.
The students are all split into houses: Auvergne, Aragon, Castille and Provence. The teams are equally mixed in terms of ability. Students participate in six ‘stations’ in all and participate for their individual houses. In this way everyone is constantly working to collect the points for their house. What is striking about the formation is that the students are participating for as much of the time as possible. There is no 'sitting down practicing spectator skills,' everyone must join in.