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Sports Days!

Isabelle and Oliver both had their Sports Days at BISS this week.  They are in the Li House (used to be called Dragons) and the sports are organized by house.  Each student is competing for house points and there are no individual winners for first place in the activities.  I do like this approach at the younger age.

Oliver’s Sports Day was Tuesday May 20th and Isabelle’s was Thursday May 22nd.  We have had quite a bit of rain this Spring/Summer, so I think that everyone was relieved that we had dry days for the competitions!

The competitive areas were set up in the center of the field, with each station taking 2 or 3 minutes to compete.  The emphasis is on the team to score as many points as possible so everyone is cheering each other on.  The parents can walk around the outside to watch their children as they move from station to station.

 

Getting ready for sack race.

Getting ready for sack race.

Jumping as high as he possibly can while getting encouraged by the coach!

Jumping as high as he possibly can while getting encouraged by the coach!

Oliver was pretty good at hurdles!

Oliver was pretty good at hurdles!

Made it to number 5!

Made it to number 5!

Half time snacks for the Infants.  It is a wonder they could compete after all this good (sugar loaded!!) food.

Half time snacks for the Infants. It is a wonder they could compete after all this good (sugar loaded!!) food.

For the Junior’s, they also add some individual competitions, but again, you are winning points for your house and not for a first place prize.  So, long jump, shot put, 100m race were all additional activities for Isabelle!

Isabelle was good at hurdles too!

Isabelle was good at hurdles too!

They achieved a record for the relay station!

They achieved a record for the relay station!

There was a rest station after every 4 or 5 activities.  When you reached the coaches rest station, they picked 1 person to ring the bell to start and stop the 3 minute timer.  Here is Isabelle ringing the bell!

There was a rest station after every 4 or 5 activities. When you reached the coaches rest station, they picked 1 person to ring the bell to start and stop the 3 minute timer. Here is Isabelle ringing the bell!

Running her very best in the 100m

Running her very best in the 100m

Much to Oliver’s delight, Li House won in the Infants Sports Day (Year 1 and 2).  Li House came 2nd (out of 4) for Junior’s – Year’s 3, 4 and 5.

As many hands as possible trying to raise the cup for winning the Sports Day cup for their house.  Li House won the day for Infants!

As many hands as possible trying to raise the cup for winning the Sports Day cup for their house. Li House won the day for Infants!

All the kids got a chance to pose for photos with the cup.  Here is Oliver - so proud that his house won!

All the kids got a chance to pose for photos with the cup. Here is Oliver – so proud that his house won! 

I was very proud that both of my children were obviously trying their very best at each activity.  We emphasis effort, willingness and spirit.  No-one can be the best at everything, but everyone can try their very best.  That is what we expect from Isabelle and Oliver.  And, on both of these Sports Days that is exactly what they did!!

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Sports Days and Dragons Rule!!

It is Sports Day season at BISS.  The school groups the competition days into groups and Tuesday May 7th was Isabelle’s sports day at BISS as part of the Year 3 and Year 4 grouping.  There are 4 Houses at BISS: Dragons, Monkeys, Panda’s and Tigers.  Siblings are always placed in the same house – Isabelle and Oliver are both Dragons who are represented by Red T-shirts.  There are many “House” events during the year and all the students take great pride in earning house points for their respective allegiance.  Both children also have the opportunity to earn points throughout the year for excelling in the school values and outstanding efforts.  This is a great motivator!!

The Athletic Field was set up with different stations that each team rotated through.  The parents walked around the outside of this area to cheer on their child.  They spent 5 minutes on each activity as a team to try to earn as many points as possible on each one.

The Dragons: Ava and Ethan are also Dragons!

The Dragons: Ava and Ethan are also Dragons!  Lined up ready to win as many House Points as possible.

Action shot over the hurdles.

Action shot over the hurdles.

Running and balancing the ball on the tennis racket.

Running and balancing the ball on the tennis racket.

Relay time!

Relay time!  Run, Isabelle, Run!

Long jump - she had several go's at this one and got better with each attempt.

Long jump – she had several go’s at this one and got better with each attempt.

Isabelle was very fast at this one.  Plus her teacher, Mrs Scrymgeour, was running this activity so she worked extra hard at this one!!

Isabelle was very fast at this one. Plus her teacher, Mrs Scrymgeour, was running this activity so she worked extra hard at this one!!

Potato and spoon

Potato and spoon

Shotput

Shotput

The event included many different activities: relay, balancing the ball on the tennis racket, hurdles, bean bag balance on heads, long jump, potato and spoon, balance bars, sack race, shot put, running and a water transfer race.  Isabelle said that she enjoyed the water race the most, but the rest station was her favourite part of Sports Day!!  All of the children were out playing competitively from 9:00 – 12:00 so it was a long morning of sports.  Monkeys came first for this year grouping, but the Dragons second place was only by 3 points!  (Not bad when you are in the 1000’s of points……)

"I am so happy to do Sports Day with my best friend"

Cheering each other on.  “I am so happy to do Sports Day with my best friend”

Wednesday May 8th  was Nursery and Reception Sports Day.  This event was only for 1 hour as they do 2 minutes on each activity.  It is set up in the same way with different stations on the Athletic field that the parents walk around to cheer.  Oliver had 3 team mates in his class that are Dragons: Seren, Ben and Emma.  All of whom he really likes and plays well with.  This little team displayed fantastic team spirit throughout the entire event.  They were continually cheering each other on, helping with the transitions and generally wanting to win.  They all displayed huge competitive spirit, and the parents of these children were just as competitive as we were very loudly shouting and cheering for the Dragons!!

Hurdles

Hurdles (it was a little chilly to start off)  Very unseasonable for Shanghai!

The hurdles was one of Oliver’s favourites.  We were so proud of him because he very obviously put his heart and soul into every single event and tried his very best at each one.  He wears his heart on his sleeve and you could clearly see when he was happy with his performance and when he was disappointed in himself.  We were also very proud of his team spirit as he was so supportive and encouraging of his team mates.

Run along the balance bar and then jump into the hoop passing it over your head, then run very fast back!

Run along the balance bar and then jump into the hoop passing it over your head, then run very fast back!  This was another favourite of Oliver’s

Over the head!

Over the head!

Throwing the bean bags in the hoop (point for each).  Oliver is delighted with his efforts!

Throwing the bean bags in the hoop (point for each). Oliver is delighted with his efforts!

The Dragons team here have just found out that they won the last round which was bean bags in the hoop!

The Dragons team here have just found out that they won the last round which was bean bags in the hoop!

Balancing the ball on the tennis racket.

Balancing the ball on the tennis racket.

Oliver was very creative with this one as he discovered that it would go further if he kicked it rather than push it!

Oliver was very creative with this one as he discovered that it would go further if he kicked it rather than push it!

Balancing the hoop on his head.

Balancing the hoop on his head.

Excellent result for Dragons today as the combined scores for the Dragons in Nursery and Reception meant that they had won the trophy.  Oliver, Ben, Seren and Emma were over the moon with excitement and delight!

Dragons won!

Dragons won!