High School Sports Day: An Unforgettable Show
Last Friday and Saturday (16th-17th October)
The day began with the Opening Ceremony. For this, all students and staff went around the track, then lined up on the centre field in Olympic (Opening Ceremony) fashion. Each class had their own banner, held proudly aloft by one student representative. Formed in orderly rows, they stood to attention for the raising of the national flag and the national anthem. Together they cut an impressive sight. It was heart-warming to see how these students could be trained and transformed from a large rabble of regular teenagers into a professional and well-drilled outfit!
Following this, firecrackers were set off and Principal Xu Wenxiang officially declared that events could begin. The first event was the morning exercise routine competition. Judges stood in the main stand to inspect the proficiency of each class routine. In general, the routines were excellent, bringing in top scores from the judges; although some athletes were so keen to impress the crowd that they may have lost their concentration occasionally!
Next came the first track event, the boys
One such example was Senior 3 student Hu Ming Huan, who won the boys
Elsewhere, the field events were in full swing. The Shot Put, Long Jump and High Jump all produced displays of great athleticism. One particular highlight amongst these was the contest for the Senior 1 boys high jump title. Here, two slight 16 year olds, Wu Jia Bing and Wang Chong, had hundreds of spectators gripped with excitement until late in the afternoon. In the end, Jia Bing, probably the better technician of the pair, took the title with an exquisite jump of
Additionally, there was a basketball shooting event, football and “jianzi” “keepy-uppys”, as well as individual and team skipping. Here students demonstrated their immense speed, skill and agility.
Finally, Principal Xu Wenxiang brought everyone together at midday on Saturday to thank them for their efforts and officially close the sports day. It was then left to the staff and students to reflect on a truly magical event. English Teacher Lu Jing confirmed that there had been a “great atmosphere” throughout, whilst Qian Jin Jing of Senior 2 noted that it had been “very exciting” to participate. Yet perhaps