House events are one of the things that students of BSG are most passionate about, and yet if you were to be going around school asking your friends if they are looking forward to Sports Day, the answer would probably be ‘no’. So why does this happen?
Of course the students are not the only ones to blame for not being excited about Sports Day; for some year groups it just happens that there aren’t enough people to fill up all of the events, so some students have to take part in something that they aren’t that good at. Other students are just not ‘sporty’ people, and seeing the fierce competition between the teams, it’s not hard to see why someone would refuse to take part in certain events, because they fear that they would drag their team down.
During Sports Day, we get a glimpse of the different attitudes students take towards sports; some of them have invested a lot of time into practicing, some of them are helping their team to fill in races where nobody else is eligible to take part, and of course there are those who mysteriously get some kind of illness or injury on the very day Sports Day is held. During each Sports Day, there will be winners and losers; there will be tears of joy, and tears of frustration.
It is important to remember, that even though it is important to have positive attitudes towards something we are taking part in, we sometimes get too focused on the task at hand that we forget about what’s really important: having fun and enjoying ourselves. Often, students feel ‘forced’ to take part in a sports event and those who are actively participating in sports need to remember that not everyone is as good or enthusiastic about it as they are, and enjoying the event takes priority over wanting to win.
Even though this article may make Sports Day sound more negative than it actually is, there is hope for change. All too often, when house events such as Sport’s Day, Book Week, Maths Week and so on are mentioned, students respond negatively, but the reality is, that once enthused by their teachers and put into the thick of the action, they actually, dare I say it… ENJOY themselves! The trick to getting students interested in school events is to first pique their attention, and most importantly, let them know that participation is not compulsory. Also, the efforts of students who don’t usually take part in sports, but help their team to fill in empty spaces during Sport’s Day should be recognised: This helps to lessen the focus on winning, and will reassure students who want to take part, but dare not in fear of dragging their team or house down. This way, the issue of students not willing to take part in school activities will resolve itself.
And let’s face it, it’s not all about the sports, is it? It’s about team spirit, supporting our peers and, well, just having fun on a day where we would otherwise be stuck in a normal school day!
Check out these videos and pictures from this year’s Sport’s Day and see for yourself…