For two days earlier this month St. Oliver’s National School in Clonmel came alive with the excitement that accompanies the annual school’s sports days.
On Thursday Junior Infants, Senior Infants, First and Second classes enjoyed activities while it was the turn of Third-Sixth classes on Friday. Bottles of sun cream were applied as the sun shone brightly for both days.
The children danced to the ‘Wii’, threw balls at the clown, avoided the poison ball, ran an obstacle course, tested their strength with the discus, hammer and shot putt, filled the bottles in the water relay, kicked balls at tyres - and all this happened before lunch.
No sports day would be complete without a sack race, spud and spoon race and three-legged race, so children finished off the day in the field tangled in ties, tumbling in sacks and picking fallen spuds.
Great credit must go to the hard working Parents Association of the school for sponsoring the highlight of the two days; an inflatable obstacle course for the juniors and a bungee trampoline for the seniors, both of which went down a treat.
A great day was had by all and the good weather really added to the occasion.
After all the excitement teachers and pupils alike are now looking forward to their summer holidays.
The day would not have been a success without the co-operation of all teachers and staff but the big winners were the children who had their “best sports day ever”, as they slept soundly in their beds at night.