The sun shone on the Bill Whistlecroft athletics arena on Monday when students got out their house colours to compete for their teams.
The students at Fairmead are divided into four houses: Saturn, Venus, Jupiter and Mars and compete for treats and prizes throughout the school year. However, it is the annual sports day athletics that really ignites the students’ competitive spirits.
The track and field events were hotly contested as students battled it out for first, second and third place in the 60m, 100m and 400m running races. Unfortunately we did have a casualty when sixth-former Luke, determined to get ahead, fell on the track and grazed his cheek and arm. Luke said: ‘I had to go to casualty to get it checked out. I had to wait a long time, but it was alright. It looks sore on my face but doesn’t feel so bad’.
There was javelin throwing, shot put and long jump events taking place as well. Many of our students who take part in the special schools national athletics championships in Warwick every year, used sports day as a warm up prior to the big competition later this summer.
In between the competitive events there were some ‘have a go’ competitions, such as the three-legged race, egg and spoon race and balance a bean bag race.
Sports co-ordinator Nadine Collard did an excellent job of organising the day long event. She said: ‘All students put in a 110% into every event showing passion and commitment throughout the day. Many of the students used their spare time in between events to take part in many different, ‘have a go events,’ where they took there competitiveness to compete in different and exciting activities.
‘The whole day was filled with a real aura of enjoyment, passion and drive which was great to see. One of the highlights of the day had to be the parent and staff races, which bought the whole day together. We finished off with Saturn being announced as winning with a fantastic 361 points. However, all of the students took away an array of colourful ribbons, a medal and huge smiles on their faces!’