PHOTOS: Sports week
Over the past two weeks students would be absent from class and classes would be cut short to prepare for sports week. As usual, all my attempts to comprehend the event fell short due to communication issues. But I gathered enough to know there would be three days, Monday-Wednesday, without classes as the students spent the time playing sports. So when I came to school after a long weekend away I was taken by surprise by the exorbitant adornments on the normally dull bleachers and glamorous costumes many students were wearing.
It took me a long time to remember our own Spirit Week in high school and draw the parallel, but this was far more time-consuming and exciting. Anyway the three days were actually quite a rush as I was able to relax from teaching and participate in the celebrations.
The opening ceremony
Monday morning began with an opening ceremony in which the students had a parade around the field and then each team did a dance for the teachers. There were five teams in all: pink, orange, yellow, green and blue.
More from the blue team’s performance:
The sports part of sports week
To be honest, watching the students play the sports was less exciting than everything else going on. I was lucky enough to be able to play a little myself which was far more enjoyable than watching. The students are very talented, but they don’t care so much for working as a team. The result is a crowded wreck of a game where everyone is too busy laughing at their own collisions to bother trying to play well. The first day was mainly a variety of running events outside and basketball in the gym. Tuesday had football (soccer), futsal, volleyball and a few more running events. Finally, Wednesday was devoted mostly to football where the students got the opportunity to play against the teachers. This was very fun for me as it gave me a chance to get to know my co-workers more. Anyway, overall I didn’t focus on photographing the sports part too much, though there was the occasional gem like this crazy race.
I also found much amusement that at times the heavily made-up dancers would take part in the activities as well like this runner from the pink team…
The cheering sections
By far the most entertaining and impressive part of the whole day were the cheering sections for each team. Every team had unique decorations and a tireless team of cheerleaders that stood and danced non-stop for the entire three day event. The students sitting in the stands would use fans and colored gloves coupled with coordinated movements to produce quite an interesting visual for those watching from across the field. It was very cool to watch and provided some nice moments.
Here’s what one one of the dances looked like with the cheering section doing their thing in the background. I later found out several teams paid to hire a cheer coach to learn the routines they presented.
The closing ceremony
On the last day there was a spontaneous dance party to end the proceedings. First the teams cheerleaders performed again, this time a little more provocatively which had the teachers laughing uncontrollably.
And then I was coerced into dancing as my students grabbed me and pulled me into the fray. I looked around for help but the other teachers were also dragged in to dance and I felt a little better. It was actually a nice way to end the three day event and helped me feel more included at my school.