Over the past week, Senior School students have been competing in the much-loved annual Sports Day.

This year, social distancing rules have meant that things are a little different, so the Sports Department have needed to get creative to find a way to run the 2020 event. They’ve been working especially hard in recent weeks to curate a week-long, virtual version of the event, christened the ‘Lockdown Decathlon’.

On each day, two new events have been released via video introduction, with students in Year 7 to Year 13  challenged to take part in as many events as they wished. All events were easy to complete at home with improvised equipment, examples included 100 m hurdles (jumping over food tins), Pole Vault and even the Discus (with a wellington boot!). Running the activities in this way aimed to encourage as many students as possible to have fun, feel connected and keep active. We’ve found that competing without a crowd has had the added benefit or removing any performance anxiety and has resulted in lots of students being open to trying events in which they don’t usually compete. We’ve also seen many of the teaching staff taking part too!

House Points are being awarded for every entry, meaning 10 precious points are up for grabs for each student over the course of the week. This has the potential to make a huge difference to the overall total for each House!

Entries are still being submitted, with the final deadline of 9am Monday, giving all involved plenty of time over the weekend to participate.

To see some examples of the events, head over to the Sports Department Instagram account.

Senior School | 19/06/2020