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Secondary Sports Day for the first time in Haileybury Almaty’s 10 year history was taken off the school site. The PE Department wanted to provide the pupils with a venue that gave them the best facilities to showcase their athletic talent and potential. The outdoor athletics stadium at the Almaty Arena was the venue where our students would be competing in a 12 event track and field programme that included the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 4x 100m relay, shot put, javelin, discus, long jump, triple jump and high jump. New events to the programme were the 100m and the 1500m so new school records would be guaranteed in these races across all age groups for boys and girls.
The pupil attendance for the day was superb with 181 pupils and 40 staff arriving at the venue at 9:30am. Prior to their arrival, the PE Department had been at the stadium to set up all the events, mark out the track staggers, dig the long jump pits and set up all events and water stations so that the day could start at 9:45am sharp. In glorious sunny conditions, sports day began with the boys starting on the track and the girls starting on the field events. Our pupils had signed up for their events the week before Sports Day and had covered all the events in their PE lessons over the course of the last 8 weeks. As a result they were all very familiar with the techniques, rules and the physical demands of all the events.
Support and competition between the 4 houses was fierce throughout the day. Housemasters were making constant changes to their team to ensure that all races and field events were full and that points were not being squandered through missing competitors. The atmosphere and the behaviour of the pupils was excellent as they completed their events and cheered other members of their house. Maryiam’s tunes on the decks kept us all going and Mr Pandya announced that the results of the day and the medal presentations would be made in Lists on Tuesday 28 June. The pupils left the venue tired but had clearly enjoyed the day. They had come together as a house, performed to their best of their ability and had enjoyed the relaxed and social experiences of the day when not competing. Congratulations go to all the athletes regardless of their final placings. As the founder of the modern Olympic games, Pierre De Coubertin once said that “‘The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle, the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.” Our competitors certainly gave their best and appreciation from them at the end towards all the teachers who had been officiating was well received by a dedicated school staff.
The medal presentation in Lists was high in anticipation and wonder. Who had won Sports Day? Who had broken school records? 143 pupils received medals if they had come 1st, 2nd or 3rd in any of the athletics events from the previous Thursday. 29 new school records were also set which did not include the new events of the 100m and the 1500m. This is a very impressive number which equates to 20% of new records set this year.
The overall winners of the day were announced as follows:
3rd Bartle Frere