Sport in general is a healthy vehicle to promote both mental and physical health. Sports help develop self esteem, teamwork and leadership skills. It is a natural stress reliever and, most importantly, it is FUN!!!
The ELC children have been discussing and choosing a team name. Many suggestions and ideas were floating around as to what we should call ourselves: ELC flowers, ELC magic millions, ELC popcorn, ELC bunnies and ELC friends just to name a few. After a few discussions, we have narrowed it down to two: ELC friends and ELC magic.
A way in which everyone can participate as well as make the process fair for all is to have a vote. This is a great opportunity for the children to learn about societal decision-making. The children were invited to add a mark of their choice to indicate which name they prefer.
It was an important learning experience for the children to understand how their participation through voting helped them as a group to make a decision. It was also important for the children to understand that the result may or may not reflect what they wish and to learn to willingly accept a group decision that was made fairly.
The children also decided on what type of magic powers they are going to have on Sports Day.
Rylie: I have magic hands. It makes me fly.
Syamil: Magic hands catch the fish.
Kiwa: Magic wings I can fly.
Lena: Magic rainbow.
Noah: Magic hands to make a house.
Emma: Magic fingers help everybody.
Josie: Magic fingers to help everyone and stitch.
Kashvi: Magic whole body can fly.
Ellis: Magical hands – they can do everything in the world. Also have wings and fly.
Zein: Magic eyes, the light can come to you. The light goes into my body and I can glow.
Giuliana: Magic hands that turn into a butterfly.
Joshua: Magic head it can jump.
Anna: Magic fingers to go shhhh.
Sunny: Magic eyes go like this (jiggle around).
Hanna: Magic hands (can open and shut really fast).
Sebastian: Magic eyes can fly.
JJ: Magic muscles. I can hold anything.
So: Magical eyes run fast and fly.
Lea: Magic eyes jump high.
Emma Y: Magic running feet fast.
Elsie: Magic hands to do handstands.
Anan: Magic feet to run.
Evie: Magical knees running fast.
Dean: Magic eyes can see so far away.
Nick: Magic teeth go power out.
Oliver: Magic head run away.
Maia: Magic hands run with my hands.
Lili: Magic to change colours like a chameleon.
Wyatt: Magic to turn invisible and to turn back.
Leo: Magic face.
Jaime: Magic mouth, I can jump with my mouth.
Jannis: Magic eyes with fire.
Samu: Magic eyes see far away and flap my wings.
Henry: Magic eyes. My eyes can shoot holes.
Rio: Rainbow magic power makes me powerful.
Ethan: Magic feet run fast.
Max: My magic power is running very fast at the speed of light.
On Sports Day, we are so proud to see the children taking responsibility for their own learnings: being courageous and trying their best, using their skills in different activities and persevering in difficult situations. The E1 were awarded with a certificate of being a RISK TAKER while the E2 received an INDEPENDENCE certificate at the closing ceremony.