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Olympic spirit inspires Hilltop MS

Olympic spirit inspires Hilltop MS

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

While the Rio Olympics don’t begin until August, students and staff at Hilltop MS experienced the excitement and spirit generated by the international games by hosting its very own Olympic day on June 17. Students represented 15 countries from around the world and competed in various team challenges and individual events.

Hilltop teacher George Letsos said that the event was a huge success with students enjoying a full day of participation and team spirit. “We had a lot of track events: 100 metres, 400 metres, 800 metres, hurdles. And on the field side, we had standing long jump,” as well as running long jump, discus, javelin and shot put. 

The focus for the day was on the Olympic Spirit, stemming from the Olympic Motto, “Citius, Altius, Fortius,” which translates to “Faster, Higher, Stronger.” 

“We want our students to try their best and give everything they can in their participation,” said teacher Kim Colle, underscoring the Olympic creed that states “The most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the fight; the essential thing is not to have won, but to have fought well.”  

All participants earned points for their respective countries and many celebrated their success on the podium while holding their country’s flag during the playing of that nation’s national anthem.  Other highlights of the day included the opening parade of countries, the lighting of the torch and the raising of the Olympic rings.  Earlier in the week, students learned about the history of the Olympic Games.

“A lot of people don’t have the chance to get to the Olympics,” said one enthusiastic student participant, explaining why the school version of the Games was so well received. “[This was] a time to try whatever you want.” 

Game day ended with a closing ceremony where students cheered for their country while the Olympic flame was extinguished until the next games.

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