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Olympic fever strikes Chester ES

Olympic fever strikes Chester ES

Friday, February 28, 2014
Categories: Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

With Olympic fever gripping the city throughout most of February, grades 4 and 5 students at Chester ES held their own version of the winter games. On the evening of February 13, families were invited to watch and cheer Chester students as they participated in a number of fun and physical activities.

After a stirring opening ceremony that featured students proudly carrying an "olympic torch" around the school, the games kicked off with the first event of the competition: team bobsled relay. In this event, gym mats and scooterboards were used as "bobsleds" and each team took turns pushing each other around the course. Additional activities took place in the gym and included speed skating relays, using shaped cloths to fit on feet; biathlon, featuring a target activity using catapults; skeleton; and fan favourite scooterboard hockey.

"The Olympics, like all sporting events, provide an excellent opportunity to develop team work and sportsmanship," said gym teacher Caley Feldman. "These character attributes were absolutely central to every aspect of our planning,” he added. 

Chester staff worked hard to develop events that allowed all students to be active and have fun, regardless of their athletic ability. "We also had dozens of students involved in different aspects of the event, making this a very student-driven initiative," continued Feldman. "So students were creating buttons for every Chester Olympian to take home, making announcements to promote the event, and helping to fashion the equipment we used."

The end result was a night to remember, as Chester ES students so ably demonstrated the three core Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect, and honoured the Olympic Creed: The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. 


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