We are all looking forward to our Olympic Celebration day next Friday. Each of our Junior School boys has been placed in a cross-aged team of approximately 12 boys, to form a ‘country’. The teams have to develop a name for their ‘country’, design a flag, decide upon a motto, discuss team music and colours and then, on our Celebration Day, will participate in ‘Olympic events’, including ‘Equestrian’. This weekend all families have the opportunity to make a Hobby Horse to use in our ‘Equestrian’.
Most importantly, in our Assemblies, we have discussed 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. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”
It would be ideal if parents could keep this in mind when watching/discussing Olympics at home. In our Prep-Year 2 Assembly this morning, I was showing our boys the video of Derrek Redmond, favourite for the 400m at the 1992 Olympics, who tore his hamstring halfway through the event. Despite being in pain, he hobbled towards the finish, wanting to complete the event. As he entered the 100metre straight, his father ran onto the track and supported his son, emotionally and physically. I asked the boys “What sort of response do you think the crowd gave him?” A prep boy said “They would have booed because he came last” This was an understandable response !!! We then referred back to the Creed, and the importance of taking part, doing your best, and persevering…in the Olympics, and in all aspects of life. We highlighted that Redmond indeed received a standing ovation…..because of his EFFORT…not his ‘triumph’.
The Olympics provides a wonderful time to discuss all issues to do with effort, determination and as our song says, “being the best you can hope to be”