On Wednesday we took Class 202 for a game of “stuck in the mud” and before long the game had turned into “let’s chase the teachers” and Hugh and I would have a stampede of small children screaming after us and trying to catch us. After an hour of being chased by the whole class while having “Sir, Sir, catch me if you can!” taunted at us, we were in desperate need of break time.
For our second lesson of the day we took classes 802 and 803 for volleyball and a game of ‘rugby-netball’ which went down well with both boys and girls once they realised it was not just rugby or just netball and soon everyone was getting involved. The volleyball also went down a treat and ended up getting very competitive, especially when we pitched the two classes against each other.
For our final lesson we took class 601 for a similar lesson to our year 8’s, but for the boys we played rugby which being the national sport meant the kids got stuck in. In Fiji the idea of ‘touch rugby’ is lost on the children and they seem to have no problem tackling each other as hard as possible, which from the sidelines is very entertaining albeit slightly worrying from a teachers point of view.
With the lesson finished it was now the end of a very successful first day back after the Easter holidays.
By Ben Cooper and Hugh Taylor, sports coaching volunteers
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