"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."



('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)




Friday, June 20, 2008

Sports day cancelled

Oh dear, here we go again. Health and Safety rears its ugly head again, this time at a school in West Sussex, where it was decided that the field is too uneven for sports day next month. It would, of course, be too awful if anyone were to fall over whilst running or, horror of horrors, taking part in the three legged race. I defy anyone to have ever experienced a sports day where no-one fell over. At one school where I taught, we had races for mums and dads and the great challenge there was for the dads especially to stop at the finishing line rather than allow their enthusiasm to propel them into the brick wall which was a couple of feet further on. They usually managed it.
What really amazes me though, is the mother who professed to be so inconsolable at the cancellation of her daughter's first sports day. Does she not remember her own? Sports days are boring, coated with boring and with lashes more boring on top!
That's my memory of them anyway. You are all most welcome to disagree. :)


11 comments:

Ellee Seymour said...

It's too tragic and farcical. Poor kids. I can imagine how you despair.

Jennyta said...

Ridiculous, isn't it, Ellee

Yorkshire Pudding said...

We are all welcome to disagree? Okay then - I disagree! Between the ages of nine and eleven I was East Yorkshire's champion sack racer and for me all sports days were brilliant! Regarding the uneven sports fields, I think the school should move to online computer-based virtual sports days - this would prevent any injuries apart from repetitive strain injuries caused by clicking the mouse repeatedly.

Silverback said...

After your footy rant, the bike post and now this, I'm sensing a sporting trend here.

Jennyta said...

Silverback, inside every 'mature lady' there is a sportswoman just dying to get out!
So you were good in the sack, YP? At such an early age too. ;)

Yorkshire Pudding said...

No innuendo was intended Madam and I am surprised by your vulgarity - you being a former member of the noble teaching profession and all! Being good in the sack is down to practice - the more you do it the better you become and you are able to perfect your technique. Coming first over and over again is a great feeling.

Jennyta said...

Yes, dear! ;)

gemmak said...

Health and safety....arghhhhh! It's a wonder any of us of our generation lived to tell the tale, is it not?

Sports day, agreed, extremely boring!

Jennyta said...

Glad I'm not the only one to feel like that, Gemmak. :)

cha0tic said...

Yes sports day was boring, but it was an afternoon out of the classroom. The lesser of two evils. Yay for Sports day :)

Jennyta said...

You have a point, there, Chaotic, and if it was sunny it was a good chance to work on the suntan.

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