marybank sports day 1998 10

Marybank Sports Day 1998

Sports days at Marybank were very traditional when I arrived, where the focus was on rewarding winners, even though not everyone was good at sports. We made a change around 1993, where all pupils competed for themselves, getting their best result as they progressed through activities. Competitors moved round the activities in mixed groups, gained points and these points were won for House teams. This allowed everyone to have the chance of being a winner, no matter their age or level of sporting prowess.

There were about ten stations, and each station had an activity. The stations were manned by a High School pupil, a group of whom had volunteered to help in our Sports Day. One of the High School pupils would collect the results from each event after it was over and give them to the Reverend Charles MacKinnon and Sheila Blair, who kept the scores at our Sports Day events, with Mr MacKinnon presenting the trophy and certificates to the winning team. Sports Days became more streamlined and very efficient, and very visual. In 1998 the weather was less kind with some light rain that day.

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