Every Spring*, our school holds the Soccer Carnival, a day in which the entire school – K1-12th grade – ditches classes to join together, play soccer, and participate in all kinds of fun activities.
The day before the event, a group of students and several teachers get together to decorate their team’s section of the gym. Our kids are part of 4 teams, all named after Indonesian volcanoes, and compete as part of this team throughout their entire career at SPH. This year, the themes picked included aliens, construction, oriental, and Goldilocks. (We had a gong. And a dragon. Both were awesome.)
One thing that I thought especially entertaining was the “soccer bowling” that was part of the morning assembly. Every team had to send a student from each grade to kick the soccer ball at the pins, 2 students to reset pins, and about 20 kids to lay on the ground and serve as bumpers. My favorite little bumper was a kindergarten boy who made my day! He took his job very seriously.
While there is a lot of soccer – over 30 games worth! – there are lots of other things to do as well. We had a slip-n’-slide, a dunk tank, a bouncy castle maze, lots of food, and all kinds of team spirit. It was really nice to get out into the sunshine, too!
*Although Spring is not recognized here since the weather is the same throughout the year, my American brain still works in seasons 🙂