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Barton and Digby elementary students team up for Sports Day


Published on June 15, 2017

Digby Elementary School students get excited as the 2017 Sports Day begins.

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DIGBY, NS – Barton Consolidated students joined up with Digby Elementary students for this year’s annual Sports Day event.

The event was held June 14 at the school and was not the first time these students have had the chance to meet.

Many events, including a turkey supper, have been held so students have the chance to introduce themselves and meet their new classmates before they begin classes at the school this fall.

Event organizer and DES teacher Danielle Leblanc hoped Barton students weren’t just nervous but also excited as they joined forces with Digby students.

“This event is the highlight of the year for many students. This year is definitely more special because the Barton students have joined,” she said.

“I know they’ll make new friends and have fun today.”

The annual event is the last of the year for students to win points for their respective houses, categorized by colours such as red, pink and green.

Houses include students from all grades with grade 6 students acting as leaders for this event. Points could be earned through winning but also by showing spirit and support.

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DES grade 6 student Kiara Robinson-Jordan was one of several student leaders of the day. This was her last Sports Day, but she enjoyed it and even had more fun. “I don’t really know why, but it’s even better when you’re a leader,” she said. “It’s really fun helping other students.”

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Students gathered inside as they listen to instructions on how the day will play out.

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The students were split up in their respective houses, all colour-themed, which they earn points for through different events during the year. Sports Day is the last opportunity they have and points for winning and also spirit points are up for grabs. Here, the green team gets ready to suit up and win some points at the water cup relay event.

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Things get a little wet during this event if students tip the water, but it’s all part of the fun.

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The soccer event is always a popular one and gets kids running around and being active.

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The tug-of-war event is also one of the event’s most popular rounds. Students give it their all as they pull on either side.

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Some events require a little more finesse, such as the scooter car event, and emphasize teamwork.

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Events like the relay require more concentration. Balance is key!

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Gwen Longmire is in grade 2 and looks forward to Sports Day all year. “It’s fun and stuff,” she said.

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Steal the bacon is the most popular game at the event, according to students. A combination of things, students race to the middle to grab the ‘bacon’ and race back to their team with it in hand trying not to get tagged.

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Whoever earns the most points will be crowned the House of Champions and have their house colour displayed on the trophy.

“It’s a great chance for them to get out and get active, and also for the older students to show leadership,” said Leblanc.

With both schools combined, the event included around 400 students.

The day featured games like pantyhose volleyball, soccer, various relay races, tug-of-war and steal the bacon.

Students of all ages participated and cheered each other on. School spirit was evident as they competed to win and had fun while doing it.

Grade 6 student leader Kiara Robinson-Jordan enjoyed her last Sports Day and the leadership aspect it provided. She said she’d miss the event, but that this year has been her favourite.

“I don’t know how to describe it, but this is even more fun when being a leader,” she said.

“It’s fun helping the other students out.”

Barton Consolidated students grade 2 Shaylee Morehouse and Alexis Lohnes and grade 3 student Haylee Leblanc are all smiles as they meet their future classmates once they join DES next year. “I only knew a few people here before today, but I’ve met lots of others,” said Morehouse. “I’m not nervous at all, just excited!” said Lohnes.

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Grade 2 student Gwen Longmire also talked about enjoying the day and said, “it’s fun and stuff. I really like it.”

Teachers and parents volunteered to help by running each event and being available to help students.

Barton parent Nancy Morehouse was at the event and felt bittersweet.

“It’s hard, because we’ll miss our school, but this event is so great. Our students are loving it, and the bigger school does have its benefits,” she said.

“I hope they aren’t too nervous and that they’re having fun.”

Her daughter Shaylee, grade 2, and friends Alexis Lohnes and Haylee Leblanc, grades 2 and 3, were also at the event and said they were anything but nervous.

“I only knew a few people here before today. Now I know a lot more who I’ll be in school with next year,” said Morehouse.

“We aren’t nervous at all. We’re having lots of fun,” said Lohnes.