To say that today’s Taiikusai (sports carnival) was mind-blowingly good is an understatement!
Senior school teams of red, blue, green and yellow lined up across the tracks, looking like thick, bright highlighter ink on a crisp white page. Among these teams was, of course, Team Purple, a special inclusion of our Genesis students. Ably led by Mr Connolly, Team Purple joined the marching exercise in the impressive opening ceremony before participating in the team jump rope, six-legged races (teams of five) and 1200m relay events. The students showed great spirit in banding together to encourage others.
Genesis students spent most of the day in awe as the stunning display of Minokamo students’ organisation, cohesion, determination and initiative unfolded before their eyes. ‘Is there anything they can’t do better than us?’ one of the team members asked, mesmerised.
As it turned out, we did win our tug-of-war battle against the winning female team from Minokamo. I like to think our victory was due to the Genesis staff participation (all the staff jumped in too) but I’m sure the students would have a different opinion!
The team war-cries were incredibly energetic and accompanied by synchronised choreography. I am sure the harmonised chanting and singing could be heard all the way down the hill through this part of the Minokamo valley. One of the most impressive parts of the whole day was the amount of organising and leading done by the students themselves. Wow!
Genesis received a special award by Principal Akasaki during the closing ceremony and Seiloni was the representative chosen and presented with a certificate to great applause in front of the whole school.
The day finished with a final rotation of Japanese martial arts in the budoukan (martial arts hall) and some administrative preparations for our Farewell Ceremony tomorrow. The weather is a little drizzly this afternoon and the students are a little tired from their busy day but everyone is happy, safe and ready to see what tomorrow’s adventures will be!