November 6

F-7 Games Day At Grange Primary 2016


We were quite excited as Games Day had finally arrived, lots of us rushed to school in our house colours.


We got ourselves organised quickly into our teams for the big day. (Sorry Green team I was a little squashed up there, I couldn’t fit you in)

Green, Yellow, Blue and Red

As we would be split into our house colours for most of the day, each group was responsible for the drink boxes and to look out for each other. We expected lots of people to visit and with over 700 students that’s a lot of people on the oval to get lost in.

We were super organised and were the first class out ready to start.


We had a great Health Hustle as a warm up before the Championship races to a tune that I had never heard before, but everyone else seemed to. I really must listen to the radio sometime!

Our weekly fitness sessions have paid off we had 13 of our classmates in the championship sprint event and 7 of our classmates in the year 3 championship baton relay. Whoo hoo.

It took a while to run all those races, but it wasn’t long before it was time for recess and then the real fun started. The Tabloid Events.

We were so organised again and ready for our first event while most people were still coming back from recess. In each event we combined with Ms. Carmen’s year 3/4 class.

Team Games

We played Rob the Nest

Aim – to be the team with the most eggs. Once the nest was empty we could steal from other teams. Running for five minutes was exhausting.

Egg and Spoon

We had time at this station to do two games so we tried egg and spoon. The aim to be first team back.

Team Relays

Tunnel Ball

Aim – to get the ball through the tunnel, race around the spoke and be the first team to finish.

Our second station needed lots of collaboration and big team work. As we had some uneven teams some people needed to go twice.

The teams did an excellent job.

Water Relay

Aim to get as much water in the milk container .

Staying in our spoke teams, we each tried to be the team with the most water in our plastic container.


I loved the problem solving you guys came up with by working together you made a funnel to lose as little water as possible, clever. In the end we had teams with equal places as the levels were so close. Way to go guys.

Tama-ire Japanese Bean Bag Toss

Aim-  to get all bean bags or the most in the bag in a small amount of time e.g. 45 seconds.

The games were fast and furious and eventually we played off for top points. Great team work. Congratulations.

Volleyball Activities

Mr Potter had taught all the kids a modified version of volleyball. Catch and throw to three people, then the last one gets it over the net. Everyone knew what to do, I was impressed at how quickly you sorted yourselves out into three games.

So, our class against Ms. Carmen’s. Go room 14.


Carmen and I both were amazed by the way you shared the ball around and encouraged each other to have a go. There were lots of positive comments and cheering for both groups. Great modelling of successful sportsmanship children, great to see.

70 M sprints

As our class scored using time trials standards we ran individually. That was tricky when Ms.Carmen’s class were running next to us in races. But we managed. That way we got maximum points for our team! I was so busy scoring and recording that I couldn’t take any pictures .

Hay Bale Hurdles

Aim – to race opponents to the finish line, jumping hay bale obstacles along the way.


Children ran against class mates with similar running speed to themselves. How exciting flying over those bales, we had time to go a few more races, what fun.

Long Jump or Vortex throw

By now were were getting a tad tired. We had a choice of long jump or throwing a vortex through a target. I was so busy checking the long jump for safety and points, that I was unable to take photos of these events. I was blown away by some children who managed 3 points in their jump though, that was a long way to jump indeed.

The long run

Our final event for the tabloid activities was the toughest. We separated into gender groups. We had four laps of the course to run. Phew, that was exhausting. I was impressed by the persistence of our students. After all that work you hung on and never gave up, congratulations to all of you who took up the challenge and finished even after the others were packing up and going to lunch. See our training in 12 minute run and giant relay has paid off.

Yay Lunch time


Thanks to Ruby and Hamish for bringing up our BBQ orders, mm mm the sausages and hamburgers were a tasty reward after all that effort. Some children ate theirs so quickly, there wasn’t time for crumbs to hit the table. We had time to catch up with our families before the final championship races.

Hay Bale Hurdle Relays

Back to the running track for the final races.

17 runners of our class joined the other year three students to battle it out for first place.

Congratulations, I believe the blue team came first. Throughout the day 1st, 2nd and 3rd place getters were given prize ribbons such as Jack proudly models.


After the final races and a collective community tidy up of the school oval, we all assembled into Witungga Hall to hear the closing remarks from our Mr Potter,the House Captains and School Leadership Members.


There were lots of people to thank, but the crowd was anxious to hear the final scores. Mr Grant read out the scores in reverse order of course and teased us by dragging out the announcements as much as he could.

In the end the scores were…

  1. Blue with 2836
  2. Green with 2726
  3. Yellow with 2630
  4. Red with 2615

Congratulations Blue Team, I thought your Captains had a gracious speech to acknowledge and thank  everyone for the day.

I was happy that Yellow hadn’t come last this year, as we had for lots of previous times, so was Ms Henry.


She always gets in the spirit of things for Games Day.

Yet we were all winners because we had a great time together and the weather was simply marvellous. Well done everyone on another successful Games Day.


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How did you feel about games day?

What was your favourite activity? Why?

What did you not enjoy? Why?

If you could include an event for next year what would it be?