After two years of cancelled and restricted Sports Days due to the pandemic, school pupils and families across the Western Isles this month (June 2022) have been enjoying a return to normality with friendly sports competitions taking place once again in school grounds.
“Sports Day is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the school year. This year, we decided that it was appropriate and safe to invite spectators,” says Sarah Jane MacSween, Head Teacher at Sgoil Uibhist a Tuath, where Sports Day took place on June 9.
“It will have been particularly memorable for our families and friends who came along to give their support, as it was the first time they had been able to attend this popular event in the past two years.”
“Our children were in great spirits and participated very well in all events. Throughout their races, they were encouraged to do their best from the visitors at the side-lines. We were all very impressed by the high level of fitness and performance this year.”
“The day was enjoyed by all and our children's efforts, positivity and personal achievements made this year's Sports Day one to remember! Congratulations to all our enthusiastic participants and winners. A special thank you to the teachers and after school coaches who encourage sports participation and provide a range of opportunities to develop our children's sporting skills in our schools throughout the school year.”
Other schools across the islands had similar experiences this month. Sgoil an Iochdair held their Sports Day a few days later, on 13th June, where despite the bad weather, plenty of fun was had. The staff posted on the school Facebook page that “A little rain didn’t manage to hold the participants back! Well done to all the children and to the parents who cheered them on.”
“Well done to all our pupils (and parents!) for taking part in a very busy sports day!” said staff at Sgoil Dhalabroig, where pupils also enjoyed the day despite the rain on June 13.
Castlebay Community School primary and nursery pupils enjoyed their Sports Day on 20 June – complete with ice creams and fresh fruit provided by Barra Football Club, and plenty of refreshments from parents too – while the secondary school events took place on June 22.
“Wonderful to see the return of our Sports Days this week,” said staff on Facebook. “Well done to all the children for their team efforts across all the stations and races.”