For the month of June, the Chatmore British International School “went to the Olympics” as part of their International Early, Primary and Middle Years Curriculum, which consists of students ranging from ages of 18 months to 15 years old.
A spokesperson said, “Students were exposed to the history, symbols and events of the Olympics, researching international and local Olympians, as well as experienced gymnastics at the Bermuda Gymnastics Association gym, and training in some of the track and field events with local trainer Tony Bean.
“They were also able to meet and chat with former Bermuda Olympian, Brian Wellman who shared about his experiences as an elite triple-jumper.”
“As Mr. Wellman shared that it takes approximately 10,000 hours to become an expert in something, he asked ‘if you worked out only 2 hours per day, five days per week, how long would it take to be an expert in that skill?’
“The students pondered and then one student exclaimed in astonishment ‘that would be more than 20 years.’ Mr. Wellman went on to share that most elite athletes train many more hours per week so that they reach their maximum potential much sooner.
“The unit culminated in a day of sports display and competition at the National Stadium, which included an official opening ceremony and torch relay, track and field events for all ages and a medal ceremony.
“It was a family-filled fun day that also highlighted the students’ learning throughout the day.
“The opening ceremony featured entry of the students led by the Bermuda Flag and music that included highlight students’ learning.”
“The welcome was presented by teachers in both English and Portuguese, highlighting the relevance of the language culture in Bermuda and Brazil, home of this year’s summer Olympics. The lower primary students marched in with Flames and Medals they had constructed in their art class with Kaleidoscope Art Foundation.
“There were archery and fencing displays by the Primary and Upper School Boys supported by archery and fencing instructor, David Semos. The Preschool students participated in ‘high jump,’ ‘shot put,’ and long jump.
“The highlights of the day also included running races and relays. Not to be excluded, there was a highly contested parents versus teachers relay that generated much excitement. The medal ceremony took place on the medal podium and celebrated the end of a fun and learning-filled unit.
“One student shared with his classmates ‘I feel like super star; this was the best sports day ever.”
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