This year St. David’s annual Sports Day took place on Friday the 3rd of May in Eire Óg’s GAA grounds in Greystones. It is one of the few opportunities during the year when the entire school takes part in a single event. There were events on the day that catered for the most competitive of athletes and for students who were just there to enjoy the occasion.
For students the day began at approximately 9:30 when the respective tutor groups began to arrive at the GAA grounds but for some of the teachers, i.e. Mr. Dunne and Mr. Boland, and Niall Sheehy, who entertained the crowd with music on the day, the set up had began much earlier!
The day follows a straightforward format. Each student represents their base class in the individual events. For each gold medal a student receives three points for their base class. Two points are awarded for a silver and one for a bronze. On Presentation Day the winning class of each year group is announced and the overall winning class in the school is crowned. This is an extremely prestigious honour as the Sports Day plaque will remain on the wall of the winning tutor’s base class for the following academic year.
Some of the more competitive events included the 100m, 200m, 400m and javelin. In contrast several other events were ran to promote class spirit. In these events, such as Tug-O-War and the Obstacle Race, there was no shortage of enthusiasm from any of the participants. The finally event of the day before the staff members got involved consisted of the 6th year class-v-class relay event.
The day culminated in the Tug-O-War between the female teachers and female sixth year students. As usual, this proved to be a hotly contested event with the teachers team well-led by their ultra-competitive, sports day veteran, Ms. Doughty. However, after losing out to the students in the first round there was no way back for the teachers. Despite Ms. Doughty’s best efforts, including jumping in on the rope for the second round, the well trained student team held strong for a two nil victory. Unfortunately this year there was no teacher-student soccer match. This was primarily due to the lack of signings in previous transfer windows to increase the male footballing talent of the school.
Mr. Dunne and Mr. Boland would like to take this opportunity to thank all staff for their enthusiasm and help in organising and running such a successful day. Without the involvement of all staff members the day would not be able to proceed.