KING Edward VI School has had two sports days in a week.
The normal school sports day with the Bury St Edmunds school’s best athletes competing was on Tuesday, but last Thursday it held its third Sport Rwanda Festival, with all 1,000 pupils taking part, even if it was only in an egg and spoon race. They were also joined by two members of the Rwandan Olympic Team, judo player Yannick Fred Sekamana and 50m freestyle swimmer Alphonsine Agahozo.
Described as a ‘joyful celebration of the Olympic ideals’, it included sports unlikely to be at London 2012 like tug o’ war, capture the flag, rounders and retro games, which included the egg and spoon race.
The sixth form had inflatable assault courses for It’s a Knockout-style events, with plenty of water and gunge.
But, more in keeping with the Olympics, head of maths Sarah Whyand, who has run several marathons around the world in support of Sport Rwanda, did laps of the school’s athletic track for the whole five and a half hours of the event. A relay of pupils and staff accompanied her for laps, including the school’s Olympic Torch bearer Ryan Tutthill.
Other schools took part in the event with Hardwick Middle School performing in the opening ceremony with County Schools’ Champion Cheerleaders, and King Edward students joining in, and an Olympic song and dance at the end by Risby Primary School pupils.
The aim of all the Sport Rwanda Festivals the school has held is to raise money for the Sport For Rwanda appeal which was launched in 2011 and aims to raise £80,000 to leave a lasting legacy in 140 schools in the country by giving them sports equipment, a place to store it and educational materials to help teachers. It will give more than 100,000 Rwandan schoolchildren the ability to take part in sport.