A fun day at Agon. On the 25th of September, the basketball court was buzzing with excitement as we, the boarding students, were all going to Agon, a sports centre, to play sports for the full day. At around 10:45 am we started to board the buses, the centre was around 45 mins away from the school. The journey there was full of laughter, excitement and a little bit of nervousness too.
When we reached, everyone got off the buses and took a group picture. There were smiles on all our faces. Then, we were all briefed on where to go, where we were not allowed to go, where we were allowed to go and what to do. We then proceeded to go to our sports which we picked as our first preference. There were 4 sports that we were allowed to choose from. Badminton, table tennis, pool and a car racing arcade game. In badminton, we were all split up into pairs. We had to either play against each other or work together as a team to beat another team. We all quickly went and put on the special shoes we needed for the badminton court and started playing. The whole badminton court was filled which noises of sneakers rubbing against the wood floor, scores being shouted out and shouts of happiness. Each game was played for about an hour and a half. If someone won a badminton match they would proceed to play against another person until only two of them were left, for the finals. If they lost then they could proceed onto another sport. Normally after badminton, they would proceed to table tennis. They only had two tables tennis tables but it was ok because everyone took turns. Same sequence that we had for badminton applied for table tennis. An electric atmosphere hovered around the grass-green pool tables, low hanging white lights illuminating it to the perfect degree. Good friends turned to opponents as Mr.Nimesh jotted down their names, carefully plotting the match's structure. Over the span of one and a half hours, the tournament had reached its semi-finals, hosting 4 players, including me, who had won every single match they'd played. With butterflies in my stomach, I came to the harsh realisation that one mistake would mean the end of me, upping the ante and concentration levels of everybody present there. My friends and I played the last set of matches with a unique mixture of sportsmanship, competitiveness and fun, resulting in Ridge Martin, an IB1 student, and myself winning the tournament. Although we aren't 'pros', I felt that playing on the club pool tables legitimized our skills in the world of pool.
The car racing simulator was simple, get into the comfy seat and slam the pedal. Of course, that was an oversimplification, but it is said that simple things are the best things in life, which was evident, just violently twisting the steering, tap dancing on the pedals having no idea what we were doing was the most fun we'd had in a while. The realism transcended when the heavenly speakers blasted out loud racing notices, we found ourselves confusing reality with the immersive gaming system.
It was an extremely fun-filled day that all the boarding students will remember for.... at least a couple of years...?. We hope that there are many more opportunities like this.
Vidul and Azal share with us what it was like for them to be part of the Teacher-Boarder Fun Games on Saturday 15th October…
The boarding was silent and serene, some sleeping and snoring students, still unaware that it was already 10:30 AM, time for teacher-boarder games! A few students had reshened up early while a few were still sleepy listening to the instructions given by Mr. Shane Browne, our boarding parent. Music blared out of the neatly set up audio system, as an atmosphere of festivity rushed through the boarding hallways, and the teachers; Mr. Dirk, Mr. and Mrs.King, Mrs. Dubay, Mr. Dan, Mrs. Diana, Mrs. Mari, had arrived already.
After having a brief introduction by Mr. Regis, all the teams, Foxes, Lions, Rhinos, Bulls, Tigers &Tuskers, rushed to their respective venues. The activities that my team had to face first, although different teams started off with Different games each, was the Group Rope-Skipping. This activity helped in team building and coordination because to get points all the team members, and I mean ALL, had to jump at the same time, as many times as possible in a row, since only consecutive skips were awarded points. The next challenge was the Ice Bucket Challenge, putting willing students through a form of hydro torture (just so I don't worry you… it was a hyperbole!) asking them to reach in a bucket of ice water and unscrew as many bolts from screws placed in the bucket. The Cups & Marbles Challenge was one of the easiest, which competitive teams used to overcome their deficit. My team was made to stand in a line, cups tied to the tip of their nose, and made to bring marbles from one end to the other end of the line, snatching points quickly was the aim. The Pictionary Challenge, being a popular game, was second nature to quite a few students, who were soaking up the limelight showing off their art skills. I think it was a cool day, having fun with teachers!
By: Vidul Reddi - IB1
My team, Lions did the Balloon Bursting Challenge. This game was about team coordination. Unfortunately, we had the least number of team members and some of us didn't know how to tie a ballon…., but we didn't give up and we overcame such disadvantages and finished 3rd place.Then we went to the Charades Challenge corner, a game in which one of our member is supposed to act and others have to guess the movie.The best and most emotive actor in our team was Mr.Ragush sir (boarding manager). After the charades it came down to the final event -The Bomb Disposal Challenge.This game being all about team work and leadership, basically all the 7 people have to hold on to 7 ropes connected to a ring. A tennis ball is placed on top of the ring. We were supposed to carry the ball to the other end and place it on a bottle top without dropping it. The leader should be outside and help the team to complete the game.The winner of the game gets 100 points.When the whistle was blown we started slow, but we picked up the pace quicker than the other teams and we finished 1st place. After the game, we were told to assemble back to the boarding. Mr.Regis started speaking, thanking the wonderful teachers who helped us overcome the hurdles by becoming part of our team.Then he announced the results in which we finished 1st place. We were so ecstatic! One thing I learned from this activity was that the size of the team doesn't matter it's all about the teamwork, despite being the smallest team we finished winners! Before saying farewell to each other we were treated with ice creams from the tuck shop, Yeah!.