Earlybird Junior School: Report on Activities and Events Term 1, 2024

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The Sports Events term 1 2024 were celebrated with an electrifying atmosphere and great enthusiasm as students from grade 7 and 8 showcased their talent, dedication, and unparallel sportsmanship. Sport is a great leveler, as there is so much learning one can take from sports. This term, junior school’s sports days transcended expectations, serving as a testament to the importance of sports in our lives and education. Sporting events are not merely contesting but a powerful medium to instill values of discipline, perseverance, and teamwork in our students.

Beyond promoting physical well-being, they play a pivotal role in character development. The Events embodied these principles, offering our students a platform to harness their potential, both physically and mentally.

Throughout the events, students participated in a diverse range of competitions that included soccer friendly matches, handball, swimming gala, chess and athletics events i.e track and field events. Track events featured exhilarating sprints, long-distance races, and exhilarating relay races that showcased our students’ exceptional speed and agility. Field events such as high jumps, long jumps, shot put, and javelin throws left spectators in awe. The team sports football, and handball witnessed intense matches, with students demonstrating remarkable teamwork and sportsmanship. Individual games like chess, were equally thrilling, revealing the mental acumen of our students.

Participation in Various Events

1) Soccer Friendly

We had the privilege to participate in a soccer friendly match at Kitengela International on 13th Jan 2024 which was organized by Arts and Sports Department with the head of sports at Kitengela International Schools. A total of 33boys participated. Our learners competed in two categories i.e. under 14 and under 13 where the boys played 4 thrilling matches.
For under 13 categories, we managed to win one game (0-3), we drew one game (0-0) and for under 14 categories, we lost 2 games (5-0, 5-2 respectively).
Despite the challenges, our boys showed a team spirit and they were able to motivate each other even when they were losing.

2) Swimming Gala

Swimming gala was organized by Kasarani Cluster which was held on 10th Feb 2024 at All Saints Cathedral School. Total of 21 learners (boys and girls) actively took part in the competition in which they were able to gather 14 medals, 10-gold, 2-silver, and 2-bronzze in different events that includes freestyle, Brea stroke, fly, back stroke and freestyle relays. We emerged position 6 out of 24 schools that participated in the event.

3) Skating Campeonatos

On 9th March 2024, we were honored to host a skating competition here at the JS complex whereby 13 schools were in participation. Despite the challenges faced in the competition, our learners were able to actively get involved in various categories that is, under 12, under 13 and under 14.
We managed position 2 overall and the learners bagged 6 medals in total, 3 – gold, 2 – silver and 1 bronze.

4) Chess

Chess Competition was organized by Kasarani cluster on 9th March in Marion Preparatory School. Total of 10 learners participated in the competition.
One learner managed to get a bronze medal.

5) Athletics

Athletics Competition consisting was organized by the county government of Machakos on 14th March 2024. The competition was held at Kyemutheke Primary and Junior school. Total of 74 learners participated in the competition.
A total of 20 learners were able to proceed to the zonal in the following events 4X400 boys relay, field events and Handball as part of the Katheka kai team.
At the zonal level which was held at Mumbuni Primary and Junior school on 19th March 2024, six learners were able to qualify for the following events; field events except long jump, and 4X400m relay boys which was held on Friday 22nd March 2024 at the same venue. From Machakos county level games, one of our learners (i.e. Thadeus Ratemo) qualified to proceed to the regional competitions at Tharaka Nithi County.

6) Music Festival

It was organized by Kasarani cluster and it was held at Mary Queen Catholic school on 23/3/24 in Kiambu County. We took 64 learners who participated in 3 items (i.e. Gusii folk song, Shairi and French choral verse). We emerged position seven.

7) Fire Drill

We conducted a fire drill on 21/3/24 to gauge the state of preparedness of our learners in case of any emergency involving fire. We were impressed with the outcome and we shall continue having such drills in future to ensure the survival skill is well rooted in our learners.

Conclusion

Thank you to the board of directors for supporting and allowing us to attend the said sporting events and activities. Our ball games competitions are expected to commence in term 2 2024, together with music festival.