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BY JAMES OH

Monday, July 5, 2010

SPORT EVENT AT MY SON'S SCHOOL, PUAY CHAI II PRIMARY CHINESE SCHOOL (2005)

Dear Readers and Visitors,

Here, I write to share with you about my eldest son's school's sport event at his primary school.

My eldest son was very anxiously looking forward to his school sport day during his final year at his primary school. He woke up very early in the morning on that day. First thing he did, was to look out to see the weather outside the house. Though, it was not raining at that time, from the floor he can sensed that it had been raining the night before. He then started to worry about the school field, where the sport events would be held. 


Before my family and I arrived at the school, the traffic was very much heavier than usual and I had to slow down my car on the road leading to the school despite it was about 100 meters away; the overwhelming responses from the school students, their parents and relatives were far beyond expectations. 

As a result, we were also having some difficulties in finding a parking lot outside the school compound due to insufficient parking lots, whereas the school’s compound car parks was purely reserved for vehicles of the school staff and invited V.I.P guests. 

We then had to walk a distance to the school, but we enjoyed it as the weather was cooling at that time. The ceremony of this great event was then opened by the V.I.P. guests, followed by a speech of the headmistress, before the final sports event commenced. 

Field was still wet and the lower ground was filled with pool of water. However, it did not stop the event from taking place. Contestants were very much attracted on the competition rather than the condition of the field – Good sportsmanship.

Before the sport event commenced, the cheering teams were dancing, singing aloud and followed by all sort of noises, which all of a sudden turn the quiet environment to a very much alive and cheerful environment. Everyone seems to join in regardless of their age, gender, races and status.

All sorts of sport events were held, namely 100meter, 200m, 300m individual, 400 m team, high jump, long jump etc. Three main categories for each event were organized. Prize presentation was held immediately after each event. Top three winners of every event were given a medal each. The champion will be awarded gold medal, follow by silver and bronze. Each team was cheered up by their hoo-la dancers, consists of the team female students respectively. All sort of noises were heard, from students, visitors, parents and school staff. This helps create a very much cheerful atmosphere. Winners and their supporters were happy and joyful, whereas losers and their supporters were either mourning or remained silent.

Although the weather was fine on that big and memorable day, people generally felt hot especially under the late morning sun. People here tend to open up their umbrellas to shield themselves from the sunlight. From far, it appears like an umbrella exhibition. Umbrella of all sorts and types, be it big, small, different kind of shapes and colors, which make the environment even more cheerful and colorful.


All the primary school students were divided into four main groups, i.e. Red, yellow orange and blue. All students were required to wear their team uniforms on that day regardless whether they were contestants or not.

Full of actions everywhere - be it contestants or non-contestants.

Photographers either from students’ parents, relatives were busily snapping photos everywhere. Of course, the invited press photographers were no exception. High technology gadgets like video camera and digital camera were also in action. 

Not surprising to see traffic jam around the school, caused by some anxious drivers, who has slowed down their vehicles to find out what was taking place at that school. This type of situation is a very normal happening in my country especially, when an accident occurs.

I noticed that each contestant was given a set of simple meal, which consists of a pack of fast food and a bottle of mineral water. However, majority of the contestants found the food provided to be delicious, including my son. At that time, they must have felt hungry and thirsty. They must consume a lot of energy for the event they are taking part. From their expression, you can tell whether they are exhausted or not. Their untidy and dirty uniforms also suggested that the field was full of patch holes, full of water collected from the rain that happened the night before.

The above event happened about five years ago, at the time of writing, and time really flies.


Your Chief Servant,

James Oh
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