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Chemong Public School held its own Olympics

by Ben Clarke

February is a busy month across the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board (KPR) and it was no different at Chemong Public School in Bridgenorth this week.

The School held the Chemong Olympics on Wednesday, which started with recitation of the Olympic oath.

Students in Grades 1-7 were divided into teams representing 24 nations, while Grade 8 students and teachers ran the events including a torch relay, luge, snowshoe biathlon, Inuksuk building, and mini sticks hockey.

Teams also visited the “Athletes Village”, where they sampled a variety of healthy foods from around the world.

A closing ceremony was held Thursday, where medals were awarded for peace, encouragement, friendship, solidarity and fair play.

“Character development is an integral part of day-to-day teaching year-round,” said KPR board chair Diane Lloyd.

“Special events and celebrations such as those taking place this month offer the opportunity to focus on real-life examples of people who are demonstrating the 10 positive character attributes that make for a better life. The events help us to demonstrate that character does, indeed, make a difference.”

The 10 character attributes on which KPR schools focus – identified in widespread consultation with the community – are respect, responsibility, honesty, integrity, empathy, fairness, initiative, perseverance, courage and optimism.

“The Olympics, for example, offer an invaluable opportunity for teachers to enrich the curriculum,” said Rusty Hick, Director of Education.

“Olympic events not only support our focus on the importance of a healthy lifestyle, they also offer a clear demonstration of important values such as initiative, perseverance, courage, optimism and fairness.

Students see that setting a goal, working towards it with purpose, and cooperating as supportive members of a team are life-enhancing experiences.”

Schools in the area will also use February to celebrate Black History Month and Pink Shirt Day.

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