What is happening here?!
It’s Poljane Olympic Games, where we have fun but also learn a lot!
26th September, the day of the famous Poljane Olympic Games.
When I arrived to school on this day I was a bit surprised. Everything was very nicely decorated with logos of the Poljane Olympics. Above the entrance there were five intertwined hoops that resembled the five rings on the official Olympic Games flag. The rings actually symbolise the unity of the five inhabited continents (America, Africa, Asia, Australasia and Europe), while the colours were chosen because every nation has at least one of them on its national flag (blue, yellow, black, green and red). The Olympics flag with rings was adopted in 1914 but flown for a first time at the 1920 Summer Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium. However, our students who were responsible for logos and the decoration definitely did a great job.
The Poljane Olympic Games started a few minutes after 9 o’clock in the morning on the school yard where the opening ceremony was held. The ceremony started with the hoisting of the country’s flags and performances of their national anthems, played by students. At that point we can mention that those rituals were established long ago, in 1920 in Antwerp. As a very important event at the opening ceremony our headmaster also lighted up the Olympic flame (which was sadly extinguished before the Games ended).
After the ceremony, students that were chosen to be athletes began with the competitions while the others were audience to support them. Athletes had to compete in 5 disciplines: relay with a hoop, jumping the skipping rope, wrestling, bicycling and walking with skis and stilts. It seemed like they had a nice time (with some small incidents that made everything even more amusing). All the athletes really gave their best and performed to the full.
On the closing ceremony the results were announced. The winner was English team with American team on a second and Spanish team on a third place. The price was (instead of the usual medals) three giant cookies, which was, to my mind, even a better idea.
I talked to the two athletes from the British team, who were very proud of being the winners of those special Olympic Games. I asked them about their feelings about Poljane Olympics as a competition. They both liked it.
Ina put out the meaning of the teamwork, which was great in her opinion. Her favourite discipline was relay, but she didn’t like the bicycling because only one from each group competed – which was not a real group work. As a winner she is very happy, she especially remembers the part when the group received the golden cookie, which they distributed equally among all the athletes from their team.
Petra didn’t truly expect her group to win, but she thought they’d be one of the first three places. I asked her why she was sure about that and she told me there were some professional sportsmen in their team who were perfectly prepared for the Games. And what did she think about the opening ceremony? She found it interesting and entertaining, even though she felt a bit embarrassed when she had to appear in front of so many people, who were cheering and laughing. She also liked the idea of the Olympic flame very much.
In my opinion, those Olympic Games were a great idea by our sports teacher Uroš Bizilj, because it was an escape from the usual routine of sometimes grey school days; we all had so much fun and we also learned a lot. I hope something like this will happen again next year.
Tajda Liplin Šerbetar, 2.D