Abbot Olympics – when plan A doesn’t work out

Friday, 02 October 2015
Abbot Olympics – when plan A doesn’t work out

In past years, Year 7 & 8 students are given a break from lessons and a chance to let off some steam at the end of exam week each summer. This year a new initiative, the Abbot Olympics, was such a success that it looks set to be a regular activity on the Worth School calendar.

And it might never have been but St Anne’s Housemistress Sandi Kaaber showed how some tenacity and resourcefulness can deliver a brilliant Plan B out of the jaws of disaster. Mrs Kaaber had booked Lazerhub in Crawley a year in advance but Lazerhub had closed down a few months’ previously – without letting anyone at Worth know. An alternative activity was required quickly.

Abbot-League-2As Mrs Kaaber has a sporting background, and happens to be married to the Director of Sport at Worth, it meant that the obvious choice was to create a sporting event; ideally one that had the girls and boys competing together. The idea for the Abbot League Olympics was born and planning began in earnest.Abbot-League-3b

A few days beforehand, Deputy Head (Academic) Mrs Lynch thought that the Year 9 students might like to join in. With such numbers, a new League was created named after Worth’s current Abbot, Fr Luke Jolly. The Year 9 students who had already been at Worth in Year 8 reverted to their old Leagues and the pupils new to Worth this year were spread across all four Leagues.

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The Leagues (each named after an Abbot) gathered in their various colours – Jamison in royal blue, Taggart in green, Ortiger in red and Jolly in navy blue. Every student in Years 7 to 9 took part with boys and girls in each event. Good sportsmanship was the order of the day, as was having a go with different sorts of games – dodgeball, volleyball, rounders and netball.

 

Abbot-League-lastAfter much exertion and much laughter, Jamison League won the Year 9 category while Ortiger League won the Year 7 and 8 group.

As well as adding a fantastic new event to the Worth calendar, the Abbot League Olympics demonstrated that it is possible to comeback from the ashes of a disappointment with an even better event than the original idea. In the words of Mrs Kaaber, “The Abbot League Olympics challenge is on for next year!”.

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