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Trinity News : November 2008
REFUGEE CAMP EXCURSION YEAR 6 OLYMPIC DAY REPORT On the 24th of August 2008 the three Year 6 classes had their own Olympic Day, held at Bressington Park. The three classes were divided into two “continents,” Africa and South America, each having 8 groups of four to five members. Each group had to make up their own game that was able to be played in Bressington. There had to be instructions on how to play the game as well as safety rules. The goal was to have each group host their own sport, have some fun and win a medal. The Olympics began after school sport and recess. All equipment required for the games was loaded onto the buses. On arrival at Bressington the groups in Africa went out to their nominated areas and prepared to host their sport while South America patiently waited. Once Africa completed setting up, both continents participated in the Opening Ceremony. The Preparatory School Captain, James Traiforos, recited the Athlete’s Oath then all 16 countries, in alphabetical order, walked half the oval, holding their flags high. Then the games began. First up in the competition was South America, hosted by Africa. The first session consisted of eight games which took approximately 90 minutes to complete. After the first session an International lunch – pizza, spring rolls, fried rice and juice was served by the parents. After lunch South America prepared for the second session, which began with Sumo Smash, where two people wrestled dressed in sumo suits stuffed with pillows and inflated with a little fan. The safety rules were no punching, no kicking, no external help and no eye gouging! The idea was to push the opponent out of the ring or keep him down for a minimum of three counts – and no arguing with Referee George! The overall winner of the eight African countries for Sumo Smash, which Uruguay, my country was running, was Liberia, with the Gold Medal; Gabon secured the Silver Medal and Guinea won the Bronze. It was a fantastic day, many medals were handed out and everyone had lots of fun. | Luke Houssarini (6R) 28 TRINITY NEWS On Monday the 8th of September Year 6 from Trinity Grammar Preparatory School travelled to a Refugee Camp set up to raise awareness about refugees. The international organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) had set this display up at Homebush Park. This excursion was part of our UOI Across the Border. Once we entered through the wooden fence we headed towards a shady tree. Beneath were some deactivated landmines removed from third world countries. The next station we visited was the tents which refugees lived in. They were extremely compacted with one blanket per a family of five. The next station we visited was the food supplies. They ate a very basic meal containing beans and rice. Refugees collected water from a giant water tank nearest their homes. Each family could only take 30L for a day which they would use for everything from hygiene to cooking. In the refugee camp the most devastating disease was cholera which could be spread from person to person like a common cold. Cholera gives a horrible diarrhoea and makes you lose all your body fluid, causing malnourishment. Before entering our Cholera medical tent you had to disinfect yourself with chlorine and also disinfect yourself as you leave the area. A couple more common diseases in refugee camps were H.I.V./Aids and Malaria. Lots of refugees came to the camps malnourished and needed to eat a special food called plumpy-nut which was a sweet peanut butter paste. The overall experience of the Refugee Camp was overwhelming as we learned about the tragedies that face these people. It made us want to help people like them to have a better life. James Polley and Aidan Steiner (6K) GREAT LEADERS SUMMARY On the 18th of September 2008, Year 6 held a presentation night based on Great Leaders of the world, shown at night in front of the Year 6 parents as the culmination of our UOI on Leadership. The boys had to create a bio- riddle and a Learning Centre. After three weeks hard work the boys were very excited to show the parents their work. The evening began in the Chapel with the boys on stage reciting their bio-riddles which were very interesting. The boys had dressed up as their chosen leader for this occasion and some boys looked especially interesting. Just as the leaders ranged from every country and lifestyle, the boys dressed accordingly. Some boys did not look out of place, but others thought outside of the box and wore wigs, dresses and military costumes, while others painted themselves black and wore nothing but robes. The bio-riddles were very highly detailed and kept the parents’ attention. The parents were encouraged to play the game and guess who the boys were and you could hear the parents whispering to each other making their guesses! After the bio-riddles, the parents came upstairs to the classrooms to have a look at the boys’ Learning Centres. Earlier, the boys had set up their Learning Centres and they were bursting with excitement, anxious to see how the night would roll out. The boys explained their Learning Centres to the parents, answered all questions asked, and altogether had a great time. The presentations were outstanding. Well done, Year 6, on an excellent job! Peter Tryfonopoulos (6S) Olympic Day > Aidan Dawson in the Sumo Suit Olympic Day > Fencing Y E A R