Winter Olympics come to Ecole Routhier School

Christian Pabalan (in the background is Zion Agtoto) shows off his own Olympic torch.

Submitted by
Lindsay Brown
Grade 6E Teacher

On Wednesday February 14th the English students of Routhier School, in Falher, had the chance to become Olympians for the day. Teachers planned the annual Winter Fun Day around the theme of the 2018 Winter Olympics that are being held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The Routhier Olympics were planned to be held outside but due to the cold weather needed to be moved indoors at the last minute. The day started with Opening Ceremonies which included the lighting of our torch and O’Canada. Students participated in events such as target shooting (with bean bags), speed skating, floor hockey, floor curling, crafts, healthy snacks, scooter races (luge) etc. Grade 6 English students said “the day was so much fun! I felt like I was really an Olympian.” Students were organized in teams representing 8 different countries including China, Switzerland, Austria, Ukraine, Germany, Japan, Italy and France. The teams were made of mixed grades with students from K-6. Grade 6 student Aaron Archbold says “I had a lot of fun working with the younger kids on our team.” “I wish we could have the Olympics every year,” says Kristin Prellwitz.

The day concluded with Closing Ceremonies where every student received a gold medal and the torch was extinguished. Nathaniel Reid said “a big thank you to the staff because if it wasn’t for them the day wouldn’t have been as great as it was.” “The staff did an outstanding job with the materials and little time they had,” says Ephraim Marschner. Students in the school are still talking about the event a week later.

Aaron Archbold enjoys a snack of yogurt, berries and granola in a waffle cone.
Students Kaleb White and Usmah Akhtar ‘speed skating’ in the halls, cheered on by Jarome Caifelle and the rest of their team.
Brianna Elliott flies across the floor of the small gym in indoor luge/skeleton.
Zack Graves winds up for a slap shot in floor hockey.


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