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Primary school pupils from Strath of Appin, Achaleven and Barcaldine travelled by ferry to the island of Lismore last Tuesday (June 4) to join the children of Lismore Primary School for the North Lorn Schools Sports Day.
The annual event is a great opportunity for pupils from these small schools to socialise with other children and to take part in activities in a larger group.
After a weekend of very heavy rain, the skies cleared as the children arrived and the sports field was soon bathed in warm sunshine.
The pupils aged between three and 12 years old were divided into four teams – Red Rovers, Blue Blasters, Yellow Yammers and Green Glories. This gave all the children a chance to get together with old acquaintances and to meet some new friends as well.
The teams spent the morning earning points while taking part in eight different sports activitiesm including hockey, football, lacrosse, crazy golf, croquet, an obstacle course, as well as aiming at targets and shuttle runs.
Teams spent five minutes on each activity before moving onto the next, while the staff were kept busy totting up the points.
Many parents, relations and friends came to spectate and to cheer on the competitors. They were sustained with teas, coffees, cakes, soup and rolls, all provided by Lismore Parent Council.
Everyone enjoyed a packed lunch sitting outside and there was time to play in Lismore’s recently constructed playpark before the races began. Each child took part in a flat race, a hoop race and, of course, an egg and spoon race. There were stickers for first, second and third place, and once again the staff were kept busy acting as marshals, place judges and scorers.
After the final race, the winning team was announced – to everyone’s amazement, it was a draw between the Red Rovers and the Blue Blasters, closely followed by the other two teams.
The winners were congratulated and everyone was presented with medals.
There was just time for ice lollies all round and then the visiting schools had to leave to catch the return ferry to the mainland, tired but happy after their fun filled day.