The first few weeks of 2019 have been full of Inter-House Sport.

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We have been blessed with beautiful Cape Town weather, and we have taken full advantage of it by hosting two stunning Inter-House Events.

One of the focus areas of our theme is  “Falling inlove with the Process”. This means to place more emphasis on the hard work, the determination and the growth, than on the result. We have seen our little sport stars work really hard and given their best day in and day out.

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Our first event of the year was the Inter-House Athletics Day. Mrs Norris shared that for the first time in her 25+ years at SVPS, it RAINED on Athletics Day. What started off as the most beautiful, sunny, crisp morning turned into a rain storm of note.

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This rain certainly did not dampen the moods of the athletes and supporters as they simply ran into the rain and starting singing the age old “Singing in the Rain, Singing in the Rain, What a wonderful feeling…” – only at Sun Valley!

The parents searched for shelter and immediately grabbed their smart phones to capture this special moment. Due to the dangers of slipping, and the continuous rainfall, the event was postponed till the Monday afternoon.

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That very Monday was a scorcher of a day, and our boys and girls had to dig deep to compete in High Jump, battle fatigue in the 1200m and finally, to draw on their adrenalin for the 4 x 100m relay. What an ending! It was JAEGER who took the spoils on the day with their exceptional performances in both field and track events. De Stadler missed out by a single point and Langley came in 3rd place.

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The second major event was the Inter-House Swimming Gala. This event involves the top swimmers at the school from Grade 2 – 7. These “Squad Swimmers” look forward to this exciting day as they compete in front of a big crowd of parents and over 500 students and staff. What an experience.

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The weather was spectacular, with not a breath of a wind and beautiful sunshine. The sunnies were out, the sun cream was on and the hats were donned. The music was pumping, the crowd cheering and the swimmers…swimming!

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A number of records were broken on the day both by individuals and by Relay Teams. Kyle Kleinhans, U13 Swimmer for Jaeger, made history TWICE by firstly breaking a Freestyle record from 1998, and then breaking a backstroke record set by Luke Slabber in 2016.

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As we finished the Relay Races, it was De Stadler who lead by a single point. The final race was the LADDER RELAY RACE. Langley came out guns blazing and lead for 80% of the event. However, Jaeger’s senior swimmers had other ideas and absolutely “bossed” the latter part of the event to claim an enthralling victory and take the Trophy!

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At the end of the day, it is not all about who lifts the trophy, but about the valuable life lessons and experiences that we will hold dear for years to come. Some of the stand out moments that I will never forget are:

  • Singing in the Rain, literally in the rain
  • The best Athletics Cheering I have witnessed in 10 years
  • “Just Dance” songs being confidently performed by the entire school, without anyone to follow or a screen to watch
  • The unwavering support and love shown to athletes
  • The manner in which we celebrate those from other houses in both victory and defeat

Sun Valley, you rock!

 

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