Sports Day Upper School

Today it was the turn of our senior pupils to walk in the footprints of yesterday...our younger competitors had shown the way giving their hearts to every event but doing it in a spirit of supporting the greater good...The House!

There were moments of total brilliance that remind us just how far these young ladies and gentlemen have come. When you see the records achieved over the past 168 years...or since records began (!) there are some pretty impressive numbers - high jump 1.6m and 100m in under 13 seconds...these are numbers that are not too distant from adult records.

However, as I said yesterday to our younger competitors, Sports Day is all about the individual ambition driving the team result. It was lovely to see Houses coming together to cheer, shout and scream support for one another. On a completely different angle, year groups were also hugely supportive of each other...all truly good to see when there can appear to be a shortage of adult role models living out similar values. I have no doubt that Orleyans go on to change the world no matter how big or small - for the better!

A huge thank you to Shelagh Chambers who was our guest of honour. Shelagh started teaching at Orley 28 years ago and then moved into the support side, where she runs a million tasks without many people being aware...Shelagh, we're going to miss you in September but I suspect that you might well have to come back to keep us upright!

Thank you to all of the staff but especially Mr Ryan for leading this event. Well done to all of the Houses who clearly gave their all. However, there can only be one winner and therefore, congratulations to Broadrick! I wonder what impact this might have on the final standings...?!?

Tim Calvey

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