OVER 600 children aged between four and nine years had a fun-filled day at the Sekolah Seri Suria 20th Sports Carnival recently as they took part in various games.
The games were divided into two categories, with the first aimed at kindergarten children and the second for primary schoolchildren.
Since the number of kindergarten children under Child Enrichment Centre (CEC) kindergarten at Sekolah Seri Suria was small, the school in Hulu Langat decided to invite kids from the CEC kindergartens in Kajang Prima, Ampang and Bandar Tun Hussein Onn.
And even though many of them were meeting for the first time, it did not affect the camaraderie and team spirit of the children.
The younger children got confused about the rules of the games and needed reminding by the co-ordinators.
In the obstacle race, for instance, the children had to soak a sponge with water, squeeze it into a bottle and then run through a hoop to the other side to tag a teammate who would then repeat the task.
However, some of the children thought that their task was completed after squeezing the sponge.
There were children who seemed overwhelmed by all the fuss and cheers from the parents, friends and teachers and did not move until encouraged by the games co-ordinators to start their tasks.
Education Ventures Sdn Bhd (which owns CEC) chief executive officer Boh Boon Chiang said the games were held annually were part of the company's R.E.A.L. education which was meant to teach the children important lessons in life.
“R.E.A.L. education” stands for “Result Enhancing and Active Learning education,” which simply means “an experiential learning initiative that focuses on the processes that facilitate the development of a total person.”
Boh said there were some pertinent lessons to be learnt from such sports events, such as accepting victory humbly, accepting defeat gracefully, team spirit, self-control, organisation, respect, unselfishness and kindness to other children.
He said the children might be young but they could absorb such qualities sub-consciously even if they did not understand completely the full significance of what they learned.
He said co-curricular activities were a vital part of the school's education programme and lessons in music, gymnastics, swimming, art and craft, and moral studies were compulsory.
He added that this was the first time the company had decided to hold a sports day on such a large scale.