INVERCARGILL children got into the Olympic spirit last week.
About 30 children from Just Four Kids childcare took part in a decathlon, which included long jump, rowing, stick-horse races and even weight-lifting.
Just Four Kids director Suzy McNatty said the idea came from educators who wanted to create something different and fun while celebrating the pupils and their cultures.
On the previous day, the children took part in a workshop and made medals and torches to celebrate the Olympic Games.
“Everybody just loved it. Educators and kids had a great time.
“It is the perfect way to celebrate all our cultures.”
At James Hargest College junior campus, the Olympics are being celebrated over two weeks.
Teacher Jane Brown said each class was designated a country with the official opening ceremony, complete with flags being walked in, held last Friday.
The pupils had made a great effort with a variety of national costumes or wearing the colours of their respective flags reflected in their dress-ups.
Every pupil would compete in different events during the two Friday afternoons of competitions, with successful “athletes” being awarded points for first, second or third for their country.
“Students represented their class in a range of events such as basketball, golf, egg and spoon race, Izasov Fun, fish hook hockey and jerken.”
The games would continue at the junior campus tomorrow.