With the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics getting closer, we want to invite and challenge our School community - students and teachers alike - to join us in our very own ‘Torch to Tokyo’ House competition.
The competition is inspired by the Olympic Torch relay, which takes the Olympic flame all the way to the Olympic stadium, where the lighting of the cauldron signifies the start of the Olympic Games. The Olympic Torch relay is an international event, which is designed to get the whole world involved with the Olympic Games, and we hope to get our whole school involved in being active and playing!
The concept of the Olympic Torch relay is 'Hope Lights Our Way'; even more so this year, a beacon of hope for the world in the run-up to the Tokyo 2020 Games, themselves a symbol of the resilience, unity and the solidarity of humankind.
'Torch to Tokyo' commences on Monday 22 February and runs until Monday 5 July. During the initial launch week, students may well be treated to an Olympics or Japanese-themed lesson – we would like this to be a cross-cultural event, incorporating both academic and non-academic aspects of the curriculum.
For instance, in Music, Mrs. Kent has created a musical 'Kung Fu Panda' QUEST game to make things more collaborative and engaging - the 'Sensei' to her apprentices!
The Woodbridge School 'Torch to Tokyo' (#T2T) competition sets out to see which House can get to Tokyo first (or the closest to it). Will it be Team Annott, Team Burwell, Team Seckford or Team Willard that covers the 9,465km first?
But, ultimately, in the words of Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games: “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win, but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well."
At the end of each week, students need to submit any exercise or activity, including those from PE and games lessons, to their House’s total by completing the relevant survey on the T2T itslearning course (surveys close at midnight on the Sunday).
Exercise can take many forms – running, rowing, walking, cycling, a home HIIT workout, dancing, Pilates, a game of garden football, or skills practice – anything that gets you moving.
The 'Torch to Tokyo' itslearning page will contain information about the Olympics, where to submit distances/activities and the running total for each House, so please make sure to keep looking at it!
Let the games begin!