EIDES students participate in the 2018 EIDES Winter Olympics, Thursday Feb. 8. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Youth compete in winter Olympics

Bundled up under layers of fluorescent clothing, children excitedly participated in École Isabella Dicken Elementary School’s Winter Olympics Day, last Thursday.

Coinciding with the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, each class of students represented a different country for which they prepared a flag, and a cheer.

“Their chants were beautiful when they came in,” said EIDES Vice Principal, Janet Kuijt.

Before Olympic Day commenced, students met in the gymnasium, each standing by the flag of their country. Each athlete was sworn in under the Olympic Oath. Students from kindergarten to grade six, all 438, participated. Age groups were mixed and combined into teams of 21, and teachers saw older students take on the role of a leader in their groups.

“It was just amazing to see the older kids looking after the younger kids,” said Kuijt.

Outside, students participated in competitions including Paralympic snow soccer, tug-of-war, snow sculpture creation, team ski plank walk, and more.

The temperature outside was unforgiving, but the students seemed not to notice as they went from station to station with smiles on their faces. Starting off hovering at zero degrees with rain, the temperature quickly dropped to approximately negative ten, with strong winds blowing in from the north.

These Olympic-themed activities also coincided with the current curriculum in the school.

“There’s just so much learning to be done through the Olympics,” said Kuijt.

“They (students) realized that either the Olympics, or life, presents its challenges. With dedication and teamwork, you can end up having really great lessons and great experiences together.”

This was the first year EIDES held Winter Olympics Day. When the idea was proposed to the school, many teachers enthusiastically jumped on board.

Recently retired EIDES Principal, Dawn Voysey, was a torchbearer in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and made a special visit to the school dressed in her Olympic uniform, holding her torch. This was a pleasant surprise for many of the students, as they were not aware of her participation in the Olympics.

Kuijt extended a big thank you to all the staff and parents who helped make this event possible.

Just Posted

Castlegar bridge designed by architect of collapsed Italian bridge

Riccardo Morandi designed the Kinnaird Bridge, which is part of Highway 3.

UPDATE: Fire forces closures and delays on Highway 3 at Kootenay Pass

Motorists should detour using Kootenay Lake ferry

Bisaro Anima cavers return from expedition

22 cavers spent a week logging 150 surface sinks, rifts and holes, and mapped 1km of new passages

Evacuation alert issued for City of Kimberley

Three hours after an evacuation order was issued for the St. Mary Valley, an evacuation alert was issued for the nearby community of Kimberley.

Show N’ Shine attracts bumper entries

The 2018 Show N’ Shine attracted over 1100 people and 80 entries – the most in the event’s history

PHOTOS: B.C. city wakes up to darkness under wildfire smoke

The rest of the province also dealing with thick haze as smoky skies continue

Safeway union urgest rejection of mediator recommendations

Says mediator asks for too many concessions

Fire chases B.C. crews out of their own camp

Crews in Burns Lake had to leave after a wildfire reportedly overtook their sleeping quarters

To address peacock problem, B.C. city moves ahead on trapping plan

Surrey’s new bylaw focuses on ensuring people no longer feed the birds, ahead of relocation

Hospitals to see ‘delays’ in care after losing Saudi students, health group says

About 1,000 Saudi residents called back to kingdom after suspending diplomatic relations with Canada

Bernier diatribe against ‘extreme multiculturalism’ boosts Liberal coffers

Party spokesperson Braeden Caley says online donations doubled, social media engagement quadrupled

‘Disjointed’ system hinders British Columbia First Nations in wildfire fight

More than 550 wildfires were burning in B.C. and crews were bracing for wind and dry lightning

Federal government announces over $115 million to Royal Canadian Navy

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan was at Victoria’s CFB Esquimalt to announce missile system upgrades

RCMP nab prolific car thief after month-long, B.C.-wide search

A province-wide warrant was issued for Brian Robert Stephan in June for a litany of offences

Most Read