St George's comes out on top in U14 Josephite All-Stars Competition

In mid-May it was time for some of our brave students from St George's College to journey over to Melle College, Belgium and take on our sister school in the U14 Josephite All-Stars competition.

PE and Games Teacher, Mrs Douthwaite, has compiled a report of the competition to let everyone know how St George's got on.

"St George’s students arrived at Melle College, Belgium in the middle of May, with a touch of apprehension, as they were greeted by loud cheering and chanting from their sister schools at the dinner table, perhaps in a bid to psyche them out before the competition began.

Once these 'pleasantries' had taken place, the students were then treated to a delicious dinner, before partaking in a lovely after-dinner swim, before heading to bed where they started to interact with the Melle College students. Before the girls knew it, they were unexpectedly joined by around 10 Melle students in their bedroom as they were staying in the girls’ common room - friendships were starting to form. 

The following morning, the students were given a guided tour around the school, where they visited some of the Melle College museums. They were fascinated by the old stuffed animals up in the attic and did not want to leave. Following their tours, the St George's faithful then gave a talk to the Melle students about how a day in St George's works and all of the children got to ask each other lots of questions.

After lunch, it was time to get serious, as the real competition began. The All-Stars competition consisted of 4 events. The students were split up into separate groups and followed a circuit which comprised of swimming, running, an obstacle course race and a fitness challenge. 

The boys and girls thoroughly enjoyed the competition after showing signs of nerves at first, and made so many new snapchat friends! Everyone gathered together at the end of proceedings to enjoy a lovely post-competition dinner of pan-au-chocolates, before the awards ceremony took place.

It turned out to be a very successful trip for St George's, with the boys' teams winning gold and bronze, whilst the girls' teams went one better and won gold across the board!

The students had an amazing experience and did not want to leave at the end! Just before it was time to leave, the St George's students could even be found begging the Melle students to come and visit St George’s for a hockey trip in September!"

18 May 2018

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