The Last Sports Day {The Ordinary Moments}

I haven’t written an Ordinary Moments post in such a long time – but for the first years of this blog I would write them weekly, talking about the children, their milestones and the things I wanted to always remember.

Last week Little Man had his last sports day at primary school, just a few weeks before he leaves the school, ready for secondary school in September.

Sports Day is one of those things that you either love or hate and I have always really appreciated it. A chance to cheer the kids on and feel the real community spirit of the school, everyone coming together for a shared goal. It’s lovely – especially when the sun is shining.

Little Man had his first sports day in nursery and since then has taken part each year, aside from at least one he missed due to the pandemic. The school always do a cycle of activities, from bean bag tossing to hockey, basketball, archery and things like jumping or skipping.

Afterwards there are races and they tend to just have a few kids from each year taking part. Sometimes Little Man has been in a race and othe times he hasn’t, but every year he has always done his best in any activities he has taken part in.

This year Little Man took part in a relay race and I was impressed with how grown up he was. He ran his absolute best but, by the time his turn came at the relay he didn’t have any real chance of winning. But he still ran full pelt and wasn’t upset afterwards – his resilience has improved massively this year!

I love that about sports day though. The fact that each year you can see how the children have grown and developed, how their skills have improved and how their interests have changed too. Sports day is a rite of passage, a day of fun in the busy summer term, and a day where you really get to see the people your children are becoming. I really appreciate that.

And now, sports day is done. I’m so glad that I’ve been able to be there each year, standing on the school field, cheering the kids on, taking photos and committing each sports day to memory as, like everything, they are over far too soon.

Primary school sports day. Yet another Ordinary Moment that is now just a memory, a closed door and something else that we’ll talk about fondly for years to come. I’ll leave you with Little Man on his Reception sports day back ion 2018. Oh how he’s grown!


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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