Olympic hype at Queen of Peace

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Students at Happy Valley-Goose Bay middle school celebrate the Games

A. J. Coles cheers on Team Norway during Queen of Peace Middle School’s Olympic Day on Feb. 21.

The skies filled with snow as we laid out the obstacle course, the rope for the tug-of-war and the pylons for the relays.

A calm morning outdoors, but inside, excitement was building. 

A riot of colour and voices filled the gym as the grand march for the school’s Olympic opening ceremonies began.  

Hats and headbands, flags and banners of 16 different countries (one for each class) streamed in amongst cheers of “Let’s go Canada!”  “Let’s go Norway!”   “Let’s go Russia!”  “Let’s go …”

Anthems played as each class took its turn to parade around the gym. For two weeks they had researched their countries, followed their athletes and tallied the medals. 

They watched new sports and old, in school and out, sitting on the edge of their seats as athletes competed for gold, some winning, some barely missing the podium. The children learned that the opportunity to compete in the Olympics made winners of them all.

Our students spent Friday, Feb. 21 celebrating the Sochi Olympics. Their banners displayed what they had learned about various countries and the Olympic games.  They played outside and inside, sipped hot chocolate and munched on giant cookies. 

And to top it all off they got to see the winning goal of the men’s Canada-U.S.A semifinal hockey game, altogether, on the big screen in the gym. 

What a great day.

Geographic location: Canada, Norway, Russia

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