In June, Pembroke Academy students participated in their first field day. A committee of staff members, led by Doron Gringorten, physical education teacher at Pembroke Academy, planned the day that was filled with fun activities and challenges.
Students rotated through 12 different stations including standing long jump, an obstacle course, sponge relay, hula hoop challenge, sack race, ring toss, to name a few.
Parents were in attendance to serve as volunteers, helping with stations, providing water spritzing, and supporting students.
"Being physically active is a major contributor to our overall health," said Doron Gringorten, physical education teacher at Pembroke Academy. "On Field Day we are celebrating friendly competition and a productive school year, but holistically, we are celebrating physical and mental health as a whole."
A highlight of the event was the time spent honoring Moral Focus virtues. Four student teams, comprised of mixed grade levels, were named after four of the virtues: Team Integrity, Team Perseverance, Team Respect, and Team Courage. Students and staff wore team t-shirts designed with the team name in both English and Mandarin. Teams embraced their virtue by creating cheers, proudly displaying team banners, and exhibiting the virtues throughout the day as they supported teammates at every challenge.
“It was a memorable day enjoyed by all,” said Rachal Hetzel, academic intervention coach at Pembroke. “We are looking forward to our second installment of what will surely be an annual event.”
Way to go, Pembroke!