Over the summer I decided to stop my main sport, gymnastics, which took a lot of consideration because it had been the only sport that I was doing for years. Once the year I had begun with me having so much free time, I decided that I would try volleyball, a sport that I had played in PE and thought would be a really fun experience, even if I didn’t get on the best team. Amazingly I manages to get onto the U16A team which was an amazing opportunity, and really managed to fill any doubts that I had about stopping gymnastics. Along with volleyball, in season 2 I decided to start netball again – which I hadn’t played in three years. Furthermore my good friend, Annika had asked me if I had wanted to join softball preseason with her because she didn’t know many people going, so I said yes – of course. Juggling netball – a sort that I knew and had loved for a long time – and softball – a completely new sport that I didn’t know how to play at all – was challenging but fun. Although when the season for both of these sports I had to choose one, because their times clashed, ultimately I chose netball. During team selection I was quite nervous but i got asked to join the U19A team! it was a thrill, we got to go to SEASAC and I gained a lot of experience for playing for the first time in three years. So much so that I got nominated for the most improved player at the Sports awards night! Another amazing moment. Currently, I have started volleyball preseason. and I have been asked to join the U19A team trainings, which has allowed me to grow as a player and is getting me very excited for next year!
Diversity day apart from being a fun mufti day for everyone in high school, it spreads awareness on the meaning of diversity day along with teaching students all the different types of diversity (racial, gender, religious, etc.). One of the ways that the school publicised diversity was to put up posters around the school, especially in the tent plaza where they had interactive boards where students could write what they thought of diversity and what it meant to them. Overall diversity day was an amazing opportunity to spread awareness about diversity, because it had many activities along with assembly’s to draw attention to the idea of diversity in our day to day lives, which I’m sure everyone got a lot to learn from.
This first half of term one has been quite alright, I might even just say that it was average for school. The best part so far has been meeting up with my friends again, as well as my willingness to be more organised throughout this year – which is turn has affected my year in a very positive way. Some of the challenges that I’ve had to overcome was majorly the test season, I would have to manage studying for up to three tests at a time, this I found very stressing. However once I found out the groove of things, and figured how it works, I felt a little more confident, but overall more organised.