The Olympic Game in Tvind
Every year, at the end of August, many schools come together in Tvind, to compete in the Olympic Game. It is a two-day event with many different kinds of sport games, where the students and the teachers meet each other on the field. We can feel a deep “sense of community”, even if the different teams compete against each other. Indeed, the necessity to build and improve this “sense of community” between all the schools is one of the main reason why we have this event, that in my opinion is actually one of the most important of our schools.
Many students have different kinds of special needs, but it’s amazing to see them forget all the problems and just enjoy the different activities. Some of them, in the classroom during a normal school day, are bored or restless, and it’s so good to see them bloom as an active part of the event. Many of them, thanks to a healthy competition, discover the importance to be together, the importance of teamwork, of sacrifice, of training, the importance to be focused on something. I was with my students during this event and I participate with them in different games and sports – even if I’m not what you can define an “athletic girl”… During these days, you can just walk around in the huge area of the Tvind school and choose the game/sport that you like most: archery, dart, football, volleyball, basket, climbing, chest, puzzle. There are a lot of activities for all tastes and all likes – this event is a real example of the motto “the important thing is to participate” because you can bring points to your team just by taking part of the games, doesn’t matter if you win or not.
One game, in particular, becomes my favourite during the OL, I never played before: it is “Rounders”. It is a really nice sport where you have to be focused on what you are doing and at the same time, you have to be focused on what your teammates are doing too. It is funny and tiring and it needs a strong teamwork, so it is a really good occasion to build a common sense in the team, between you and the students, becoming a single body.
I was competing with my students against another school and I really felt, indeed, a deep sense of membership, the students were the driving force of the game and it was really good to see them on the field, to see them sharing suggestions or strategies, cheering and supporting between each other, to take the competition in a healthy way, as a moment to enjoy altogether the time, and maybe to learn something from the other.
What I really understood from this experience is that behind a normal competition, as I said before, there are several other reasons why this event is a key part of the program. It actually gives these students with special needs an alternative learning way, it shows them how to overcome some difficulties thanks to the help from other people, thanks to the membership in a big community that takes care of you.
Besides, for all the DI’s involved in the event, it is not only an occasion to meet the others but especially an occasion where you can share your experiences, you can work on a concrete event that involves hundreds of different people from different place.
It is indeed a kind of multicultural event, and when different cultures meet in the same place with the goal to cooperate with each other became possible to build not only that “sense of community” that I said before but mostly a kind of community based on the principles of diversity, of the cooperation and the integration.
By Federica From Italy