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The Daily Herald – 16 schools took part in the ‘King’s Games’ on Friday

Pupils from Sister Magda Primary School during the ‘King’s Games’ event on Friday.

PHILIPSBURG – More than 4,000 students are feeling great after a successful “King’s Games” event held at sixteen participating elementary schools on Friday, April 22.

The games, which take place every year, traditionally take place before King’s Day – all nations of the kingdom enjoy a day of health and fun rather than elementary school classes to celebrate the monarch’s birthday.

The King’s Games raise awareness of the importance of exercise and a healthy breakfast, with the theme this year being the slogan “Feel fit! “.

Students enjoying their healthy breakfast during the “King’s Games”.

Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (ECYS) Rodolphe Samuel and Governor Eugene Holiday both got into the mood on Friday morning, after being greeted at Johan Cruyff Court in Belvedere by a crowd of cheering pupils from Prins Willem Alexander and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Primary Schools to mark the opening of the King’s Games.

Pupils from Prins Willem Alexander and Dr. Martin Luther King primary schools with the Minister for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport at Johan Cruyff Court in Belvedere during the ‘King’s Games’.

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The event was organized by the schools and their physical education (PE) teachers in collaboration with the ECYS ministry through the sports department. The schools have prepared a day full of fun and sporting activities, ranging from traditional games to singing, dancing and various crafts. There was a wide variety of games to choose from which kept the students active and energized throughout the day.

Traditionally, the day starts with a healthy breakfast that gives the child the energy to learn, exercise and play. Cake House Bakery prepared a healthy, packaged breakfast including a sandwich, banana and juice box for the more than 4,000 participating students.

The fun day provided tons of laughter, sportsmanship and competitiveness among the students who are looking forward to next year’s King’s Games. Samuel and by extension the Department of Athletics thanked all participating schools and their physical education teachers for preparing the activities for the students and said they looked forward to their continued participation.