With indoor sports severely restricted during lockdown, Mr Masilungan, our dedicated Design teacher and basketball coach, had the foresight to purchase outdoor basketball hoops and to have basketball lines painted on the courts at our school playing fields. This enabled our students to play and train outdoors and enjoy their sport whilst we waited for indoor facilities to re-open. It also made it possible for Dwight to host a basketball tournament for five schools last Saturday.
It was with great excitement and enthusiasm that I arrived at the tournament last Saturday. We may be a small school, but we punch well above our weight when it comes to basketball. We had invited four other, much larger, schools to compete in the tournament and it was clear that everyone was delighted to have the chance to play competitive basketball again.
We played several close matches, winning them all, until the final deciding game against St Albans School, which we lost narrowly, 24-21. You can read Jan’s report further down in the newsletter.
Aside from the basketball, and the superb performances our boys put in on the court, I think I spent the whole day grinning from ear-to-ear because I felt so proud to be part of Dwight. Our students behaved impeccably throughout the day, competing with determination but also respecting each other, their opponents and the referees. I watched as the older students set a good example for the younger players, encouraging and supporting each other.
I was constantly impressed with the outstanding organisation of the day and Jovan Masilungan’s warm and generous welcome to all the staff and students from every team. To top it off, there were several recent graduates and a parent (thank you Elmer!) who volunteered their time and skills to be table officials.
A special thank you to Jovan for his vision and dedication that allowed so many of us to have a great day. It was just one day out after a difficult year, but it reminded me that it is a privilege and a joy to be part of the Dwight community.