Hold on! Are those Seymour Students in that Dragon boat?
We do many things together as a school at Seymour school. Dragon boating in False Creek? Who could have imagined?
Seymour students spent Thursday morning in the water. In Dragon Boats! Every last one of us from our kindergartens to our Grade 7 students had the opportunity to be dragon boat racers thanks to sponsorship from the Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival Society and the guidance from Dragon Boat BC! Look below – that is all of us in the water down by Creekside Community Center.
After a warm up and suiting up in PFDs and grabbing a paddle, it was time to learn exactly how to paddle!
Then each group headed down the dock to climb into the boats and head out into False Creek.
In the boats we learned about the different calls we had to respond to as a team like: “Let it ride!” “Hold the Boat” “Back Paddle” etc
Can you believe we really got to paddle under the Cambie Street Bridge? Ever looked at a bridge from below? Pretty cool!
There were many best things about this day. No rain! A first experience for many – first time in a dragon boat, first time in any boat, first time seeing our beautiful city from a completely different perspective. Amazing school community building! Exposure to a new kind of sport! So many things to celebrate. It was especially meaningful to be out on the water and look into the other boats and see not just students and Seymour staff but also parents and volunteers. We might be a little school but we have a huge group of committed individuals who support us and it was lovely to share the day with so many people that are part of our community!
A special thank you to our wonderful volunteers, parents and practicuum students who joined us for this experience: Hazel, Nicole, Miles, Liz, Lianne, Sue, Stephen, Maryke and Kim.
And then after an exciting hour in the boats full of paddling, racing and bird watching, it was all about HOTDOGS!! We had a delicious lunch together and shared highlights of our boating!
Lunch line up bonding with big and little buddies!
Thanks to generous donations from the Vancouver community and matched funds from Adopt a School we were able to pay for bus transportation to and from the Community Center.
When we returned to school many students did writing and pictures about their morning. Division 5 (Grade 2/3) wrote thank you letters and excerpts from some of these letters are included here: (Because kids say it best . . . )
Dear Dragon Boaters:
I got wet a bit but I had so much fun! Thanks. But why can we not see fish? From Jacky
I never in my whole life Dragon Boated! But now I have. I want to go again and again. From Carmen
It was good nobody fell in the water. I liked going under the bridge. It was hard pushing the water but I tried my best to do it. From Truman
Thank you for letting our whole school come boating. It was so much fun learning and going fast in the water. We loved eating hotdogs and hot chocolate. From Isa
Thank you for such a good time. I was a little scared at first but when I saw the boat, I knew it wasn’t going to tip over so it turned out to be okay. At the end of paddling my arms felt so tired that I had to go to the doctor. Just joking ha ha ha From Shae Lynn
I liked it when we raced. I won every race. I was in row 8. I’m 8 years old and it was my first time (I was scared) I had a blast. Thank you From Purity
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to go! One of my favourite parts was when we saw a black bird that kept dipping its head underwater. I’ve never been in a Dragon boat before and it was AWESOME! From Catriona