Comical Games??? Hazel Fort, from the Chaplaincy at Savio Salesian College Bootle near Liverpool, explains all about this day of fun for the younger members of the Bosco Group - students who volunteer to be directly involved in Don Bosco's mission at school.
May 24th, 2018 dawned fair but cloudy. As it progressed, the day matched other days that week and spawned a heatwave. Thus many prayers were answered by God and Mary Help of Christians, whose feast day it was: we could hold our Comical Games.
‘What are Comical Games?’ asked the Junior Boscos somewhat dubiously.
‘It’s like the Olympic games with all the serious bits taken out!’ I answered.
We were at the end of a long, dark year in which the Junior Boscos had worked their socks off. Every dinner break, they had been involved in Charity Fund Raising, Liturgical Art, Drama to animate the weekly Gospel, or planning their Peer Chaplaincies – all leading up to submitting their work for their Faith in Action qualification. They had spent a fortnight polishing up their reports or seeking out photographs for evidence. It was time for fun.
I instituted a games tournament in which they had teams and played three card games, three board games, three games of air hockey and three games of Pool. BUT the culmination was to be the Comical Games played outside on our Sports Field.
Two of our Senior Boscos volunteered to help: Aleisha and Kieron (Year Ten) had become pretty used to organising the youngsters and had a good rapport with the Year 7 & 8 students. Solemnly, they instructed them on the wearing of sun cream, hats and appropriate shoes and clothing. They marked out three lanes on the field in which the students would be competing.
Come the day, I cast a doubtful look at the sky and said a quick prayer to Mary. She must have had sympathy with me - or she, too, was interested to see what would happen. Our excited but suspicious students changed into their games kit.
‘My knee’s very sore. I don’t think I can compete. I can't run.’ One of them told me dismally. (Really, Kelsey? Who said anything about running?)
‘I don’t think I can come. I’ve got football practice. But I could come at the end. Can I still join in?’ (Certainly, Keira)
I gave instructions. ‘Each race has to take place three times to get a fair result.’ (Liar, Hazel! You just wanted to make sure of the photographs!)