More than 2,000 students competed in six sports at Pattaya School No. 8’s 39th annual sports day.
Noppasitcha Na Nakorn of the Pattaya Education Department and school Principal Aporn Janthai opened the March 8 Pattayanukul Games, named after the school’s original name.
A grand opening ceremony kicked off the event, with the marching band leading a parade of 2,000 students and 100 teachers and staff onto the South Pattaya school’s field.
Following speeches, students raised flags for their school and team color before four pupils engaged in a torch relay race. Then it was time to get down to business.
Eight teams competed in co-ed volleyball, chair ball, takraw, tug-of-war and flag races, with boys competing in football.
There were no points or trophies. The day is organized each year to encourage exercise and wise use of students’ free time. It’s also an opportunity to learn good sportsmanship, leadership and unity, school officials said.