Wednesday 25th September

The first hour started as most of our previous sessions had – with intense (arguably, at least) discussion as to what we would do with the Year 7s (dubbed ‘minions’) during this first day with them. Dan Niele and I had settled, reasonably quickly, that we would take our little minions to the rooftop of the Junior Building and play a series of three activities; hoop tag, stuck in the mud and capture the flag, respectively. Let me explain…

Hoop Tag: Like tag, but all the taggers hold hoops. A ‘tag’ occurs when one of the taggers is able to put one of the runners through the hoop (by moving the hoop, of course, not the runner). The victim then becomes the new tagger, albeit unable to tag their recent assailant. I found that standing by the corner and acting inconspicuous was the best method of defence to employ…seeing as nobody tended to notice me.

Stuck in the Mud: Like tag, once again, however, all victims are forced to stand frozen in space, and they are only freed when another running is able to touch them. Therefore, my tactic was to stand guard next to any of my victims, letting the other taggers go off on their hunts. Traditionally, Stuck in the Mud is played so that freeing a victim would require the passage of his or her liberator between his or her legs. However, seeing as two females in our entourage were wearing skirts, we decided this a slight bit too risky (Year 7 is ‘that’ age for teenage boys, anyway…)

Capture the Flag: Two balls (flags) on either side. One team has to capture the other side’s ball and bring it back to their own. If an enemy crosses over to one’s half of the pitch, one is allowed to ‘tag’ them and place them in the jail. Prisoners can be liberated by touching, much like Stuck in the Mud, one of their allies. However, prisoners, of course, must stay in the prison. My own personal suggestion was to play ‘Capture the Human’, but inherent laws of ethics seemed to disagree with me.

All in all, after an arduous hour of visiting offices and asking for e-mails from various individuals, we were able to settle the location and the equipment which we needed. The minions responded must more positively than I initially expected. So, conclusively, I feel inclined to say that the first day was a bountiful success.

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