A reminder that we will be celebrating Harmony Day this Friday 19 March. We would love our students to wear their Sports shorts and an orange t-shirt for the day. Our Year 4 to Year 6 students will be joining our High School students on the Oval for an afternoon of activities (1:45pm to 3:15pm) led by our Propel Program students. Our Junior students (PP to Yr3) will take part in special activities on the Green from 2:45PM to 3:15PM, also led by our Propel Program students. One of the activities is a Colour Run! We suggest students bring a spare t-shirt (white if they can) to change prior to the afternoon activities or they can wear their orange t-shirt if they prefer. Please keep in mind that t-shirts will come home looking quite different and you may not be able to use them again !!! Please see our Colour Run FAQs document below.
COLOUR RUN: HARMONY DAY & SSS FOUNDATION DAY CELEBRATIONS
What will the Colour Run involve?
The Colour Run will involve students running along a short course and through coloured powder.
When/where will the Colour Run take place?
The Colour Run will take place this Friday, 19 March, on the school Oval for our Year 4 to 12 students (between 2.00pm – 3.00 pm) and on The Green for our PP to Year 3 students (between 2.45pm – 3.15 pm).
What do the students need to wear?
The optimal effect of a Colour Run occurs when participants wear a plain, white t-shirt. Old clothes that you will not mind getting slightly stained (see below regarding possible staining). As Primary students will be wearing an orange t-shirt on the day, we are happy for students to keep wearing their orange t-shirt for the Colour Run, if families are happy to dispose of it at the end of the day. We do not take any responsibility for costs associated with the removal of colour.
Do all students need to run?
The Colour Run will not be compulsory. However, all students are encouraged to participate and enjoy the celebration.
How is the colour administered?
For our Year 4 to 12 students, there will be colour stations along the course on the Oval. At these stations, students will run along a short course whilst the colour powder is dispensed. All colour powder will be aimed between shoulder & hip level.
For our younger ones, we will set up a running course on The Green. Designated staff and High School students will be stationed along the course to gently dispense colour powder along the way. All colour powder will be aimed between shoulder & hip level.
What is the colour made from? Does it stain?
The coloured powder we are using is made from 99% corn-starch and natural food grade dyes. We’ve been told it doesn’t stain, but it’s best to wear old sneakers or opt to run with bare feet. We do not take any responsibility for costs associated with the removal of colour.
Will the colour stain my hair?
The coloured powder does generally wash out of hair, however if you are concerned, rubbing coconut oil through hair prior to the event will help prevent colour attaching to the hair follicle. Oiling your hair before the run will help the colour wash out. If you’re having trouble washing it after the event, bi-carb soda and anti-dandruff shampoo will help get the stubborn colour out! We do not take any responsibility for costs associated with the removal of colour.
Will the Colour ruin clothes or running shoes?
The colour does wash out after the event. As with anything dirty, the sooner you wash it, the better. We suggest wearing items that you wouldn’t mind getting colourful. We do not take any responsibility for costs associated with the removal of colour.
Do the “Colour Zones” affect runner vision? Or breathing?
The colour powder used at The Colour Run event is certified non-toxic and free of any heavy material. Our bright colours are Cornstarch and Food grade dyes. As with any substance, you want to keep it out of your eyes and our colour throwers will make sure to aim low as kids pass by. Some Colour Runners opt to wear glasses or goggles for their eyes and use a bandana or dust mask for their mouths. We suggest our Primary students to bring goggles on the day.
Do you have “cleaning stations”?
Students should BYO a towel to school, or have their parent or guardian bring one at collection for a good dusting off after the event. With a good dusting, you aren’t 100% clean, but you should be good for the drive home. It is actually pretty fun to see people still coloured up walking, riding and driving home from school.
How does the colour affect the inside of cars?
Most people bring some towels for the insides of their cars, just in case. It’s like driving home from the swimming pool in your swimsuit. We do not take any responsibility for costs associated with the removal of colour.
Our school core value of SERVICE in action!
As part of our Service Learning program, a group of Year 6 students volunteered their time with the Salvation Army in Merriwa last week, moving donated goods from a 20 foot container all the way to their Op Shop! The Salvation Army staff were extremely grateful for the extra pairs of hands! Well done, Year 6s, SSS is very proud of you 😊!
Still looking for national flags from around the world
As part of our Harmony Day celebrations, we would like to display as many flags from different countries in our Primary Forum. If you have a flag you could lend us, please send it to your classroom teacher with your child. Please ensure it is labelled so we can return it to you after Harmony Day. Thank you to all families who have already sent us flags 😊!