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This year’s Jogathon was held at MacRitchie Reservoir and it started with the competitive runners from every level competing to be in the top 25 positions. Teachers and parents were seen running together with their students and children during the mass run and competitive run. Even though many felt exhausted after the tiring run, many were still in high spirits. Mdm Aisha, Form Teacher of 1 Devotion, who participated in the staff race, felt a sense of satisfaction after completing the route.
The Jogathon had deepened the bond between both students and teachers. Reverent Wee mentioned that he had decided to ‘run for the PHS spirit’. Even the teachers who did not participate in the run had an opportunity to bond with their students. Mr Raymond Ang, also a Form Teacher of 1 Devotion, “got to observe the students, talk to them informally and get to know them better.”
Many students also enjoyed the experience as a whole. Mohamad Syazraid from 3 Humility liked the milo from the milo truck and felt that the Jogathon was “extremely exciting and provided the students with a great time for bonding”.
Mr Aaron Phua also ran with the Secondary One competitive runners and he said, “It was their first time running and I wanted to encourage them. I feel good as the weather was good and everyone was lively.”
For the first time, there was also a Parent-Child Run where parents had an opportunity to run the race with their children. When asked about how he had trained with his son for the race, Mr Tham said, “I trained with him by cycling with him while he ran. This really strengthened the bond between us and I feel that this will be a special event for the both of us.”
Lastly, we cannot forget the teachers who had worked hard to make the Jogathon a success. The PE teachers were also seen encouraging the runners to complete the race.
Indeed, the Jogathon was a good expression of our school theme for the year, “Living in Unity as One PHS Family”. Staff, students and parents all came together to run and the familial bond felt during the run would hold a special place in the hearts of many in the PHS family.