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INVICTUS GAMES – ARCHERY

(Fort York National Historic Site)

 
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On Wednesday, September 27th, 2017,  the grades 4 to 8 classes went on an inspirational excursion to witness the ‘Wounded Warriors’ (who bore physical and non-physical injuries serving their countries) in the Archery preliminaries.  It was a great display of the human spirit and an honour to have had the opportunity to see it.  The competitors (from 17 different countries), either standing, seated in a wheelchair or on a stool aimed and shot 18m from the shooting line at 40cm and 60cm targets with skilled precision.
 
Our students didn’t let the heat spoil their experience.  They were also treated to getting into a real army tank and army truck – a few also experienced wearing part of a soldier’s uniform.  It is our wish that everyone has taken, with them, a very valuable and lasting message from this excursion.
 
Here is the poem entitled INVICTUS by William Ernest Henley:
             
 Out of the night that covers me,
 Black as the pit from pole to pole,
 I thank whatever gods may be
 For my unconquerable soul.
 
 In the fell clutch of circumstance
 I have not winced nor cried aloud.
 Under the bludgeoning of chance
 My head is bloody, but unbowed.
 
 Beyond this place of wrath and tears
 Looms but the Horror of the shade,
 And yet the menace of the years
 Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
 
 It matters not how strait the gate,
 How charged with punishments the scroll.
 I am the master of my fate,
 I am the captain of my soul.
 
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