Dear Parents / Guardians,
It’s just over a week away until our Colour Explosion Fun Run event on Thursday 1st April
What time will the run take place and how long will it take?
Earlier lunch – 12:00pm
Reception to Year 2 classes 12.50pm – 1.10pm
Year 3 to Year 5 1.15pm – 1.35pm
Year 6/7 classes 1:40 – 2:00pm
School Dismissal 2:10pm (for students who have returned consent forms)
Each age group will run for approximately 20 minutes. The afternoon will be run by our Parent and Community Group, teachers and student leaders.
What should students wear?
A white T shirt is best for a colour run. Old shorts, socks, and shoes are also a good idea as they may get colour powder on them as well. Bathers or other tops can be worn under the white T shirt if preferred. Students can come to school dressed in their running gear, ready to go. An old towel and change of clothes may also be worth bringing on the day. The Coromandel Valley CFS volunteers will also be attending with one of their trucks in one area of the run so students may choose (they can dodge this section) to get wet as they run the course. Water is important to help set the colour on the shirts. Students are not expected to have their school hat on during the run however, students can wear a hat if they choose.
To preserve the colour on your COLOUR RUN t-shirt after the event, try soaking it in a mixture of water, salt, and vinegar. This helps the colour lock into the cotton and prevents the colour running.
Is it too late to start or continue to fundraise?
Definitely not! Fundraising can take place right up until our Fun Run day.
Can all children participate?
This event is the major fundraiser for our school so we are asking all children to participate in fundraising. However, even if children are unable to raise funds for the event they are still welcome to participate.
What if my child needs to opt out?
If children wish to not be squirted with colour, due to concerns of asthma or allergies or any other reason, they can bypass the colour stations and will not be squirted. Children who do not wish to be squirted may also choose to wear a bright coloured T shirt (instead of a white one) as a way to still be colourful on the day and to signal that they do not wish to be in contact with the powder.
Is the colour safe?
The colour powder used in our event has been sourced direct from India, the home of Holi Powder. It is made of high quality corn starch and permitted food colours. It’s non-toxic, biodegradable, skin safe and environmentally friendly. Toxicological Risk Assessment and ingredient listings can be obtained from the School Office upon request. If you have any concerns at all about safety, children are welcome to wear swimming goggles or sunglasses as eye protection and/or bandanas or scarves around their noses and mouths. If you have specific concerns about your child and their health needs, please talk to your child’s teacher
How far do children have to run?
The run will lap around the school oval including a series of obstacles which may include: climbing, crawling, jumping, sliding, balancing, dodging, and more! The colour stations will be spread throughout the course so that children get multiple squirts of colour. Students can complete as many laps as they choose within the set time.
Can family come to watch the event?
Yes, we would love to have parents and family come out to watch the event! All visitors are required to register attendance through Eventbrite and also to scan the school QR codes or ‘manually’ sign in. Please also remember social distancing requirements. We ask that parents watch from the designated viewing area which will be in the middle of the oval, with the obstacles placed around the outside of the oval, to offer a view of the entire course.
What is the plan for bad weather?
If there is bad weather on the day of the event, the Run4Fun Colour Explosion will be postponed to another suitable date. Based on the weather forecast, a decision will be made by 1pm on the day before the event and communicated to families.