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International schools get together for sports festival

Teams from all the main international schools in Portugal competed at the twice yearly International Schools’ Sports Festival, held this spring at St Julian’s School in Lisbon.

Teams competed at soccer for boys and basketball for girls.

The International School of the Algarve in Lagoa sent five teams to the major three-day event, and students and teachers fulfilled a grueling schedule of matches, each team playing up to eight times.

John Butterworth, Headmaster at the International School of the Algarve, told the Algarve Resident: “All the students tried their hardest and achieved some creditable results. However, the most successful team was the Iniciados Masculinos (Division 4) who emerged as champions of the festival. Their deserved pride shines from their faces in the photograph.”

To win the trophy they had to play the teams of St Julian’s, the German School of Lisbon, the American School of Lisbon, Vilamoura College, St Dominic’s and CLIP School from Porto. They won five of their matches and drew one, gaining 16 points and beating St Julian’s into second place with 13 points.

John Butterworth added: “Although the International School of the Algarve has two sections, one following the English Curriculum and the other the Portuguese Curriculum, sport is one of a number of key areas where really meaningful integration is encouraged. The highly successful team pictured is made up of six International Section students and eight National Section students.”