2 December, 2019
Life is a Sport, Make it Count!
Mast. Marc Anthony Tavares and Mrs. Sonali D’silva
The much awaited Annual Sports Day was held on Saturday 30th of November, 2019 with much zeal, solemnity and fanfare. It was an opportune moment for the students to showcase their sporting skills and talent as they competed and gathered points for their respective Houses. The day began at 7.45 a.m. with the Chief Guest Mr. Edgar Mascarenhans Jr.-our own alumnus and hockey International -being welcomed by our Mascot, the little elf, and by the commander of the marching band. The opening ceremony commenced with our renowned school band accompanying the school leaders at the guard of honour to usher the dignitaries to the dais. This was followed by a well-coordinated march past by the four houses, the NCC, RSP and Scouts. The Chief Guest took the salute at the impressive March Past by the students.
The four torch bearers comprising two sportsmen who brought laurels to the school in sports, a parent and a teacher looked graceful in their run around the ground carrying the torch to light the sports flame. The meet was then declared open by the Chief guest Mr. Mascarenhas. The mood for the meet was set with the oath by Master Shivam Kadam and the recitation of the Sportsman’s prayer by Mast Aryan Pagare. This solemn ceremony was followed by a performance of the marching band, the drill display of the cubs and the energetic Zumba dance by students across the Secondary section. It was an exhibition of colour, rhythm and music, and the crowd loved it.
In his speech to the students, Mr. Edgar reminded the boys of the great institution that they are part of and asked them to balance always sports with studies. Following the instructions of the Principal, Fr. Bernard Fernandes, the boys and the staff then moved to their next venue/s for the remainder of the day’s Sports Festival viz. the games.
The Sports Fest hustled and bustled with games such as Football, rink football, football penalties, volleyball, basketball, table tennis, carrom, Langdee, Cricket, Hand tennis, chess and kabaddi. The vast play field and campus allowed for the games to be held at different venues – the two football turfs, the hockey turf, the football ground, the 3 basketball courts, the quadrangle and the Savio club room. Students of Std. 9 D were the official referees at the games while the staff coordinated and ensured a smooth run of the fixtures.
Once the games began, the excitement and cheering gathered steam. Players jostled in the playing field, the spectators cheered and the houses egged on their members with hurrahs and applause. At every moment the boys stayed abreast of the announcements of the winners and the points tally.
It was an enjoyable day in the sun. With the fixtures completed for the day, the students assembled in the quadrangle for the closing ceremony, the announcement of results and the prize distribution ceremony. The Best march past trophy was awarded to the Yellow House and the NCC among the uniformed troops. The Yellow house ended on a high with the overall champion trophy too! Fr. Bernard proposed the vote of thanks and declared the Sports Meet closed.