On Your Mark, Get, Set, Go…! Annual Sports Day at St Aloysius Gonzaga School

On Your Mark, Get, Set, Go…! Annual Sports Day at St Aloysius Gonzaga School

Mangaluru : It is said, “Talent Wins Games, but Team Work and Intelligence Wins Championships”, and in that spirit 500 plus students from 1-5 std of St Aloysius Gonzaga School, Mangaluru, all attired in different color T-shirts/polo shirts of their School participated in the Annual Sports 2019-20, which was held on the Gonzaga School Ground, on Tuesday, 22 October 2019. The Management, staff, teachers and students gathered with great ardour and enthusiasm to witness the Annual Sports Event, under the nice morning weather, even though it showed little signs of rain in the forecast.

The chief guest for the event Ms Shreema Priyadarshini- International Athlete-Indian Railways, along with other dignitaries namely-Fr Melwyn Anil Lobo SJ- Principal of the School; Ms Jacintha Anita D’costa-the Vice Principal and Ms Aparna Suresh-the sports coordinator were escorted into the Sports ground by the School Marching Brass Band. The
event began with a prayer invoking God’s blessings rendered by a group of school children, followed by welcome address by Ms Prafulla, a school teacher. Inauguration and the flag hoisting was done by the chief guest, along with other dignitaries. The students then pledged which was administered by Ms Aparna Suresh The sports day was inaugurated by releasing the balloons in the air by the chief guest, joined by other dignitaries. The students performed a spectacular Mass Drill, under the guidance from PT teachers Ms Agnes Saldanha and Avinash S K.

In her inaugural address, the Chief Guest Ms Shreema Priyadarshini articulated that one needs to aim high in order to achieve much. “All of us possess at least one talent within us which is to be endured. Small changes in habits can lead to lasting, permanent change, so
think “tiny steps” when incorporating exercise into your life. I really appreciate the eminence and splendour of this sports event, and the commitment and dedication shown by the management and teachers in promoting the interest of sports among the energetic children. Today’s sport children are future sportsmen/women of the country. But remember
failure and success should always be your motto. Don’t always expect to win, because losing also can bring changes in your efforts later. In failures you’ll learn to fix your drawbacks, and will motivate to succeed next time. Best of luck in your sporting talents”.

Addressing the gathering, Principal Fr Melwyn Lobo SJ said, “It was one of the interesting and impressive Mass Drill that I witnessed, this shows the keen interest, love and care that parents and teachers have towards their children- compliments to them also. By organizing
Sports day, we encourage our children to be the future sportsmen of the district, state or nation. At St Aloysius Institutions we are doing our best that apart from academics, we will also inculcate co-curricular activities, including sports in our students. Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence. The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before. Sports gives you a chance to unleash your hidden talents. Therefore today showcase your talents and win. Win If You Can, Lose If You Must, But NEVER QUIT!”.

The events held during the Annual Sports Day were- 50 mts Race Class 1 ABC girls/boys; 50 mts Race Class 2 ABC Girls/Boys; 50 mts Race class 3 ABC Girls/Boys; 80 mts Race Class 4ABC Girls/Boys; 80 mts Race Class 5 ABC Girls /Boys; Frog Race Class 1 ABC Girls/Boys; Frog Race Class 2 ABC Girls/Boys; Filling the water bottle Class 3 ABC Girls/Boys; Long Jump Class 4 ABC Girls/Boys; Long Jump Class 5 ABC Girls/Boys; 50 X 8
Relay final Class 2-3( House wise); 80 X 8 Relay final Class 4-5( House wise); and Final Prize Distribution for Overall Championship Athletics.

The event was well compered by school teacher Ms Rasha D’souza, and the vote of thanks was proposed by teacher Ms Vidya Esther. The management and teachers did one heckuva great job in conducting the fabulous inaugural event successfully. Kudos to all for a job well
done! The closing ceremony of the Sports Day was held on the same day.

In conclusion, Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement. The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning. If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win. Do you know what the favorite part of the sport is? The
opportunity to participate. Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts. And for that matter, St Aloysius Gonzaga School had taken keen interest in making the students participate in this Sports event. Credit should go to the management, teachers and staff of the School for making their Annual Sports Day 2019-20 successful.

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