St. Joseph’s Academy’s 81st Annual Sports Meet held on Saturday, 8th
November 2014 was the grandest and the most awaited event in the
school calendar. With Lt. Col. Raj Sangram Singh, Equestrian in the
17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014 and his wife Mrs. Deepika Singh as the
Chief Guests, the meet, organised on such a large scale, became the
talk of the whole town.
Chief Guests escorted by the smartly attired Guard of Honour. What
followed was a spellbinding fusion dance, a mix of graceful Kathak
with energetic Bhangra and thrilling Western dance by classes 9th and
the theme ‘In tune with nature’, followed by students of class 3 who
came up with inspiring messages like ‘Unity in diversity’, ‘Books are
magical’ and ‘Work is worship’ etc. Undoubtedly the most solemn part
of the ceremony was the Relay of the Torch by the school’s noteworthy
sportspersons, and the Athletes’ March Past.
The Chief Guest Lt. Col.
Singh administered the oath to the athletes, thereafter hoisting the
flag and declaring the Meet open, amidst thunderous applause.
The bevy of events for the day included 80m, 100m and 200m races,
4×50m, 4×100m and Invitational relays and the 3000m Cycle Race.
Interspersed among these were a mesmerizing and colourful Peacock
drill by the Junior school students, Mass PT, an extremely
well-synchronised Aerobics display and a heart-stopping Gymnastics
display. All drew hearty applause from the crowd, a fitting
appreciation for weeks of hard work.
As the students’ wild cheers rent the air, the athletes, with grit and
determination, raced to achieve victory and glory for their respective
houses. The most awaited event of the day, the Cycle Race, saw - Yash
Chaurasia of Bergin house cinching the gold medal, while Devang Joshi
of Dooley house stood second .
As the event drew to a close, the school Marched Past in perfect
co-ordination, in time with the beats of the Brass Band. The
afternoon’s anticipation ended with the declaration of the results.
Bergin remained the runner -up in March Past while Duffy clinched the
first position. The best Discipline Principal Cup was won by Donovan
House. Dooley house missed the Champion House trophy by a very slim
margin yet were delighted enough to win the runner up trophy .Thus the
day’ s ultimate joy came to Duffy House that seized the much coveted
Champion House trophy.
While addressing the gathering the Chief Guest said, ‘It’ s
heartening to see the alumni members so commitedly involved in the
welfare of the school.He appealed to the parents to let the children
grow through participating in extra curricular activities , a variety
of which are pursued at St. Joseph’s Academy, the cradle of excellence
Mr. S. Gupta, tbe Senior School coordinator presented tbe memento to
the Chief Guest .Thenafter the Principal, Rev. Bro. Dennis Joseph
proposed a vote of thanks .He further complimented the students,
teachers especially the PTI’ s including Mr. R.S.Rautela, Mrs. S.
Bajwa, Mrs. A. Mamgain and Mr. N. Bhandari and the ancillary staff
without whose efforts the event could not have been successful.Present
on the occasion were Bro. Sebastian, Bro. Benedict, Bro. Tommy, Sister
Greta and Dr. Daljiet Kaur .
It was exhilarating when the Josephites’ voice cut through the cool
evening air as they proudly sang the school song. The Meet was
declared close following the lowering of the flag, and all gathered
dispersed with the expectations of yet another exciting,
closely-contested Sports Meet the following year.