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Dance with pom poms, race for biscuits

Kendriya Vidyalaya 1 celebrated its annual sports day on December 14 on our school grounds.

The programme started with hoisting of the school flag by chief guest, the former footballer Shivaji Banerjee, followed by a welcome dance. A few breath-taking defence moves were demonstrated by young taekwondo learners. But it was the little ones struggling with their pom poms who provided the most colourful start to the day.

The marchpast acted as a stress-buster for the tense participants waiting for their individual events to roll. The event drew applause because of the discipline and the visual variety offered by the different sizes of the marchers. The seriousness of the pint-sized tots who ignored their cheering and waving parents and sombrely stuck to the task had to be seen to be believed.

A high point was the relay by the sports representatives for lighting of the lamp which declared the sports event open.

The day unfolded in various events in athletics like races, long jump and shotput, and games like football, volleyball, kho-kho and kabaddi. There was tremendous competetion among the four houses: Subhash, Tagore, Ashoke and Raman. The house fights continued in the parents’ races too.

Special events were organised for the little ones from the primary section like marble spoon race and biscuit-eating race. The nature of the latter event really makes us, senior students, envy the juniors!

Having to handle so many kids meant tireless work for the teachers. Not that we, seniors, gave them an easier time with each house claiming its victory in every match and the shower of emotions on the field, from jubilation to rage, that they had to tolerate. Despite all this, they kept encouraging us for every event. They were the ones who displayed true sporting spirit.

— Ananya Roy, Class XI, KV1