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Students put up dazzling show

- St Xavier’s School, Doranda, observes its annual day

Electrifying sports and enjoyable cultural events defined the 39th annual day celebrations of St Xavier’s School, Doranda, organised on campus on Tuesday.

State HRD, sports and youth affairs minister Geetashree Oraon attended the event as chief guest.

Speaking on the occasion, Oraon spoke of her connection with the reputed cradle.

“My son hails from this school. So, I have been associated with this institution as a parent. As a minister in charge of youth affairs, I like to attend such events as they provide me with an opportunity to connect with the younger generation,” said Oraon, before declaring the meet open by releasing colourful balloons.

Earlier in the day, principal Father Ajit delivered the welcome address and apprised guests of the achievements of the cradle’s students in different co-curricular activities.

Students, who were divided into seven houses, competed in a host of athletic activities to help their respective house win. Boys were divided into six houses and girls, who are restricted to the cradle’s intermediate classes, were grouped together.

Although identified by distinctive colours, the houses are called Gonizaga (yellow), Xavier (red), Birchmans (blue), Loyola (green), John De Britto (orange), De Nobili (violet) and Stanislaus (white). Of these, the Stanislaus house comprises only girls.

The athletic events comprised of 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m races. High jump, long jump, triple jump, shot put, discus throw and relay races were also part of the itinerary.

Fun racing events like shoes-and-socks, marble-and-spoon and sweet collection were organised for junior students while their senior schoolmates showed their prowess at tug-of-war.

The cultural programme comprised group dance performances in themes as diverse as Ganesh Vandana and Michael Jackson feat Heal the World.

At the end, Birchmans house stole the show by bagging the overall championship title.