|Girls of JVM, Shyamali, present a folk dance (top), while Rajendra House members flaunt their trophies last week. (Prashant Mitra)
What: Annual day of Jawahar Vidya Mandir (JVM), Shyamali, Ranchi
When: December 14
Where: Mecon Stadium
Highlight: Prizes for sports champs of Mahi’s alma mater
Studies took a back seat at JVM-Shyamali as students waged an inter-house war of sports from December 11 to 13 and rounded it off with an extra-curricular extravaganza on December 14.
On December 14, the grand finale kicked off with a march past and band performance by students of four houses named after India’s great sons — Rajendra Prasad, Rabindranath Tagore, Dayanand Saraswati and Bal Gangadhar Tilak. Fusion drill, yoga and relay race, as well as heart-warming ones such as 100m and 200m sprints where former students and parents took part, got everyone cheering. The field came alive as girls of Classes X and XI regaled spectators with a colourful garba on the foot-tapping number Nagada sangh dhol baje.
Mecon director (technical) M.N. Sharif, who came as chief guest, clearly enjoyed his day out.
Overall champion: Rajendra House
Overall runners-up: Dayanand House
Best march past: Dayanand House
Most disciplined: Dayanand House
Eqbal, Abhishek and Asif (senior boys’ category)
Meghmala Mishra (senior girls’ category)
Vivek Raj (junior boys’ category)
Nikita Singh (junior girls’ category)
Instituted by Team India skipper and alumnus M.S. Dhoni, the outstanding sportspersons award for this year was given to Vivek Singh for playing badminton at the U-19 nationals and Tarun for showing promise as a U-16 cricketer. Another Mahi in the making?
We have always prided ourselves on sporting and academic excellence and this year was no different. As many as 40 students have made it to IIT and 34 in medical entrance exams. Alumnus Shubhra Baidya won the Kishore Vaiganik Yojana Scholarship and Balshree Award for scientific innovation. Thirteen others bagged national talent scholarship
Students have excelled in both academics and sports, making the school proud
Samba to Shakespeare
|The band of Oxford Public School in action during the annual sports meet in Ranchi. (Prashant Mitra)
What: Annual Sports Day
Where: Oxford Public School, Ranchi
When: December 14
Oxford Public School in the capital celebrated its annual sports day on Saturday with a dazzling display of dance and cultural events in addition to a power-packed performance on the field. Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) president Amitabh Choudhary was the chief guest. Principal Jacob C.J. presided over the day’s proceedings.
Samba beats set the ball rolling as students performed the Brazilian dance with elan during a drill display. Dressed in purple, green and yellow frills with tilted hats, the young boys and girls matched steps with the loud South American music to leave the audience spell-bound
The band’s visit
After the drill, the school’s all-boys pipe band took centre stage. The sound of bagpipes, beats of snare drums and chimes of cymbals blended perfectly as the boys, wearing their usual bandsman outfit, marched up and down the field to make different formations without breaking their synchronisation even once
Pride of place
Students belonging to four houses — Keats, Shakespeare, Byron and Eliot — all named after English poets competed with each other in a series of athletics events. At the end, Eliot was declared the overall winner and Byron the runner-up. The school also honoured its students Sandeepa Mahto and Khusboo Purty for winning gold medals in archery at the CBSE cluster meet. Athletes Mona Kumari (javelin) and Fakhia Parveen (100 metre sprint), who bagged silver at the same event, were also felicitated.
Unity in diversity
The concept was depicted in yet another fascinating drill where students, donning Indian classical as well as western costumes, presented a fusion of traditional Bharatnatyam, Kathakali and the popular break dance. A perfect way to wrap up the spectacle
A student is known by his or her ability and willingness to learn new things. Academics are important, but performance in the field plays is equally responsible for holistic development of the child
Amitabh Choudhary, JSCA chief
The hard work of students and teachers has paid rich dividends. It was a spectacular show and it is always a pleasure to see our children perform so well. In fact, our students have made the school proud by shining in cluster and national-level competitions as well
Jacob CJ, principal
|De Nobili boys march proudly with the
Tricolour in Dhanbad. (Gautam Dey)
What: Annual sports day of De Nobili School, Digwadih (Dhanbad)
Where: School grounds
When: December 14
Excitement and enthusiasm knew no bounds as Nobilians unleashed their energy at the school greens during their annual sports meet. Battle lines were drawn and friends became foes as four houses — Prasad, Patel, Nehru and Netaji — locked horns in track and field events.
The chief guest was additional director-general of police Ashok Kumar Sinha, while district education officer (DEO) D.D. Rai was the guest of honour. Director of De Nobili group of schools Father Victor Misquith, rector Father James Kalapura and principal of
De Nobili-Digwadih Father Sunny Jacob received the salute during the march past.
After prayers, vice-principal Raymond Perry welcomed the guests. The chief guest declared the meet open
Glowing kick-off: It made for a lovely sight when four students —Sahina, Sonu Kumar, Abhishek Dey and Rajarshree — who play at the district and state level lit the ceremonial torch. Sahina, Sonu Kumar and Abhishek brought the torch into the grounds, completed a lap and handed it over to Rajarshree, who lit it up
Old boy: Ashok Kumar Sinha, a former student of De Nobili-Digwadih, said he felt proud to be honoured by his alma mater in this manner. Clearly bowled by the march past, he lauded the students for exhibiting such discipline and order. “Entertainment and other extra-curricular activities are important for all-round development of a child. Remember, whatever you achieve in fine arts and sports will have a great influence on your education and lives. And make use of your school library and read more and more books,” he said
Races (Principal Father Sunny Jacob gave away the prizes)
Senior: 100m, 200m and 110m hurdle — won by Jay Singh
Inter: 100m, 200m and 110m hurdle — won by Aniket Mishra
Junior: 100m, 200m and 110m hurdle — won by Prashant Kumar
Sub-junior: 100m, 200m and 400m — won by Rishav Kumar Jha
Individual (Chief guest gave away the prizes)
Senior: Jay Singh
Inter: Aniket Mishra
Junior: Anup prasad Yadav
Sub-junior: Amar Kumar
Boys: Vishal Mahatha
Girls: Rani Kumari
I am definitely feeling great to win the individual championship, but I am more proud of my alma mater, where I am getting to learn a lot of things
Jay Singh, who won the individual championship in senior category