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Sports, rhythm divine in fun season in Kolkata schools

Here’s what kept the students and schools busy this week

Chandreyee Ghose | Published 05.01.23, 09:15 AM

M.P. Birla Foundation H.S. School

Two parallel inter-school tournaments were held on the grounds of M.P. Birla Foundation Higher Secondary School, giving students several exciting moments.


The 18th edition of Hoops, a five-day annual inter-school basketball tournament organised by Sparsh, the social welfare club of M.P. Birla Foundation Higher Secondary School, was held from November 29.

In both the boys and girls categories, Calcutta International School beat the hosts to the trophy.

Rishit Mondal of the host school received the Most Valuable Player award for boys, while Mihiri Basu Mahagama of Calcutta International School received the Most Valuable Player award for girls. Advik Harlalka of Calcutta International School received the Highest Scorer award for boys and schoolmate Gita Basu Mahagama received the Highest Scorer award for girls.

The school also hosted the sixth edition of Kickoff, an inter-school football tournament. In the finals, St Xavier’s Collegiate School beat the hosts 5-1. “The children were very excited to be out on the field. Lots of former students came calling,” said principal Purnima Chatterji.

Purwanchal Vidyamandir

Purwanchal Vidyamandir organised its sports day on the East Calcutta District Sports Ground at Kankurgachi on December 20. The chief guest was Arjuna Award winner Biswajit Palit, former captain of the national kabaddi team. Also present was former student Smriti Jaiswal, gold medallist at World Games in One Arm Long Cycle Kettlebell lifting.

The event began with a drill to the song, Una Paloma Blanca, performed by students of Classes IV, V and VI. After the welcome address by principal Rani Jessica Gomes, students took the oath. The school also felicitated eight students for their outstanding performances in various inter-school competitions.

The four houses — Blue, Green, Red and Yellow — along with the squad of Bharat Scouts and Guides presented a parade to the roll of drum beats.

The students also showcased yoga and pyramid formations and karate moves display. Students from Classes III to XII took part in various races such as ZigZag Passing the Ball and Three-Legged race. The former students and the parents also took part in events. After the retreat march, Yellow House took their victory lap.

The principal said: “Students did a good job. They should try their best in all spheres of life.”

Adamas International School

Adamas International School hosted its annual day programme on December 20, after a gap of two years. The programme began with principal Mittra Sinha Roy welcoming everyone and mentioning the challenges in school life after the pandemic as well as the joy of having students back in school.

The guests at the event included Samit Roy, chairman of the RICE Group, and Chandan Majumder, its CEO and managing director.

St Augustine’s Day School, Shyamnagar

The cultural programme began with an orchestra and musical performance, A Symphony of Souls. It was a musical presentation of folk tunes in nine languages from across the world.

Some meritorious engineering students from premier universities were also felicitated on the occasion.

Finally, a dance drama in English, Hindi and Bengali — Sagas Unbound — was performed by the students. Through the stories of Adam and Eve, Pandora and Ramayana, the performance highlighted the role of women in bringing about a change in society. Over 300 students were part of the performance.

“A lot of hard work went behind the event. It was not easy to train the students after two years of lockdown. They had lost their mental and physical agility. So, the children had to be mentally prepared first before the actual training could start. The teachers worked as hard. The children bounced back fast,” said the principal.

St Augustine’s Day School, Shyamnagar, organised their annual sports at Metal and Steel Factory in Ishapore on December 9 and 10. 

The event was inaugurated with an energetic aerobics performance by the students. The school flag was hoisted and the students took part in a march past.

The guests of honour were former footballer Mihir Bose and former captain of Asian Games Bhaskar Ganguly.

“Not everyone has to become a successful athlete when they grow up, but the basic principles of sports will undoubtedly help them become better citizens in the future,” said Bose.

The field echoed with exuberant cheers of students in red, yellow, blue and green representing their respective houses.

Principal Rev. Rodney Borneo gave a speech to inspire the students and the race, relays and hurdles began.

The students of the primary section took part in various races on Day I. The events included Garland Race, Obstacle Race, Three-Legged Race,  100m flat race and others. The theme was Colours of Life. The guests included badminton player Sayantika Dutta and tennis player Sayantika Kundu.

Day II was for middle and senior school students. It had balloon race, skipping, 200m flat races along with house events such as tug of war and relays. The alumni members and parents also took part in some events.

The AJC Bose House was declared the champions, while Netaji House and Vivekananda House were the first and second runners-up, respectively.

“The two days gave an opportunity to students to be out on the field and enjoy various sporting activities. We saw healthy competition and camaraderie among the students,” said the principal.

Bidya Bharati School, Mominpore

The primary section of Bidya Bharati School, Mominpore, ushered in the festive season with a carnival, Utsav’ 22, and an art and craft exhibition, Expressions and Impressions, on December 15.

Expressions and Impressions is the annual exhibition of the artwork of students.

Utsav’ 22 was a five-hour programme. It had a footfall of more than 500 people.

“The best part of the event was a visit by the children of Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy and Disha Foundation,” said Sumana Nag, teacherin-charge of the Mominpore school.

Last updated on 05.01.23, 09:15 AM

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