The sports festival just before the Diwali Holidays were cancelled as the rains came pouring down and we had no choice but change the date. So the 13 & 14 November were chalked out for this great event. The rains came once again due to the cyclone that came from the south and the boys were hoping that it would not once again play spoilt sport. At the meeting of the staff, Fr. Crispino said that come rain or storm we would have the sports festival and so it was.

God heard our pray and we had Sunshine. On the dot at 08.00 am we had Fr. Rector the chief guest of the Sports Festival walking down through the colours of Red, Yello, Green and Blue, with Fr. Crispino, Fr. Blaise and Fr. Cyril. The boys were in their house colours and it did look like a rainbow of colours.

At the marching in of the Chief Guests and the Salesians

During the welcome with Fr. Rector & Fr. Crispino

After the introduction by the compere, Master Joaquim of the X standard, welcomed one and all to this wonderful event and informed all that this was the day that they could scream, shout and yell without being yelled back at.  Fr. Godfrey D'Souza, the Rector was invited to hoist the school flag and later to attend the march past of the scouts and the various houses. It was an excellent blend of harmony and grace to see each group putting their best foot forward for his march past.

At the hoisting of the school flag

The Rector taking the salute while the scouts pass by

The House colours coming for the march past

Bro. Brenden with the Boys Home Band

Fr. Rector lit the torch and it was taken first by Shailesh and then by our runners around the ground to let the flame burn in our hearts for this day with a spirit of sportsmanship and competition.

The torch bearers carrying the torch

After this initial ceremony and we had a short drill display by the younger students followed by our senior students giving us a modern kitchen band with brooms and dish covers and the like, making the item a very novel and entertaining experience. It had a touch of class with the latest dance steps, and MJ's twist and shake. It kept one and all dancing to the rhythm and pace of the music.

The drill display by our younsters

Pots & Pans dance to the music

A little bit of kicking around

We sure do know a couple of moves

Come on let's dance to the music

Fr. Rector declaring the event open

Releasing the balloons for the event

The ground arrangements for the various events

The fixtures for the houses and their events

Let the games begin and the boys were playing at different spots

It was truly a time of fun and laughter and of course the youngsters putting their heart and soul into the games they played. Some who did not have their names registered were sad that they could not participate and so much wanted to be added. Some others who had registered their names for a particular game and event were listed for something they did not want and had gloomy faces until they were convinced to try out the new game and enjoy themselves.

The smaller kids at play

Blind throw ball by the juniours

This is called kho-kho

The coordinators desk

Today's event ended with all gathering together and Fr. Crispino the Principal giving a few instructions for tomorrow's programme. We look forward to another day of excitement and fun and of course being Childrens' Day it is right that we celebrate it with our kids. HAPPY CHILDRENS' DAY

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