The “162nd Annual Sports and Athletic Meet” of Boys’ High School (BHS) and College was held on the sprawling lush green field of the school campus on Sunday. An alumni of the school, Hon’ble Justice Mr. Samit Gopal, Judge, High Court of Judicature at Allahabad was the Chief Guest. The Principal, Mr. D. A. Luke and the Academic Supervisor, Mrs. C. B. Luke accorded a warm and cordial welcome to the Chief Guest.
Addressing the gathering, the Principal encouraged the students to actively take part in the field and track events in the true spirit of sportsmanship.
In the battle of mettle, fortitude, courage and determination St. Patrick’s House, in a spectacular display of field and tracks events bagged 510 points to its credit and won the prestigious ‘Athletic Championship Trophy’. St. Andrew’s House with 464 points came second while St. George’s House and St. Peter’s House with 298 and 138 points were placed in the third and fourth positions respectively.
Spreading the colours of brilliance and excellence, the four Houses namely, St. Andrew’s House (Blue), St. Patrick’s House (Green), St. Peter’s House (Yellow) and St. George’s House (Red), displayed a synchronous March Past on the beats of the Army Band. The marching contingent was led by Sports Captain, Mohd Arsh Siddiqui.
The Chief Guest, Justice Samit Gopal took the salute of the impressive March Past. On behalf of the competitors, the Sports Captain took the oath and solemnly pledged to uphold the spirit of true sportsmanship. Thereafter, the Chief Guest declared the “162nd “Annual Sports and Athletic Meet” open.
The ceremonial lighting of the torch was a breath-taking spectacle. Our star achievers in academics, sports and games who performed brilliantly carried the torch. College Captain Ansh Mishra carried the torch, followed by Saarthak Singh who topped in the ICSE (10) exam in 2023 and secured third rank in All India Merit List and finally our Sports Captain, Mohd Arsh Siddiqui lit the torch.
In his brief address, the Chief Guest reminiscenced his school days and said that sports and games are part of the school curriculum. He further stated that gold medals aren’t really made of gold, but made of sweat, determination and hard-to-find alloy called guts.
The students showcased multi-faceted talents in the drills and races and mesmerized the audience. To name a few were ‘Aqua Babies at the Treasure Island’ by Playway, Nursery and Prep, ‘Festivals, Fun and Frolic’ by classes I, II and III, ‘The Jungle Book’ by classes IV and V, ‘G 20-One Earth, One Family, One Future’ by classes VI and VII and ‘Thriller’ by classes VIII to X.
It was a vibrant showcase of talent and teamwork, spanning from Playway to class 12. The youngest participants from Playway, Nursery and Prep displayed adorable yet coordinated drills, while the boys from classes 1 to 12 demonstrated exceptional athleticism in various races. The event resonated with cheers as each group showcased their unique skills and sportsmanship. The seamless coordination and vibrant energy displayed by students across all age groups left an indelible mark, highlighting the holistic development fostered at BHS. Each child, regardless of age, contributed to the success of this memorable Sports Day.
The lap of honour and the Tug-o-war by the 1988 and 1998 batches of alumni were a treat to watch. The reunion of the sons going grey were appreciated and cheered by the audience as well as the students.
The function came to an end with a vote of thanks by the Principal Mr. D. A. Luke followed by the singing of the National Anthem.