SPHSS annual sports meet kicks off

SPHSS  annual sports meet kicks off
Invitees join tiny tots in a dance performance during the opening ceremony of St Paul Higher Secondary School, Dimapur on Thursday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, OCT 11 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/11/2018 11:14:27 AM IST

St Paul Higher Secondary School (SPHSS), Dimapur kicked off its annual sports meet with a vibrant opening ceremony on Thursday.  Secretary, finance and land resources, Y Kikheto Sema graced the occasion as chief guest while SDO, (PWD), Research Lab Cell, M John Lotha was the guest of honour and director of land resources, Hoto Yepthomi declared the annual sports open. 

In his address, Y Kikheto Sema emphasized that games and sports should not be an option but made compulsory in the future so that students develop more interest in it.  Citing western countries as an example, he said education in those countries was not only confined to classrooms as sports formed an integral part of the curriculum. 

Stating that sports and vocational training is imperative to build students in totality and a holistic manner, he said that it is not good for students to be only confined to classroom and teachers back and fro from the blackboard. He added that outdoor activities are necessary for good health and a sound mind. 

SDO, (PWD), Research Lab Cell, M John Lotha, in his address as the guest of honour, urged students not to take sports for granted. Recalling his days as a student, he said that education and sports was not merely about getting certificates but character building.  He told students that sports will help them to listen observe, monitor and act, and that one should not only compete to win a prize but to win hearts. 

The programme began with scripture reading and invocation prayer by SPHSS headmistress, Rev Sr Amala followed by the welcome address by principal, Rev Sr Ranit, and concluded with a vote of thanks by Sylvester Lakra and inspection of house tents thereafter. 

The other highlights of the programme included prayer dance, welcome song, guard of honour, unfurling of the school flag, lighting of torch, oath-taking ceremony, drill display, Naga cultural dances, dance performances by tiny tots and primary students, semi classical dance, a presentation of the ill effects of mobile phones by Mime, and a choreography.


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