DPS R.K. Puram organized the Sports Day on 27 December 2017 with great enthusiasm and zeal.
The Chief Guest of this grand event was Mr. V.K. Shunglu, Chairman of DPS Society and DPS R.K.Puram Managing Committee. Other prominent dignitaries who graced the occasion included Rear Admiral M. M. Chopra, Vice Chairman of DPS Society and Member of DPS R.K. Puram Managing Committee; Mr Pramod Grover, Hony. Treasurer of DPS Society and Vice Chairman, DPS R.K. Puram Managing Committee; Dr D.R. Saini, Director Sports, DPS Society and Former Principal of DPS R.K. Puram; Dr Zeenat Khader, Joint Secretary, DPS Society and Prof. B.P. Khandelwal, Member DPS Society and DPS R.K. Puram Managing Committee. The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, Vice Principals, Dr. Renu Nayar and Ms. Padma Srinivasan along with the Head Mistress, Ms. Rashmi Malhotra were also present.
The Head of the Physical Education Department, Mr. N. Suresh, supported by his team of teachers ensured the event ran smoothly.
The Sports Day was celebrated in keeping with the spirit of the Olympic motto, “Citius, Altius, Fortius”.
Commencing with the formal welcome of the guests, this event witnessed a huge turn up of an appreciative audience. The flag was hoisted and the balloons were released to declare the Sports Meet open. The Chief Guest stood on the stage, saluting, as the March Past proceeded. The students of each class marched confidently, sporting bold-hued outfits and respecting the discipline.
The Principal felicitated the guests with tokens of regard and extended a warm welcome to all those present. Encouraging young children to play outdoors, rather than doing so in front of screens, she stressed on taking pleasure in learning, for such learning stays forever – and what better way to learn than through sports. She conveyed the message of importance of knowing the rules by recounting a personal story. Applauding the enthusiasm of the parents she also recommended them to observe what their children really like. Quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change,” she concluded her speech.
The first dance performance, paying homage to Lord Ganesha, with precise costumes and thoughtful casting, was followed by cute children in pink tops dancing to a contemporary motivational pop song in Hindi, with Pom-Poms as their main accessory. A song sung by the junior vocalists impelled the budding sportspersons to do their best, while the vibrant aerobics showcase, a fusion of rhythm, music and energy was performed on a medley of Spanish and Hip-Hop songs. A 4 x 100m relay race for girls and boys of all age groups was preceded by a Charlie Chaplin routine, which was pantomime bliss. An extraordinary yoga performance was portrayed by the students of our school with magnificent poses on soothing music which enabled the audience to go into a yoga trance. This was followed by a skipping competition for girls – the categories were Under-14 and Under-17. A traditional bhangra performance with the dhol beating loud lifted the mood; next came a musical drill and a hoop dance with synchronised and rapturous steps. A unique dance to glorify the importance of cricket and values like teamwork, sportsmanship, and hope in our country was put on show right before an exceptional performance by the members of the senior Western Dance Society. A slow cycling race was conducted for boys and girls of all age groups, as nothing truly compares to the simple pleasures of riding a bike. Other dance performances included a traditional Indian folk dance with beautifully embroidered umbrellas and a skating display filled with beauty, grace and poise. The fun race for girls and boys of all age groups was full of hurdles and challenges – the children impressed everyone with their excellence at this activity. Talented artists put forward an expressive mime performance, showcasing the importance of sports, using the Indian flag as their main article. The School Western Music Choir gave a scintillating performance, celebrating the champion in all of us.
In the surprise events, parents and teachers played musical chairs and enjoyed it thoroughly. There was a special ‘three-legged-race’ organized for parents too.
The Chief Guest, Mr Shunglu, congratulated the winners and observed that DPS RK Puram had won the maximum number of interschool sports competitions amongst all schools functioning under the DPS Society. He also made it a point to announce that the DPS Society would henceforth fund all sports equipment for all its schools, because he considers a proper kit the most crucial factor in deciding the level of performance in sports.
The Chairman, Mr V.K.Shunglu, Mrs Shunglu, Principal, Ms Vanita Sehgal and other guests presented the awards to the winners of all the games.
The Vice Principal, Ms Padma Srinivasan delivered the vote of thanks. The Sports Day concluded with the National Anthem.