“To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.” – Picabo Street
On 26th of December 2019, D.P.S. R.K. Puram hosted the much awaited Sports Day with great ardour and zeal. The Chief Guest of this grand event was Mr. V.K.Shunglu, Chairman of the D.P.S. Society and the Managing Committee of D.P.S. R.K. Puram. Other prominent dignitaries who graced the occasion included Dr. D.R. Saini, Director Sports, D.P.S. Society and former Principal of D.P.S. R.K. Puram , Mr. Harendra Singh, a Hockey coach and former national player, and Mrs. Shunglu.
The Chief Guest unfurled the flag during the flag hoisting ceremony. A riveting march past by the disciplined sportspersons of the school displaying bold-hued attire marked the commencement of the event. The invigorating march past was followed by the release of colourful balloons declaring the sports meet open by the Chairman and the Principal. The Principal, Ms. Vanita Sehgal, felicitated the Chief Guest with a token of regard and extended a warm welcome to all present.
The Western Choir performed a melodious rendition of “Wavin’ Flag” and “Waka Waka”, leaving the gathering electrified and awe-struck. The Principal commenced her address by welcoming the audience. She recalled a cherished anecdote from her childhood and narrated the excitement that enveloped her family and friends on the occasion of the Republic Day. She shared how despite the bitter cold weather, she would eagerly watch the contingents march past and wished to join them in this vigorous exercise. The very act of viewing the annual parade, instilled in her a strong sense of patriotism.
On this occasion, she appreciated the joy and efforts showcased by the students during the preparation of the event and elaborated upon the importance of sports and extracurricular activities in the lives of students as they embark on their path to holistic development. The Principal quoted a modern day saying, “Life was so much simpler when apple and blueberry were just fruits” and urged the students to devote their time to academics, sports and other co-scholastic activities so as to maintain a perfect balance between technology and education.
During her speech, students cycled on their motorised bikes showcasing various symbols of performing arts, sports, technology and academics. In the end, she remarked that “failure does not matter” and that the mere act of participation symbolised courage.
The Principal’s speech was followed by the final rounds of various races – 200m race, skipping race, 4×100m relay, sack race and fun race. The gathered cheered as the students displayed fervour and gusto. In between races, the audience was entertained through various enchanting dances and choir performances, graceful presentation of aerobics and a scintillating display of yoga and taekwondo.
During his address, the Chief Guest, Mr. V.K. Shunglu, extended his greetings to the guests and congratulated the participants on their enthusiastic display of talent and spirit of sportsmanship. He appreciated the sense of competition instilled in the students and encouraged them to pursue their goals with similar diligence and perseverance. He urged them to “keep trying” and wished them luck for their future endeavours.
The surprise event comprised of a pleasant game for parents where they were required to pass a ball to the next person to the beats of music, and those holding the ball when the music stopped as well as those who dropped the ball were eliminated from the game.
The Principal felicitated Mr. Harendra Singh with a token of appreciation, which was followed by his address to the gathering in which he highlighted the vital role of sports and physical exercise in one’s health and consequently, the development of the country. He also stated that the people of India would be able to advance and benefit from studying only if equal importance was given to physical health. He expressed his discontent with children’s preference for electronic gadgets over sports for recreation, and placed responsibility on all parents to ensure children receive the opportunity to indulge in sports. He concluded his address with an enlightening quote –
“Padhoge-likhoge, toh banoge nawaab,
Kheloge-kudoge, toh banoge champion.”
The Principal, along with Mr. Harendra Singh, Dr. D.R. Saini and Mrs. Shunglu, awarded the winners for their outstanding performances in sports with medals, trophies and certificates.