It was indeed a historic day for St Joseph’s College on Friday, as, perhaps, for the first time in its 129 years of existence, over 2000 students from 64 classes took part in a colourful march past at the Annual Sports Meet. It was a sight to watch what with enthusiastic students clad in a variety of attire marching to the beats of the band, filling almost the entire College grounds. What was unique about the whole march past was the fact that even many class mentors marched along with their students, adding to the festive mood on the campus.
The successful march past was the culmination of weeklong practice sessions held repeatedly by the students. In many cases, the teachers took the initiative to teach the students to put the right marching steps. It all ended so well, with almost 100 per cent participation and co-operation both by the students and the teachers.
The Annual Sports Day was inaugurated by Anumpama Shivappa, internationally renowned hockey umpire. In her message she motivated the students to focus on the goal and strive hard to achieve it. “I urge you students to have a goal in anything that you do and work hard to achieve it, no matter what the difficulties are,” she said. She also added that it gave her a special feeling to be part of such a wonderful gathering.
Principal, Fr Daniel Fernandes said that sports day was a special day to recognise the contribution of so many students who brought laurels to the College. “We have so many students who are good in sports and are bringing honour to the Collge. It is our responsibility to recognise their talents and honour them,” he said.
The mood at the inaugural of the Sports Day was one of fun and excitement. Rightly was a student overheard saying, “What a special feeling!”