St. Patrick School students win overall championship at athletic meet

Staff Reporter

PUDUCHERRY: Students of St. Patrick School won the overall championship in the under-14 and under-17 boys categories in athletic events in the Zonal School Games Championship 2007-08 (Zone II) conducted by the Education Department.

H. Surya of Standard X-A and Roshan Sebastian of Standard X-F won the individual championship at the junior level, and Sri Andal alias Oormila of Standard VII-C won the individual championship at the sub-junior level.

In basketball, the senior boys were declared winners. In volleyball, the sub-junior boys were declared runners-up. The boys lifted the cup in the under 17 and under 19 badminton events. Under-19 girls won in the same game and under-17 girls were declared runners-up. In table tennis, the boys won in the under 14, under 17 and under 19 categories. The girls won in the under-14 and under-19 categories. Under 17 girls category were declared as the runners-up.

P. Bhuwaneswari of Standard XI-A came first in the Tamil elocution competition conducted by Jeeva Darshan, Cluny Animation Centre. Sharon Monisha Rajkumar of Standard XI-B came first in the English elocution competition. Both of them received cash awards of Rs. 1,000 and a book.

In connection with the 54th Co-operative Week, the All-India Co-operative Union conducted various competitions. In Tamil elocution and the Tamil essay writing competitions, P. Bhuwaneswari of Standard XI-A won the first prize. S. Nivetha of Standard XI-A won the second prize in the Tamil essay writing competition.

K. Devadha Sindhu of Standard XI-B won the second prize in a painting competition conducted by the State Bank of India. School principal R. Fredrick congratulated the students who won prizes in the various competitions during the school assembly.

Eco-friendly exhibit

An exhibit titled ‘Technology to save electricity and fuel’ prepared by D. Arularasan of Petit Seminaire Higher Secondary School has been selected for display at the Jawaharlal Nehru National Science Exhibition for Children (JNNSEC) 2007 to be held in Puducherry in December. The exhibit was selected at the regional level first, then at the State level in Karaikal, and then at the southern zone level at Hubli, Karnataka. Principal Father John Bosco congratulated the student and the guide teacher, P.A. Vincent Raj, head, Physics Department.

In the Zone-I inter-school competitions held recently, the Petit Seminaire ball badminton team, comprising Mohan Singh, Dinesh S., Balakrishnan R., Sabareesan L., Venkataramani R., Sakathivel G., Vignesh D. and Chandru V. bagged 10 points in the competition and were declared winners.

Children’s Day was celebrated on November 14 with the usual gaiety. D. Ramabathiran, District Judge and member secretary of the Union Territory of Puducherry Legal Services Authority, who was the chief guest on the occasion, distributed prizes to 160 students who excelled in singing, dancing, playing instrumental music, mono-acting, elocution in English and Tamil, writing essays in English and Tamil, and drawing.

Children’ Day celebrated

The theme of the Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School’s Children’s Day celebration was ‘Help the Needy’. The day was a celebrated in a grand manner, with teachers taking part and entertaining students through skits, dance and tableaux.

The annual science exhibition was conducted on the school premises on November 17. The school correspondent, Father Vincent Durairaj, inaugurated the exhibition in the presence of former principal Father S. Maria Arokiam.

Environment awareness expo held

Alpha Matriculation Higher Secondary School, in collaboration with the World Wide Fund for Nature, conducted an environment awareness exhibition on the school premises. More than 300 members of the school’s Nature Club, from the primary to higher secondary level, took part in the exhibition. They exhibited models on wildlife conservation, air pollution, ozone layer depletion, water purification, conservation of bio-diversity and acid rain. School director Dr. Dana Thiyagou, and principal V. Bashingam viewed the exhibits and congratulated the students on the good work done by them.

Students of Standard IX – Monica, Sowandaria and Jannath Birthoush – participated in a speech competition on the topic ‘What does Gandhi mean to us in the 21st century?’ organised by the Training Centre for Global Development. Monica won the second prize in the competition.

Workshop for teachers

Children’s Day was celebrated in a different way at Achariya Bala Siksha Mandir, Uppalam. Children were taken to visit Saibaba Temple and Bharathi Park.

To initiate improvised teaching ability and methodology among the teaching staff, Achariya and IL & FS conducted a two-day workshop titled ‘Adding Dimensions’. The aim of the programme was ‘Enhancing Teaching for Tomorrow’.

Legal literacy programme held

Students of Amalorpavam Higher Secondary School participated in various competitions conducted by the Kamban Kazhagam, and bagged six prizes. In the fancy dress competition conducted for children in the eight to fifteen years category, A. Jayashree and N. Bharathi of Standard IX F won the first and the consolation prizes respectively. In the music competition for those studying in Standards IX to XII, R. Sangitha of Standard IX E came third.

The Puducherry Legal Services Authority conducted a legal literacy programme for students of Standard XI on November 13. D. Ramabathiran, District Judge and Member Secretary, spoke on the various laws that protected the rights of students.

Children’s Day saw primary teachers entertaining the students by participating in dance, drama, quiz and other events. Students were given the opportunity to judge their teachers on their performance.

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