“Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, a vision.” – Muhammad Ali
Sports is not just a co-scholastic activity, but an integral part of the curriculum at Shiv Nadar School. Sports not only inculcates physical skills in students, but makes them more agile mentally. Encouraging an overall healthy outlook for life, many important lessons in team spirit, ability to face challenges, responsiveness and spontaneity, and patience and perseverance are taught on the field. We recognize this, and hence endeavor to evolve a holistic curriculum for sports, divided between Physical Education periods, Aha Sports and the Wildcats Sports Programme.
“We believe in holistic development of a child, and hence have evolved a robust sports curriculum for all students, comprising of many levels and many baskets of different sports to choose from. While students pick and practice sports based on their natural leanings, our trainers and anchors are keenly identifying skills and talents based on which they mentor, guide and train children. The Sports Day is a short introduction and display of the many activities we practice throughout the year in our schools”, shares Raspreet Sidhu, the Sports Anchor across our three schools. Raspreet is an accomplished sportsperson herself, having captained the Indian National Womens’ Basketball team during the Asian Games, 2014. She still plays for the national team, and carries the same infectious energy and passion to the sports field at Shiv Nadar School.
Let us now give you a glimpse of how our three schools celebrated the spirit of sports, while carrying ahead a firm message for fitness and healthy living.
First Steps on the Field
Our fledgling school in Faridabad is having many of its ‘first’ moments in its inaugural year. Their Sports Day, too, was the very first organized by the school, made memorable by the rush of fresh energy on field. Mr. Y. S. Thakur and Mrs. Asha Thakur, grandparents from our school community, were the honored Chief Guests for the day.
Students, while displaying many different athletic skills, also made a strong call for conserving our natural heritage. ‘Save the Tigers’ was the theme for the event, and subtle messages for the same were included across different races and drills. A surprise relay race for the teachers added much more fun and thrill to the day, which finished with the Principal, Ms. Anju Wal’s team bagging the winners’ title!
Surge of the Wildcats
Shiv Nadar School, Gurgaon, celebrated its fourth Annual Sports Day on 28th and 29th November. Aptly titled ‘Surge of the Wildcats’, this two day celebration of sports and fitness saw the Proud Panthers, the Lively Leopards, the Terrific Tigers and the Lofty Lions come together to display the best of on-field talent in front of teachers, guests and parents alike. On day 2, Major Devender Pal Singh graced the school as the Chief Guest. He is not only a Kargil War veteran but is also the first Indian Blade Runner. He lauded the students for their right attitude and fitness levels. He particularly praised the fact that even the stragglers in each race did not stop till they reached the finishing line! As he spoke of the sense of discipline and sportsmanship that one acquires on the sports field, he also elaborated on the meaning of commitment in the students’ lives.
A thoroughly inspiring event, it was made more thrilling by the flawless gymnastics display. Among the many athletic events and drills, it was gymnastics which caught the fancy of spectators, and stood out as a definite strength of Shiv Nadar School, Gurgaon.
Lotus on Wings
The flag of sports and fitness flew high in Shiv Nadar School, Noida, for two days over which they observed their Annual Sports Day. It comprised of a mix of very creative races for the pre-primary and primary and serious athletics and drills for middle and senior grades. While encouraging healthy habits and lifestyle, the different activities also strongly conveyed the message of concern for and conservation of the environment. The races for parents and grandparents also saw unprecedented enthusiasm, such that multiple rounds had to be organized for them!
Parents of the Zara Anand, Mrs. Gaurika and Mr. Vivek Anand were the Chief Guests on day one of sports celebrations. Zara is a golf prodigy, who has been winning medals and accolades in domestic as well as international championships. Dr. Vibha Chhabra and Ms. Ghunghroo Mishra, members of our parent community, also graced the occasion as our honored guests. Mr. Bishwajit Banerjee, Principal, Vidyagyan (Bulandshahr) was the Chief Guest on the second day. Among the many displays, what stood out was an impeccably choreographed drill in which were exhibited four distinct sports – Badminton, Soccer, Basketball and Cricket – practiced and taught at the school, which are absolute favourites with the students. This was something new and fun, applauded by all spectators.
Sports add a dose of health and activity in life, not only building strength and flexibility, but also adding to the mental and moral character of a person. The cheer created on the sports field in all the three schools was an attempt to display the many ways in which we, at Shiv Nadar School, put in sincere efforts into bringing about holistic growth of students. We hope to see many sportstars of tomorrow emerge from our schools, setting examples of their own.
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