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Annual Inter- House Athletic Meet 2016

The Annual Inter-House Athletic Meet for the year 2016 was scheduled for the 30th of January 2016. Preparations for the Athletic Meet and specialised training had begun from day one of the first term. The heats had begun about a week ago and there had been stiff competition among the five houses, each persistent in its quest to snatch the Champion Shield. In the last five years Handy had become last and in the last four years, Peto had reigned Champions. Peto was determined to grab the Shield for the fifth consecutive year and the rest of the Houses were dogged in their goal to make Peto fall by the wayside.

Every single athlete participated with gusto and fervour. The competitors were keen to win points for their respective houses as well as for themselves.

The College didn’t have enough hurdles. The P.O.G. of the College had brought this to the notice of the Honourable Member of the Provincial Council, Mr. Emmanuel Arnold, when he graced the Athletic Meet as Chief Guest in 2015. Mr. Arnold had then promised the P.O.G that the hurdles he donates through the Sports Ministry of Education, Northern Province, will be used in the Inter-House Athletic Meet 2016. He kept his word. The College is grateful to Mr. Arnold and to the Sports Ministry for this benevolent gesture.

By 8:15 a.m. on the day of the Athletic Meet, the students had taken their places in the pavilions allocated for each house and the participants had got ready to walk into the arena.

The function began at 8:30 a.m. as the Chief Guests, Mr N Theivendrarajah, Zonal Director of Education Jaffna and his wife Mrs. Pama Theivendrarajah, teacher, J/Uduppiddy Girls’ College made their appearance from the Principal’s Bungalow

Mr N Theivendrarajah, Zonal Director of Education Jaffna had his secondary education at Hartley College Point Pedro, obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Science from the University of Peradeniya, and his Master’s degree in Education from the University of Jaffna. He has a vast experience in the field of education as teacher, principal and education administrator. He served as a teacher at Warakapola Babul Hassen MMV, and as the Performing Principal at Ratnapura Tamil Maha Vidyalaya. He also served as Assistant Director of Education at Dehiowita Zonal Education Office. Later, he was appointed Principal of Hartley College, his alma mater, and served there for eight years. He also served as Assistant Secretary at the Provincial Ministry of Education, and currently is the Zonal Director of Education Jaffna.

The Meet started with the March Past by the students of the Senior Secondary School. They marched past the Chief Guests, took three left turns and came to a perfect halt in front of the Chief Guests and their respective house flags.

This was immediately followed by the lighting of the Olympic Torch by the Athletic Captain J.Mathurangan.

The College Flag was hoisted by the Chief Guest following the Oath by the Athletic Captain on behalf of the competitors. The Sports Meet was then officially declared open.

St. John’s believes in providing maximum opportunities to a maximum number of students, both in curricular and co-curricular activities. Hence, apart from the usual athletic events, a variety of group events were scheduled to be conducted.

The Meet began with the Musical Drill Display by the Middle School Students. The drill was performed in unison and won the applause of the spectators.

Following the Exhibition Pull was a Tug-O-War between the Old Boys and the Present Boys. The old boys won.

Tug-O-War

Next, the Principal walked up to the podium. The Principal, in his speech:

  • welcomed and thanked the Chief Guests.
  • said that the presence of the Chief Guest (an old boy and a former Principal of Hartley College)reminded him of the late Mr. K Pooranampillai, who served as Principal of both Hartley College and St John’s, leading them to great heights, leaving a shared legacy of distinct school culture in both these schools.
  • thanked the Sports Ministry of Education, Northern Province for their donation of hurdles to the school; he thanked the Honourable Member of the Provincial Council, Mr Emmanuel Arnold, who is an old boy, for taking the initiative to do so.
  • congratulated all the athletes who won places, and especially those who established new ground records.
  • requested all the winners to continue to practise their games and work hard to win places at the Departmental competitions at Divisional, Zonal, District, Provincial and National Levels.
  • said that winning places and colours at National level, learning to work in teams and acquiring the values of taking part in games and athletics should be their ultimate aim.
  • thanked everyone involved for their hard work.

Next, the Principal called Mas. Karunainayagam Riviharan, a National Achiever, on stage. He had been ranked second in the island in the Bio System Technology Stream at the Advanced Level Examination and had been honoured at a presentation by His Excellency, the President, Honourable Maithiripala Sirisena. Now it was time to recognize him in the presence of a large number of spectators. The Principal invited the Chief Guest to give away the award to Riviharan.

Next the Chief Guest, Mr N Theivendrarajah, delivered an inspiring speech (please look at following pages for full transcript).

The Chief Guest, in his address said:

  •  ‘Right from the very inception, St. John’s College, Jaffna has been an educational Institution, run with the guidance of Christian Philosophies and Values.’
  •  ‘It has become a highly recognized and reputed school and it continues to do yeoman service to the Northern Province, particularly in the District of Jaffna.’
  • ‘We are confident that St. John's will be a source of pride, and its students will become strong and ethical leaders who will brighten the future of our Zone, Province and Sri Lanka as a whole.’
  •  ‘I proudly say that I am a product of Hartley. The incomparable, matchless principal of the peninsula, Mr. K.Pooranampillai served as Principal of Hartley as well as St. John's. Therefore Hartley and St. John's have strong links with each other.’
  •  ‘All the Johnians got in through the gates of this college due to individual merit. Their family backgrounds and socioeconomic circumstances do not condition the quality of their education. ‘
  •  ‘Learning at this academic establishment extends well beyond the classroom. Through active engagement in the rich co-curricular, residential, and various other programmes, students begin to see themselves as leaders who can make a difference in the world around them. The institution's recent establishment of the Technological Complex is a concrete proof to its unique stand and its expansion in all spheres to meet the challenges of globalization and global demands.
  •  ‘St. John’s twinned two schools affected by Tsunami on May 21st 2005, under the leadership of the Late Principal Mr.S.Thanapalan. Secondly, the College admitted 543 school going children released from the Welfare Centres of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP). Under the leadership of the present Principal, the Rev.N.J.Gnanaponrajah, 236 children were admitted to the Hostel. Today they shine as contributing resourceful citizens to the nation.’

    Distribution of Prizes by Mrs. Pama Theivendrarajah followed the Principal’s and Chief Guest’s addresses. The winners with their faces glowing with pleasure and satisfaction marched to receive their awards.

Those who broke ground records and those who became Champions walked up to the podium to receive the certificates escorted by students of all five houses carrying their House Flags.

Seven ground records were established this year and two previous records were equalled.

J.Mathurangan 400m Hurdles (U21) 1min 04.3 sec R.Kirushanth 5000m (U19) 17m 52sec S.L.Nithiyajeevan 400m (U15) 1min 01sec M.Niloshan 400m (U21) 53.45 sec

M.Niloshan 100m (U21) 11.7sec M.Niloshan 200m (U21) 24.1 sec Pargiter 4x100 Relay (U21) 49.0sec

Enochshan N.R 100m Hurdles 18.0sec (equalled the record set by Goldshajan G.I in 2013)
Thanujan C. High Jump 1.57m (equalled the record set by Pirishankar.R in 2012)

Best Performance:

Field Events: U17: T.Kesavan Discus Throw 33.87m U19:S.Elilan Long Jump 5.38m U21:S.Sivatharshan Long Jump 5.59m

Track Events: U17: G.H.Pravinton 100m 12.5sec U19: V.Diluxshan 100m 12.3sec U21: M.Nilojan 400m 53.4sec

Tug-o-war – Senior Secondary School Pargiter and Peto Houses

Collegiate Level: Cup went to: Handy and Thompson House Cup for 1500m (U19) went to: R.Kirushanth Cup for 5000m (U19) went to: R.Kirushanth

Individual Champions : U13 – K.Sabesan U15 – N.R.Enochshan U17 – M.Thanushan and J.Priyatharshan U19 – S.Elilan, V.Diluxshan and R.Kirushanth U21 – J.Mathurangan and M.Nilojan

Relay Champions: Peto House

Prizes were given to those who became champions in the Drill Display, P.T Competition and March Past. Trophies were presented to Individual Champions of each age group, winners of the Tug-o-war competition, Relay Champions and to the Best Performers in Track and Field Events

Ultimately the much awaited final results were announced by the Prefect of Games Mr. V.Kumanan.

Peto House which had become Champion for four times in a row secured their fifth successive win this year by earning 307 points. They have reigned champions and have remained unbeaten since 2012. The placing of the rest of the houses is given below. 2nd Place: Johnstone 217 points 3rd Place: Pargiter 216 points 4th Place: Thompson 171 points 5th Place: Handy 157 points

The function came to an end at 12:30 p.m. and the students went home tired but happy.


Speech delivered by Chief Guest, Mr N Theivendrarajah, Zonal Director of Education Jaffna at the Annual Inter-House Athletic Meet of St. John’s College on 30th of January 2016

The Chairman, Principal Sir, Past Students, Parents, Distinguished Guests, Well -Wishers, Management and Academic Staff and Students of St. John’s College, I would like to thank you for inviting me as the Chief Guest and also for inviting my wife to be here on this very special occasion of your Annual Inter-House Athletic Meet 2016. Let me very sincerely and joyfully express my gratitude and thanks to the Rev. Principal and the organizing committee for your kind gesture.

I am honoured to be here.

Right from the very inception, St. John’s College, Jaffna has been an educational Institution, run with the guidance of Christian Philosophies and Values. It has become a highly recognized and reputed school and it continues to do yeoman service to the Northern Province, particularly in the District of Jaffna.

Lord Jesus has taught people how to live in a society; so that society can be a locus where people live in peace, unity and harmony, whatever their race, religion, colour or status in their society. And St. John’s has been doing so since 1823.

About 193 years ago, when this educational institution was established, it was the centre of excellence in education and it still is. We are confident that St. John's will be a source of pride, and its students will become strong and ethical leaders who will brighten the future of our Zone, Province and Sri Lanka as a whole.

Even before my connections with St. John's as the Assistant Secretary and Zonal Director of Education, I had a strong association with this college — which only a few may know. I proudly say that I am a product of Hartley. The incomparable, matchless principal of the peninsula, Mr. K.Pooranampillai served as Principal of Hartley as well as St. John's. Therefore Hartley and St. John's have strong links with each other. I wish to resemble some of the ideologies and philosophies of the Late Principal, Mr. Poorampillai.

All the Johnians got in through the gates of this college due to individual merit. Their family backgrounds and socioeconomic circumstances do not condition the quality of their education. The school is shaped by Christian values which contribute to the pluralistic community.

Learning at this academic establishment extends well beyond the classroom. Through active engagement in the rich co-curricular, residential, and various other programmes, students begin to see themselves as leaders who can make a difference in the world around them. The institution's recent establishment of the Technological Complex is a concrete proof to its unique stand and its expansion in all spheres to meet the challenges of globalization and global demands.

St. John’s College had extended a long helping hand to the community of many occasions. I wish to elaborate on two at this juncture. St. John’s twinned two schools affected by Tsunami on May 21st 2005, under the leadership of the Late Principal Mr.S.Thanapalan. Secondly, the College admitted 543 school going children released from the Welfare Centres of the

Internally Displaced Persons (IDP). Under the leadership of the present Principal, the Rev.N.J.Gnanaponrajah, 236 children were admitted to the Hostel. Today they shine as contributing resourceful citizens to the nation.

It is a known fact that the academic and sports activities are tightly interlinked in the system of St. John’s. I know that all your successes and achievements are inculcated with strict disciplinary mottos - this is the real secret behind all your victories and success. Your students are already making a positive impact in various streams. Several of your students have succeeded in securing many National Awards and Medals in Public Examinations and competitions

My dear friends, there is a great decadence in morality at present. This is not the place or the occasion to analyze the causes of this. But as school teachers and parents, as responsible people, we must take good notice of this fact, and try our best to give a good moral formation to our children. Please teach our children to pray to God. Please give them the courage and energy to face the challenges. If we and our children are genuine in taking the effort, we will definitely succeed in the end.

My dear students, you all are in the prime of your childhood and youth. Your duty is to learn the facts presented in the different subjects that you study and sculpt, carve, cast & shape yourself into good citizens with sound morals. Make sure that you do not get your innocence and dignity destroyed. While respecting your systems in school, you should develop the habit and courage to voice your thoughts to maintain justice. I think it is apt to remember Napoleon Bonaparte's words at this moment. "The world suffers a lot not because of the violence of bad people but because of the silence of good people.

Let me congratulate all the prize winners - continue your good and hard work all the time. A word of encouragement to all the other students, who have not obtained any prizes today - it will be your chance next time; so work for it with much dedication and commitment. You will definitely get what you deserve.

I wholeheartedly wish you well. Let the Almighty bless you with all success. Thank you

 


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