PRINCIPAL HARPS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF SPORTS
Christopher Odamah, Oyede
The Principal of Good Shepherd Catholic Boys’ School, Oyede, Rev. Fr. Andrew Orogun has said that sport as an activity unites more than anything else; pointing out that the place of sports in the lives of humans cannot be over-emphasized.
He stated this recently at the sport arena in Oyede, Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State which was agog with a flurry of activities, as Good Shepherd Catholic Boys’ School, hosted parents, invited guests, lovers of education and the general public to its maiden inter-house sports competition.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2014 edition of the annual inter-house sports competition, Rev. Fr. Orogun implored the students to approach the game with the spirit of sportsmanship.
Rev. Fr. Orogun said that “The competition, which was the seventh edition of the annual sports fiesta, was organized to ensure the students were healthy and fit, as well as encourage them to take to sports in order to reduce cases of stress that currently affect many people in the society.”
According to him also, “Sports we all know has come to be valued not just for its entertainment and improvement of physical well being, but also for the exposure it gives and the enormous wealth it brings.”
“The highest function of education is to bring about an integrated individual who is capable of dealing with life as a whole. This is line with the goal of education develop excellent individuals who are able to master their culture and environment,” he noted.
He said the school is committed to the great task of forming boys into great men of contemporary society able to cope with the whirl wind of our time, adding that
“We build up our students’ intellect as well as their physical aptitudes assisting them to identify their potentials and bringing out the best of them.”
He spoke further, “We are here to showcase talents and skills and we are here for sports not war. Let us realize that if one house wins, the glory goes back to our school of which losing house is also a part. There is this saying that if the winners are magnanimous in victory and the losers are gallant in defeat.”
Rev. Fr. Orogun congratulated all participants, staff and parents whose support made the day a great success while seeking an assistance to support of beloved parents, invited guests and all good willed persons to “assist towards improving sporting activities in our school because our sport facilities are minimal compared to the growing population of the school.”
Meanwhile, it was a day of sweat, determination and laughter, highlighting the cohesive nature of sports in the process of child empowerment.