It was a gathering of teachers, parents, academia, sports men and women, business community, activists, the media as Ray Jacobs Boarding Secondary School, Mgbidi, Oru West Local Government Area of Imo State held her maiden Inter House Sports competition at the Mgbidi Boys Secondary School playground last Saturday.
The competition was keenly contested by the four houses of the school, namely Green, Red, Blue and Yellow.
However, it was Green House that carried the day with nine gold and five bronze medals. Red followed in second position with two gold, three silver and one bronze; while Blue House emerged third position with one Gold, three Silver and four bronze medals with Yellow bringing up the rear with six silver and 5 bronze medals. Also, Miss Nwadiuto Jennifer of Green House was honoured as the overall best performer of the competition.
Sports events contested included: football, match pass, 100m, 200m, and relay races, table tennis, discus, shatput, javelin, high jump, volley ball invited school race, as well as parents and staff races.
Speaking with journalists, the proprietress of Ray Jacobs Boarding Schools, Mrs. Veronica Jacobs said the school encouraged the pupils to engage in sporting and social activities to complement their academic endeavours to achieve holistic development.
“We are grooming all round children, we don’t just teach them academics in classrom. For you to be a sound all round human being, there is a lot of factors involved: social, academics and sports and we pay very good attention to these aspects of training children.
“As you can see, the children are well exposed, having travelled to various parts of the world. Also, they do a lot of humanitarian work, community service, making sure they see the other side of life. That’s when they will appreciate where God has placed them to work and the sacrifices their parents are making. They go to orphanages, old people’s homes, hospitals and charity homes to serve them once a year for at least three weeks during their long vacation. It’s something they do after their JSS 3 and that has given them another view of life”, she said.
The proprietress boatsed that the school was doing well winning almost every national and international laurel in contest ‘because we went out to search for the best teachers and staff across the country who understand our vision and to the Glory of God, we are fulfilling our mandate”.
She said the maiden inter-house sports competition was the brainchild of the students who she said have been trained to be assertive and independed-minded, expressing happiness that the event recorded huge success.
Earlier in his welcome address, the principal of the school, Sir Charlie Ekebor corroborated the proprietress, saying besides academics, students of Ray Jacobs Boarding Secondary School are all year-round engaged in a wide range of co-curricular activities which include but not limited to termly excursions to important historical and geographical sites, traditional institutions, industrial and commercial enterprises involved in manufacturing and production of variety goods, ecursions to judicial and legislative arms of government across the world.
He added that students of the school are also involved in leadership training programmes organised in partnership with external bodies/institutions.
Speaking with journalists, the special guest and a former vice chancellor of the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO), Prof. Jude Njoku hailed the school for its leading role in academic excellence in Nigeria and stated that the significance of sporting activities can never be underestimated because its benefits are way too enormous to be overlooked; which range from physical health, to mental health and to multi-million dollars career opportunities and so on.
He also stated that physically, sporting activities help the body to keep its rhythm along with one’s body type.
“No doubt, sport activity is the most popular form of body exercise, and as science has confirmed, exercise is an effective way to rid the body of metabolic deposits that are capable of harming the body. This means that sporting, that is a form of exercise, is a prevention and cure process against frivolous clinical ailments. In other words, most of the common human sicknesses that emanate from harmful metabolisms are avoidable and can therefore be prevented if we engage in sporting activities”, Prof. Njoku said.
In separate interviews, the chairman of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, Imo State chapter, Pastor Chris Ineh, chairman of the occasion, Sir Sabinus Nnayere and PTA chairman of the school, Engr. Chris Ibeh described the school as a renowned pace setter in education, saying that the performance of their students across the world was the major reason private schools are regarded more by parents.