Sports day is the event staged in which all our students take part in competitive sporting activities, often with the aim of winning prizes and developing a spirit of camaraderie amongst the various classes. It usually occurs in the Second term prior to Easter but has events throughout the year such as the 5-K run, cricket and football matches which all contribute points to the final tallies on the actual day.
Fatima College has had a history of Sports day each year except for the 2 years of 2009 and 2008. It had suffered an abrupt halt in 2008 with the passing of the Sports Co-ordinator: Mr. John. In 2009, there was a sports week in which students participated in the usual activities of football, cricket, tug-of-war and many others.
In an attempt to rekindle the flame of a sports day tradition at the school under Fr. Gregory lead, the old house system was abolished and Fatima College had re-institutionalized the annual Sports day. In the new academic year of 2010/2011, the school has chosen to allocate the new houses, each with a prefect and teacher representative to be:
St. Matthew -Yellow Coloured
Matthew the Evangelist, the author of the first gospel account is symbolized by a winged man, or angel. Matthew’s gospel starts with Jesus’ genealogy from Abraham; it represents Jesus’ Incarnation, and so Christ’s human nature. This signifies that Christians should use their reason for salvation.
St. Mark- Green Coloured
Mark the Evangelist, the author of the second gospel account is symbolized by a winged lion – a figure of courage and monarchy. Mark has John the Baptist preaching “like a lion roaring” at the beginning of his Gospel. It also represents Jesus’ Resurrection (because lions were believed to sleep with open eyes, a comparison with Christ in the tomb), and Christ as king. This signifies that Christians should be courageous on the path of salvation.
St. Luke- Red Coloured
Luke the Evangelist, the author of the third gospel account (and the Acts of the Apostles) is symbolized by a winged ox or bull – a figure of sacrifice, service and strength. Luke’s account begins with the duties of Zacharias in the temple; it represents Jesus’ sacrifice in His Passion and Crucifixion, as well as Christ being High priest (this also represents Mary’s obedience). The ox signifies that Christians should be prepared to sacrifice themselves in following Christ.
St. John- Blue Coloured
John the Evangelist, the author of the fourth gospel account is symbolized by an eagle – a figure of the sky, and believed to be able to look straight into the sun. John starts with an eternal overview of Jesus the Logos and goes on to describe many things with a “higher” level than the other three (synoptic) gospels; it represents Jesus’ Ascension, and Christ’s divine nature. This represents that Christians should look on eternity without flinching as they journey towards their goal of union with God
The students are allocated to the houses based on the class which they are assigned. In doing so, a sense of team spirit is developed which is critical to the development of males in our society today. Students in Group 1 (Names generally from A-D) are placed in St. Matthew, those in Group 2 placed in St. Mark, Group 3 St. Luke and Group 4 St. John. Every-one knows which house is the best. Nevertheless, Sports day is carded to revamp and emphasize the need for holistic development in all students. See you at Next Year’s Sports Day!
Sports Day 2013
Lunch Time Sports 2013