The 16th Annual Sports Day of MNC was held on Friday the 8th February 2019. The day was bright and sunny. Inspired by the recent BAN ON PLASTICS by the Government of Tamilnadu, the children of MNC started the day with a presentation depicting the concept, with placards and commentary by their teachers. The placards spelt out things that we have to avoid like plastic bottles, plastic bags, plastic cups, trays, spoons and to replace them with dried leaf plates, wooden spoons etc. The usage of cloth bags, coir and rope bags and containers was also stressed, spelling out dire need of the hour and, to create awareness amongst the audience. As the children stood up and came forward with their placards in sync with the commentary, the parents and the guests gathered, gave them a loud applause. This was followed by the usual March-past and as the children filed by in whites, carrying the flag of the Centre, taking the salute was Sub Inspector M. C. Ramesh, of the Teynampet Police Station who is in charge of Law and Order. Master Dejash of 4-6 years group brought the torch which Sub Inspector M. C. Ramesh lit and declared the Sports Day open.
Sports - is part of training for our children, which brings out both physical and cognitive skills to the forefront. Apart from this it also helps in social interaction. Hence although Sports Day is one particular day, in MNC it is part of our curriculum. The children each with his/her own degree of disability displayed extraordinary level of energy and enthusiasm while participating in every event. Physical education has helped the children channelize their energy into productive physical activities. It is foreseen, that the health of the children would be well maintained with the training in suitable physical exercises. With the general health improving, the children would also show improvement in social skills and in the performance of activities of daily living.
The games chosen for the day were from a variety of activities that suits children with different levels of disability involving motor skills, cognitive skills, social skills and daily living activities. Some of the games were :
Children from other special schools and mainstream schools joined the Sports Meet and took part in the Inter School Events. All the children received gifts and prizes from Sub Inspector M C Ramesh, who was visibly moved seeing how each child had made the best attempt in participating in the event. He said that he had never been to a sports event like this, this being his first experience with special children he would never forget it. The sprit exhibited by the children was worthy of emulation and he said he will remember that in future.
The meet came to an end with vote of thanks by Group Head Mrs. Sumathi followed by the National Anthem and light refreshments.