It was that much-anticipated time of the year again which the community of R.E.A.L Schools, Suria Campus, Cheras eagerly looks forward to; when the campus’ private national school, Sekolah Seri Suria, organizes its annual Sports Carnival. This year in fact, marks the 18th edition of the carnival. Held on 30 April 2015, students were proudly clad in the colours of their respective Houses; namely Red, Blue, Green and Yellow; geared up and ready to give it their all for the sporting cause.
With this year’s theme being ‘Transformers’, each House had the opportunity to show off some creative flair by decorating their booths with the colours of well-known Transformer characters such as Optimus Prime and Bumblebee. The main attraction of the carnival however, was undoubtedly the House mascots who came in the form of the iconic Transformer robots themselves. To the students’ credit, both the booth decorations and mascot costumes were made predominantly out of recyclable items. This effort went a long way in spreading the ‘Go Green’ environmental message amongst both students and visitors alike.
Upon the arrival of the VIPs, parents and guests, the opening ceremony got underway with the singing of the national anthem and a sports pledge read out by the school’s Head Prefect. President of R.E.A.L Education Group, Mr. Ee Ching Wah, then gave his speech and later officially opened the event. Proceedings continued with a march past by the school’s uniform bodies and the four House teams. These were followed by captivating performances by the school band and cheerleading dance groups from each House. One could appreciate the time and effort spent by the students on choreographing and rehearsing their performances to perfection.
The fun and festivities continued with the main programme items of the day; which were the Junior & Senior Telematch, the Swimming Gala and the Tug-of-War. The Tug-of-War was aptly the event’s finale as it stole the show with its display of strategy, strength and spirit. Competition was stiff while the level of competitiveness amongst the participants and supporters was high and keenly felt. The competitors gave it their all in the hand-burning, blood-pumping challenge while the spectators clapped and cheered their teammates on to victory.
On the athletics front, trials and qualifiers for certain field events began weeks prior to the carnival proper. These include the high jump, shot put, 100-metre sprint and 4 x 100 metres, to name just a few. During the prize presentation ceremony, awards and trophies were given out to Houses adjudged to have the best march past, best booth decoration and best cheerleading team. The big winner of the day however, was Green House as they scooped the ‘Overall Champions’ trophy along with the Best Cheerleading award.
In the end, it was truly an event enjoyed by all. In line with R.E.A.L Schools’ ethos of promoting an active, balanced and healthy lifestyle from a young age, excellent extracurricular endeavours such as this are one of R.E.A.L Schools’ many proud, time-honoured traditions. With lots of action on show and several sporting talents unearthed along the way, the annual sports carnival is also one of the most ideal platforms to foster unity and teamwork within the school community.