It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our 6th sport competition which is taking place at the JASMINE’s sports centre 2yrs after it went to the National Stadium. There are so many reasons for coming to the JASMINE’s sports centre one of them being its nearness and convenience in view of the tight time situation we have had on our hands since the beginning of the year.
Another reason is because until about 12days ago we were not really sure whether it was going to hold. This was because as we thought the Matriculation exams set earlier this year by Government was going to take place in April and would therefore have disrupted preparations for the competition. However as soon as our officials got the new dates for the exam we set to work and what is before you has involved less than 2 weeks of preparations.
This is not, however, to say that our students are not going to compete as hard as possible today. No not at all because they have been practicing since November last year. But everyone in ROSE College who understand how tight our academic programs usually are would also have noticed how tight the program for these practices has been. I therefore wish to salute our staff members who took it upon themselves with courage and determination to put the events of today together.
The Chairman for today’s occasion is not only a parent but also a personal friend and colleague from our days at the college of the Holy Spirit. I am sure he would also recollect how seriously our college viewed sports with our magnificent sports centre & various facilities. Anyone who attended the college of the Holy Spirit in those days would surely want to relive the memories of a beautiful institution and its facilities. To tell the truth this has been one of the reasons why we went to the National Stadium in the past 2 years for our competitions.
However since a decision has been taken to use the JASMINE’s sports centre for another 2years before going back to the National Stadium, adequate & proper invitations will be sent to parents next year which was not possible this year because of the reasons earlier given. We therefore apologize to our parents for the verbal invitations given to them this year.
The Chairman is also the Medical Director of St. Lourdes Hospital which is located in Manila. The Hospital has a beautiful name and logo. I will leave further explanations of these and available facilities to the chairman. Though not discussed with him I hope he will add them to his remarks for the day. Again, you are all welcome to the occasion.
To our parents who have been able to show up with love, you are also welcome. We know you have already forgiven us because you know we have always been very careful about invitations for events such as this. We succeeded in getting all of you here through God’s grace and goodwill. Same as those we constantly get from you from time to time. Today we will compete and entertain you to show our appreciation of your devotion and support for us.
To those who are going to compete today, it is the same words of exhortation as usual. There are similar lessons in life to be learnt and similar attributes to be picked up by you from today’s competition. Life as I always say is also tough and competitive. In life as well as in sports, you need determination when times are tough.
Life’s race needs to be completed whether you are feeling out of breath or not. You are not only representing your friends and colleagues who have put their trust in you to represent them fairly and adequately. Please do not disappoint them.
To our competition officials, we look forward to proper organization, fairness and conclusion of today’s events concluding with awards for winners. We know you are capable ladies and gentlemen and we have total confidence that you will direct affairs without the usual group of external officials we normally use each year. Back to our staff members who mapped out the program for today I trust that we will have a good competition. You are also welcome to the competition.
We thank the Chairman, and parents who honored us today. But all the same we welcome you all .