Green House lifts coveted trophy at Ohaji High School Sports Fiesta
St. Paulinus – Green House has emerged tops thus lifting the trophy for the first position in this year’s inter-House Sports Competition organized for students of the Ohaji High School Mgbirichi in Ohaji LGA of Imo State. It won 3 gold, 11 silver and 14 bronze medals. Sir and Lady Chukwuma Awurum are their sponsors.
The second position went to St. Philomina’s (Blue) House which clinched 12 gold, 12 silver and 6 bronze and has Mr. and Mrs. Chuko Odinamkpa as sponsors.
Mr. and Mrs. Cosmas Ejimadu are the sponsors of St. Cosmas (yellow) House which came third with a gold, 7 silver and 10 bronze. The fourth position went to St. Charles (red) House which won 7 gold, 10 silver and 11 bronze which is sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Emmanuel Ubaka.
The sports competed include: March past, Track events l00m, 200m, 400 m and 800m. Junior inter mediate and senior boys and girls 4 x l00m, 4x 400m relay also took place. There was intermediate, junior/senior boys and girls 1,500 open. Cultural dance, calisthenics and entertainment also featured. Very Rev. Fr. Raymond Onyekwere was the chief celebrant of the mass that preceded the sports contest which he con celebrated with the principal of the school, Rev. Fr. Samuel Agu. Rev. Fr. Stephen Unamba was also present at the sports fiesta.
Preaching the homily, Fr. Agu stressed the need to listen to good advice from parents, teachers and elders in order to order to succeed in life. Drawing his lesson from the gospel of the day, which traced Christ’s genealogy, the homilist maintained that like Christ, every one of us has a root. He explained that the history of any of the students will remain incomplete if it does not reflect something about the Ohaji High School attended.
“Our goal is that Ohaji High School should go from glory to glory because we are determined to ensure that it regains it pride of place as the first among equal in Ohaji Egbema LGA. We are celebrating academics but you cannot do so unless you are healthy physically, mentally, socially, and morally. Master Emmanuel Ukaga was the chairman of the competition which followed.
In his welcome address the principal, Fr. Samuel Agu said that the institution has what it takes to be called a model school, judging from what it has to showcase. “They (students) are academically viable, physically fit and morally sound. I have the pride to say that we have no room for cultism and other forms of criminality”. He assured. Fr. Agu recalled that since his assumption of office he has witnessed a lot of progress resulting from the inputs so far made by the Catholic Mission in the effort to re-direct the tone of the school from what it used to be under government control.
The school according to him is faced with the following challenges: lack of adequate sport facilities, absence of school bus and perimeter fencing round the school which poses serious security problems. The principal said that the school is trying to inculcate into the students, the culture of “do it yourself” and that any form of examination malpractice is evil and unacceptable in the school. The school needs computers and accessories; the science laboratory needs serious attention, as well as the five class room block neglected by government which has turned almost into a death trap. The urgency of building a principal’s residence in the school cannot be over emphasized.
Fr, Agu commended the efforts of the proprietor, Archbishop Anthony Obinna and appreciated the good work being done by Rev. Fr. Victor Eleba and members of the Archdiocesan Education Commission as well as the PTA lead by Nze Remy Opara. Dignities present included Mr. and Mrs. Emmanuel Ukaga, Chairman of the occasion, Sir. & Lady Chukwuma Awurum, Mr. and Mrs. Chukwu Odimnakpa, Mr. and Mrs. Cosmas Ejimadu, Sir. Charles Kalu and other members of KSJI 777 Uratta and Nze Remy Opara, PTA chairman. HRH Eze R Ikegwuruka Traditional Ruler of Mgbirichi was ably represented by Sir. Sam Jack Ihezue and Mr. Okechukwu Emeghara chairman organizing committee.