The CBSE Saudi Chapter 31st Zonal Cluster Meet 2023 is being hosted by the International Indian School Dammam in two phases. The first phase took place on Sept. 16. It comprised a total of 15 schools, with 350 students registering for the event. More than 24 sports and literary competitions will be held in two phases. The Dammam school hosted a similar meet in 2017.
The event kicked off at a bright and colorfully decorated venue. Misbahullah Ansari, managing committee member and alumnus, was in attendance as the chief guest along with IISD Chairman Moazzam Gulam Abdul Kader Dadan and MC members Firoz Ashraf and Sadia Irfan Khan. Among the guests were CBSE observer Dr. Vijendar Singh, International Indian School Jubail Principal Alamgir Islam, Dunes International School Jubail Principal Mohammed Aamir and Dunes International School Alkhobar Principal Mujeebur Rahman.
The prep section students gave a warm welcome to the guests and the various contingents through an enthralling performance. The welcome address was delivered by Principal Mahenaz Farid, who highlighted the motto of the Cluster Meet — “Indomitable Spirit, Indelible Moments” — indicating that the event would provide valuable, unforgettable experiences along with unleashing an unwavering spirit to strive forward for success.
IISD chairman Dadan addressed the gathering with his inspiring words, reminding the audience that the event is a celebration of respect, unity, and healthy competition. He urged the participants to follow the rules laid down by the organizing committee and be examples of good sportsmanship.
The flag-hoisting ceremony commenced with the hoisting of the CBSE flag by the chief guest. The flag of the Saudi Chapter was hoisted by the school chairman, while the principal hoisted the school flag of IISD.
The audience were in for a visual treat as the parade led by sports captains with school banners and flags, marched enthusiastically in contingents of 15 schools, including IISD. A strong message of camaraderie and unity was delivered through the contingent march.
Chief guest Ansari formally declared the opening of the cluster meet. He addressed the gathering expressing his views on the pivotal role of sports in building one’s personality and urged the participants to give their best performance.
Learning to persevere in the face of adversity and working as a team toward a common goal, were some of the valuable life lessons that he highlighted in his address.
The vote of thanks was proposed by Principal-designate Sunil Peter. He applauded the fact that Ansari was the right person to inaugurate the cluster meet as he was an alumnus of IISD and is currently serving as an MC member. He also expressed his gratitude to the CBSE observer and principals of neighboring schools for attending the event.