THE STUDENT CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT
Teacher-in-charge: Mr. S. Dason
The year was very busy for the Student Christian Movement since we undertook many projects during the calendar year of 2010. Amongst them the Easter service and the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols were the most colourful. The Easter service portrayed the final hours of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and the Carol Service was done with a colourful background and a wonderful performance by the students.
The Student Christian Movement also organized a trip to Jaffna along with the Archdeacon/Chaplain and the Headmaster and stayed at St. John’s College. A number of activities were planned out and the visits to some of the scenic coastal regions were most memorable. The bond we shared with the students would certainly remain in our minds. The additional cost was borne by the College needs mention.
Some of the other activities carried out were:
- Donating books to the Student Christian Movement library
- Re-activating the teen group and Bible study group
- Donating stationary and books from the College Library to the Tamil College at Iddalgashinna
We would also like to take this moment in thanking all those who helped the Student Christian Movement in numerous ways to carry out their programmes during the last year.
ENGLISH BIBLE READING CLUB
Consultant: Mrs. J.S. Chandrasekera
Teacher-in-charge: Mr. A. Joseph
This time too we held the Bible reading competition in the college. Students from Grade 2 to Grade 13 took part in this competition.
We are proud to say that almost all the Roman Catholic and Christian students participated. The panel of judges who were outsiders commended the performance as well as brought out the shortcomings in certain areas where the students could improve in their performance next time.
Students, by learning and reading the Bible in English gain more knowledge about the Bible. This helps the students to grow in wisdom and knowledge.
BUDDHIST STUDENTS MOVEMENT
Teacher-in-charge: Mr. A.J.M.U.S. Bandara
Buddhist Students commence their day with religious preaching. This year students too participated in the preaching which has helped in improving their oratory skills. And the following programmes were conducted.
- The inter-class ‘Vesak’ Lantern competition were held at the college grounds.
- The Annual 'Bakthi Gee' recital and the presentation of the ninth edition of the
- 'Methmal' magazine was published and presented to the public.
- A felicitation ceremony for the Teachers was conducted very successfully.
- A meditation programme was organized.
- A cow to be slaughted was released.
HINDU STUDENTS MOVEMENT
Teacher-in-charge: Mr. N. Viknesh
The Hindu Students’ Movement functions as a unit which promotes Hindu cultural traditions among students. The “Vani Vizha” celebration held on the 15th of October 2010 was a very successful event. Mr. M. Rubavathanan, Senior Lecturer of the Uva Wellassa University graced the occasion as the chief guest.
The ‘Vivekananda’ exam was held on the 13th of November 2010 and Mrs. V. Sivapakkiyavathy conducted the exam.
THE ISLAMIC SOCIETY
Teacher-in-charge: Mrs. G.M. Raheem
The Meelad-Un-Nabi celebration is one of the main programmes that the Islamic Society of S. Thomas’ College, Bandarawela organizes annually and last year too it was held on a grand scale with the Chief Guest being the Ven. Dhiloraj Canagasabey. Many competitions were also held to mark the Holy Prophet Mohomed’s birth. Those who performed exceptionally during the competitions were also encouraged to take part at the Zonal Competitions.
The Islam students also take part in daily devotions and also go on Fridays for prayers at the Bandarawela Mosque.
SENIOR SINHALA LITERARY ASSOCIATION
Teacher-in-charge: Mr. W.M.R. Weerasinghe
The Senior Sinhala Literary Association is formed with students from Grade 10 onwards with the intention of developing their oratory and dramatic talents and skills by taking part in
programmes and competitions such as Essay Writing, Short Story Writing, Poetry and the inter house drama competition was held very successfully.
JUNIOR SINHALA LITERARY ASSOCIATION
Teacher-in-charge: Mr. Thilak Jayasiri
Assistants: Mr. A.J.M.U.S. Bandara and Mrs. P.H.Y.N. Gunaratne
The association have had several sittings throughout the year in review. Stage dramas, videos and competitions were held. We have also participated in competitions organized by outside
sources. I am thankful to the teachers for the support and co-operation given. We hope to continue with the same in the future too with many more additions to the present criteria.
SENIOR TAMIL LITERARY ASSOCIATION
Teacher-in-charge: Mr. G. Thangarajah
The Tamil Literary Association of S. Thomas’ College, Bandarawela aims in bringing out the language efficiency of the students through many ways. Students’ talents are exposed through
various competitions and cultural events such as the “Kalai Vizha” which is an annual event. The ‘Kalai Vizha’ 2010 was organized by the association with the support of the staff. Mr. D.
Devanayagam graced the occasion as Chief Guest.
SENIOR ENGLISH LITERARY ASSOCIATION
Teacher-in-charge: Mrs. R. Kavitha
English Language can magnetise a person and can make him achieve more than what others or he himself thinks of his capability of deciding on a language, that will groom his
personality and undertake independent training in fulfilment of the language and emerge as a winner. The Senior English Literary Association (Peagus) of S. Thomas’ College,
Bandarawela functions with this magnetism and programmed with total commitment to uplift students overall personality with valid activities.
The annual English Day competition was held on the 2nd of July 2010 and Mr. and Mrs. Kesara Ranawaka graced the occasion as the Chief Guests. Outstanding students participated
at Zonal and District level competitions and did remarkably well.
JUNIOR ENGLISH LITERARY ASSOCIATION
Teacher-in-charge: Mr. Anton Joseph
It’s a pleasure again to state about the above association, with all its pride this association has all its usual activities.
We have had 3 sittings for this year which made all the meetings colourful. The students performed various kinds of Arts throughout these sessions.
Singing, recitation, acting are mainly some of them. Junior English Literary Association helps our students from Grade 6 to 9 to identify their talents and grow from strength to strength.
We hope to do the same in future too.
WESTERN MUSIC CLUB
Teacher in charge – Senior - Miss. B.A.A.S. Banagoda
Teacher in charge – Junior - Miss. R. Mihirani Rebecca
The western music club was formed to improve and develop the music and singing talents of students which has produced remarkable results at a very early stage by our senior students
being placed second and junior students being placed third at the All Island Western Music Competition.
JUNIOR SCIENCE SOCIETY
Teachers-in-charge: Mrs. S.M.A. Sudharma (Sinhala Stream)
Mr. S. Surendrakumar (Tamil Stream)
The Junior Science Society has been involved in activities such as do you know contests, and debates to improve the knowledge in science.
The Junior Science Society has been able to fulfil its objectives to improve the knowledge of Science in the fast growing world.
Teacher-in-charge: Mr. S. Dason
The Leo Club of S. Thomas’ College, Bandarawela is a club dedicated in bringing out the best in students especially through leadership programmes and talent programmes. They have
many awards in the past and the most notable in the recent past been the runner-up in the most outstanding club and runner-up in the most outstanding advisor in the district. Members
are chosen from the students from Grade 6 upwards and at present there are about 80 members.
ENVIRONMENT CIRCLE (JUNIOR)
Teacher-in-charge: Mrs. B.C.P.M. Seneviratne
The environmental circle of the Primary section was introduced with the main aim of getting the students interested in nature at a very early age. Therefore activities and games are done
in relation to nature conservation so that students learn to love and care for their surroundings.
The environmental circle meets every Friday and at present there are around 30 students. During the year students were encouraged to maintain a garden at home also herbal plants
were introduced so that they were able to understand the value of them. Steps were also taken to clean the surrounding in view of the dengue prevention campaign during the period under
THE ART CIRCLE (SENIOR)
Teachers in charge: Mr. J.K.C.J.P. Manchanayake, Mr. S. Rajapakse, Mr. S.D.G. Tennakoon
Entertainment events such as singing, music and dancing are performed on stage to enable students to gain confidence.
ENVIRONMENT CIRCLE (SENIOR)
Teacher-in-charge: Mr. Thilak Jayasiri
Assistants: Mr. A.J.M.U.S. Bandara, Mrs. P.H.Y.N. Gunaratne and Mrs. W.M.G.V. Hasanthi
The environment circle gathers every Friday after school for weekly meetings and discusses project proposals. Students have participated in seminars organized in view of the World
Environment Day organized within the institution and in several organizations. A tree planting campaign was also organized in view of the same.
An award ceremony was held to encourage students in activities related to Environment conservation.
THE ART CIRCLE (PRIMARY SCHOOL)
Teacher-in-charge: Mrs. Y.M.V. de Soysa
Assistant: Miss. T.C.E. Wijesooriya
The Primary school art circle was initiated in view of promoting and developing the talents of students from Grade 1 to 5. Students learn the different forms of colouring and drawing
methods and also learn to share their in bound gifts as well.
Last year the students took part in various art competitions and also displayed their handicrafts for the “Link Exhibition” as well.