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People & Events


Wesley prize day

Reverend Duleep De Chickera, Bishop of Colombo, and Mrs De Chickera were the Chief Guests at the Wesley College prize day held recently.
Rev. Chickera paid tribute to Wesley for continuing to maintain their tradition and culture of integration, where students of all races and religions studied and played together in harmony. He emphasized the need for integration in our country and stressed on three steps that schools should take to help this process.

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Light of Asia winners

Mihiri Anandika Kumarasinghe of Nalini De Alwis School of Speech and Drama Colombo 5
was placed first in the Senior Girls Division of the Light Of Asia Competition held in October 2006.
The chief guest was Mr. L. M. Kuruppu. Mihiri is the youngest daughter of President, Netherlands
Alumini Association (NAAL) S. P. C. Kumarasinghe and late Malkanthi Kumarasinghe.

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Maname’

Prof. Ediriweera Sarachchandra’s ‘Maname’ will be staged on November 10 at 3.30pm and 7.00pm at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo.

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Seminar on Land Care

A Seminar on ‘Land Care - Caring for God’s Earth’ will be held on November 7 from 5.30 - 7 pm in the Bishop’s Committee Room, Cathedral Premises, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7.
Two representatives from Lanka Organic Agricultural Movement, Chairman, S. Vaheesan and Secretary, Ms. Kamal Melvani will offer presentations. Ranjith De Silva, of Gami Seva Sevana, and Ranjit Seneviratne will respond. An open discussion will follow.

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DHC visits Kerala & Puducherry

The Deputy High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Southern India, P.M. Amza visited the southern states of Puducherry and Kerala recently.
During the visits, the Deputy High Commissioner received a warm reception when he called on the Chief Ministers of Puducherry and Kerala. He also interacted with several political leaders, high ranking officials and business personalities with a view to strengthen and improve the existing cordial relations.

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Tribute to Paul Cezanne

In commemoration of the 100th death anniversary of French artist Paul Cézanne (23 October 1906), the Alliance Française de Kandy organises a one week programme under the title ‘Provence, in the Paul Cézanne’s footsteps’.
This event is a further step towards a better understanding of modern art in Sri Lanka, following the Cézanne Week that Alliance Française de Kandy organised in 2001 with the collaboration of the New Age Group. The Cézanne Week was also marked by the launching of the first ever book written in Sinhalese on Paul Cézanne who is unanimously considered as the father of modern art.
An exhibition of large reproductions of his main works and photographs of his native region and the place he died, 100 years ago will be declared open by Cultural Attaché, French Embassy, Yves-Alain Corporeau on November 10 at 6.30 p.m.

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University students donate Blood for war heroes

More than 150 students donated blood for soldiers at a blood donation camp held on October 28 at the University of Peradeniya. It was organised by the Helahada Students Union of Peradeniya University in association with Blood Bank (Kandy) and Army Camp of Gannoruwa. University students donated their blood for soldiers who were injured in the recent fights with LTTE in the North and East battle fields.

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Films
November 7
‘Remember the Titans’ (114min - 2000) at the American Centre - 6.30 pm
November 7 & 8
‘Fair Trade’ by Martine Bouquin & Jean Lefaux (47 min - 1999) in French with English subtitles at the Alliance Française – 3.00/6.30 pm
November 10
‘Birth’ at the Vibhavi Academy – 3.00pm

Exhibitions
Till November 8 - 19
An exhibition of paintings by Nelum Harasgamage at the Barefoot Gallery
Till November 10
An exhibition of paintings by G. R. Sega at the Horton Place

Drama
November 8
‘Lokaya Thaniyayak’ by Jayalath Manorathna at the Elphinstone Theatre – 3.30/6.30
November 11
‘Horu Samaga Heluven’ by Prasanna Withanage at the Lionel Wendt Theatre – 3.30/7.00pm
November 11
Inter House Drama Competition by Asian International School at the Russian Centre - 6.00 pm

Concerts
November 6
A concert organised by the Business and Professional Women Sri Lanka at the Russian Centre – 6.00pm
Workshop

November 11 & 12
Art workshop for selected students of the main schools of the Kandy District at the Alliance Française de Kandy

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A lesson I reckon

D. S. Jayasekera
If the walls of St. Thomas’ College could talk, they will speak volumes of Mr D.S. Jayasekera who held no wall between teacher and student; a master who saw through the students and yet made a positive impact in their lives. Having served the College for over 50 years as a teacher, Head Master of both Junior and Middle schools, he knew every inch of it, and he knew everything that a teacher should know about his students. To me as well as to thousands of his students, he will always remain the epitome of a teacher. He was a strict disciplinarian whose firm grip we never escaped. I still remember how he detained many of us after school as punishment. It did not take us much time to realise that his motive was never a sadistic one but was only prompted by a sincere wish to see us become men of worth; men who would outshine all others as Thomians. What he has left in our hearts is his imprint that he meant well; that his heart though on the left, was always right.
To say that D.S. Jayasekera was a kind hearted man is an understatement. There was more than kindness in all his deeds. He gave a patient hearing to the students but the difference was that he understood his students. I still recall how he wanted us to take care of the school stationary cupboard. To us playing cricket was more important than the task he had in mind for us. We always came up with excuses to avoid his ‘book cupboard’ duties, but all those were tactically confronted and reverted by him. He had the time for his pupils at any given time. He has proven over many years that the teacher was always ahead. And every time any student or group tried their boyish pranks, he effortlessly ensured that the master was foolproof.
He stood out not only because he taught Buddhism and Sinhala and taught it well, but also because he spent his time and energy for the betterment of the College and for generations of Thomians. Blessed are we who were nurtured by dedicated teachers. And I know that I am nothing without my teachers and Mr. Jayasekera in particular. The worth of his deeds are invaluable to me today as I recollect the events in my mind’s eye and take stock of the wonderful childhood memories he has given me. The calibre of teacher he was is the kind that we need today, for there was dedication and devotion towards the school and the profession which is unmatched even today. He was a gem of a teacher who was rare and precious and will never lose his worth wherever he may be. Never did I see a teacher to whom College was more a home than a place of work. And thanks to him St. Thomas’ College will be the home where we come to rest in mind, body and soul.
I wish for him the supreme bliss of Nirvana.
S V D Kesarralal
Gunasekera
(Former Member of Parliament)

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Appreciations
His memory brings happiness

Bandula Tissa Dias
The sudden demise of Tissa, three months ago at his desk of Lake House, has left a deep void in the family and the work place. It was blow to everyone and great sorrow particularly hard on those who knew him for his kindness and professional assistance. It can be said that he enjoyed life fully, spreading the joy to all those round him, for he possessed a clean mind with an inner discipline which adorned his graceful life with his excellent qualities of head and heart.
Both his parents whose pet child he was in the middle order predeceased him few years back and he took their place for the love affection, benefit and guidance of the brothers and sisters and the in-laws over whom he showered his warmth and attention in a very systematic manner.
He was a gentlemen to his finger-tips.
Whether at home or office his full energy was utilised fully with no attention to time or opportunity. His punctuality was not controlled or subordinated to the clock or the time-table.
He loved his Alma Mater, Isipathana College and his teachers like his home and the parents.
His home life was splendid and he was a loving husband who treated his wife and two sons as treasures.
He treated his parents-in-law like his father and mother and both of them had the highest love and respect for this wonderful son-in-law. His memory is their happiness and their consolation.
G. F. Siriwardena

Bandula Tissa Dias

We remember a life today –
And all that made the man you were -
Your work,
Your gifts,
All that you enjoyed
And found rewarding…
Calling to mind
Your beginnings,
Your journey,
And the wonderful stories
We love to share about you.

We honour a life today –
Your character,
Your integrity,
Your commitment
To the things you stood for
Recognizing your good heart,
Your sense of humor,
And the helping hand
You so often extended to others.

We celebrate a life today-
And all that earned you
The love, the admiration,
The respect of family and friends,
Feeling grateful for our time with you,

Enriched for having known you,
Feeling blessed to have
Your remarkable spirit
Here among us forever.

Wife
Two sons
Family members &
All loved ones

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A social and religious worker

Piyadasa Kondarange
Piyadasa Kondarange (JP), a former graduate teacher of Colombo Lumbini Maha Vidyalaya passed away three years ago, at the age of 70. A loving father of six children, he served for over 35 years in the educational service as a senior teacher and Principal in several areas of the island including Kurunegala, Gampaha and Colombo. As an assistant teacher in-charge of sports, he was responsible for starting cricket as a game for the students at the Lumbini Maha Vidyalaya and also at Borella Susamayawardena Maha Vidyalaya. Later these two schools won the championship several times in the All Island Cricket Tournament. The late Piyadasa was a social and a religious worker in Kalubowila and Dehiwala areas.
For nearly 40 years he was a teacher at the Kirillapone-Balapokuna Sadhu Daham Pasala and later was Vice Principal of the same school. He was also a member of the Colombo Pradeshiya Sasanarakshaka Mandalaya. He was a co-founder of Kalubowila Provincial Pensioners Union of which he was the General Secretary at the time of his death.
Later Piyadasa served as an Advisor to the Kalubowila Sri Lanka Community Vocational Training Organisation and also served as Manager of the Community Environment Protection Organisation at the Sri Sunandaramaya Temple in Kalubowila, Dehiwala. He was a life member of the Trusteeship Committee of the Kalubowila ¬West Funeral Benefits Association and a life member and a Committee Member the Alumni Association of Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies.
Those who knew Piyadasa Kondarange, will always remember him as a honourable gentleman.
May he attain the bliss of Nirvana.
- Hemantha Fonseka