The first comprehensive Cambridge
International Examinations (CIE) School in Sri Lanka opens
|Wycherley International School is the first school in
Sri Lanka to offer a total Cambridge experience from primary
to secondary level and to be classified as a “Cambridge
Centre.” Wycherley International School now offers Cambridge
programmes from grades/class 1 to 12. At Wycherley, students
can follow an internationally recognised and highly
respected Cambridge curriculum from their very first day
until they graduate from high school. Wycherley is first
international school in Sri Lanka to offer a structured,
internationally recognised curriculum for Primary. This puts
Wycherley students on par with any student overseas who has
completed the CIPP.
Commenting on the partnership, Regional Manager South
Asia for Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Ian
Chambers noted that CIE was “proud to strengthen its
partnership” with Wycherley.
“Wycherley becomes the first Cambridge school in Sri Lanka
to offer the full Cambridge curriculum throughout the
school. This decision enhances the teaching and learning at
the school as teachers and students have the benefit of
continuity by following a Cambridge programme throughout
their studies,” he noted.
Pointing out that educators tell CIE they value the
Cambridge Primary Programme since it provides an
international benchmark for primary studies whilst measuring
the progress of students over time, Chambers asserted that
the Cambridge Primary Programme highlights the strengths and
weaknesses of students in order to support learning and
development in the important early stages of education.
OGA honours old girls
|The Visakha Vidyalaya Old Girls’
Association (VVOGA) recently celebrated its
75th anniversary with a gala Get-Together of
its members at High Tea at the Galle Face
Hotel. The main highlight of the evening was
the recognition and felicitation of
distinguished past Visakhians who have
brought honour to both their school and
country, awarding them with Platinum Awards.
The winners of the Platinum Awards were Mrs.
Upeka Chitrasena de Silva (Performing Arts),
Dr. Binodh de Silva (Science & Technology),
Mrs. Nela De Zoysa (Architecture), Mrs.
Shirani Damindra Dias (Industry &
Entrepreneurship), Dr. Shanika Karunasekera
(Engineering), Dr. Kamini Mendis (Medicine
and Health), Prof. Ira Thabrew (Education),
Mrs. Anoja Wijeyesekera (Community Service),
Mrs. Kishani Jayasinghe Wijeysekera
(Performing Arts) and Dr. Anula Wijesundere
(Medicine and Health).
The proud recipient of this Life Time
Achievement Award was veteran film director
Mrs. Sumitra Peries.
Getalu Saha Wisandum in 1972
in the Work Place and Solution)
by Francis Weerapperuma
Publisher: S Godage and Brothers
Price : Rs 300
A few years ago the popular slogan was “ The
Private Sector is The Live Wire of National
Economy”. There was much encouragement given
by the state to the private sector to
flourish and benefits of the returns helped
to maintain economic balance. The
opportunities were plenty for those desired
to utilise and it was an open door for both
the well educated and the not so educated to
The book titled Wedapole
Getalu Saha Wisandum or the Problems in the
Work Place and Solution by Francis
Weerapperuma is his third book dealing with
issues pertaining to employment, employer
and employee. The book consists of a series
of articles he wrote to the 144 year old
Gnanartha Pradeepaya, the oldest weekly
newspaper in the country.
The earlier two books Obata Balapana
Kamkaru Neethi- Labour laws affecting you;
and Kamkaru Usaviya – Labour Court were
claimed as useful tools in the hands of the
lawyers, students of law, the employers,
employees and the labour unions. In their
forwards to the two respective books
mentioned above, the former Chief Justices
G.P.S.de Silva and Sarath N Silva paid
tribute to the work as filling a vacuum
exited for many years to explain in Sinhala
the finer points of law dealing with this
very vital area.
Golden Jubilee in Sri Lanka
|The Ampitiya Oblate Scholasticate of
Mary Immaculate, this august House of
Formation of future religious and missionary
priests will mark 50 years of continuous
service to the local church and the region
on December 8, this year. The Superior
General of the OMI Congregation Most Rev Fr.
Wilhelm Stechkling OMI, would be presided
over the Thanks Giving Holy Mass with the
participation of priest religious and well
wishers. The Jubilee Year was declared on
December 8, 2008 by Rev Fr. Bob Luckhart,
OMI, the Most Senior Member of the Staff at
the Scholasticate, Ampitiya.
A Golden Jubilee Souvenir will be released
to mark the historical event.
Ranatunga addresses Oxford
Arjuna Ranatunga, 1996 World Cup winning
Captain, created history once again when he
addressed the world-renowned Oxford Union on
November 3. He became the 1st Asian to do so
in the 186-year history of the Oxford Union.
The event was jointly organised by the
Oxford Union and the Oxford Sri Lanka
|Wi-Fi enabled computer
kiosk at Royal
|As another move to promote use of
information communication technology amongst
his students, Royal College Principal Upali
Gunasekara declared open a Wi-Fi enabled
computer kiosk donated by the old boys of
Group of ‘93 last week. The stand-up kiosk
similar to ones at international airports
will provide free internet access to the
students and full access to the Education
Ministry approved Schoolnet.
Union Secretary Rizan Nazeer, Treasurer
Athula Munasinghe, Group of ’93 Immediate
Past President Boshan Dayarantne, Secretary
Vasana Wickremasena, Treasurer Abdul Rahuman
Pallie and members of the Executive
Committee were present at the opening
|The Nature of Sri
December 17 – January 4
The Nature of Sri Lanka is an exhibition of
photographs by Luxmanan Nadaraja.
Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (weekdays)
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sundays)
Venue: Barefoot Gallery, 704, Galle Road,
|Long ago and far
Can’t You Sleep Little Bear?
The Rescue Party
Time: 5 – 6: 30 p.m.
Age group: 5 – 8 years
Venue: Mobitel (Pvt) Ltd Flagship Store, 108
W.A.D. Ramanayake Mawatha, Colombo 2
(Free parking available at the Mobitel
customer car park
KIDS Members who wish to take part call on
4708824 on Monday, December 14 between 9
a.m. and 4 p.m.
awards and felicitation ceremony
To mark the 20th anniversary of Lakmini Kala
Niketanaya, Heyiyantuduwa, it has orgainsed
a cultural pageant and felicitation ceremony
to honour war heroes, Police officers,
dignitaries of the area, distinguist
artistes, academic staff and old pupils of
Parivanadipathi of Vidyalankara Piriwena,
the Chancellor of the Kelaniya University,
the Chief Sanganayaka of Colombo and Chilaw,
Ven. Welamitiyawe Kusaladhamma Thero, the
chief incumbents of temples of the area,
Catholic priests of the area, Cultural
Minister Piyasiri Wijenayaka, Cabinet
Ministers and provincial councilors are
billed to participate at this occasion.
Time: 4 p.m.
Venue: Lakmini Kala Niketanaya,
Time: 8 p.m.
Venue: barefoot Gallery, 704, Galle Road,
Glen Terry and Jerome Speldewinde will be
performing together with friends.
Dream Weaver, an exhibition of weaving by
Marie Gnanaraj, at the Barefoot Gallery
Colombo, 704, Galle Road, Colombo 3. Gallery
hours: Weekdays: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.;
Weekends: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Eka Adipathi by Dharmasiri Bandaranayake, at
the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7, at
The Royal Asiatic Society hosts a lecture by
Major-General Shavendra Silva on “The Battle
of Nandikadal - Strategy and Tactics” at the
Mahaweli Centre at 96, Ananda Coomaraswamy
Mawatha, Colombo 7, at 5 p.m. Major-General
Shavendra Silva led the final assault on the
LTTE at Nandikadal and is currently Director
Operations of the Sri Lanka Army. All are