The first comprehensive Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) School in Sri Lanka opens in Colombo

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.

Visakha 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.


Wedapole Getalu Saha Wisandum in 1972
(Problem in the Work Place and Solution)
by Francis Weerapperuma
Publisher: S Godage and Brothers
Pages :96
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 find employment.

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.


Oblates celebrate 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 Union

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 Society.


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.

Royal College 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 ceremony.


The Nature of Sri Lanka

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, Colombo 3


Long ago and far away….

December 13
Can’t You Sleep Little Bear?

December 15
The Rescue Party

December 17
Mrs. Rainbow

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.


Lakmini awards and felicitation ceremony
December 13
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 the Niketanaya.

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, Heyiyantuduwa


Live at Barefoot

December 14
Time: 8 p.m.
Venue: barefoot Gallery, 704, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Glen Terry and Jerome Speldewinde will be performing together with friends.



December 13
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.


December 20
Eka Adipathi by Dharmasiri Bandaranayake, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7, at 3p.m./7p.m.

Public lecture

December 17
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 welcome.