Past prefects to honour teachers
The Past Prefects’ Association of Zahira College Colombo is
organising its PPA Annual Dinner and Teachers Recognition
Ceremony for the 3rd consecutive year on Friday March 12 at
the Cinnamon Lakeside. With the huge success of previous PPA
Annual Dinners, organisers hope to continue and give the
wonderful experience to their teachers, members, old boys
and well wishers.
The main objective of this event is to recognise teachers
who excelled in their duties and to motivate teachers and
students to do well in education and subsequently to achieve
and bring better results to the college.
The first set of tickets handed over to (Chairman Board of
Governors of Zahira College) Fowzul Hameed, (CEO – QP Group
of Companies), Gisthy Fawmey (CEO – PM Mohamed Ali & Co –
Diamond) Rauf Nihmathdeen and Abdulla Imamdeen and Abdulla
Nilamdeen (Directors of Abdulla International [Pvt] Ltd.),
by the Project Chairman Taarik Booso and PPA President
The Project Chairman Taarik Booso requests all the old
boys of Zahira College, Colombo to join hands with them to
show their gratitude to the respective teachers. Also the
organisers guaranteean evening with lots of excitement and
entertainment with a special lucky draw for teachers,
members and many more prizes and surprises. Entrance ticket
is priced at Rs.2000/-. For tickets and more information,
please contact Taarik Booso on 727 084712 (Project
Chairman), Nilhar Nawaz 777 336482 (Project Secretary) and
Mohamed Fazil 777 576552 (General Secretary)
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The 23rd Annual General
Meeting of the Past Pupils’ Association of
Dharmasoka College -Colombo Branch was held
on Sunday February 21, 2010 at the
Auditorium of the Organisation of
Professional Associations, (OPA) Prof.
Stanley Wijesundera Mawatha, Colombo 7.
Dharmasoka College, Ambalangoda which is
reputed to be one of the best schools in the
island has a reputation of producing leading
national figures in academics, arts and
music, sports and other fields over the
years. Colombo Branch was established with a
few old Sokians, leading professionals,
living in and around Colombo to assist the
alma mater on essential projects undertaken
by the college. The membership has increased
to about 500 up to date. Some of the
noteworthy projects assisted by the Colombo
Branch are as follows:
Establishing a trust fund for awarding of
Scholarship to students who gain admission
to universities from low income families.
About 20 – 25 scholarships are awarded
annually to deserving students.
- Construction of a swimming pool and
a baby pool at the college premises.
This is presently used by all the
swimmers from schools in the Galle
- Provide computers and monitors to
set up an IT Centre for the students in
the Lower School.
- Purchase a school bus.
The following office bearers were elected
unanimously for the Year 2010 at the AGM.
Patron: Principal Dharmasoka College
President: Jayantha Kodikara
Vice Presidents: Dr. (Mrs) Neele Gunasekera,
Dr. P Warusavithana, Major Gen. Sanath
Karunarathne, Kumudu Kumara, Major Mahesh De
Secretary: Bandu De Silva
Asst Secretary: Dr. Thusitha Duminda
Treasurer: S W Jayasuriya
Asst Treasurer: Harish Guruge
Editor: Jagath Chandralal De Silva
Immediate Past President: K L Lal Premanath
Ex-Co Members: (25 nos) R G L De Silva, A G
L Perera, Piyal De Silva, Yawwanee Perera, S
K Chandrathilake, Samaji Senevirathne,
Amitha Gunasekera, Susiri de Silva, Maubrey
Ginige, Dr. (Mrs) Ranjula Gunawardane, Ewan
Upul De Silva, Kamal Jayawardane, Major
Denet Paniyanduwa, Chandralal Sooriyarachchi,
Indrajith Danasinghe, Cpt. Chinthaka
Bandaragoda, Saman Warusawithana, Rohana
Jayanath De Silva, Srilal Perera, Janaka
Kumudu De Silva, Raj L De Silva
An exhibition of installations and paintings
by the Visual Arts Design and Performing
Arts Unit of the University of Kelaniya.
Venue: Barefoot Gallery Colombo, 704, Galle
Road, Colombo 3
Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (weekdays) 11 a.m.
to 5 p.m. (Sundays)
|A Lankan Directress
Française de Colombo has appointed a new
Directress Mrs. Kaushalya Dias who is highly
qualified in the French language. For the
first time in the history of Alliance
Française de Colombo, a French speaking Sri
Lankan has been appointed to this important
She obtained her Bachelors Degree from
the University of Sorbonne (Université
Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris 1) in Paris. She
also holds a Masters Degree in International
Law from the University of Sorbonne and
another Masters Degree from the University
of Versailles in France.
Having studied, lived and travelled in many
parts of France for nearly nine years, she
has an excellent knowledge and understanding
of French language, culture and its people.
She has wide experience in teaching
French to Sri Lankan and French students.
She, herself provides the best example of a
Sri Lankan having learnt French, pursued her
higher studies in French and excelled in her
|Int’l pre-school by
SLAF Seva Vanitha
International Pre-school for the benefit of
children of Air Force personnel and other
children in the locality was declared open
by the First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa, at
Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Base Hingurakgoda,
on March 1, 2010.
The pre-school was constructed under the
auspices of Group Captain D K Wanigasuriya,
the Base Commander of SLAF Base Hingurakgoda.
This is the fourth pre-school (in addition
to Katunayake, Diyatalawa and Trincomalee)
to be upgraded to international pre-schools
standard by the SLAF Seva Vanitha Unit.
cinema and tele drama salutation 2008/2009
Arrangements have been made for the next
Cinema and Tele Drama Salutations conducted
by Signis OCIC Institute.
We call for films screened and tele-dramas
completed in 2008 and 2009. Tele-dramas
should be limited to 52 episodes and should
be submitted in DVD form, before March 31.
You may hand over the respective DVD at
Signis OCIC National Office, No: 19, Balcomb
Place, Cotta Road, Borella, Colombo 8
between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (office hours).
Telephone: 011- 2693425/071-8954214
Marking a beginning of a new era in language
curriculum, Musaeus College, Colombo 7
together with the German Cultural Centre and
the German Embassy inaugurated the German
Language Training Centre on February 22, at
German Language is one of the world’s major
languages and it is a widely spoken language
in the European Union. It is spoken
primarily in Germany, Austria and
Switzerland. German is also spoken by the
majority of the populations of Luxembourg
and Liechtenstein. Globally, German plays a
significant role as a foreign language. In
Sri Lanka it is taught only in three
schools- Royal College, Colombo 7, Jennings
International School and Musaeus College.
“We need further assistance from the German
Cultural Centre and the German Embassy to
promote and facilitate teaching the German
Language in schools in Sri Lanka,” the
Principal, Musaeus College, S. Dandeniya
“Learning a new language like German is
important for the students to pursue their
higher educational purposes and also
advantageous for destinations outside Sri
Lanka,” she added.
It was revealed that Musaeus College is the
only school which has a German origin as its
founder was the German national, Marie
Musaeus Higgins. At present the school has
about 120 students learning the German
Language as a subject under the PASCH
(partner school) Programme.
Although studying German was started just
three months ago, the students’ performances
in German at the occasion were impressive
The Chief Guest of the event,
Officer-In-Charge, the acting Ambassador of
the Republic of Germany, Dr Stefan Weckbach
in his speech said that learning German
Language is a key to this globalised world
and that it would be a good educational and
the best investment in the future. He
further said that three students of Musaeus
College will be given an opportunity to
participate in a summer camp in Germany.
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|St Patrick’s Day
On March 17, the Irish men and women wear a
bunch of shamrocks to mark their special day
when they take part in the enormous parades
and festivities that span the world. In many
parts of the globe, Irish people world over
celebrate this day in true Irish style.
Today this day is celebrated around the
globe, with the international community
joining in and playing a big part in the
celebrations. As one of the most hospitable
peoples of the world, the Irish always
welcome strangers to their home and bars to
celebrate St Patrick’s Day with them.
You are invited to celebrate a wee bit of
that Irish hospitality and sense of fun.
There will be a cocktail reception, Irish
music and dancers and DJs.
Venue: Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo
Time: 7:30 p.m. till late
Day at ICES
March 8 to 10
To celebrate the 100th year of International
Women’s Day (IWD), the International Centre
for Ethnic Studies (ICES) and Zonta Club II
of Colombo hosts a film festival honouring
the IWD theme of “Equal Opportunities, Equal
Rights: Progress for All.”
Following three films will be screened:
March 8 – 6:30 p.m.
Under the Bombs
A powerful film about a mother’s search in
the Lebanon-Israel conflict of 2006
Winner: Human Rights Film Award – Venice
March 9 – 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Indian-writer director Shonali Bose’s film
based on the 1984 riots in Delhi
The director dramatises the story by
filtering it through the eyes of a perky
Indian-American girl from Los Angeles (Konkona
Sen Sharma) who travels across the world to
find answers about her birth parents.
March 10 – 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Imelda Staunton gives an award winning
performance as a devoted wife and mother in
1950s England. Unbeknownst to her family,
Vera secretly helps women terminate unwanted
pregnancies. Her beliefs and practices clash
with the times and lead to tragedy for her
Venue: ICES Auditorium, 2, Kynsey Terrace,
Featured musicians: Antoinette de Alwis,
Sureka Amarasinghe, Basil Joseph, Senaka
Pereira, Kumar de Silva, Dulip Gnanakan,
Sumudu Suraweera, Hans Mater, Darlan Perera,
and many others
Time: 1:30 p.m. onwards
Until March 16
Ruwan Prasanna’s paintings were featured at
the Exhibition of Young Contemporaries, at
the Harold Peiris Gallery from 2004 to 2007.
Venue: Paradise Road Galleries, 2, Alfred
House Road, Colombo 3
Time: 10 a.m. to Midnight daily