Principal of Sacred Heart Convent, Galle

Reverend Sister Rosina

Reverend Sister Rosina, the fifth Principal of Sacred Heart Convent, Galle (1976-2000) heroically did her utmost for Sacred Heart Convent.
She was straight forward, correct and precise; a versatile person talented in singing and painting. In almost everything she was a splendid organizer and an efficient worker.

Reverend Sister Rosina came to be associated with Sacred Heart Convent (SHC) in 1965 when she arrived in Galle to join the Sisters of Charity. In 1969 she joined the staff of SHC and in the same year she assisted Rev Sr. Adrian who was the principal at the time.

After Sr. Adrian left for Belgium in 1975, Rev Sr. Rosina, despite mounting difficulties brought on by changes in the education system, took up the responsibility of principal in 1976 and served until the year 2000, as the much-loved principal of this prestigious school. Her strength and determination helped to maintain the traditions and values set by the pioneers, both religious and educational.
She passed away peacefully, leaving indelible memories of her contribution in the hearts of thousand and millions of people who loved her.


RCU 120th anniversary

Monday, January 17
The Royal College Union (RCU) will hold a multi-religious ceremony tomorrow (January 17) at 7am, followed by a fellowship breakfast, to mark its 120th anniversary.
The union will also be organising more celebratory events to mark this milestone.



January 23, 29, 30
Interaction, considered to be the largest event in the Interact Calendar, is organised by the Interact District 3220.
It is an event which features a variety of sports and games both indoor and outdoor including cricket, swimming, basket ball, bowling, athletics, indoor football, beach tag rugby, PC games etc.
It will be followed by a grand awards ceremony on February 6, at the British School in Colombo Auditorium.
Venue: St. Peter’s College Grounds, Mount Lavinia Beach and Excel World respectively


A felicitation ceremony for Sathish

Prathibhavalokanaya, a felicitation ceremony marks and respects one of the country’s classic cinema and tele-drama actors, director, producer, environmentalist, author, conductor of TV programmes and social worker — Kala Soori Sathischandra Edirisinghe.
The ceremony pays tribute to his dedicated service to the respective artistic fields and to the entire country.
This ceremony is organised by Tele Creators Society and his cinematic and tele-creations will be staged, with songs. The programme also features a presentation of cultural events with participation of several artistes.
The organisers intend to publish a book - Sathischandra Prathyalokanaya, containing his precious writings and rare photographs.
Venue: Kularatne Hall, Ananda College, Colombo 10
Time: 6 p.m.


India and International Premier Schools Exhibition Sri Lanka

January 29 and 30
India and International Premier Schools Exhibition (IIPSE) Sri Lanka is a leading annual school education exhibition showcasing the finest schools. IIPSE perhaps is the only large scale event for services and product suppliers to schools to meet showcase and inform about their products to key decision makers of the schools.
Venue: Sri Lanka Exhibition & Convention Centre, Colombo


The Great Indian Education fair-Sri Lanka

January 29 and 30
The Great India Education Fair is a unique education exhibition showcasing the finest Indian Universities, Colleges and educational institutions from all across India.
This fair would showcase the strengths of the Indian education system and would be the exciting platform for introducing your institution to eager and growing market of larger potential pool of international students.
The fair ensures productive interface between the participating Indian universities and colleges and the local international student-parent community seeking knowledge on various options available in the Indian education arena.
Venue: Sri Lanka Exhibition and Convention Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka




Tuesday, January 18
Year: 2010
Running time: 100 minutes
Actress: Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie stars in Columbia Pictures’ Salt, a contemporary espionage thriller.
Before becoming a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt (Jolie) swore an oath to duty, honour, and country.
She will prove loyal to these when a defector accuses her of being a Russian sleeper spy. Salt goes on the run, using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture, protect her husband, and stay one step ahead of her colleagues at the CIA.
Venue: The American Centre, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 6 p.m.

Lemon Tree

Saturday, January 22
Director: Eran Riklis
Duration: 1 hour 46 minutes
Language: French with English subtitles
Lemon Tree is a 2008 Israeli drama movie directed by Eran Riklis and co-directed by his cousin Ira Rikl. The film describes the legal efforts of a Palestinian widow to stop the Israeli Defense Minister, her next door neighbour, from destroying the lemon trees in her family farm. At the same time, she develops a human bond with the minister’s wife. It was released in Israel on March 27, 2008, and it received a tepid response from Israeli audiences.
From there, the film has achieved critical success and it has received nominations for several awards such as ‘Best Actress’ and ‘Best Screenwriter’ at the European Film Awards.
Venue : Allance Francaise de Kandy
Time: 3:30 p.m.


Mother and Child Health camp in Chavakachcheri

Rotary Clubs of Colombo Fort and Regency with the assistance of Rotary Club of Newton, USA held its third Mother and Child Health Camp in Chavakachcheri, Jaffna recently.
It was revealed that the child mortality ratios have been going up due to poor medical health of the mothers and the lack of nutrition. Central Province, the upcountry, Hambantota and Polonnaruwa areas are considered the worst for maternal and child mortality in Sri Lanka.
In an attempt to reduce child deaths, the Rotary Club of Colombo Fort and the Rotary Club of Colombo Regency with the assistance of Rotary Club of Newton USA completed two health camps in Bentota and Bogawantalawa where over 1000 patients attended.
Through these health camps awareness among the mothers and hospital staff is created on addressing child and mother nutrition, educating the mothers on how to take care of their child, educating pregnant mothers, through national media with the assistance of Ministry of Health and a series of educational seminars and educational video clips.
The health camp not only attended to mothers, but also featured an eye camp, mobile dental caravan and a general clinic.
During this camp, a patient with early stages of cancer was detected, and referred to general hospital for further investigations, which could have gone unnoticed.
Logistical support was extended by Sri Lanka Army and Brigadier Anura Sudasinghe made everything possible even though the weather had not been favourable prior to the event.
Two more camps will be held in association with the Ministry of Health, in Polonnaruwa district and the upcountry. The camps will include educational programmes to educate midwives and nurses in maternal wards. They will in turn educate pregnant mothers thus helping to reduce maternal and child mortality, and bring down the child and infant mortality rate in Sri Lanka


Tarts Galore

Until January 31
Taste five varieties of Tarts: Strawberry tarts, Linzer tarts, an Austrian specialty, Berry Almond tarts and Mixed Fruit tarts.
Venue: Goodies, Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo
Time: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Shake it Up!

Until January 31
Try the creative new margaritas …
Venue: 7 Degrees North Bar, Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.


Cultural evening

Monday, January 17
An evening of cultural activities celebrating World Hindi Day by the students of the Hindi class of Indian Cultural Centre
Venue: Indian Cultural Centre, 16/2, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7
Time: 6 p.m.


Thursday, January 20
Emergence of the South Asian Economies; a one-day seminar with special reference to India and Sri Lanka
Venue: Indian Cultural Centre, 16/2, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7
Time: 9:30 a.m.


Sunday, January 16
Hunuwataye Kathawa, a drama by a veteran of the Sinhala stage, late Henry Jayasena
Venue: Tower Hall, Colombo 10
Time: 3:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.

Monday, January 17
Sri Lanka Studies Outside Sri Lanka: Challenges and Opportunities — A lecture by Prof Karori Singh, Former Director, South Asia Studies Centre, Jaipur.
Venue: Royal Asiatic Society, at the Gamini Dissanayake Auditorium of the Mahaweli Centre, No. 96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 7
Time: 5 p.m.


Negombo Beach Fiesta
Venue: Negombo Beach

Saturday, January 22
Bentota Beach Fiesta
Venue: Bentota Beach


Saturday, January 29
A blood donation campaign by the JICA Alumni Association of Sri Lanka under the patronage of Ambassador of Japan, Kunio Takahashi to bestow merit on Late Deshamanya Dr P R Anthonis and Mrs Ruby Anthonis
The blood collected will go to the National Blood Bank for use on needy patients. JICA A.A. appeals to members of the public also to come forward to donate blood.
Venue: National Blood Transfusion Services Centre, Elvitigala Mawatha, Narahenpita, Colombo 5
Time: 9 a.m.


Until January 23
0, an exhibition of art by Cyril Wickremasinghe to mark 50 years in his role as an art teacher and artist.
It consists of expression drawings, scenes from Jataka Stories and copies from Temple Murals during the last five decades.
Drawings covering the life of the Maldivians and some beautiful scenery from the Maldive Islands, where the artist worked for about 20 years also can be seen in this exhibition.
The mediums used are water colours, poster colours, powder colours and a few done in oils. The influence of local traditional paintings as well as Indian and Western are seen in his work.
Venue: Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Book launch

Friday, January 21
Susantha Goonatilake’s book, A 16th Century Clash of Civilizations: The Portuguese Presence in Sri Lanka deals with a brutal period, a true clash of civilizations with the Portuguese as they torched most of the Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim religious centres and undertook conversion at the point of the sword.
The book uses a social epistemology of civilisational interactions, a perspective not explored by earlier writers.
Speakers at the launch:
Prof. K N O Dharmadasa, Prof W I Siriweera, Former Ambassador Bandu de Silva
Meeting chaired by: Ven Prof Kollupitiye Mahinda Sangharakkhita Thera
Venue: Auditorium of the Mahaweli Centre, 96 Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 7
Time: 5 p.m.