Ms Damayanthi Perera

A Tribute to a Great Teacher

Ms Damayanthi Perera recently retired after distinguished service of over three decades at Joseph Vaz College, Wennappuwa.
She joined the staff of Joseph Vaz College in 1974 and her unstinted tenure of service is characterised by rich achievement, distinction and dedication. The service rendered to our school by her is immortal and cannot be quantified in any way and her memory will be etched in the hearts of all Vazians. She has been a tower of strength to the school and helped to mould well-disciplined Vazians of the highest calibre with the right attitudes and moral values. The students she has taught have become renowned professionals who render yeoman service to our country. They recall fond memories of Ms Damayanthi Perera and say in unison that the motivation given by her helped them to achieve the top echelons in life.

Her past students, including very senior professionals in our country, under the guidance and patronage of the Rev Fr Principal Priyanjeewa Gunarathne have decided to organise a grand felicitation ceremony in appreciation of the services rendered by Ms Damayanthi Perera. This will be held on May 1 at 4:00 p.m. in the Diamond Jubilee Hall of the school. All students of Ms Damayanthi Perera are invited.
Old Vazians


A Temple Rebel launched

Sacred story of A Temple Rebel by Piyasiri Vijayasekere was launched at the Goethe Institut, Colombo 7 recently.
Dr. Selvy Tiruchandran and Dr. Michael Fernando spoke on some aspects of the book.
Pierre and Tania Samarasinghe re-incarnated two episodes from the fiction.
Compere Farzana Khan interrogated ‘author-suspect’ Piyasiri Vijayasekere.
Commenting on the book, Professor Emerita Ranjini Obeyesekere, Princeton University, USA said, “The canvas is vast, the themes many, but because the experiences of the protagonist have the first-hand quality of lived experience, the writing acquires a focus and a certain power.”
“A classic Sri Lankan novel on the 1971 rebellion,” Dr. Lester James Peries opined.


RASSL lecture

Monday, April 25
The lecture, Digitally Recreating Ancient Anuradhapura: A Case Study of Jethavanaramaya by Prasad Samarajiva, Chandima Ambanvala and Anuradha Piyadasa is organised by the Royal Asiatic Society Sri Lanka (RASSL).
The paper describes the process of computer visualisation and illustrates through a live demonstration the model of Jetavanaramaya. It is a computer aided three-dimensional (3D) visualization combined with global positioning. It has been developed using satellite images, photographs, and the commonly available 3D visualization software called Google Sketchup. In addition to computational graphical tools, the combined knowledge of historical texts, archaeology, architecture, art, and engineering was used in this modeling to represent these past structures in the most accurate way.
All are welcome
Venue: Gamini Dissanayake Auditorium, No. 96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 7
Time: 5 p.m.


Commemorating the World Intellectual Property Day

Tuesday, April 26
The Economic Aspect of Intellectual Property Rights, a public lecture organised by the American Centre, Colombo
Conducted by: Dr D M Karunaratne, Director General, National Intellectual Property Office of Sri Lanka (will be linked via DVC to American Corners in Kandy and Jaffna)
Venue: American Centre Auditorium, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 4:30 p.m.


Annual awards day of British Language Centre

The international English school British Language Centre had their annual awards day at BMICH recently. The senior Minister of Scientific Affairs, Prof. Tissa Vitarana graced the occasion as the chief guest. The academic portfolio manager Edexcel (U.K.) Dr. David Davies was the guest of honour. 400 students who successfully completed reading, writing, speaking and listening up to the international standard received their certificates on that day. Students who have shown their special talents also received awards from Edexcel (U.K.).


Golden Jubilee celebs

The Golden Jubilee celebration and prize giving ceremony of the Madharasathul Malharis Sulhiyya (Islamic Religious School) Maligawatte, Colombo was held at its auditorium recently. Here, Sri Lanka Islamic Society President Ruzaik Farook awarding a certificate to a student. Education Secretary of the Madharasa Hussain Marsoof and Former Secretary M.T.M. Rizvi are also in the picture


Ranaviru foundation to assist needy children

The Ranaviru Captain Pramil Perera Memorial Foundation which runs a pre-school Montessori for the under-privilege children of Wattala, Hendala and Nayakakanda now in its successive fifth year. The pre-school assists to lay foundation for their future for children whose parents work as domestic servants or coolies and whose children are not much cared for, by the wider society.

This foundation set up in the year 2007, was a result of the combined efforts of the parents, friends and those who had come in contact with Pramil while he was a student and serving the country as a brave soldier.
Mrs. Christobel Perera, mother of late Pramil was a veteran Montessori teacher, had successfully conducted a nursery for 25 years until the demise of her only soldier son. She has trained many young girls as nursery teachers

She told the media, that in 1996, the Pre-school she conducted was handed over with all equipment, to the two-young women who had worked with her as Pre-school teachers to run on their own, while she, from 2007 onwards concentrated on looking after the children of parents working as domestic servants.
With the blessing of her husband Reginald Perera; she initiated the project to carry the memory of her only son, who sacrificed his life to free the country from the clutches of the terrorists. Captain Pramil Perera, a brilliant product of the St. Benedict’s College, Colombo, was killed during a combat situation in the battle field on August 22, 1999 while serving in his capacity as a lieutenant of the commando regiment of the Sri Lanka Army at Paranthan.

The foundation has also opened bank accounts in respect of 25 children under their care and money is deposited on a monthly basis and a number of projects were carried out to help those in need, including blood donation camps, dental clinics.
The foundation welcomes any assistance from the generous public to keep the memory of the brave soldiers alive and they could contact the foundation by dialing  2938935; mobile 0716362611 or email : reppmfoundation@gmail.com or write to Ranaviru Captain Pramil Perera Memorial Foundation, 25/3A Ranaviru Captain Pramil Perera Mawatha, Maradanawatta, Hendala, Wattala.


Ambassador presents credentials to President

Newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sri Lanka to France, Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka presented Credentials to the President of the French Republic, Nicholas Sarkozy at the Elysée Palace recently.
President Sarkozy has recently taken over the chairmanship of the G8 and G20.


An Affair to Remember

Tuesday, April 26
Year: 2003
Running time: 119 minutes
In this poignant and humorous love story nominated for four Academy Awards, Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr meet on an ocean liner and fall deeply in love. Though each is engaged to someone else, they agree to meet six months later at the Empire State Building if they still feel the same way about each other. But a tragic accident prevents their rendezvous and the lover’s future takes an emotional and uncertain turn.
Time: 6 p.m.
Venue: American Centre Colombo, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 4


The sixth death anniversary of Professor Anton Jayasuriya

The sixth death anniversary of veteran and world-famous acupuncturist Professor Anton Jayasuriya was held at the Kalubowila Hospital Acupuncture Clinic recently. Dr. Mrs. Soma Edirisinghe, Dr. Mrs. Ariyawathie Gamage, artists Dayan Vitharana, Nirosha Herath, Rangana de Silva (Secretary to the Minister of Science and Technology), and Minister of Human Resources Dr. Mervin Silva were also present on this occasion.


EU Heads of Missions meet Acting Minister

The Heads of Missions of the European Union Member States Willy Vandenberghe, Chargé d’affaires of EU accompanied by Mrs Leoni Cuelenaere, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mrs Christine Robichon, Ambassador of France, Mark Gooding, British Deputy High Commissioner, Dr Gianluca Rubagotti, Deputy Head of Mission of Embassy of Italy met the Acting Minister of External Affairs, Neomal Perera recently at the ministry.
Discussions centered on strengthening of the bilateral and multilateral cooperation between EU and Sri Lanka.


Western Music and Speech office bearers

At the Annual General Meeting of the Institute of Western Music and Speech, Sri Lanka, held recently, the following were elected to hold office for the year 20ll/2012.

President: Maureen Silva
Chairperson (Examinations Board)): Regina Sathasivam
Vice President (Music): Louisa David
Vice President (Speech): Sharmalene Mendis
Vice President (Social Activities): Faria Salie
General Secretary: Suhashini Victoria
Treasurer: Genevieve Rodrigopulle
Secretary (Examinations Board): Geetha Wedage
Council Members
Lakshmi Abeygunasekera, Shiranee Dabare, Priyanthika Wickramasinghe, Muthurani Vethanayagam.
Mary V. Fernando, Ruvini Tudugalle, Shanuka De Alwis,
Venica Abeygoonawardena.
Examinations Board
Chairperson: Regina Sathasivam
President: Maureen Silva
Secretary (Examinations Board): Geetha Wedage
Sneha Appathurai, Sheryl Perera, Ramani Soysa.
Patricia de Silva, Bernadette de Soyza, Majella Miranda.