Rally Round the College Flag:
Bringing Thomians under one flag
If you happen to be at the hall of S. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia
in the evenings these days, you will be surprised at what you will
witness. The settings of the hall, the music reaching your ears and the
voices that blend into the music will take you to a Western theatre.
This is Rally Round the College Flag and Thomians are busy getting
ready for this event of magnitude which will take place on May 25, 26,
27 and June 1, 2 and 3 at 7.30 pm.
Starting with the production of Jith Peiris in 2003, Rally Round has
come a long way. The innovative production covers Broadway, TV and film
music. This year it will feature 275 boys ranging from five to 18 years.
The kindergarten and form ones will perform the kids' songs from Barney.
The eight-10 year old will sing their favourites from Parent trap, Lion
King, the Jungle Book.
The middle school will sing songs from King and I, Wild Cat, Wizard
of Oz, Peter Pan and Friends while the senior section will bring you
songs from Les Miserables, Aspect of Love, etc.
Juriensz Shadrach, 18, said it is a different show.
"I have participated in the past two rally rounds. This time it is
different. We had a lot of past pupils taking part earlier but this time
it's mostly the present students. We get a chance to sing and act. Lot
of talent comes up through this. It is an opportunity to unfold the
talents," he said.
"At the same time it is fun. We have a lot of responsibilities. We
are not nervous. We are looking forward to this great show. It will be
like a mini carnival. Everyone will enjoy. It is going to be like a
family event for present and past Thomians," he added.
Shehan Mendis, 17 said the show will be very professional. "This time
we will present a rally round in a different style. There are more songs
that people know. This time the show will be in our school hall. It
gives the College effect. It is fun working with others. Sometimes it is
difficult to handle the small ones but it is interesting. It will be the
union of the Thomian Family," Shehan said.
"We enjoy practices very much. At the beginning it was difficult. Now
everything is moving smoothly. We have to sacrifice the time but it is
fun. This is a big opportunity for everyone to showcase their talents,"
Suranthaka Cabraal, 15, said.
Mikhail Benedict, 13, added that he enjoys practising for the show.
"It is really fun. We have practices till late night. There is more
action-taking place and we have different costumes to suit the songs.
Those days I was very shy but taking part in events of this nature has
changed me. Now I can go forward confidently. I enjoy participating in
this event," he said.
Ishen Pilapitiya, 15 said this year they are going to have a better
show. "This time some of us are participating as seniors. Everyone
enjoys. We are like a family. Boys are talented and their singing is
superb. All age groups are supportive. We feel
homely because this time
we will have the event in our college hall. There is no tension. We work
like a team and we are sure going to have a great show," Ishen
"In the earlier Rally Rounds I didn't have much experience. This time
I know what is happening behind the scene. We have experience singing
with the past seniors. It is fun and we enjoy every moment of practices.
We are working together to improve our talents and present a great
show," Chamindra Senanayake, 15, said.
Amila Gunasena, 18 has taken part in Rally Round 2 and 3. "After the
event you are sure to come out as a better person. We can improve our
abilities. We discipline ourselves. We learn to be punctual. There is a
lot to learn. Our personality builds. It is also fun to be with our
friends. You get to know many people. At the end somebody you never knew
will be your best friend," he said.
Amila said he doesn't feel the time pass when practising. "Practices
are wonderful. It adds a lot of joy. We have put in a lot of hard work
and we will have a brilliant show," he added.
Marlon Jesudason, 15, spoke about the costumes of the event. "The
costumes are colourful. We have various costumes to
suit the songs. I am looking forward for the show. Everybody will
come together and it will be a grand event," he said.
"It is a new experience. It has enriched us. I am also in the Western
Band. I don't feel nervous about the event. We all are confident. We
have practised hard and we will have a successful Rally Round this time
also," Yuwin Jayampathy, 14, said.
Without the maestro Vinodh Senadeera having this show would be
impossible. He brings out the talents of these youngsters and make them
stars. "This is the first time I am directing Rally Round. It is
challenging but these students should be given prominence. It is a good
opportunity to bring out their hidden talents. Children get exposed and
they feel that they are worth through this event," he said.
Thomians invite all of you to experience their talents and enjoy an
exquisite show, which will definitely be a memorable one.
Mahanama Prefects' Day on a different note
Mahanama College celebrated the Prefects' Day recently. The head
prefect and deputy head prefects spoke to Daily News Teen
Mahanama College Prefects with the Principal, Deputy Principal and
Masters in charge.
about the grand event.
Gayan Premaratne, head prefect of Mahanama College said they had a
splendid show. "Nearly 45 schools participated. We invited outstation
schools also. There was maximum participation. Schools from Kandy, Galle
and Katugastota participated. This time the idea was different. This
time we thought of taking the prefects to another planet," he said.
"Scientists are already planning to explore Mars. The young
generation will be involved in these new inventions and explorations.
Under the theme `Giving a lead towards a better life on Mars', the
presentations and animations were like on Mars.
We had a drama also and it was great. Everybody appreciated it. It
was a new experience," Gayan explained.
He added there was a lot of pressure until the end of the show.
"We had to manage all matters. We had a good team of prefects.
Especially past prefects helped us. Masters guided and corrected us," he
Students at the Prefectsâ€™ Day
Rasika Gunawardena added that it was the best event they ever had.
"All who participated said it was a new experience. It was a team
effort. Many students were involved in this. As prefects we handle all
the projects and assist in every way we can," he said.
"It was the best Prefects' Day. We had several outstation schools. We
had group activities for them. It was wonderful. Everybody enjoyed while
enhancing their knowledge," Viranga Goonathilake said.
Damitha Gamage said the event started around noon and went on till
6.30. "There were leadership-training programmes on that day. There was
a lecture and everyone enjoyed every item we had.
We had a lot of responsibility. We handled all the duties together,"
"We spent a long time preparing for this event. We got a lot of
support from past prefects. The theme was different and we enjoyed. It
was a very successful event," Rivindhu Chandrasekara said.
Bhupathi Fonseka added that it was a new experience. "Some schools do
not have prefect days.
We shared our knowledge with others. I had to manage the items and
the prefects had to look into everything. We had a lot of pleasure in
organising the event. Everybody stayed till the end," he said.
They thanked the Principal, Premalal Kumarasiri, Deputy Principal,
G.Y. Jayasinghe, Masters in charge Siril Silva and S. S. Colombage,
teachers and past prefects for their untiring support in organising this
I am a Grade 10 student of Nalanda College, Colombo. I am 14 years.
With my computer knowledge I planned to write a book and publish it. The
book title - Computer Hardware Engineering Technology written in Sinhala
was a result of my dream.
I was encouraged by my parents and my sister. The book was launched
at the Public Library Auditorium at Kurunegala on April 2, 2007. It was
the happiest day of my life.
The Chief Speaker Sathischandra Edirisinghe praised me saying that
writing a book on this subject by a 14-year student is a rare
achievement. Sunil Poramadala and other speakers agreed with him and
I successfully completed the computer software course at Tec Sri
Lanka and followed a Computer Hardware Diploma Course at Raytronics
Computer Systems Pvt. Ltd. I learned more by myself with my computer,
presented by my parents for my 10th birthday.
I have done many extra curricular activities in my school as well as
education. I was the junior secretary of the Junior Computer Society in
2005 and 2006. I was a prize winner from Grade 6 to Grade 8. I was also
selected for Grade 9. In the contest of the Best Junior Nalandian in
2006, I was among the first three students.
I was a member of the Hockey Team, Vocal Team, Badminton Club and
Swimming Club. I was the monitor and the leader of many subjects in
every grades. I was also a school prefect this year.
In the Dhamma School, I passed all exams from Grade 6 to Grade 9 with
Distinctions while being a prefect.
I have also participated in various children's programmes on Radio
and Television. I have also won many prizes from children's papers and
television and radio programmes.
The principal of Nalanda College, vice principals, teachers, my
friends and relations have understood that I have proved to be a
talented youngster. All of them love me and I think I am the happiest
child in the world. My parents and my sister are very proud of me.
I dream to be an engineer in the computer field, after finishing my
studies and I am sure I can do it.
Janaka Maduwantha Dias Senanayake, Grade 10 F, Nalanda College,
Lankan teens add colours to Thai cultural festival
FESTIVAL: Ashanthi Thathsarani and Nethmini Shanthadeva of Sri
Sangamiththa Balika Vidyalaya, Nivarthana Priyanjini of Kalutara Balika
National School, Nayumi Oshini Liyanage of Royal English School and P.
D. Anju Shri Kalpana Perera of Wadduwa Central College participated in a
cultural festival in Bangkok, Thailand.
This was organised by the Children Skills Development Programme (CSDP).
CSDP will take selected children to participate in an Indian cultural
show in June. They will also take children to the Greek and Sweden drama
festivals in August.
Those who like to participate in these events can obtain details from
CSDP on 0112-689536, 0112-672718 or 0115-751593.