Raveen tops Bio stream
RAVEEN DILRUK JAYATHILAKA, 19 of Nalanda College, Colombo, achieved
the best results in the Colombo District, and the Island’s 4th place in
the Biology stream in G.C.E. (Advanced Level) examination. He achieved
the Island’s second place at G.C.E. (Ordinary Level) examination held in
2004, obtaining 10 distinctions.
Raveen with his parents
He obtained three “A” s in the G.C.E. (Advanced Level) in the Biology
Stream and his Z-score was 2.98. According to the marks he achieved, he
comes 4th in the Island and 1st in the Colombo District. His aim is to
serve the country as a Doctor.
Raveen lives in Nugegoda. His father, an old boy of Nalanda College
is a doctor attached to the National Transport Medical Institute. His
only sister is a first year medical student at the Peradeniya Medical
Having an educated family background, Dilruk engaged himself in many
extra curricular activities at the college.
He is the President of the English Debating Team of Nalanda College
and the Secretary of the College Quality Circle.
He represented Nalanda College at the International Conference of
Quality Circles held in Lucknow in 2005 and achieved second place at the
He is the leader of the General Knowledge Quiz Team, and a member of
the Senior Singing Team of the school. Dilruk is a member of the Science
Association, and is an excellent pianist and guitarist.
Speaking to the Daily News about his achievement he said “I prepared
to face the exam from the day I entered the Advanced Level class. I did
not wait until the last minute to study. I studied everything I learnt
daily. I attended school every day. My attendance record is 80 per cent.
I did my best to complete the syllabus. I gave more attention to
multiple Choice Questions (M.C.Q.’s).”
“The teachers gave me their fullest support. They always helped me in
my studies. Our college has a very good library and I made the fullest
use of it. I attended private tuition classes but never stayed away from
I always gave priority to school work. My teachers helped me in
carrying out practical experiments. I had good friends at school and
always discussed study problems with them. My mother and father gave me
their fullest support.
They never forced me to study. They were solidly behind me at all
times. My sister also co-operated with me at all times. I advise other
G.C.E. (Advanced Level) students to study the subject matter
extensively, and thereby minimise their mistakes,” he said.
He also said he is grateful to his teachers, the Principal of the
Nalanda College, his friends and is parents. Raveen’s parents said they
are very happy of his remarkable achievement, and that they did not
pressurise him to study at any time. They are having sound hopes towards
Commenting on Raveen Dilruk’s achievement the Principal of the
Nalanda College Hemantha Premathilaka said this achievement of Raveen
Dilruk, who was well ahead in studies and extra curricular activities,
is a feather in the cap of Nalanda College.
Fazil shines at GCE A/L
Mohamed Fazil Buharie of Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa achieved
fourth place in the island and placed third in Colombo District in the
Commerce Stream, at G.C.E. Advanced Level Examination 2007.
Fazil started his primary education form St. John’s College Panadura
and joined Prince of Wales College in Grade 4. He passed the Grade 5
scholarship exam with 157 marks. He said when he entered the GCE
Advanced Level class he worked hard and continued his studies till early
He added that he concentrated on past papers. He is also a member of
under 17 cricket team and took part in the semi final of the Astra Cup
Tournament conducted in 2005. Earlier he captained the under 16 division
He is the President of the College Commerce Society and is a member
of the general knowledge club.
He has also participated in the Zonal English Day competitions and
was awarded certificates. He is also the Secretary of the College Leo
Club. He was placed third in the Commerce Day Quiz Competition 2006 held
at Mahanama College, and has won several prizes at the annual prize
Presently Fazil is following the Chartered Accountancy course.
OSC’s walk for the Wetlands a success
The Overseas School of Colombo held its annual Walk for the Wetlands
fund raising drive last Sunday. This annual tradition has been organised
by the school and the active parent community (through the Parent
Teacher Association) for the last 15 years.
The wetlands experience
In recent years the focus has been on wetlands conservation with a
special emphasis on the nearby Talangama Wetlands. This ancient tank is
host to an impressive number of birds, animal and plant species and
plays a crucial role in the hydrology of the area. It is under threat
from nearby construction and contamination from garbage.
This year OSC is taking a global approach linking the fragile state
of wetlands to the problem of climate change. The theme of this year’s
walk was “Walk for the Wetlands ...Walk for the World”.
The walk is designed to raise awareness about and funds for the
protection and conversation of Sri Lanka’s wetland eco systems.
With the help of corporate sponsors Holcim, HSBC and Coca Cola as
well as individual donations from walkers this proved to be a successful
way to raise funds for an environmental cause.
Last year about Rs. 200,000 was raised for this cause and the
children will raise about the same this year with 130 walkers taking
part. The Overseas School of Colombo has a long relationship with the
Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka (FOGS).
The funds have allowed FOGS to produce publications and conduct
educational campaigns in Talangama area. In recent years the school
community has also been able to support conservation activities by the
Galle Naturalists Society at their site, Hiyare reservoir.
Media Day at Mathugama Kannangara College
The Media Day of C.W.W. Kannangara M.M.V. of Mathugama will be held
on January 25. It is organised by the Media Unit of the school.
‘Siyapatha - 2008’ will commence at 9.00 a.m at the auditorium. The unit
has designed some eyecatching stickers to raise funds for their second
successful effort of organising the day.
Special lectures will be delivered by the lecturers from recognised
Universities. Media Unit has invited several schools for this.
“The main objective is to create a better mass communication,” a
member of the Unit, Supun revealed. “I think this is one of the big
events in the area, as we inspire youth on the subject,” he added. This
will be a great chance for those who are intersted in media.
Experience of the sunset
Out over the ocean, its waves it lays,
A magnificent orange sphere, as it drops to the sea
With spears descending from the fire.
The magnificent beauty of sunset each day
An exclusive display, for the world to share
Up above clouds, that shadow the light
The rain, the snow, and the elements all that blind
The magnificent glow, that Brightens our world
Another sunset that awaits, just to share its light
Only to share light, so that others may see.
F.R. SUFIYAN, Ikra International School
Picture by Nanda Ekanayake Kotte Central Group Corr.
Sanduni Emalsha Ubayawickrama of Sri Suboothi National
School Battaramulla (left) and Sandunika Rathmini Mullegama
of Anula Vidyalaya Nugegoda (right) participated in the
Annual Greencross Environmental conference held in Japan
recently. They were the winners of the environment calendar
contest organised by Green Cross Sri Lanka branch.