Sangamittians Pay Last Tributes to Veteran Educationalist Dr. Thilokasundari Kariyawasam

Dr. Kariyawasam gave her remarkable service as a principal to the school over 13 years, from 1957 to 1970.

She started her career as an assistant teacher, later became a renowned principal and a prominent personality in the educational administration service, and later became the director general of the National Institute of Education.

She was born on 8th June 1929 and got her primary education in Pitipana Maha Vidyalaya. She entered Visaka Vidyalaya, Colombo to get the secondary education and received the Hons degree at the University of Colombo. Later she received doctorate at London University.

The school pays last tributes and the heartiest condolence to the great personality who did a remarkable service to Sanghamitta and the Sri Lankan Education.

Dr. Thilokasundari Kariyawasam passed away at the age of 88.

Sanghamith Poson Bathi Gee 2017

The ceremony was held in 23rd of June at the school premises. The significance was all the lyrics and melodies had been created by the students themselves. Teachers, old teachers and past pupils also performed in front of the large gathering. The students and the teachers of the eastern music section added taste to the song with their music.

Sinhala Language Day 2017

Sinhala Language Day of Sanghamitta Balika Vidyalaya was held on 28th February. Journalist, dramatist, veteran artist and audio-visual consultant of Open University, Master Suminda Kithsiri Gunarathna presided the occasion.

Sinhala songs, Sinhala drama songs, “Janakavi”, “Deshabhimani Gee” and many more items showing the marvel of our mother language were performed by the students. An especial drama representing dialect of the indigenous people in Sri Lanka caught the eyes of the audience.

Winning speeches and other winning items of the competitions held in accordance with the Sinhala Language Day 2017 were performed on stage. Also the students’ skills in language and literature were appreciated with certificates.

Sanghamitta’s Annual Sports Meet 2017

Viharadevi became the first winning house of the sports meet 2017 while Mahamaya, Yashodara and Vishaka respectively possessed the 2nd, 3rd and 4th places.

Distinguished past pupil, Dr. Sasika de Silva Kalinga, medical officer of Sri Jayewardenepura General hospital was honored as the chief guest.

The sports meet 2017 of Sanghamitta Balika Vidyalaya was held on 22nd February, marking another magnificent milestone of Sanghamitta.

Sanghamitta Lays the Foundation Stone For a New Building

Foundation stone laying for the construction of a new administrative building was held on 6th February 2017 in Sanghamitta Balika Vidyalaya, with the presence of the cabinet minister of home affairs, Member of Parliament for Galle district, Mr. Vajira Abeywardena.

“In the next few years, all the shortcomings of Sanghamitta will be fixed”; said MP Mr. Vajira Abeywardena, addressing the occasion.

Mr.Gayantha Karunathilaka, the cabinet minister of Media, Mr.Chandima Weerakkody, the cabinet minister of petroleum and petroleum gas, Mr.Manusha Nanayakkara, Member of Parliament for Galle district and other government officials, principals, teachers, past pupils, members of the SDS, students and many other guests also participated in the event.

This project has been implemented under the consultation of, his Excellency the president, Maithripala Sirisena, the prime minister, Mr. Ranil Wickramasinghe and the guidance of the minister of education, Mr.Akila Viraj Kariyawasam.

 

Sanghamitta’s Senior Deputy Principal Enters the Retired Life

Mrs. Murial Enderarachchi, the senior deputy principal of Sanghamitta Balika Vidyalaya, retired from her service on 6th February 2017. She gave her great service to Sanghamitta College as a teacher, an assistant principal, deputy principal and a performing principal for nearly twenty eight years.

After finishing school education she was able to enter the University of Colombo for the higher education. She left the university receiving a B.A. (sp) (Hons) degree for Econ. She was first appointed as an assistant teacher at Julangawe Vidyalaya, Padalangala, Ratnapura in 1984.

From 25th August 1989, she gave her immeasurable service to Sanghamitta Balika Vidyalaya. In 1991, she was promoted to the second grade of principal service and from 1993 to 1997 she served as an assistant principal. She became the deputy principal of Sanghamitta College in 1997 and she was appointed as the performing principal in 2004 which was a very difficult time period for the school. Mrs. Enderarachchi who was promoted to the third grade of Sri Lankan administrative service in 2009, gave her excellent service to Sanghamitta, as the senior deputy principal until 6th February 2017.

Mrs. Murial Enderarachchi was a strong pillar to hold mother Sanghamitta, the largest Buddhist girls’ school in Sri Lanka. For the dedication and hard work, she deserves the best retirement ever. All the Sanghamittians wish her an enjoyable new journey of her life.

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Last tributes from Sanghamittians to the former head teacher of Kineton High School in UK

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Julia Morris, the former head teacher of Kineton High school, United Kingdom has passed away. Kineton High school has been Sanghamitta’s partner school in UK, for several years. She took over as head of Kineton in 2002 and retired in 2014 to work as a freelance consultant in Education. Julia expanded the horizons of Kineton and Sanghamitta joining hands with our school administration, both culturally and geographically by creating links and exchange visits. A memorial service also was held at St. Peter’s church, Kineton on 20th January. Julia Morris passed away on New Year Day after celebrating her last Christmas, following a battle with a cancer.

 

Condolence message from the madam principal of Sanghamitta Balika Vidyalaya, Mrs. H. Chandani Udakumbura

I am deeply saddened to hear the passing of Julia Morris, the former head teacher of Kineton High School, UK. Her death has left a deep sorrow in all our hearts. She worked closely with Sanghamitta Balika Vidyalaya in a great manner during the exchange visits for several years, to create a global link between Kineton and Sanghamitta. She created an excellent path for my students to expose to the global knowledge. Even she is not around us anymore, we will always have her memories in our hearts. I wish to convey my most sincere condolences to her family and all other loved ones on behalf of the teachers and students of Sanghamitta Balika Vidyalaya, Galle, Sri Lanka.

Condolence message from Mrs. Saraswathi Dahanayaka, former principal,Sanghamitta Balika Vidyalaya who worked in cooperation with Julia Morris in creating global links between Kineton and Sanghamitta.  

It is with great sadness I received the message that the former principal of Kineton High School, Julia Morris passed away. I knew that her condition will not allow her to live a quality life and may be, she was not also prepared to be a burden to all loved ones too.

As thanks giving for life that she lived I would like to speak about Sanghamiththa College, Galle, Sri Lanka. How she was able to spearhead a wonderful student exchange program with Kineton High School.

The vast number of students whose lives changed, whose aspirations changed, whose attitudes towards global cultures changed and whose academic lives changed with  better focus and better commitment are some of the fruits of her innovative project and continued until she left the school. We here were greatly appreciating her efforts annually as each batch of students took to air towards UK.

As the former principal who was the other hand to join to complete the exchange program, I know that she was a God sent personality to be a part of my life to create a better knowledgeable personalities to mould future generations of youngsters from my school.

I do wish to extend my gratitude and sympathies to Simon and Morris and to all other loved ones too on behalf of Sanghamiththa College,Galle, Sri Lanka.

The Annual Kids Day 2016

The Annual Kids Day of Sanghamitta Balika held on 3rd December at the School playground. The students from grade 1 to 5 got the chance of showing their talents in front of a large audience. Past pupil Dr. Jayathri Jagoda; Rheumatalogist, Negombo hospital was the chief guest of the day.

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Annual Prize Giving 2016

The students were awarded with class prizes, subject prizes and commended prizes for their competencies in academic endeavors on the prize giving day of the school. Nearly 1200 Sanghamittians showed their talents in curricular and co-curricular activities. Also “Swarna Mudrika” awards were offered to the students for their outstanding performances in academic and extra activities. A senior assistant secretary to the educational services and establishment of the Ministry of Education, and a past pupil of the school, Mrs. Anusha Batawala Gamage was the honorable chief guest of this occasion.