To mark centenary year:
Samudradevi Balika Vidyalaya to build aesthetic complex
Principal Renuka Jayawardana
Samudradevi Balika Vidyalaya in Nugegoda will celebrate its centenary
year on May 5, 2015. The old girls, teachers, parents led by the
principal Mrs. Renuka Jayawardena will celebrate the centenary year on a
grand scale. A variety show "Samuduru Devsara" will be held on April 4
(Friday) where the old girls of the school and present teachers, will
showcase their talents.
There will be two shows on that day at the National Youth Services
auditorium in Maharagama. The first will be at 2.30 p.m for
schoolchildren and the 6.30 p.m show will be open to the public. The age
range of those who will perform at this show is between 20 to 70 years,
said Mrs. Jayawardena. She said that well-known personalities, old girls
of the school, Neranjala Sarojini, Damitha Abeyrathne, Rupa Indumathi,
Inoka Wijayangani are expected to perform.
Many more representing different walks of life such as author
Samanmalee Padmakumara, Assistant Superintendent of Police Demathi
Periyapperuma and Sri Lanka Administrative Officer Sandya Wijayabandara
would contribute to the Show. "Samuduru Devsara" show which features
over 20 acts includes traditional dances, Western dances, Classics,
Spanish (local and foreign), drama, Bharatha Natyam, Hindi and Tamil
dances and songs.
Mrs Jayawardena and officials of the Old Girls' Association (OGA)
said that the main aim of the show was to raise funds to build a three
story aesthetic complex for the school as the students have shown
exceptional aesthetic talents. At present the students are practising at
different locations which have limited space for them to move about, she
said. This has made it difficult as it takes time to move from one place
to another and coordination is also not an easy task for the teachers,
The building will have designated floors for music, dancing and
drama. Students in their class rooms will not get disturbed because
practice noise. The records set by students so far show that they
deserve a better place. There are 3200 students and 140 teachers at
Organising committee of Samuduru Devsara with Principal Renuka
In All Island categories 2013, the Senior Orchestra won the first
place and the Junior Orchestra won the third place. They won the All
Island Schools Drama competition in 2013. The students won the first
place in the All Island Schools Tower Hall drama competition, the
previous year. They won the first place again in the same year for their
production "Muhudulihini" in the All Island Schools competition.
S.Y. Arosha Wickremasinghe is team member of the World Carrom
The students have excelled in netball, volleyball, swimming,
athletics and karate. Mrs. Jayawardena said that the students performed
well in their studies as well. As an example she said that 94.95% of the
2012 Advanced level Commerce Stream students passed the exam. Grade 5
students have continued to do well in the scholarship examination. The
results have shown a increase of 21.53% by 2013.
They appreciated the work done by the present Principal Mrs.
Jayawardena who was appointed on 28 February 2013.
The OGA members say that the Principal has been the driving force
behind all their activities and was able to draw in a large number of
past pupils to assist the school in several ways although she was
appointed only an year ago.
The principal and OGA members call on past students to come and join
them to develop the school. It does not matter whether one is a member
of the OGA or not, what we need is the participation in these events
running from this 99 year to the centenary year in 2015 and continuation
of support beyond that year, they said.
Any one will get a feeling of satisfaction, a sense of achievement
and happiness when one helps out the school, which had taught and guided
him or her to achieve his or her present status the principal said. She
thanked especially Samanmali Padmakumara, Kanaka Nishani Abeygunawardena,
Poshitha Perera, Dushyanthi Devika, Chandani Rathnayake, Muthuhari
Thilakasiri, Ruchika Edirisinghe, Sandamali Perera, Sunetha Manamperi
and OGA for their commitment to make these events a success.
The school compound.
Pix: Chinthaka Kumarasinghe
The school was established on 5 May 1915 with 14 students on the
roll, then known as St. John's English Medium Mixed School. The founder
principal was Rev. Fr. J.H. Wickramanayake. The Boy's section was
separated in 1934 and the government took over in 1960. The school was
renamed "Samudradevi Balika Vidyalaya" on 1 January 1965. Mrs. Padmini
Fonseka was the first Principal under the new banner and it was during
her tenure that the school song was composed by Sri Chandraratne
Manawasinghe and also it was during this period the school motto "Be
light to yourself" (Aththa Deepa Viharatha) was introduced.
Mrs. Jayawardena said that she was grateful to all those past
principals, teachers, parents, students and well-wishers who have
immensely to develop the school. Mrs Jayawardena appeals to all the past
pupils to come back to school irrespective of any differences and help
to further develop it so that present and future generations of students
would benefit. Past pupils could contact the OGA on 0115710996 or the
Organising Committee on 0713105278.