Clubs & Societies
STUDENT CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT
Teacher-in-charge: Mr. S. Dason
The Student Christian Movement of the College which functions under the banner of the SCM of Sri Lanka continues to play a major role in building up the Student Christian community of the College.
Variety of programmes were held to build spirituality among the students of the College. Students also took part in community projects especially in visiting the Elder’s Home that belongs to the Church of the Ascension, Bandarawela and also assisting in projects organized by some of the other societies of the College.
The SCM also helped in organizing the Easter Musical Worship and the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols during the second and third terms respectively.
COLLEGE SCM CHOIR
Teacher-in-charge: Mrs. Chandra David
It has been another successful year of the SCM/College choir with its first contribution towards the Founder’s Day Service in January.
Soon afterwards, choristers started practicing toward the Easter Musical Worship. As always, a variety of worship songs were selected to include both traditional and contemporary. We believe that the primary calling of members of this choir is to uphold Christian values in their lives although performance at programmes come secondary. As such, we take special effort to emphasize on the lyrics that choristers sing, especially at the Easter Musical Worship.
Choristers also gave vocal accompaniment at the College Annual Prize Giving.
Five of our choristers were fortunate to take part in the joint concert organized by S. Thomas’ Preparatory School, Colpetty. A group of young Thomians from Colpetty with their Choir Master came over to Bandarawela to guide the selected choristers. It was a special experience where our choristers felt very much motivated.
The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols continues to be an important event looked forward to by many. It continues to be a challenge for many choristers to balance their time between regular Monday choir practices and other College activities. Through it all, we have managed to produce our Service of Nine Lessons and Carols at a good standard. A special thanks to the students who sacrificed their time towards the Carol Service in spite of their G.C.E. (Ordinary Level) Examination the very next day.
We continue to give students the opportunity to provide the music backup wherever possible and it is heartening to see more young students coming forward with their musical talents.
The choir strength at present stands at 54 choristers which includes a few students from other faiths as well. We appreciate all choristers who dedicate every Monday afternoon for the weekly practices.
Heartfelt thanks goes out to the members of the staff who assisted during the period under review. Particularly Mrs. Chandra David our Choir Trainer, Miss. Rebecca Mihirani who gives the main accompaniment and other vocal trainers Miss. Jennifer Jebathurai, Mr. Roshan Jacob and Miss. Sumithra Madurangani who succeeded Miss. Achini Mahaulpotha.
We continue to seek God’s guidance to instill Christian attitudes and values in our students through worshiping Him.
BUDDHIST STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
Teacher-in-charge: Mr. A.J.M.U.S. Bandara
During the year in review the Buddhist Society of the College initiated a number of programmes. The most significant event among them was the organizing of the “Poson Bakthi Gee” Programme which was held at the Sri Pushparama Temple, Bandarawela. This was organized for the 26th consecutive year.
The society also collected essential goods and stationary to be distributed to under privileged schools in the region. The schools chosen this year were the Panangala Sinhala College and Batathota Primary School. The students of the society collected money to release two cows and handed them over to two owners.
The World Teacher’s Day was celebrated on a grand scale at the College during the month of October. The Buddhist Society of the College also makes it a point to help other societies and clubs of the College whenever necessary, thus building mutual understanding among the various communities.
HINDU STUDENTS MOVEMENT
Teacher-in-charge: Mr. N. Subramaniam
The Hindu Society of S. Thomas’ College, Bandarawela implemented a number of programmes in the academic year 2018. Among the programmes held, the ‘Vani Vizha’ and the ‘Kalai Vizha’ were successfully staged by the students. The morning prayers conducted by various grades on a daily basis is initially a good start of the Hindu Cultural Society.
The ‘Vani Vizha’ programme of our College was successfully staged on Saturday the 13th of October 2018, at the Bandarawela Siva Subramaniyam. This began at 9.00 am at the Temple premises with the Pooja procedures, and continued with students’ performance and ended with the distribution of certificates and an almsgiving. The occasion was graced Mr. K. Vinayagamoorthy who was the chief guest.
The Vivekananda exams were conducted successfully at the end of the third term by our society.
THE ISLAMIC SOCIETY
Teacher-in-charge: Mrs. F.F. Fahma
The Islamic Society takes pride in organizing the Meelad-Un-Nabi and last year too we celebrated it for the 8th consecutive year. The function was held in the College. The ‘Al Iqrah’ a magazine published to mark the event was also issued. Students received certificates for competitions held to mark the Holy Prophet’s birth.
Apart from these, the Islamic students are also taken twice a month to the Bandarawela Mosque for religious observances. Students also actively take part in competitions at All Island Level that instill Islamic values in them. Students also make it a point to help other societies and clubs of the College to celebrate special occasions.
CLUBS AND SOCIETIES
SINHALA LITERARY ASSOCIATION
Teachers-in-charge: Mr. R.M.T. Jayasiri & Mrs. P.H.Y.N. Gunaratne
The Annual General Meeting of the Association was held as usual. It is noteworthy to mention that 11 students were selected at the Zonal Level Sinhala Language Competition to represent the Provincial Level. Out of which 3 students participated in the National Level Competition. B.H.D. Sumyuru Induranga Hewage who represented the Senior Category was able to get a Certificate of Merit, at the National Level.
The most significant event of the year was the launching of the first ever Sinhala Newspaper consisting of articles written both by the teachers and the students of all the grades. The Chief Guest of this event was the Zonal Director of Education Mr. Ariyadasa Rathnayake.
Moreover, the Annual Reading Day aimed at promoting and motivating students to read was held on the 26th of September and the students who submitted summary notes of their reading were given special awards.
TAMIL LITERARY ASSOCIATION
Teacher-in-charge: Mr. G. Praba
The Tamil Literary Association aims and provides students to appreciate the literary skills and ways of protecting the traditions of Language. Various competitions were held at class level to revive the artistic and creative skills of the students. The Annual “Kalai Vizha” was held on the 29th of September 2018 and Dr. M. Vamadevan, Advisor, Ministry of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure & Community Development graced the occasion as Chief Guest.
ENGLISH LITERARY ASSOCIATION
Teacher-in-charge: Mrs. R. Kavitha
The Senior English Literary Association aims at creating a passion to acquire higher order skills such as creative communication through the media of prose, poetry, drama etc. All students from Grade 11 to 13 are the constituents of this association. The Senior English Literary Association taps the innate talents of the students and provides them with a good platform to interact with one another and hones their skills of advanced communication skills.
Various activities were conducted to expose our children to the nuances of English Language and enable them to exhibit their literary fervor such as critical thinking and writing critical appraisal. Above all, the Senior English Literary Association develops student’s empathy towards other human beings, living creatures and the environment.
The 2018 Annual English Day was held on the 23rd of January at the Keble Memorial Hall and Prof. A.E. Gamini Fonseka graced the day as the Chief Guest.
Teacher-in-charge: Mr. B.P Weerakoon
As an initiator of countless events, S. Thomas’ College, Bandarawela is proud to be the very first school in the Uva Province to have a Gavel Club. Gavel Club, a society created for students by the Toastmasters International mainly focuses on developing public speaking skills. The club was established in 2016 and with the immense support given by the Old Boy’s Association of S. Thomas’ College, Bandarawela as well as with the help of a fraternity of distinguished Toastmasters.
The aim of the club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which each individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills. It also gives members the opportunity to practice Toastmaster skills.
Students participated in the Junior Speech Master Contest held at Dharmaraja College, Kandy organized by the Gavel Club of University of Jayawardanapua. Students also participated in the workshop targeting the school community to enhance and develop the public speaking skills held at ACBT Kandy.
The club has become a cynosure which helps to seed self-confidence and personal growth of the students to transform them into better individuals and enjoy a friendly learning environment.
Teacher-in-charge: Mr. H.D.D. Chathuranga
The Mathematical society of S. Thomas’ College successfully completed an eventful academic year.
This year the annual book donation programme “Suchaaga Nenopakaara” which helps the under privileged schools to start a library was very successful as we were able to donate books to two remote schools; Lemasthota Primary School and Gampaha Wellawaya Maha Vidyalaya.
Another project was the Maths Seminar organized for the students who sat for the G.C.E. (O/L) 2018 with the help of our learned old boys who are at present studying in different state universities.
The most aspiring event of all was the programme “Ganith Wishishtayo” an awarding ceremony to recognize and appreciate the hard work of the students who got selected to enter State Universities.
Yet another programme which is under way at this moment is the fund raising project to collect funds to launch our annual magazine. We have already planned to have a Football Tournament to accomplish this target.
JUNIOR SCIENCE SOCIETY
Teacher-in-charge: Mrs. S.M.A. Sudharma (Sinhala Stream), Mrs. S. Sasikalathevy (Tamil Stream)
The Junior Science Society of the College provides an opportunity for students to develop their practical knowledge related to their science syllabi. Practical activities and teamwork has made the 75th anniversary exhibition, a very successful event. Many schools in the region participated in practicals conducted during the exhibition and were benefited.
It is a platform for the Thomians to explore new scientific technical aspects and for them to explore the environment and to be a part of protecting the environment.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CLUB
Teacher-in-charge: Mr. R.M.S. Wijithananda, Mr. K.A.P.Rajapaksha & Mr. N.G.N.J.C. Narangoda
The College IT Club has accomplished a lot in terms of practical utilization of outdoor videograpy skill. It has proven to be a club without which the college media would not be possible. One such event is the Uva Thomian Cricket Encounter and specially the mobile application invented by the students of the IT club which paved the way for any cricket lover or fan to be updated with our live coverage simply by clicking a button on their mobile phones no matter where they are in the world. Moreover, providing IT solutions for all college functions, workshops and special events held both at college and outside of college in collaboration with the Photography unit of the IT club.
Our members have participated in many IT related contests conducted by various Governmental and Non-governmental organizations and have performed remarkably well achieving First places and Merit awards.
Teacher-in-charge: Mr. J.K.C.J.P. Manchanayake
The Photography Club, one of the latest inclusions among the many clubs and societies of the College takes pride in the introduction and organizing of various activities in the College. Students who have a keen eye and who are interested are encouraged to join the club. This club is open to all students from Grade 8 onwards and the lessons are conducted with a touch of artistry. Sessions in this field are introduced from the very beginning where theory and later on practical assignments are provided.
Students take part in regular sessions and have also to take part in a practical test to which a certificate is provided. During these sessions, the fine art of photography, its history and editing is included. As a result, they have the opportunity to take part on a field trip to Horton Planes to further enhance their skills. Students hope to hold an exhibition in the near future to showcase their talents in the field of photography. One of the setbacks students face is the high cost of cameras and equipment.
Students are also given the opportunity to cover some of the major events in the College to further enhance their knowledge. At the end of the lessons, students are provided with an examination, to which they are awarded certificates.
Teacher-in-charge: Mrs. P.H.Y.N. Gunaratne & Mrs. S. Gnananesan
The Environmental Circle celebrated five years during the past year. It has created awareness among the students to value nature and nurture it.
As a result, the society took part in a road clearing campaign during the second term from the Kahathewela Junction leading up to the College. Apart from the students many members of the staff too participated.
The Environmental Circle also provided meals on the 20th of every month to the Ascension Elder’s Home. The students happily spent time talking to the inmates and shared their experiences.
An Environmental awareness programme was also held during the third term with the participation of a resource personnel from the Municipal Council, Badulla.
A ‘Kola Kanda’ programme was also organized by the Grade 6 students attached to the society and provided to the Middle School. A campaign simultaneously organized with this programme was also held to create an awareness on pollution.
Teacher-in-charge: Mr. N.G.N.J.C. Narangoda & Mrs. P.L.N.D. Cooray
The Robotic Club of the College marked yet another successful year.
Thomian Robotic Challenge – 2018 was organized and held at the Keble Memorial hall to guide, encourage, motivate and promote Robotics in the College.
The College Robotic team participated in Robotic Dexterity Challenge – 2018 “Blade 3.0” The Robot assembled by Jayodhya Thennakoon won the 2nd place with a cash award of
As usual our Robotic Teams took part in “Robo Fest”, SLRC and “X-botics” and performed remarkably well.
The College Robotic Club was able to commence regular Arduino Classes every other Friday conducted by instructors of Uva Wellassa University under the patronage of the Headmaster and the College Office. The enthusiasm of Mrs. Nirmala Cooray in organizing these classes is praiseworthy.
We wish to thank the senior management for their relentless support and encouragement.
Teacher-in-charge: Mrs. P.R. Lakmali
A newly formed Kennel Club is an organization which helps all the animals in our environment.
This club was initiated first at S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia and later, S. Thomas’ College, Bandarawela became an affiliated branch society.
We have had many programmes to care for stray dogs especially in sterilisation.