of international education
Contemporary and traditional motifs
reflecting the splendour of Sri Lanka made up the vibrant
mosaic wall that was unveiled during Founders Day celebrated
at the Overseas School of Colombo on September 22, 2006.
As past student Alefiya Akbarally (mosaic artist and
photographer) put it, it symbolised the school's bringing
together of various people - of colour, ideas and nationalities
to make a whole.
occasion was a part of the series of events to celebrate
50 years of international education in Sri Lanka by
the Overseas School of Colombo. Alumni from all over
the world attended the colourful event that featured
inspiring messages besides song and dance.
Welcoming the gathering, Laurie McLellan,
Head of School highlighted various landmark events in
the School's rich history, which began in September
1957. Values of tolerance and respect he said were uppermost
in the institution that began with an international
outlook, to replace the Royal Naval School in Colombo.
Over the years the school that boasts
of the highest standards it appears has contributed
immensely to community service activities which Mr.
McLellan believes help build a whole person. Work at
the Education Centre of the Cancer Hospital, the women's
prison, and those related to animal welfare, swimming
with disabled students and environmental programmes
speak of their efforts.
the school, Chief Guest on the occasion, Reynout Van
Dijk, Ambassador to the Netherlands, said that the Overseas
School has become a standard in today's global education
system. "Education today should reflect humanistic
values and enable a student to face the challenges in
the future," he said pointing out that privileged
children are obliged to provide a service to the society.
Reading Dr. Seuss's Tale of Horton
the elephant, Ex-head of School Win Sargent, spoke of
qualities that would make one successful - listing goals,
plans to implement goals, honesty and reaching out to
the underprivileged as characteristics that breed success.
The Overseas School of Colombo that
has a marvellous blend of cultures, beliefs and races
has performed phenomenally well, results indicate. Since
1982 the school has offered the International Baccalaureate
Diploma as well as scholarships to Sri Lankan students
annually who then have the opportunity to go on for
graduate studies overseas. With 420 students from 45
countries and teachers from around the globe, the school
truly represents unity in diversity.
the occasion, staff members who have served the school
for over 25 years were recognised and honoured. Distinguished
guests included Dancer Vajira, Swimmer Julian Bolling
and fashion icon Kirthi Sri Karunaratne.
Several other events are lined up
for both past and present students, parents and well-wishers
to mark the event. These include the IB Theatre Arts
Performance, a Primary School concert, a gala New Year's
Eve reunion, Sri Lanka's National Day Celebration on
February 5, 2007, an International Food and Fun Fair,
a secondary School Musical Theatre Performance and a
grand finale comprising dinner dance and auction on
June 7, 2007. Proceeds from the auction will go towards
meaningful projects that OSC in involved in.