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S. Thomas' College OBA salutes 125 years of life

The Old Boys Association (OBA) of S. Thomas' College (STC) will be celebrating their 125th anniversary this year. The STC OBA is known to be Sri Lanka's oldest alumni association and is reputedly the oldest alumni association of a school in the world. The STC OBA has thus far assisted the college in numerous ways such as completing projects that have generated millions to put up the centenary block of classrooms and the renovation of the college chapel.

This year, the STC OBA has undertaken a much larger task of generating Rs 100 million for the college development fund, primarily to finance the new state of the art commerce building. The STC OBA has planned a series of activities not only to achieve the funding objectives but to bring together members of the OBA for the betterment of the college.

The 125th year commenced with a special Thanksgiving Service in January 2011. The celebrations are to continue with Inter Alia, the Old Boys drama production (February 28th & 29th), Old Thomians in Concert (April 28th), Gala 125th Anniversary Banquet (June 15th), 125th Anniversary Thomian Fair (September 1st & 3rd), 125th Anniversary Ball (October 8th), release of first ever coffee table book on STC (November) and the Thomian Walk and Thanksgiving Service in January 2012.

Royal College celebrates 'PASCH Day

German Ambassador Jens Uwe Ploetner will be the Chief Guest at PASCH Day on Tuesday, February 15 at Royal College, Colombo. Royal College is Sri Lanka's first national school to gain 'PASCH' (Partner School) status with Germany. Nearly 120 students from Grades 4 - 8 are currently studying the German language under this programme, while several other senior students have also began studying the German language as a subject for the Advanced Level examination.

The other schools in Sri Lanka currently enjoying PASCH status are Jennings International and Musaeus College.

Don’t miss Yolande at Lionel Wendt

Sri Lanka's very own jazz great Yolande Bavan who made her name in the 60's in the US as part of the famous trio Hendricks, Lambert and Bavan returns to the island for a jazz concert on February 22 at the Lionel Wendt with pianist Dinuk Wijeratne. They will be accompanied by Christopher Prins on drums and Patrick Bleakley on bass.

All proceeds of this charity show presented by JC Entertainment will go to the Sunshine Charity day care centre, Sambalthivu and the Multiple Sclerosis Association of Sri Lanka. Tickets priced at Rs 4,000, 3,000, 1,500 and 1,000 are available at the Lionel Wendt and also by contacting Jehan on 0777775159 or Rukshan on 0779131163.

Wildscreen Festival comes to Sri Lanka once again

Twelve environmental filmmakers from the UK will be visiting India and Sri Lanka from February 14 to 18 as part of the Wildscreen Festival organised by the British Council. The festival will showcase free screenings of wildlife and environmental films from across the world, some of them winners of the Panda Awards, nicknamed the green Oscars.

The two day programme in Sri Lanka on February 17 and 18 will comprise free master classes on various aspects of filmmaking by three UK filmmakers Amanda Theunisseen, Dolmic Weston and Martin Elsbury and Wildscreen UK co-ordinator, Charlotte Ackrill. The master classes will cover topics such as Trends in Wildlife and Environmental Filmmaking, The Magic Art of Storytelling, Short Films and Film Editing, amongst others.

Award winning films on climate change and wildlife will also be screened during the festival. Three Sri Lankan film professionals - Taya Diaz, Delon Weerasinghe and Anoma Rajakaruna will also conduct masterclasses and share the Sri Lankan perspective on documentary film making.

The Wildscreen Festival came to Sri Lanka for the first time in 2009 when it toured Colombo as a part of a touring festival covering Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore.

Admission to film screenings and master classes is free and open to the public. Participation in master classes requires prior registration. To register and for details call Thushara or Lakmaal on 4521583 or visit

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