Principal Mr. D.M.D. Dissanayake addressing the gathering including teachers, children,parents, and members of School development society,and OBA before distributing the plants to the respective teachers and children for planting.
The National Tree planting programme known as DEYATA SEVANA inaugurated by His excellency president Mahinda Rajapaksa on the 15th November 2011 was successfully implemented at D.S. Senanayake College Colombo 07 by planting 100 trees in the school promises.
The trees were planted in the presence of parents, old boys, members of School Development Society and teachers. A variety of trees of medical plants, fruit trees and other shady trees such as jack were planted as per guidance given by the ministry of education. The deputy principal Mrs.Ajantha Pahathkumbura a highly refined cultured lady who holds the best of virtures in the highest order has scccessfully co ordinated and developed a team spirit among the members of the staff to make this event a great successful. The secretary of School development society Mr.Pradeep Ratnayake along with the members of OBA extended their co operation to make this programme a great success.
The school which maintains a “Go Green Spirit” from the primary sector of school will continue to grow in the childrens hearts as trees grow stated the principal Mr. D.M.D. Dissanayake. Speaking on the occasion the principal stated that tree is a priceless wealth as it
provides food, medicine, fuel, timber and also manure
Provides fresh air Cools the environment and provide shade to the children
Adds beauty to the environment
Maintains moister of the soil
Gives shelter to the birds and animals Provides physical and mental relaxation and promotes healthy living in a school environment.
Regulates life cycle.
With the launching of this tree planting programme we want to encourage children to make most of their grounds by planting trees. This helps create woodland habitat, increases biodiversity and most importantly, provides an excellent leaning source. Planting the trees, watching them grow, seeing how wildlife in encouraged, watching the changing nature of trees bearing fruits on seasons and weather.
Firstly we need to be confident that the location for our trees is “Permanent”.
The trees appeal should focus on habitat creation, biodiversity targets and social benefits. So we need to be sure that our trees will be planted where they have the best chance of reaching their full potential. Environment education at D.S. Senanayake College is encouraged as it plays an important role in protecting the required temperature of the Ozone and as a preventive step in global warming. The principal Mr. D.M.D. Dissanayake further stated that plants beautify the school premises and is a visible part of the landscape. Care must be taken to ensure proper growth conditions and maintain as it increases the real estate value of the premises.Fruit trees eliminates pollutants in the school environment by generating oxygen into the air.
The tree planting project in schools inaugurated by His excellency president Mahinda Rajapaksa is certainly going to greatly benefit the students and the society at large.The principal requested all the children to plant trees in their gardens today to make this a successful event islandwide