22nd October 2019 10:10:48 Hours
Kandy Pushpadana Girls' College-produced 400 Colour winners in Sports and several other extra-curricular projects had the distinctive privilege of accepting their accolades from the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva on Monday (21) evening when he graced their glamorous awarding night as the Chief Guest.
Held for the 8th consecutive year, the ‘Colours Night,’ the most looked forward spectacle of the students was attended by a packed audience, inclusive of distinguished invitees, past principals and teachers, incumbent principal, teachers, parents, past students, school achievers and students.
Mrs G.W. L. K Egodawela, Principal welcomed the Chief Guest and other guests, together with Girls’ Guides, Western Band and Cadet’s Eastern Band and conducted Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva to the auditorium. Formalities, such as lighting of the traditional oil lamp, observance of one-minute silence to honour fallen war heroes and patriots, singing of the college song, etc followed next before the proceedings got underway.
After delivery of the welcome speech of the principal, the day’s apex on the itinerary set in amid roars of applause after inviting the day’s Chief Guest on stage for distribution of trophies, Colours and certificates to the achievers in the year 2019.
The event, coloured with aesthetic features, presented by Pushpadana girls themselves recognized Ms. Sandagomi Muhandiram, National Taekwondo player of the college as the Best Sportswoman of the year. Nearly 400 students won merit awards, Colors and Special Awards for various sports disciplines, such as Netball, Table Tennis, Swimming, Taekwondo, Hockey, Netball, Vallyball, Gymnastic, etc and for other projects.
Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva in his brief address to the gathering afterwards reminded the importance of commitment to sports in young age as it is the sports that promotes the well-being of an individual in the long run, both physically and mentally. He also urged students to pursue studies with vigour and become useful citizens of the country.
In appreciation of the Commander’s participation, the Principal on behalf of all teachers and students awarded a memento to the Commander of the Army.
Games Captain Binaramali Bandara, a student skilled in oratory and games raised the vote of thanks.
Pushpadana Girls’ College, Kandy, which was founded on 2 July 1942 as an educational institution for Buddhist Girls in the hill country by Sri Pushpadana Samithiya, recently celebrated its 77th Anniversary.
The school, which commenced as a private school, was later taken over by the Government in 1961 and accredited the National School status in 1993. It has emerged to be one of the most popular schools for girls in the hill country where teaching is conducted in both Sinhala and English mediums.