A wonderful Teachers’ Day Celebration organized by their students is without a doubt one of the most memorable days in the life of teachers. Trinity College has always had a special place in its rich 150-year history for its teachers. Teachers’ Day is one such event in which students from all the sections of the school come together to thank and admire their teachers.
The School Officers’ Guild organized a heartfelt teachers’ day celebration on October 7, 2022, with many entertainment items highlighting the diverse cultural heritage of Trinity College.
The day’s proceedings began with the traditional magul bera (මගුල් බෙර) ceremony followed by prayer and welcome speech.
The first performance for the day was by the Oriental Music Society. They performed Guru Geethaya (ගුරු ගීතය), a song appreciating a teacher’s service to the future generation. The song gave a great start to the event and definitely made the teachers emotional.
Andara yaye (අන්දර යායේ), a song about a father’s unconditional love, was performed next by the Oriental Music Society. Lyrically decorated by Kumara Liyanage, musically assisted by Rohana Dharmakeerthi and sung by Karunaratne Diwulgane. The young musicians performed excellently well while doing justice to a wonderful song.
The next performance for the day was by the Western Music Society’s Junior Choral Group. They performed a soul touching song, Believing in Me composed by Raul and Cacai Mitra and sung by Regine Valasquez.
“Believing in Me” is taken from the album “Hulog Ka ng Langit” (“Heaven Sent”). The song is made up of an upbeat, pleasant music for mothers, kids, and teachers, written by a variety of local and international songwriters, giving off an inspirational mood. The lyricist wonderfully captures both the bond between a teacher and pupil as well as the dedication of a teacher in the song.
Next, Master Nethmika Atukorala gave a moving performance: What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong, a song appreciating the beauty of the world. The song undoubtedly made everyone realise the charm of the world and maybe even reminding the poignant passing of time.
Handa Allan aasa gamana (හද අල්ලන් ආස ගමන), a song about how we try to persue our dreams was performed next by Master Shevindra Herath and Master Kevin Tennakoon. They brought forth the meaning of the song in the form of a duet and showcased the need that everyone has to go and grasp their dreams.
Next up the Oriental Music Society once again made an appearance singing the famous song Awadiwanna Awadiwanna (අවදි වන්න, අවදි වන්න), by C.T Fernando. This is a song that begets the patriotism towards one’s motherland, and it was quite evident that everyone present at the event felt patriotic as they sang along.
Next the oriental musicians took a sudden turn to perform Mage Rattharan Helena (මගෙ රත්තරං හෙලෙනා), a jovial, comedic duet by Rohana Badhdhage. Speaking about performances, they gave an outstanding act which was backed up by the vocalists. All in all, it was a great display of their skills
The final song for the day was done by the students grade 13. Within the nick of time they organised themselves to sing Master Sir (මාස්ටර් සර්), by Karunaratne Abeysekara. This song which was featured in a movie called Kalu Diya Dahara.
The day’s proceedings came to an end with the Kandyan Dancing Troop showcasing a traditional Ves Dance by our talented dancers. It brought a unique touch to the event and ended it with our Ceylonese Pride.
After a successful extravaganza, the Principal Rev. Fr. Araliya Jayasundara OSB addressed the gathering, congratulating the organisers and performers while giving out an important word of advice to all students. He ended his speech by wishing everyone a wonderful day.
The teachers indeed enjoyed to their hearts’ content and lavished the students with positive comments and appreciation.
Review by Master Shevindra Herath
Event Photographed by the Trinity College Media Unit. (Photographer: Nethmika Athukorala and Shaluka Herath)