Review by Nimuthu Pathiraja (Web Content Team)
The 20th of October 2023 was unquestionably an evening full of entertainment and a chance for 164 young artists from Grade 1 to present their talents to an audience that left the hall with so many memories to cherish. After weeks of planning and training, curtains finally opened for this concert, themed ‘One Moment’.
After an auspicious start with the opening prayer, lighting of the oil lamp and the welcome speech, the event headed off to a vibrant “Pooja Dance” that entertained the audience to the rhythmic beats of Kandyan Dance.
Next was an English drama titled “Back to School,” and acted out by a group of enthusiastic students who had been on the training track for a long time. The English song “Fun and Leisure” which proceeded the drama was surely what the name illustrates – a deeply knowledgeable and yet amusing event.
Highlighting multilingualism, the theme changed to the Sinhala Song “පාවෙලා යන්න” providing an experience like no other on the wonders of childhood, which undoubtedly filled everyone with nostalgia.
The young artists then presented a song in both Sinhala and Tamil titled, “Life Lessons”: The idea for a song like this was derived from the Ideology of teaching vital life lessons at an early age, providing children with the opportunity of becoming responsible citizens.
“Dancing Feet” a Tamil Dance Item was another example of a great display for another key discipline: Dancing. It was a precious and delightful performance.
The Sinhala Drama “මං ආසයි” was a masterpiece of dramatic acting. This was followed by an orchestral: “වලාකුළේ.” All the instruments were made out of waste material to achieve the objectivie of inspiring future generations to reduce the wastage of resources and creating a more greener world.
According to the agenda the event was to be done and dusted, however, there was a twist – A special surprise song “One Moment” which was a collaboration of everyone involved – After this performance, Mr. Ananda Marasinghe addressed the gathering encouraging more glorious performances – This brought an end to a wonderful event.
The entire concert was a culmination of commitment, collaboration and a love for a job well-done. The students and teachers can be proud of their achievements.
We would like to thank the Principal Rev. Fr. Araliya Jayasundara OSB, the Vice Principal Mr. Krishanthan Antonydas, the Co-Vice Principal Mr. Ananda Marasinghe, The Headmistress of the Junior School Mrs. C.P.K. de Tissera, the Grade Head of Grade 1 Mrs. Himali Mulleriyawa, All the Grade 1 teachers, The Aesthetics Faculty and all the other teachers from the Kindergarten and the Junior School who made it possible for this junior most grade to hone their skills on the stage and build up confidence, the Junior School Office, PROMWEB, IT Department, Security officers, College press and the support staff must also be mentioned for their support through the event.
Junior School is also grateful to the parent community for their support in making this event a remarkable one to be cherished!