Lyceum International School News

Lyceum Little Friends fly high in Fruits Splash Pack Holiday 2015

A group of 80 Lyceum Little Friends in collaboration with a group of 20 Kothalawalapura Maha Vidyalaya joined hands last year in 2014 to grace the “Little Friends Lend A Hand” program being a continuous centenary activity that successfully invaded into the current program “A 1000 days to a 100 years” launched by the Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association.

The team engaged in the Pack Holiday event held from 12th to 14th of June 2015 that referred to camping young ones for three days and two nights with the absence of their parents where they visited the Richmond Castle in Kalutara and then to the Bandaragama Sarvodaya Training Centre.

According to Mrs. Harshini Perera, the Director - Communications of Sri Lanka Girl Guide Association, there are lots of new challenges for “Little Friends” such as making new friends and having great adventures. Hence, the Little Friends were involved in various disciplinary and fun activities such as singing songs, outdoor cooking, helping others, earning badges, expediting nature walks, learning the art to build a satisfaction with what they have and a good training to do their work by themselves. The outdoor activities were termed as
MAD OLYMPICS”. The event started with a grand opening ceremony with sweets made under Sri Lankan tradition.

A special team enforced by the Sri Lanka Girl Guide Association “Stop the violence campaign” conducted a workshop to the Little Friends and the officials eventually.

The bonfire activities for the Little Friends comprised with a kitchen band, camp songs, dancers, cheers and many more. The parents cheered up with activities designed for them. A group of 25 cub scouts from Kothalawalapura Maha Vidyalaya also joined for the bonfire. Attractive necklaces were made out of candy. Fashion shows for Little Friends emerged with innovative ideas where recyclable materials for clothing were used to fancy the competition. The closing ceremony revealed the distress of cute Little Friends in missing this beautiful moment which reflected the enjoyment and worthiness of the program.

The event was solicited with respective guidelines where the Little Friends were grouped under three sub camps A, B, and C which was further sub-divided into categories named as “Mixed fruit, Bananas, Water melon, Pineapple and Papaya” to entail a colorful bliss in the event. The different sub camps created their own pack corners with attractive decorations accordingly.

The activities of the event were classified with duties specified with designations such as “Jolly waitress - for serving the food, Happy cooks - to assist with cooking, Busy bees - for house keeping, Messengers - for delivering mails and messages and ultimately the First aids - for aiding to reach to the nurses in case of sickness”.

The Lyceum’s 22nd Founder’s Day

Lyceum has always been spreading its wings to students and staff as one big family from inception and commemorating the Founder’s Day stands to be a significant factor in honoring the school as a whole.

The big day rolled and Lyceum awaited for the arrival of its great founder Mr. Mohan Lal Grero with his wife Mrs. Kumari Grero on the 12th of June 2015 to mark the 22nd Anniversary.

When the couple stepped to the Aeolian Hall, they were left speechless at the sight of welcome arrangements that unraveled and the hordes of Cub Scouts crowding and Little Friends blending the stairway path, greeting with grand salutes as they passed by.

Once the school population had congregated at the Aeolian Hall, the Lyceum’s twenty second anniversary celebration - a meticulously planned event including welcoming sessions of little friends, lighting of oil lamps, Kandyan dancing, appreciations, speeches from higher officials - began with the founder cutting the cake to sweeten the occasion.

The founder, Mr. Mohan Lal Grero delivered a few words about the initiation and the success of Lyceum with a short story encouraging the spectators to succeed in life with a good objec
tive.

The celebration honored the staff of Lyceum giving privileges based on the number of service years at Lyceum ranging in a five-year intervals on which the tokens of appreciation were declared.

Finally, the ceremony concluded with the vote of thanks delivered by the director Mr. Nikitha with a vision of expanding into continuous development of Lyceum in the foreseeable future.

Exposicao Art & Craft

Arts and crafts are fun for children and the young-at-heart! The art & craft activities cover a wide range of subjects for young artists, future artisanal book makers, potential puppeteers, and more. Apart from other subjects, the children show special enthusiasm in art and craft due to creativity, that pursues within the soul by nature.

To enlighten the efforts of children, Lyceum International holds an annual exhibition to reveal the young talents in art and craft. The most awaited exhibition took place at the Aeolian Hall on Monday the 1st of June 2015 as “Exposição Art & Craft”.

“Exposição”, is derived from Spanish vocabulary, which means, “Exposure”. The fascinating talents that were exposed from the students of Grades 3 and 4. The selection of art projects for kids, DIY activities, and decoration ideas also provide excellent inspiration for craft ideas for kids.

The occasion was graced by Dr. Priyantha Udagedara, a painter and installation artist who obtained his BFA from the Institute of Aesthetic studies at the University of Kelaniya and subsequently an MA in Creative Fine Art practice from Leeds Metropolitan University. From the school’s persp
ective, Ms. Dulka Mendis - the headmistress, Ms. Chathurini - the assistant to headmistress and many other special guests inaugurated the event for its succession.

Nearly 760 original works were presented by students, which were featured for perusals by the chief guest. Besides fine art, a huge variety of crafts were featured stemming from plastic bottles and caps, milk powder cartons, pencil cases, old newspapers, clay and even tills. The essence of this being considering the environment policy where every materials used were carefully monitored under the concept of recycling.

The candle lighting that graced the opening ceremony was designed in most innovative way where a huge lotus was made using recyclable paper as petals and a pool of oil centered in the lotus to float lit candles.

Cute piggies were made in its most simplest form by shrinking empty mega bottles eliminating the middle part of the body and attaching the top and the bottom to form the shape of a pig. Creativity of small children were also observed with other master pieces at the exhibition such as bottle painting, clay pots painting, coloring dried leaves and so on.

The event was organized by Lyceum’s Art Coordinator - Ms. Madhavi Thilakarathna and assistants - Ms. Dananjani Ratnayake and Ms. Nadeesha Gamage. “It is in the best interest of the students who were given the opportunity to perform the decorations and the event demonstration at the most”, says Ms. Madhavi.