Studies cum extra- curricular activities - the secret
Island First - Dasun Oshada Jayasinghe of Royal College
A student of Colombo Royal College J.A.Dasun Oshada Jayasinghe who came first in the island at the GCE Ordinary Level examination 2012 said, to score a triumph one must attend to his/her studies diligently while participating in extra curricular activities, without making the examination a burden.
Oshadha is the second in a family of three children from Imbulgoda in Gampaha. From the inception of his school career Oshadha had excelled in his studies and extracurricular activities. His father J. A. A. Prabhath Jayasinghe is a senior Engineer at the National Water Supply and Drainage Board and his mother Rupika Jayasinghe a housewife.
"I had my primary education at the Gampaha Sri Sambodhi Junior School and passed the year five scholarship examination. I was 16th in the all-island ranking, and the 4th in the district. I was selected for admission to the Colombo Royal College, where I pursued my studies diligently and attended to extra curricular activities as well. I won a bronze medal at the Grade VI Science Olympiad competition held in Indonesia. I attended to my studies with enthusiasm and never considered the examination a burden. I watched TV, read the daily newspapers, and attended music classes. However, I was confident of excellent results at the examination," he said.
I want to be a doctor
Equal first - P.A.Madushani Chaturani of Sanghamitta, Galle
A student of Sanghamitta Balika Vidyalaya in Galle, P.A.Madushani Chaturani Kulatunga was also placed first at the GCE ordinary level examination 2012.
Madushani was all smiles when she said she was pleased to have brought repute to the school which she considered was the best reward that could be offered to the principal of the school at her retirement this year.
"I planned my studies and extracurricular activities in such a way that my examination was not a burden on me and it was the secret of my success. I am happy to have brought repute to the school and to our principal who will retire this year. Ours is a Buddhist school where the tenets of Buddhist culture were inculcated in us from our formative years. My elder sister who had scored a similar triumph at her examination helped me in my studies. I owe much to our principal and the teachers who were largely instrumental in my success." Madushani said.
Madushani who actively participated in extra curricular activities is the member of the school band. She has brought repute to the school through her outstanding performance at literary day competitions, English day competitions and as a Melodica player at an all-island instrumental music competition.
She said her ambition was to be a doctor
Island second - Ayodya Gayathri de Alwis of Sanghamitta, Galle
Ayodya Gayathri De Alwis of Galle Sanghamitta College, who came third in the island at the GCE ordinary level examination 2012 said, she did not burn midnight oil and attended to her lessons without considering the examination a burden.
"I pursued my studies under the guidance of my teachers and according to a time table and was confident I would come within the first ten in the all-island rank. I have scored a triumph and I am second only to a class mate and a Royalist." Ayodya said.
Ayodya is the daughter of a family of two children. Her father Lal De Alwis is a Customs Officer and her mother Manjula who had been a school teacher in Amparai district resigned from service in the interest of her children's future after failing to get a transfer to the Galle district.
"My brother who passed his Advanced Level in the Bio science stream is pursuing further studies. My parents pay particular attention to our education. I attended school everyday until the day of the examination and attended to my studies punctually. I discussed everything with my teachers and my friends and referred the internet to supplement my knowledge on several subjects. The use of internet was largely instrumental in my success at the examination. I can sing and dance well, but I have not taken any interest in sports. However I have brought repute to the school by winning several awards at language competitions in Sinhala, Tamil and English."
Ayodya said her ambition was to take up the Advanced Level in the Bio science stream and to enter the medical college.
I want to be an astrophysicist at NASA
Island Third - Ama Ranawaka of Visakha Vidyalaya
Ama Mandasmitha Ranawaka of Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo who ranked third place all-island, at the ordinary level exam 2012, is a student who has excelled in both academics and extracurricular activities.
Winner of the all-island championship in drumming (group event) she had also bagged first place at several national level oratorical contests. Being an ordinary level student she was also the vice-captain of the senior oriental band of Visakha Vidyalaya and was also a junior prefect.
Speaking about her achievement Ama, the elder daughter of Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said, better time management, a relaxed mind and the ability to stay above the general competition had contributed to her victory.
"Ranking was never in my mind although the school always expected this victory from me," she said.
"My parents were the greatest source of encouragement. However they never put undue pressure on me to aim at a rank," added Ama.
She also thanked the Principal of Visakha who she said, guided her through the path of success.
Having reached great heights and her eyes on the stars, Ama concluded that she wished to pursue studies in the Maths stream with the hope of becoming an astrophysicist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).