Summit of the School Principals which facilitated the teachers and Principals of many invited schools to have an understanding of adolescents was held at Ave Maria Convent, Negombo Convent hall on 2nd July 2018. It was conducted by Prof.D.S.Ravindran and organized by ICTRC India and Ave Maria Convent- Negombo, coordinating the Zonal Education Director of Negombo Mr. Antony Fernando. The Professor the Chief facilitator in his address made the participants aware of the problematic areas with examples from day today lives. It was a fruitful session said the participants who were Principals, Counsellors and teachers of different schools.
Angelica Kurera the renowned tennis player of Ave Maria Convent bagged the Championships • Girls’ under 14 Singles • Girls under 16 Singles • Women’s Open Singles at SSC Open Tennis Championship at Tennis Courts on 15th July. It was an outstanding performance for her to possess all these titles being an under 14 player.
Grade four students received First Holy Communion on 9th June 2018 at the Convent Auditorium. The Chief celebrant was Rev. Fr. Ivan Perera Arch Diocesan Director of Education & Gen Manager, Catholic Schools Western Province. He said that the event was well organized and the students meaningfully participated in the Holy Mass. Rev Fr. Indunil Sampath in the Homily insisted that priority should be given to Jesus in whatever the circumstances. It was a Blessed day for Ave Maria when 177 students received First Holy Communion.
At 45th Sri Lanka Schools’ Aquatic Sports Championships held at Sugathadasa Stadium Swimming Pool Complex Shenali Weerawanse exposed her talents and dismayed the spectators by her thrilling performance in Back Stroke. Her continuous practice made her a great swimmer and she obtained the 1st places in all three categories in back stroke 50 meters, 100 meters and 200 meters. She also had the opportunity of representing Sri Lanka at the 54th Milo/Pram Malaysia Invitational Age Group Swimming Championship -2018 at National Aquatic Centre, Kuala Lumpur Sports City in March this year.
The greatest respect that could be given to Mother Mary was performed at School. The Principal teachers and stud4ents went round the school carrying the statue of Our Lady in a chariot specially created for the day and reciting the Rosary. Finally the School was consecrated to Mother Mary. Rev. Fr Chrishan Jayashantha Fernando who arrived in the school for the blessing appreciated the creative and collective decorations and explained the students about the May Feast “the Visitation”. Ave Marian Family experienced the Blessings of Mother Mary to whom the School is dedicated to when “Showers of Blessings” were sprinkled and ceased for the Procession to go round.
The under 18 team of Ave Maria Convent, Negombo bagged the Championship at the Netball Tournament organized by the Zonal Education office, Negombbo on 8th May 2018. Under 20 and 16 teams became the 2nd runners up and the players exposed their talents well in the netball court to the spectators present.
Roshell Nathasha Askey brings glory not only to the school but also to the whole Island. Roshel Nathasha Askey represented Sri- Lanka at World Schools’ Championship held in Durres-Albania from 20th- 29TH April. Roshel in this World Championship obtained the 6th position bringing glory not only to the School but also for the whole Island.
Grade 9 upwards students were exposed to a session to upgrade their spirituality , which is most needed in the society today on 25th April 2018 in the School Auditorium. It was on the theme “AMMA” and Rev. Fr. Dulip Kamal, the Liturgy Director of Katana Deanery, made the students understand the relationship of the mother and the daughter relating to the spiritual upliftment of the students
Ave Maria Students exposed their talents at the G.C.E.(O/L) Examination in 2017 making the School Flag flutter high up in the air. #4 students obtained 9As and 32 students obtained 8As and 1B. Ave Maria Family wishes them good luck for their future and the Patron Mother Mary’s intervene for their future success.
The Prefects’ Investiture was held on 12th January 2018. It commenced with Holy Mass conducted by praising ,thanking and requesting blessings of God for the newly appointed prefects. Ninety prefects were inducted from the Upper School and forty two from the Primary. Rebecca Fernando was the Head Prefect of the Upper School and Nishi Munasinghe was the Head Prefect of the Primary Section. The Sector Cordinator, Rev, Sr. Madonna Wimaladasa, The Community Leader Rev. Sr. John Storey, The Principal Rev. Sr. Shermila Jayawardena, The vice Principal Rev. Sr Jayamani Rodrigo, the teachers and the members of the Welfare Board, Past Pupils’ Association and the Past Teachers’ Association were in attendance.
Commencing the year 2018 the members of the Staff participated in an “ Attended Outbound Training Programme on 4th January. It was facilitated by the “Unlock Team” and the course was in keeping with International Standards of Team Building and Leadership[ Development. The teachers got motivated for a change in their lives which will be definitely instrumental in their teaching career.
Grade 1 students were welcomed to the School on 15th January 2018 by the Principal Rev. Sr Shermila Jayawardena, Vice Principal Rev Sr. Jayamani Rodrigo , the Deputy Principals and some teachers of the Primary Section and some Primary students. The new students were welcomed in song and dance by Primary student. After they were taken to the classes the Principal addressed the parents informing about some rules and regulations of the School.
The Annual Carol Service for the year 2017 was held in the School Auditorium on 12th December and Rev. Fr. Priyantha Silva , Director , Arch Diocesan Centre for Sacred Arts and Architecture the Chief Celebrant delivered the Christmas Message and granted the Blessing. It was a commendable performance by the School Choirs Primary and Upper School The Choir of the Brother School Maris Stella College joined adding colour and peace commencing the Christmas Spirit respecting the New Born Babe in Bethlehem. Members of the different organizations of the Ave Marian Family joined the Carol Service depicting unity among each other.
Skills of Athletes bring honour to Ave Maria Convent, Negombo!!! Sir John Tarbet Junior Championship Athletic Meet organized by School Athletic Association of Sri Lanka was held at Homagama, Mahinda Rajapaksha Grounds, on 8th – 10th November. Menuki Ranasinghe obtained 2nd place in Long Jump under 12, 3rd place in 100 m and 2nd place in 80m. Sewmini Nathaliya obtained 1st place in Shot Putt under 14. 4 x 100m team obtained 2nd place. The participants are Menuki Ranasinghe, Piumi Wimalasuriya, Shenali Ariyawansa and Desadi Yehansa. Finally the athletes bagged the overall under 12 Girls Championship.
Athletes of Ave Maria Convent Negombo, exposed their talents at All Island School Games 2017 Meet, organized by Ministry of Education which was held at Mahinda Rajapaksha Grounds in Homagama, on 11th – 15th October. Menuki Ranasinghe obtained 2nd place in Long Jump under 12, 2nd place in 100 m and 3rd place in 80m and Sewmini Nathaiya obtained 1st place in Shot Putt in Under 14. Finally the athletes bagged the Overall Junior Girls Championship.
Shenali Weerawansa who has been achieving in the swimming arena continuously achieved in the following manner at the National Short Course Swimming Championship 2017 although she is only 15 years old. In the Senior Category Open 50m Back Stroke 2nd place 100m Back Stroke 2nd place 50m Butterfly Stoke 2nd place 100m Individual Medley 3rd place In the Under 19 Category 50m Back Stroke 3rd place 100m Back Stroke 2nd place 50m Butterfly Stroke 3rd place 200m Back stroke 3rd place Shenali Weerawansa has got selected to participate in the Common Wealth Games in Australia next April. We are proud to announce that only 12 swimmer from Sri Lanka were selected for this prestigious event and Shenali is one of them. Congratulation Shenali!!! May God Bless You.
Grade 5 Scholarship Achievers
Ave Marian Red Ball “A” Team won the Championship in the All Island Inter School Cool Tennis A Division Tournament which held from 27th – 29th October 2017 at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association Courts.
Ave Marian Green Ball “A” Team won the 3rd place in the All Island Inter School Cool Tennis A Division tournament which held from 27th – 29th October 2017 at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association Courts.
Ave Marian Orange Ball “B” Team won the 3rd place in the All Island Inter School Cool Tennis B Division tournament which held from 22nd – 23rd October 2017 at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association Courts.
Ave Maria Convent, Negombo participated in the Inter School Shakespeare Drama Competition organized by YMCA and the Rotary Club of Colombo North this year. They performed a scene from Hamlet ; Andrea Fernando who characterized Hamlet and Andrea Oshadi who characterized Ophelia got nominated for the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress respectively. They practiced for two and a half months with the young 22 year old Director Mr. Roshane Jayampathy. Mr. Jayampathy put in a lot of effort with the teachers who took day and night off from their daily routine to get the best out of the students. The students were hard working and their motivation, dedication and the encouragement from the parents made them get into finals. Their tireless efforts were finally paid off with the Championship they were awarded on the 29th September 2017 at the Bishop’s College Auditorium. The cast members were ; Andrea Fernando –Hamlet, Andrea Oshadi- Ophelia, Muthuni Dissanayake-Gurtrude, Shevodi Perera-Claudius, Chrishelle De Silva-Pollonius, Natali Eranya-Learties, Mystica Jayakody-King Hamlet & Horatio, Richelle Fernando- Ghost, Melissa Perera-Maid and Ghost, Sheranya Dassanayake- Ghost & Soldier, Avindya Jayawardena- Soldier,Suraya Opatha –Ghost, Sanjana Kuruwita-Ghost and Isari Kuruwita-Ghost.
Sports Meet of Ave Maria Convent- Negombo, was held on the 27th of January 2017, Major D.C.N. Bombuwala ( Sri Lanka Army Women’s Corps, Adjt RHQ) gracing the occasion as the Chief Guest. It is remarkable the Chief Guest who actively participated in sports during her school days being a past pupil of the school. Under the guidance of the new principal Rev. Sr. Shermila Jayawardena the day became a success with Coudert House obtaining the Championship scoring 541 points.
The Primary School Sports Meet was held on the 17th of February 2017 and Dr. Mrs. J. A. Erandi, Senior House Officer, Medicine, D.G.H., Negombo graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Laying the foundation for the athletes the events were completed and the Andrew House bagged the Championship obtaining 230 points. The Principal Rev. Sr. Shermila Jayawardena welcomed the distinguished guests and the event was completed successfully giving a smile to everybody attended.
Rev. Sr. Therese Kanthi the New Community Leader was welcomed to Ave Maria Convent, Negombo on the 13th of March 2017. The Head Prefects of the Collegiate and the Primary presented her a bouquet of flowers depicting their love towards her. She being in the school nine years ago makes it momentous as she is aware of the surroundings.
Arch Bishop of Hobart Arch Diocese Rt. Rev. Julia Porteous visited Ave Maria Convent, Negombo on 20th January 2017. He had a keen interest of being knowledgeable of the school curriculum in Sri Lanka and addressed the A/L students. He enhanced the knowledge of the students and uplifted their spirituality. Finally he granted his blessings in which the students accepted solemnly and devotedly. There after he had a vicinity of the school and left initializing a friendship with the school.
Prefects were inducted for the year 2017 at Ave Maria Convent, Negombo on 5th January where 90 prefects from the Collegiate and 42 prefects from the Primary School took oaths committing them to be loyal and serve the school The day commenced with Holy Mass invoking blessings from Lord our God where Rev.Fr Cizwan De Croos Co-ordinator to the Negombo Regional Bishop, Rector Dheva Dharmaya Degree Nikethananya,Negombo branch, Director Thomas Cardinal Cooray Cathecatical Center, Thammita, Negombo was the celebrant. He blessed the badges that were pinned on the newly appointed leaders. It was the first official function of the new principal Rev.Sr. Shirmila Jayawardena, and the Collegiate Head Prefect Miss Shankini Pathirana was pinned by her. Primary School Captain was little Miss Jennifer Musprett. Ave Maria Family wishes the newly appointed prefects good luck and God Blessings!
Welcoming the New Grade 1 Students
Congratulations! Chethma Fernando for being picked up for the Basketball National Pool and Best wishes for her Bangkok Tour.