“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.”- Warren Bennis
Every year, the TISSL (The International Schools of Sri Lanka) presents the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award for Education’ to honour outstanding leaders in education who have dedicated their lives to the enhancement of the institute/ organization and advancing the field of education with their pioneering spirit, demonstrated innovation, advocacy and career achievements that have inspired the education industry.
This year, the ‘Life time Achievement Award for Education’ was presented to none other than our respected Chairman Sir Mr. G. T. Bandara, whose service to the field of education is immeasurable and meritorious.
Throughout his life, our Chairman Sir has been a fountain of knowledge that inspired many students as well as teachers to understand the real meaning of ‘education’- that it is not only limited to books, but the moulding of the complete personality of an individual. He has most generously shared his bountiful knowledge and has paved pathways to many individuals to gain a solid education and build up their lives. The initiation of Royal Institute in 1971, is a remarkable milestone in his life and a great service to all those who were educated under its wings and for many generations to come.
Our Chairman Sir is the epitome of ‘leadership’ who has constantly motivated all those who sought his guidance to sail their ships cautiously and with determination until they reached great destinations.
All of us at Royal Institute, whole-heartedly congratulate our Chairman Sir for receiving the invaluable ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ and we wish to convey our gratitude for his great service to uplift the lives of many individuals in the society!
Graduation symbolises the end of a period of 12 to 13 long years in school.
However, to the batch of 2019 of Nugegoda and Havelock Town branches, who graduated at the RIC last Friday, 18th July 2019, it meant a whole lot more.
Although every one of them had come to the heartfelt realization that their school life was marking its end and that the next chapter of their lives would soon begin, they did so in a triumphant way, celebrating all their achievements, friendships and the memories they’ve made for one last time.
We wish them the best of luck in all their future endeavours.
Upper Nursery in Action!!!
Upper Nursery kids of Royal Institute International Girls’ School were introduced to two interesting lessons recently.
First they learnt that they live in an island. The teachers were innovative in introducing what an island is. They have used a few prolific methods in teaching this lesson. The kids have had an ample opportunity of learning through amusement.
In addition, a practical session in introducing the concepts of sinking and floating has provided the kids with another round of child- centred education. These concepts are immensly important as they will utilise them in their higher studies as well. So, it is a crucial task for the Upper Nursery teachers to lay the foundation properly ; thus they have done their best.
These fun- filled learning sessions must have indubitably generated a craving for learning in the dainty minds.
Poson Poya Day is very significant to Sri Lankan Buddhists as it is the day on which Arahath Mahinda Thero brought Buddhism to the island in the 3rd century B.C. Going along with the rituals and traditions there were special school centered programmes at all the branch schools to celebrate Poson Poya.
Religious observances were held to mark the significance of Poson Poya and to pay homage to Lord Buddha. Dhamma sermons were preached and the students observed Sil.
As it is a festival of piety and sanctity all branch schools were decorated with beautiful lanterns, Buddhist flags and other decorations.
“Play for Keeps”- FUN DAY
“Nothing could be further from reality, however, for a great deal happens when children are ‘playing’. They are developing skills, habits and attitudes that will stay with them throughout their lives. As they play, they learn to cope up with frustration, to continue to try to improve, to share with others, to give vocal expression to their thoughts and fantasies. Thus they literally play for keeps.”- Fisher-Price. Moreover, children use fine and gross motor skills in their play.
Realizing the importance of the role played by PLAYING in early childhood development, the nursery teachers of Royal Institute International Girls’ School, organised a FUN DAY for the kids from Toddler group to Pre-Grade. This event consisted of games, face-painting, music, dancing, bumper houses accompanied by “Winnie the Pooh”.
It was fascinating to watch how children reacted with each other, how they used language to talk to each other and responded emotionally to the play activity. The integration of these different types of behaviours is key to cognitive development of these young children.
Above all the important factors behind this event, the fun day imprinted impressive memories in these little minds.
RI- Model United Nations
The Model United Nations of Royal Institute, Nugegoda and Havelock Town branches participated in the ACMUN 2019 Conference which was held at Hilton Colombo on the 23rd of June. The students actively participated in the conference and managed to win a number of awards too.
Deepak Mahtani – UNEP – HC
Ravan Perera – GA1 – HC
Chandrika Manamendra – SC – BD
Little Genius – Maths and Science Camp
Parent, teacher or student alike, we all get a little (or lot) tensed up when it comes to winding up yet another term- especially with those term-end examinations coming around the corner! So why not ease your shoulders? Redefine the traditional methods of study and take a BREAK from the monotony of the EVERYDAY classroom!
Royal Institute Nugegoda presented ‘The Little Genius Science Camp 2019’ on the 30th of July and our little ones from grades 1-3 engaged in a first hand experience of a different kind of day camp.
Tapping into the creativity of our young minds…revealing the true artistic nature of science, maths and geography what better way to do what you love and love what you do?
Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to the collective efforts of the teachers, parents and students who took on the week long projects to bring an idea into life!
AMI Graduation Ceremony
The Graduation Ceremony of Diploma in Montessori and Primary Education, Batches 12 &13 was held at RIC on the 25th of September 2019.
Forty graduands received their Diploma certificates from the Chief Guest, Chairman of Royal Institute International School, Mr.G.T. Bandara who emphasized, in his speech, that teachers in the modern era should open doors for their students to develop their creative thinking ability.
The graduands have had ample opportunities to develop soft skills and had also been empowered, during their internship, with practical skills a teacher should possess in order to face challenges in the future classroom.
Prof. Sarath Amunugama, Dr. Nirodha Bandara and many other distinguished guests graced the occasion.
The annual Founder’s Day celebration was held at the Gampaha branch recently. The school and all its stakeholders were warmly welcomed and blessed by the chanting of pirith. There was a small ceremony to mark this beautiful event. Royal Institute Gampaha that started with very humble beginnings with 40 students has come a long way in delivering students that have been assets to not just the country, but globally! Royal Institute Gampaha always tries to create a balanced student!
This is one main reason why Royal Institute Gampaha has been able to produce students that have left their marks in every aspect.
With the very able and innnovative guidance of founder chairman Mr. G.T. Bandara, Academic Director Dr. Nirodha Bandara and Principal Mrs. S.F. Galeel, the school is just moving only in one direction, and that is into the future, as a very successful school in not just in Gampaha, but islandwide!
Cambridge International Examinations,
YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
The roots of Royal Institute go back to 1971 when its founder and current Chairman Mr. G.T. Bandara commenced preparing students for Local A/Levels examinations and BSc degrees (External) of the University of Peradeniya in Physical and Biological Sciences.
A pioneer in international education, Royal Institute International School is a premier private sector educational institute in Sri Lanka with a reputation for devotion to academic excellence providing primary and secondary education.