English Literary Association

Committee for the Year 2023

1st Row Seated: Left – Right

Onelka Amarathunga (President), Mrs. Nilangi Warnakulasuriya (Teacher-In-Charge), Ms. Harshaniy Hettiarachchi (Teacher-In- Charge), Mrs. Yvonne Hettige (Deputy Principal), Rev. Sr. Sujani Fernando (Principal), Mrs. Udeyshini Mabodawila (Teacher-In- Charge), Mrs. Lekha Basnayake (Teacher-In-Charge), Sarala Hapugalle (Secretary)

1st Row Standing: Left – Right

Bhagya Herath, Sayuni Jayawardena, Denali Perera, Janulie Liyanage (Vice President), Bhagya Opatha (Treasurer), Nivinma Madawela (Asst. Treasurer) Ramudi Weerasekera, Kalindhi Seneviratne

2nd Row Standing: Left – Right

Melissa Gunawardena, Saakshala Perera, Nisumi Uggallage, Tiruni Seelanathakuruppu, Lara Jayasiri

About Us

Consisting of the English literary students of the Year 2023, The English Literary
Association is one of the most prestigious clubs in the school that allows students
to explore the art of literature and bring their ideas, thoughts, and views to life on
paper. As English literary students of St. Bridget’s convent, we strive to achieve the
best form of literary excellence in writing, speech, and language.

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Our Aim

Through the belief that regardless of what anybody says, words and ideas have the potential to change the world. From Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf to Emily Bronte who were all living proof that one’s ability to write in the formation of creating literary art influenced and enriched the minds of people across the world. As young students at the pinnacle of their youth, students are encouraged to enrich their minds and fuel their passion.

Through this mindset, The English Literary Association of St, Bridget’s Convent strives to inspire creativity and broaden the minds of our young girls, creating art and excelling in the form of English literacy as a result.

To quote from Walt Whitman, ‘’Of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me…what good amid these, O life?’’ In return one must answer to, ‘That we are here, that life and identity exist. That the powerful play goes on, and you may
contribute a verse.’ What will your verse be?

Herencia’23”- Bridgetine Cultural Day Celebrations on 22nd June 2023

The English Literary Association in collaboration with the Sinhala and Tamil literary associations of our school, came together in cultural ties to bring to life, ‘Herencia,’’ Spanish for ‘Heritage’, on the 22nd of June 2023. Through this event, we hoped to celebrate the unity and diversity of the heritage of our school.

“Enchanting Harmony: ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ as A Choral Speech” 

In the enchanting world of childhood imagination, the timeless tale of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ is a beloved classic that continues to capture the hearts of young and old alike. The spotlight shone brightly upon a group of young girls in grades 6,7 and 8 who delivered a captivating choral speech performance of this old-age story.
Each portrayed different characters, such as the curious Little Red Riding Hood to the cunning Wolf and the concerned Grandma. Their expressions, gestures, and voices synchronized seamlessly, making the characters come to life right before the audience’s eyes. This performance was a testament to the power of storytelling, the magic of unity, and the boundless potential of young minds which succeeded in leaving a lasting memory of a performance that will be cherished for years to come.

“A Magical Rendition: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ School Musical.”

A Magical transformation took place as a group of young girls stepped onto the stage and brought to life the beloved tale of “Beauty and the Beast” in a captivating musical. As the curtains rose, the stage was beautifully set, transporting the audience into the charming village and the mysterious castle of the story. The young performers talent in character representation and the costumes brought the beloved characters to life to embark on a musical adventure. The voices of our very own young bridgetines of grades 9,10 and 11 created a magical atmosphere that instantly drew the audience into the story’s spell.
The choreography was equally impressive, as the young dancers moved gracefully across the stage, adding depth and visual splendor to the production. The item will be remembered for its beauty and creative excellence.

 “A Comedic Masterpiece: ‘Arsenic and the Old Lace’ the drama.”

The decision to stage “Arsenic and Old Lace” for the school’s cultural day was an ambitious one, given the play’s intricate plot and complex characters. However, the talented ensemble of young actresses in grade 13, from the very own English drama club of St. Bridget’s Convent, embraced their roles with enthusiasm and brought a fresh perspective to the characters, infusing them with youthful energy while staying true to the play’s darkly humorous roots. This drama was not just a celebration of the arts; it was a testament to the power of passion, diversity, and the enduring appeal of classic theater in the hands of young and talented performers.

Annual English Day Competitions 2023

The Annual English spelling bee and Essay writing competitions were held on the 25th of May 2023 for the students from grade 6 to Advanced Levels. Each student excelled in their knowledge and creativity by partaking the competitions to
showcase the academic excellence that all our students behold.

Interschool English Competitions 2023

Our Bridgetines claimed honors in various categories at ATELIER ’23, The Inaugural Arts Day celebrations organized by Wesley College.

Winners and their respective places.

Melissa Gunawardena achieved 

1st Place in English poetry writing

1st Place in English essay writing

Sayuni Jayawardena achieved 

3 rd Place in English poetry writing.

Onelka Amarathunga achieved 3rd place in English essay writing.

We congratulate our members of the English Literary Association and their honorary academic achievements.