Sinhala Literary Association
(සිංහල සාහිත්යය සංගමය)
Committee for the Year 2023
Seated: left to right
Anya Senadhira (President), Mrs priscilda Wijeratne (Teacher-in-charge), Mrs Yvonne Hettige (Deputy Principal), Sr. Sujani Fernando (Principal), Ms Kumari Perera (Teacher-in-charge), Ms Malani Gunathilake (Teacher-in-charge), Michelle Rajapakse (secretary)
1st Row Standing: left to right
Binadhi Liyanage(treasurer), Muthu Ratnayake, Bodhini Thaksara (Asst. Treasurer)
2nd Row Standing: left to right
Shanella Rupesinghe, Savithmi Jayalath (vice president), Ruth premathilake (Asst. Secretary), Tiara Jayasinghe
Without language, no culture can sustain its existence. Our language is our identity. Language plays a crucial role in shaping an individual’s personality as well as his or her psychological development, thoughts, and emotions.
The Sinhala Literary Association of St. Bridget’s Convent is deeply dedicated to preserving and nurturing the Sinhala Language and Literature which has a long history spanning over centuries.
The Sinhala Literary Association is also responsible for The Sinhala Debating Club and The Sinhala Drama Society of St. Bridget’s Convent. We also organize various competitions annually such as essay writing, poetry, and speech competitions.
Through its initiatives, The Sinhala Literary Association aims to create a vibrant literary community and serve as a hub for literary enthusiasts, fostering creativity, encouraging scholarly pursuits, and nurturing the next generation of Bridgetines.
“Herencia’23”- Bridgetine Cultural Day Celebrations
The Sinhala Literary Association together with its sister associations, organized the Cultural Day Event on the theme “Herencia,” Spanish for heritage, on 22nd June 2023. This event was held at the school auditorium.
Through this event the committee and student learning Sinhala language in all grades in the school showcased the uniqueness of Sinhalese cultural aspects.
Joining with the other language literary associations students were able to demonstrate unity in diversity.
The Sinhala Drama(එකමුතු සූත්තරය ) presented by our very own Drama Society showcased the importance of unity through a traditional Sinhala Folk story. “A combination of Tamil and Sinhala Festival Songs and Dances,” performed by the grade 6 students in collaboration with The Tamil Literary Association showcased the diverse culture and unity among our people. The dance item(සංකලන ) presented by the dance students depicted the different dance styles in different regions in our country. The Eastern Music item(සංධ්වනි) presented by the Eastern band was a classic blend of oriental sounds.
The Sinhala Drama Society
The Sinhala Drama Society of St. Bridget’s Convent is managed by the Sinhala Literary Association. After a brief hiatus due to the pandemic The Sinhala Drama Society was formed in January 2023 following an audition process. The Drama Society consists of students from grades 6-A/Ls. This year has been a very promising year for The Drama Society as they got to show their talents at the Cultural Day 2023 by putting on a production of a drama. The drama එකමුතු සූත්තරය, was an effort by the Sinhala drama society was a modernized version of a traditional folk story. This drama was trained by Mr. Indika Bandara Abeykoon and Mr. Dulitha Subasinghe.
Annual Grade Sinhala Competitions
The Annual Sinhala Poetry and Essay Writing Competitions were held on the 14th of June 2023 for the students from grades 6- A/Ls.
Interschool Sinhala Competitions
Our Brigetines were able to showcase their talents once again by participating in The Sinhala Competitions organized by The Sinhala Literary Associations of Royal College Colombo 07 and St. Joseph’s College Colombo 10 in January and February 2023 respectively.
The students had to submit their work online under four categories which were Speech, Drawing, Essay writing and Poetry writing.