The 62nd Prize Giving ceremony of Thurstan College (for the years 2014 and 2015) was held on November 3 at the College Main Hall. The Chief Guest was Minister of Education Honorable Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, while the Guest of Honor was Deputy Speaker of Parliament Honorable Thilanga Sumathipala.
The ceremony began at 2.30 pm, and after several formalities (including a salutation for war heroes), awards for academic and non-academic achievement as well as memorial plaques for outstanding students were handed over.
W. A. Ishan Chinthaka Suriyabandara was recognized as the Most Outstanding Student of 2014, while Akila Pathum de Silva was recognized as the Most Outstanding Student of 2015. 16 scholarships were handed down to those who had exceeded expectations.
The Old Boys Union as well as the School Development Committee helped substantially in making the Prize Giving as notable and significant as it was in the past. This was acknowledged by the Principal of Thurstan College, E. M. S. Ekanayake, in the speech he delivered at the ceremony.
Mr Ekanayake also acknowledged that within the last few years, various strides were made in the school thanks not only to workshops and revision sessions aimed at uplifting academic achievement, but also to co-curricular events and functions organized by several clubs and societies (such as the annual Arts Day).
He thanked those who had come and in particular, the Chief Guest and Guest of Honor for taking their valuable time to grace the occasion, and echoed the sentiments of the evening by encouraging the “disciples” of Thurstan College to adhere to the motto of their alma mater, “Lead Me From Darkness to Light.”