The Sports Meet of Ave Maria Convent was held on the 13th February 2020. Ms. Shirali Tissera, a past pupil of the school who is the first Lady Air Craft Maintenance Engineer at Sri Lankan Air Lines, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. It was a graceful day for Ave Marians and the athletes disclosed their talents gaining confidence and proving what they accomplish at school. Leading all the houses and making it remarkable, Coudert House obtained the championship for the 7th consecutive year.
A new five storeyed building namely Euphracian building was opened on 3rd January 2020 by Rev. Sr. Francine Muthugala the Province Leader of Good Shepherd Congregation Sri Lanka Pakistan. It includes an ICT Lab, Media Unit, Assembly Hall, Staff room classrooms and more facilities. Ave Marian Family wishes God's Blessings on the new building and hopes that it will be dedicated to Divine Service which ultimately will glorify God.
Carols at Ave Maria Convent, Negombo. The Annual Carol service 2019 "MysteriumFidei" of Ave Maria Convent, Negombo was held on the 12th December at the Convent Auditorium. MysteriumFidei which means the Mystery of Faith , well suited since we still have the remembrences of the Easter Sunday incident and the devotees have the faith in God Almighty with all the ups and downs they experienced recently. The Choristers well mingled with the melodies and they conveyed the meanings of the carols as they sang preparing the audience for the Birth of Our Savciour Jesus Christ. Rev. Fr Cyril Gamini Fernando ( Parish Priest, St Anne's Church, Kurana, & Former Director, SIGNIS Sri Lanka & National Catholic Social Communications) the Chief Celebrant enlightened the audience with the homily and blessed the gathering.
The Nightingales of the Primary Choir of Ave Maria Convent performed in a brilliant manner and was crowned the championship when they performed at National Institute of Education in the above mentioned competition organized by the ministry of Education. The participants were trained by Miss Kaveesha Yohani and Ave Maria Family congratulates the Choristers and wishes them good luck in their future endeavours.
Ave Maria students exposing the aesthetic talents in them participated in the above competition and proved their power and might in this arena. They bagged the championship among the participation of 15 schools and the audience was dismayed with their significant performance. The participants absorbed well the instructions and guidance of the choreographer Mr. Ashok Fernando and the teachers in charge Ms. Tharana Salgado and Ms Deena Fernandio
Anjelika exposing her talents in tennis in recent times proved herself a budding tennis star. She was unbeaten throughout ITF Junior Circuit Week -1, last month and clinched the ITF Junior title beating Harune Shigemasu of Japan and Qianyu Liu of China. At the moment 16 year old Anjelica is participating in the Fed Cup Paribas Women’s Tennis Championship 2019, the World’s Largest Annual Women’s International Tennis Competition. This year the nations in group II that includes Sri Lanka competes in two different venues and Sri Lanka now contests in Dushanbe. Initially Sri Lanka was pooled in with Iran and Singapore to start off their group stage in the tournament. On the opening day of the competition (12 th June 2019) the first set was evenly fought and finally Anjelika broke free at 4 games all to win the closing couple set. Angelica was more relaxed in the second set being a head at the four games to 1 and later 5 – 2 and eventually went on to seal Sri Lanka’s first victory 1 rubber to 0. While congratulating we wish Angelica and the number of the Sri Lankan team Good luck and God’s blessings for the upcoming games.
Eight awards, including best drama, for Ave Maria, Negombo State children's drama festival 2018
It is commendable Little MissMaria Maneesha Perera a Grade 3 student of Ave Maria Convent, Negombo obtaining the 1st place at The State Children’s Art Festival -2018 in the Post Primary Category.
The Drama Cast of Ave Maria Convent, Negombo, obtained the 1 st Place at the State Children’s Drama Festival. They were enthralled when they were paid off with eight special awards. The members of the audience were dismayed when the list of awards was announced of this great accomplishment. The awards are the Best Drama, Best Script- Mr Nelson Kannangara, Best Actress-Teena Silva, 2 Awards for : Best Composer,Ms Rangani Fernando & Ms Disna Fernanado ,Best Lighting- Mr. Nelson Kannangara, Best Stage Craft-Miss Shanon Telling, Best Costumes Miss Adeesha Dewmini Senarath.
Recently at Temple Trees ten athletes who have realistic chances of winning medals at International Sporting events in future were awarded Colors at a Ceremony. Among them was Anjelica Kurera the International Tennis Player of Ave Maria Convent, Negombo was the awardee in Tennis. She bagged the Championship at SSC Open Tennis Championship in Women’s Open Singles & under 14 and Runners up in Women’s Open. Anjelica’s enthusiasm and courage made her represent Sri Lanka at Women’s Open Tennis Games in Jakarta, Palembang- 2018 and had the opportunity of playing a match with a 29 year old Japanese Tennis player who has ranked 5th in Asia. We are sure there is yet to come of Anjelica’s achievements.
The swimming Champion of Ave Maria Convent, Shenali Weerawanse obtained 1st Place in 50m, 100m and 200m Back Stroke at Sri Lanka Schools Swimming Championship 2018. It is remarkable her becoming 1st in Back Stroke events continuously.
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.