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Celebrating the legacy of 70 years

The Deaf School Past Pupils’ Association of the School for the Deaf in Ratmalana was founded in a949by the founder members the late Stanley Perera, Ryle de Mel and the late Dennis Fonseka. It will be celebrating its 70th anniversary with a special function held at the school hall on July 14 at 8.30 am.

Past pupil and President of the of the Deaf School’s Past Pupils’ Association Shivantha Vivekandan had conducted many projects during his stint of 18 years. Some of these projects consist of getting florescent lights for the school hall, staff dining room, and senior girls’ hostel.

New books were also given to the school library. He also organized sports activities like cricket, netball and volleyball tournaments for both girls and boys and around none deaf schools took part in this event. The deaf school also got a large name board and three stainless steel flag posts, 242 chairs and 12 armchairs for the school hall.

The old gate was discarded and a new entrance was built. Around 10 steel chairs and 80 steel desks were also given to the school during his stint. The Deaf school was the first deaf school to be established in Sri Lanka. It is also the first to employ a sign language and the first to establish a Past Pupils’ Association.

Vivekandan requests for the past pupils of the school to join hands with the association in helping the school grow from strength to strength.

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