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Old 24-01-15, 08:45 AM
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S. Thomas' Prep new Head Master

Friday, January 23, 2015 (All day)

Rev. Dushantha Rodrigo will be inducted as the Headmaster of S. Thomas' Preparatory School, Kollupitiya at a special service on January 26 at 8 am at the school premises. Bishop of Colombo Rt. Rev. Diloraj Canagasabey will be the Celebrant.

Reverend Rodrigo, 46, brings with him a wealth of experience as chaplain and teacher, having served in different parts of the island. An old Thomian, having had his entire education at S. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia, he sees his Prep School posting as a challenge not to be missed.

It was an opportunity to start anew since he knew only a few students of Prep School, in contrast to S. Thomas' College where he had taught and been chaplain, and in parishes he had worked where many of the children were Thomians at Mount Lavinia.

"Going into a school that did not know you and you did not know as a school, gave me an opportunity to make an impact," Fr. Dushantha said. Already, he has thrown a challenge to the staff, encouraging them to pay more attention to individual students.

"A class is made up of children at different levels of understanding, aptitude, capabilities and strengths," he said. "While you are teaching a class, you must not forget the individual student - that there maybe students who need the space to grow faster - and are capable of doing that - and others who are much slower. But, at the same time, while working with different levels of students, you give students equal exposure," he said.

Teachers must not only help students grow and acquire knowledge but also build character. "For that, you have to be deeply involved with students," he added. "You have to take the child seriously, you enable the child to grow, look at his potential and work to bring out the best in him. And if there is a sincere effort and the child knows there is a sincere effort, the child will definitely respond," Fr Dushantha said.

He recalled how he learnt early on, when he began working with children, that students "needed a friend - that you have to convert yourself to being chaplain, tutor, ground master, and be a friend." Working with young children is a partnership between the school and the parents, he added.

"If we are to bring out the best in the child, there has to be a healthy relationship between school and home that works towards a common goal of preparing the child for life," he said. "I told parents we are not doing it alone. There can't be indifference on the part of parents, so that this partnership must be strengthened and grown in a health manner."

Fr. Dushantha believes a small school such as Prep can be turned into a model to promote integration with children of different ethnic communities learning, and being sensitive to each other's languages. A language laboratory is something he would like to start along with a mathematics laboratory where students lagging behind others can learn at their own pace from another teacher in the school itself.

"Within this year, we would like to stop students from going for extra tuition outside school," he said. "For me, tuition is like a bed sore - often you get bed sores due to bad nursing. Today, the whole time, students are running from one tuition class to another. They come home dead beat. That should change and they should use that time and have the space to develop other skills outside the school curriculum," he said.

Improving Prep School's sports activities, right now constrained by lack of space, is another aim. He wants to make better use of available space and is thinking of having a badminton court and a basket ball court and even developing the playground for school rugby. In most schools he served as chaplain, Fr Dushantha has also worked as a teacher, usually teaching Christianity and English.

Rev. Dushantha was ordained a deacon in 1994 with his first posting in Holy Trinity Nuwara Eliya and Christ Church Ragala from where he was transferred to S. Thomas' College Gurutalawa as chaplain.

Another outstation posting was at St. Mary's Convent, Matara which he served for about two years before being sent as Vicar, Christ Church Mutwal.

In 2008 he became Vicar of St Michael and All Angels, Polwatte and chaplain of Bishop's College. Four years later he was chaplain of S. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia, where he taught several upper school classes and also served briefly as acting Warden.

Next, he became parish priest at SS Mary and John Church, Nugegoda, a post he will continue to hold while serving as Head Master of Prep School.
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Old 25-02-15, 09:42 PM
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Default Institution and Installation of the 6th Headmaster of S. Thomas'

From: "PREP OBU ADMIN" <prepobu.admn@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:22:16 +0530
Subject: Institution and Installation of the 6th Headmaster of S. Thomas' Preparatory School: Rev. Dushantha Rodrigo
To: <prepobu.admin@gmail.com>

26Jan'15 - TODAY we witnessed another piece of history in the making, as the Lord Bishop of Colombo, the Chairman Board of Governors installed & instituted the 6th Headmaster at S.Thomas' Prep, Kollupitiya, the Rev. Dushantha Rodrigo; who proclaimed before God & Man to "watch over the school with faith, hope, love, humility & courage in conformity with its visions & traditions".

Now I'm not an emotional man, but as I saw our new shepherd kneel down & symbolically wash the feet of the school community, as a sign of Christian humility, I could not help but look back at the period of agitation, frustration, waiting patiently for this day to come. The "writing on the wall", on banners made by our present students resonated this crying need of the hour abundantly.

NOW MY FELLOW PREPITE, well-wisher or friend, LET US UNITE behind our new Headmaster, roll up our sleeves & RE-BUILD our dear little 'home by the sea" to its former pristine glory, to its RIGHTFUL PLACE in the archives of this great nation; to which Prepites have in history and must continue to even in future, contribute substantially in formulating its course towards success, within the greater plan of the Almighty Architect!

The Lord is my Shepherd!

Chrishmal Warnasuriya
Honorary Secretary - Prep OBU

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