“Kekulu Kodewwa Stamp Society”  turns 9 years

In 2015, Mrs. Deepa Rangani Arachchige, a retired teacher of the school, was the pioneer in starting the “Kekulu Kodevwa” Stamp Society of Kalutara Balika Vidyalaya and has now turned 9 years in 2024.

The society has been an active one with numerous events including participating at events outside of the school. Some events include:

  • Workshops by Mr. Ravindra Matara Arachchi – June 2023
  • Visit to Philatelic Museum and workshop by Philatelic Bureau – June 2023
  • Stamp exhibition event at St Johns College, Nugegoda – Dec 2023

The Stamp Society also has their own page on the internet. The activities carried out are updated on regular basis and can be viewed via https://philately.lk/KalutaraBalikaVidyalaya/ or by scanning the QR Code

As part of the annual proceedings, Kekulu Kodevwa Stamp Society 2023-2024 official badge wearing ceremony took place on 7th June 2024 at the School Main Hall.

A total of 102 badges will be awarded for students in Grade 6 to 11. The breakdown of badges is as follows:

  • Grade 6 – 20
  • Grade 7 – 19
  • Grade 8 – 15
  • Grade 9 – 28
  • Grade 10 – 16
  • Grade 11 – 4

As the chief guest, Mr. Gihan Fernando, President of PASL (Philatelic Association of Sri Lanka) joined the event. Mr Gamini Silva, a senior veteran philatelist who founded SLIPA  also attended the event as a special guest, also representing PASL.

Also attending as guests was the Principal of the school Mrs. Thushini Weerakoon, the Deputy Principal Mrs. Thilakarathna, the Assistant Principal Mrs. Nirosha Samanmali, the Assistant Principal Mrs. Sajeewani Udawatta, Assistant Principal Mr. Jayantha Kulasekara, Principal of Primary Section Mrs. Nadeesha Nissanka will join the ceremony. Joining them as guests would be Mr. Ravindra Matharaarachchi, who worked for the development of the Kekulu Kodevwa Stamp Association since its inception, and the current Secretary of the School Development Society. Representing the teachers in charge of the secondary section of the association, Also attending them as guest would be Mrs. Upulie Naurannage, Ms. Prasadini De Silva, Ms. DK Dilumi Meegoda, Ms. W. D. U. Malsha Madhurangi. The primary section would be represented by Mrs. A. Thyaga Dulangali de Silva, Mrs. H.M. Ranjani, Mrs. Manori Perera.

2023 – 2024 Kekulu Kodevwa Stamp Society Committee:

President :M.A.Tharindi Navanga Wickramathunge
Vice President :Thamashi Manjana
Secretary :Pamudi Theja
Deputy Secretary :Ronashi Vasana
Treasurer :Devinya Dewhara Matharaarachchi
Deputy Treasurer : Lithuli thiyansa Dayarathna
“I see the ceremony of putting on the official badges of our association as the opening of a book written by a writer who is able to proudly portray his image in the minds of the members’ children. I extend my best wishes to all the member children of our association who wear badges.”
Upuli Navurunnage (Teacher in charge)
I think the badge wearing ceremony is the most modern form of one of the main tributaries of a water stream that nurtures the pride and self-sacrifice of our members who are nourished by the field of knowledge. I extend my best wishes to all our sisters who wear badges today. Also, today is a day that will be remembered by all members.
Tharini Wickramathunge (President)
I extend my hearty congratulations to all the sisters who are honing their intellectual skills and wearing their official badges today, may they have the strength and courage to succeed in their studies.
Thamashi Manjana (Vice President)
I would like to congratulate all the sisters who will wear badges today as we can get a new experience through this event organized by our association.
Pamudi Theja (Secretary)
Due to the ceremony of putting on the official badges of our association, the interest and effort of the members will improve and their knowledge and attitudes will increase. I see today’s ceremony as a day of happiness for the members and as a mirror reflection of encouragement for all.
Ronashi Vasana (Deputy Secretary)
I offer my heartiest congratulations to all the sisters who have been with our association for 8 years, collecting stamps as a hobby, improving their knowledge and skills, and wearing their official badges today.
Devinya Dewhara Matharaarachchi (Treasurer)

List of winners from the competition held:

Junior Division:

First Place – Pamudi Theja

Second place – Disathmi Thumalya

Third place – Sandali Punsara.

Best stamp collector – Dulangi Kottahachchi

Senior Division:

First Place : M.A.Tharindi Navanga Wickramathunge.

Second place : Devinya Dewhara Matharaarachchi

Third place : Thamashi Manjana

Best Stamp Collector : M.A.Tharindi Navanga Wickramathunge.

List of badge awardees

Grade 6

 01. Gagani Veragala

 02. Ashmini Rajakaruna

 03. Menaya Diyasandhi

 04. W. Tenuki Devhara

 05. Thisari Sadamini

 06. Manudi Vihanga

 07. Sanduni Nuhansa

 08. W.M. Disanya Mansadi Weerakoon

 09. Tepuli Warangana

 10. Tedara Senduli

 11. Metmi Vhanga

 12. Dinethma Pudasari

 13. Menaya Kenuli

 14. Lituli Yetmini

 15. Chatumi Chandupa

 16. Tushmi Kaweesha

 17. Minudi Perera

 18. B.S. Danuki Perera

 19. Piumindi Randika

 20. Rashini Nimtara

Grade 7

1. Owamini Yesmi

2. K. Pudamsa Senari.

3. 3. earth rays.

 4. Disatami Tumalya.

 5. W. Chithuli Sadilya Abeysekara.

 6. Sadali Punsara.

7. Sadivya Sadduli.8. Shanuli Ashmita.

9. Fatima Nisla.

10.K.V Situli Sagitma.

11. Abhishekya Alvis.

12. Rashmi Ramodya.

13. Tenure Direction.

14. Sauni Sanupama.

15. Thihansa.

16. Sauni Lakdinu.

17. Tisumi Dasunya.

18. Chenuti valleys

19. N.D. Rehansa Thisali Nakandala

Grade 8

1. Kenuli Kemindi

2. Benuri Jihansa

3. Pamudi Kitmini

4. Mansadi Sahanya

5. Movindi Lehansa

6. Himaya Nethusarani

7. Oneja Thevlini

8. Tilakshi Shehara

9. Numaya Keerthisingha

10. Dulagi Satsara

11. Kinuli Nehara

12. H.D.D. Amandi Wijegunawardena

13. Saheli Sasmita

14. Thinuli Sakitya

15. Chetya Methuki

Grade 9

1.) E.B. Ishani Chaturya

2.) Ronashi Vasana

3.) U.A. Netuki Ameesha Nimsarani

4.) T.Gitmi

5.) Viduni Savidya

6.) D. Nevini Dhamsa Kumarasinghe

7.) S.D. Sanuji Ayansa

8.) Ranuti Sahansa

9.) Dulaney Diana

10.) Pulmi Dinanga

11.) Dinara Samararatne

12.) Manuthi Dulansa Hevega

13.) Pasha Mallya

14.) L. Samali Heshani Ariyaratne

15.) M.P.Chetaya Janadinu

16.) J. Utuli Ishundaya Fernando

17.) Binadi Yenuli

18.) Hirushi Vihara

19.) First Glory

20.) Dinara Sethumdi

21.) Sadini Netra

22.) Oshadi Vidarshana

23.) W.A. Hello Aditya

24.) Vinuti Nuhansa

25.) Anisha Marlia

26.) Kitmini Gihansa

27.) Dinaya Anatmi

28.) G.Lithuli Thihansa Dayaratne

Grade 10

1. T. Tamashi Manjana

2. W. Chamatka Oshadi Silva

3. M. Yenumi Sadevna

4. W. K. Dhami Nihansa Dias

5. A. Sethumi Dulanga

6. M. H. Saheli Sumindi

7. M. Sanuji Satnara Hemashree

8. Roseanne Binara de Silva

9. W. A. ​​Jayanetri Shehara Kumarasinghe

10. K. Yuvani Chetana

11. Nidu Sinuri Silva

12. Nilumindi Hathurusingha

13. Minuli Inaya Kariyawasam

14. Dilmi Manjula Gunasinghe

15. G. H. Thevmini Dharmasa

16. S. A. Janumi Gihansa Jayasinghe

11th grade

1. Chamathi Dulara Munasinghe

2. M.A. Tarindi Nawanga Wickramatunga

3. Deviniya Devhara Matararachchi

4. W. H. M. Lithmi Vietma

(Pictures from the event to follow)

 

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