The M. D. Gunasena International School House names, Fleming, Lincoln, Newton and Winston, have been sagaciously chosen to convey an emblematic and profound idea to its students. The names of famed leaders, some Nobel Prize winners with conspicuous achievements, from a distinct spectrum of disciplines, such as, science, mathematics, politics, theology, astronomy and law and many other interrelated fields were picked as House names. This was done with the certitude of overpoweringly motivating its pupils to achieve boundlessly and more greatly than their predecessors, as well as, with the confidence of intensely molding each character and forbearance to be of equal strength to those of their precursors, in recollection of Winston Churchill’s words, if you’re going through hell, keep going and in reminiscence of the extraordinary speech given by Winston Churchill to students at Harrow School, 29 October 1941, when he says, Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never – in nothing great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.
The name Fleming was titled in memory of Sir Alexander Fleming FRS FRSE FRCS, a Scottish physician, microbiologist and pharmacologist, whose finest known discoveries out of many included enzyme lysozyme and the world’s first antibiotic benzyl penicillin, for which he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology.
Lincoln, on the other hand, was so-called after Abraham Lincoln, an American statesman, lawyer and the 16th President of the United States. Lincoln’s achievements among several were leading the United States through the American Civil War, preserving the Union, abolishing slavery, fortifying the federal government and revolutionizing the economy.
Newton was christened after Sir Isaac Newton PRS FRS, an English mathematician, astronomer and theologian who is recognized as one of the most influential scientists of all time, a significant figure in the scientific revolution and development of classical mechanics, optics and calculus.
Winston was named after none other than Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, a British politician, army office, writer and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1940-1945. Winston was responsible for fruitfully leading Britain to victory in the Second World War.