Extra-Curricular Activities

Music

There is little doubt that music has far-reaching powers. Music is regarded as the finest of arts since the sound produced by an instrument reaches the listeners’ ears, directly and promptly, with no barrier in between. When a piece of music is being performed, it is an experience that covers a definite span of time during which a symphonic ensemble takes place and the listener feels occupied, instantaneously, in its unfolding.

Students, at M. D. Gunasena International School, are introduced to Music at a tender age. The finest of Art, Music, harmoniously, becomes a platform from which values are communicated, indirectly, to our pupils.

Students need to be taught to make out what a piece of music has to offer and appreciate it. Students are trained, austerely, to become better informed about music. We teach students how to listen to music, intelligently, and realize what is transpiring in a melodic piece of work. They, moreover, learn the basic gen about composition; its styles, forms, terminologies and other facts, necessary, in obtaining an in-depth knowledge of the subject.

Music dominates all our school events. It is an integral part of all our happenings. Our young musicians acquire the privilege of boasting their musical talents to the farthermost through plentiful occasions held in the school, such as, Concerts, Festivals, Language Day, Talent Show, Prize Giving and Prefects’ Investiture that fill up the calendar, every year.

Pupils in the College Choir are well molded in singing church music in English and Latin. Choral music including Gregorian chants and Polyphonic music is enjoyed by students even without the ability to read, write or play a musical instrument. The choir is entertaining, relaxing and helps children to find joy in self-expression, further, it helps to bring individuals together, thereby, creating peace and harmony amongst students.

From grades six to eleven of the National Curriculum, Western Music is an Aesthetic subject of study.

Young learners of grades seven and eight learn about the Baroque period in music. They hear the Handle’s ‘Messiah’ and Mozart’s ‘Piano Sonata in ‘c’ major’.

When our young musicians come to year nine they hear the much loved music of the Romantic Period; Schubert’s, ‘Serenade’, Verdi’s, ‘Rigoletto’ and the ‘Entertainer’ by Scot Joplin of the Modern Period.

Students, in grade 11, gain the opportunity to listen to and learn about folk music of our country, ‘NurthiNadagam’, ‘Prashasthi’, ‘Vannams’, in addition to the more advanced theory of music.

Children, furthermore, participate in Western Music, quiz competitions during their music classes where they are inspired to create their own questions and answers, in an attempt to aid our young pupils, gain theoretical knowledge in Western Music, in a pleasing manner.

Athletics

M. D. Gunasena International School has, over the years, produced many promising athletes with record timings in Divisional as well as Zonal events. In 2017, 2018, students were placed second and third place in Javelin, shot put, Discus Throwing and High Jump, in the Colombo Central Divisional Athletic Meets. Further, out of twenty participants, fifteen were placed in the finals. Many of these students, over the years, have been awarded full grants and scholarships by other institutions because of their exceptional track records as athletes.

Our Athletic instructor is a Level One Athletic Coach, Level One Cricket Coach, Sri Lanka and ICC, with a Higher National Diploma in Exercise and Sports Science, University of Peradeniya. He has completed a Kids Athletic Special Course, in addition, conducted by the Ministry of Sport as well as a Sport Massaging and Physio Therapy Course, University of Peradeniya.

Chess

Our Chess Club at M. D. Gunasena International School have always had students who have demonstrated a keen interest in this discipline. Our students have participated in All School tournaments and National tournaments with students being selected for Semi-final and Final matches, such as, Colombo District Youth Chess Championship 2017/2018, Yoshida, Challenge Trophy Interschool Chess Championship 2016, Sri Lanka Schools Chess Association Individual Festival 2016, Kings Square Interschool Individual Chess Championship 2015, Western Province Chess Tournament for Boys and Girls 2014, Super Knights Chess Challenge Trophy Boys and Girls 2014 and many more. The school additionally holds Inter-House Chess Tournaments throughout every academic year.

Swimming

M. D. Gunasena International School students in swimming have been nominated for National level swimming competitions. Swimming is a core part of the Physical Education curriculum offered at M. D. Gunasena International School and it is further offered as an extra-curricular activity, after school. Once again, the record levels set by students have outwitted the records of many a champion which has led to many of our pupils being offered grants and scholarships by renowned establishments in the country. Much of the training is carried out in our in-house swimming pool, which has been in existence since the instigation of the school in September 2000. The school swimming coach is the Sri Lanka Navy Diving Coach as well as the Sri Lanka Navy Diving Instructor.

Cricket

Our students, at M. D. Gunasena International School are well geared to play the National School Cricket Association Matches, June 2018. Cricket is delivered to our students by our specialized, in-house cricket coach. Lessons are held twice a week at both domestic and external grounds.

Our Cricket trainer is a Level One Athletic Coach, Level One Cricket Coach, Sri Lanka and ICC, with a Higher National Diploma in Exercise and Sports Science, University of Peradeniya. He has completed a Kids Athletic Special Course, in addition, conducted by the Ministry of Sport as well as a Sport Massaging and Physio Therapy course, University of Peradeniya.

Karate

Students at M. D. Gunasena International School are trained in this discipline by our certified, karate expert. Our students, at M.D. Gunasena International School will be partaking in the National Tournament of March 2018. M. D. Gunasena International School Karate trainer is a chief instructor of Sanapaku Kan Karate DO Organization. He is an International Black Belt, 4th Dan, affiliated to the World Karate Federation, the Asian Karate Federation and the South Asian Karate Federation, recognized by the National Olympic Committee.

Football

We, at M. D. Gunasena International School have participated in many affable games with semi government, private as well as international schools and have exhibited much success. Our licensed football trainer instructs students twice a week at our campus grounds and external, football pitches. He is certified with a Diploma in Sports Science, University of Peradeniya. He has completed an All Island Coaching Course conducted by Saunders Sports Club, ‘FUTRO’ FIFA Coca Cola World Football Development Course conducted by FFSL, ‘FIFA’ Olympic Solidarity Coaching Course and Fitness Training Instructor Course, National Institute of Sports Science. He has further, passed AFC ‘C’ License Award 2000 and AFC ‘B’ License Award 2001.

Dance

Our students are extraordinary artists in dancing and are remarkably adept in playing oriental instruments that are related to dancing such as ‘Gata bera’, ‘Pahatha Rata Bera’ and ‘Thammattam’.

The school has produced outstanding ‘danceurs’ who have gained much recognition and fame in external competitions, such as ‘Voice Over Festival of Performing Arts 2017’ (A Member of the British Arts Festivals Association), as well as the Annual School Talent Show.

The Dance teacher at M. D. Gunasena International School is fittingly qualified with a BA degree in English, History and Bharatha Natyam and she is superbly talented at teaching dancing to children. Students are instructed in numerous types of dancing such as Bharatha Natyam, Kandyan, Pahatha Rata, Latin American, Ballroom and Creative Dance.

Art

We take pride in the Fine Arts, drawing and painting at M.D. Gunasena International School. An Art Exhibition cum an Art Contest is held for the Public each academic year. Other schools are invited to take part in the contest held at the school and a renowned artist is invited to appraise the competition. Exhibits of our pupils will likewise be on display for public viewing at such happenings.

Art students of M. D. Gunasena International School have similarly taken part in public and private Art Competition and not only gained much recognition, but they have obtained many accolades in such occasions. The Art Teacher at M. D. Gunasena International School is qualified with a Higher Diploma in Multi-Disciplinary Design.

Junior Western Band, Percussion Band and Instrumental Training

Students at M. D. Gunasena International School are well trained and prepared to conduct extraordinary Junior Western and Percussion Bands. The dedicated, School Music Teacher takes scrupulous effort to ensure that pupils are proficient in playing the instruments at hand. He is able to create a keen interest, motivate, encourage and discipline students, even pupils who may not show interest in music, to remarkable extents in brief interludes of time to produce exceptional results. Our Music Teacher is qualified with a BA (General), MA (Mass Communication), Theory Examinations in Music (Department of Examinations, Sri Lanka), Theory of Music Examinations (Institute of Western Music and Speech). The Music Teacher, in addition, trains students to play Western as well as Oriental instruments like the Saxophone, Electric and Traditional Guitars, Drums including Oriental drums like the ‘Tabla’, Trumpet, Flute, Keyboard, Piano, Organ, ‘Sarpina’ and ‘Sita’, in short periods of time.

Speech and Spoken English, Elocution

Speech and Spoken English lessons, offered by M. D. Gunasena International School, are ideally suited to students who aspire to foster and develop eloquent and powerful English Language skills. Speech and Spoken English, as a core subject, is encompassed in the school curriculum and is open to students of the Elementary and Primary Sections, as well as, for young learners in the National Curriculum, Primary Section.

A highly proficient and exceedingly qualified teacher with many years of experience in producing award winners conducts attractive, noteworthy lessons in Elocution, at the school. Over half of the students in every class have obtained full marks of a hundred percent and our pupils have been perceived to carry away many prestigious prizes.

M. D. Gunasena International School is furthermore, a Practical Examination Center in Spoken English, Speech and Effective Speaking of the Institute of Western Music and Speech, Sri Lanka. The Institute was incorporated by the Act of Parliament No. 44 of 1988.

Students participating in our elocution classes are groomed to sit for the Speech and Spoken English Examinations conducted by the Institute.

Through our Parents Eyes

Abdullah grew instinctively with a strong sense of responsibility to society. He became the head perfect and was also a recipient of a full scholarship. He now aims to continue his education at one of the top universities in the word. I give all credit to the school as none of this would be possible without its personalized support. I strongly recommend the M.D Gunasena Education to all parents.

Educating your children is the best of investment you can make. As a parent, I am satisfied beyond the expectation of the education my son received at M.D Gunasena International School.

Mohamed Nazeer Thahir

Abdullah grew instinctively with a strong sense of responsibility to society. He became the head prefect and was also a recipient of a full scholarship. He now aims to continue his education at one of the top universities in the word. I give all credit to the school as none of this would be possible without its personalized support. I strongly recommend the M.D Gunasena Education to all parents.

Educating your children is the best of investment you can make. As a parent, I am satisfied beyond the expectation of the education my son received at M.D Gunasena International School.

Mohamed Nazeer Thahir