With the badminton season ending in January, I found myself in need of another activity. This semester, deciding to do something new, I signed up for yoga. Having never really done yoga, or an activity similar to it, I was interested to see how I would perform.

After attending two sessions, I now have a clear understanding of what yoga entails and the skills it is allowing me to strengthen. Unlike badminton, yoga focuses more on improving the function of my body as a whole in order to live a healthier life. Our instructor often gives us tips on correct breathing patterns and sleeping position in order to improve the function of our body, something important to which I had not given much thought. In addition to these types of exercises, we have also been doing activities to help improve muscle strength, such as many different types of stretches.

Screen Shot 2016-02-17 at 8.19.56 PMAnother prominent facet of yoga is meditation. These past few weeks, we have been learning the correct pose for meditation, which involves the thumb and index fingers of your hand being connected. As explained by our instructor, this is to bring the nerve endings at the tips of our fingers closer together and improve the effectiveness of meditation. Meditation is a nice way to end our yoga sessions as it helps relax both your mind and your body.

As has been demonstrated in the past few weeks, yoga is proving to be an educational and enlightening activity. It is a very interesting activity to be involved in after badminton, as it pushes my body in a way that is very different to the aforementioned sport.

My main objectives for yoga are:

(a) to improve my breathing technique

(b) to practice more muscle-related exercises in order to develop my enduuarance


Bugsy Malone: Backstage Crew

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This year, The Overseas School of Colombo is putting together the musical Bugsy Malone. Since the beginning of the year, I have seen many of my friends auditioning for the school musical and enthusiastically attending rehearsals twice a week in preparation for the opening in March. At the beginning of February, I finally joined in on the excitement as part of the backstage crew.

It has been really fun to look in on the rehearsals and get sneak peaks of the show that so much work has been going into since the beginning of the year. As entertaining as it to simply watch the acting however, my work backstage is also very interesting.

Not being very experienced in the field of theatre, learning about the work that goes into a musical in such a hands on manner has been very enlightening. The theater teacher, Miss Jackson, has been giving the backstage crew directions concerning the cues to bring in and take out props throughout the show, and has showed us how to manage props efficiently in the small space available backstage. Furthermore, I now understand the coordination and practice needed to pull of a musical, as the backstage crew has to be fully aware of the props to be kept at the wings of stage left and stage right, as well as exactly when they are needed.

With the 10th of March rapidly approaching, everyone involved is working together with renewed dedication in order to make the show enjoyable for the cast and crew as well as the audience.

Week Without Walls

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Dehigala – View from the Treehouse

On the 25th of January, the students of OSC set out to explore several diverse corners of the country on their Week Without Walls trip. As one of theses students, I felt extremely lucky to be able to actively discover new things about my country as part of my education.

The Cultural Triangle trip, with its cornucopia of ancient architecture and abundance of rich cultural sites, focuses on the creative aspect of CAS and allowed me to apply my creativity in a whole new way.This was due in large part to our Week Without Walls project. Before embarking on the trip, a lot of planning and forethought was put into the process in weekly meetings at school.At this point, the groups were split into groups of four and briefed on making mini travelogues for each location we would be visiting. To make the project as efficient and educational as possible, we were all assigned the rotating roles of director, narrator, interviewer and videographer and given planning place to lay out the pre-shoot and post shoot.While I was very excited to be working on a movie, I was at first apprehensive about my group as it was a mix of Grade 10s and Grade 11s.As I got to know them over the course of the trip however, I realized that I had made new friends with whom I shared unique experiences.

One of my favorite things about the trip was the number of places we visited in the five days – between Anuradhapura, Ritigala, Polonaruwa and Dambulla, the trip felt more like WEEKS Without Walls. This was especially gratifying for a DP1 student like me, as we were enjoying our last Week Without Walls this year.
As we shuttled from historical city to ancient landmark, everyone appreciated the natural beauty and serenity of the locations. It was well worth it to brave the heat of the scorching sun in order to get a closer look at these natural habitats and indigenous species.In an amusing twist of events, everyone ended up with ablest 20% of their photo gallery containing pictures of the undeniably abundant monkeys that could be seen all over Anuradhapura.

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Other than the monkeys, I also enjoyed the natural beauty evident in the places we stayed. My favorite was the resort where we spent the 3rd and 4th nights – a treehouse. It constantly reminded me of the wonder of the nature in the area and offered a beautiful view from the top of the tree.The accommodations also made me closer with the rest of the girls on the trip as we all shared one treehouse; sharing hairbrushes and chasing away spiders for each other made us bond quickly.

During our visits to ancient Buddhist temples and burnt ruins of castles, we made sure to keep a a sharp eye out for good photo video opportunities. As a group we tried to include as much of our learning in our daily video as possible, focusing on the relationship between history and art and its representation of Sri Lankan culture and religion.

Our learning was re-inforced during the evening in group reflection sessions.During these times we discussed the exploration we did in the morning and share our learning and personal insights about the art and architecture. The teachers also encouraged us to focus on reflection questions, such as ‘How has art changed over time?’, in order to answer some of the questions that come up in our interdisciplinary unit. As a native of Sri Lanka, I already had quite a good background knowledge of Sri Lanka and had visited several of the locations seen in the trip previously. Therefore, the little details I discovered during this trip, as well as the new ways of viewing my culture, took me by surprise and really helped me gain a holistic understanding of our culture and traditions.

One thing I had never accounted for in traditional Buddhist architecture was the meticulous planning and logic behind it. In several of the religious sites visited during the trip, monasteries were built with dining pavilions and drainage systems to keep the monks clean and well fed. These features portray the careful forethought put into such buildings and demonstrates between religion, culture and science. These sorts of interdisciplinary units discussed throughout the unit helped me to make connections between certain subjects, as well as with the real world.

Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 8.28.47 PMApart from the learning, we also had time to relax and splash about in a refreshing pond near the treehouse. Th water was fresh and soothing after being out in the scorching sun and I loved dipping my toes in. The only thing that stopped me from staying in there too long were the tiny, very friendly fish who liked to nibble on our feet. It was still fun, however, to swim around the pond trying to avoid the fish and laughing at the friend who screamed when one swam nearby.

The Week Without Walls trip this year was an endless source of fun, educational and unique experiences. I loved collaborating and making new friends and strengthening my knowledge of the country. It was also interesting to look at art, history and the sciences outside the classroom and connect it to the local culture. This was definitely an adventure packed trip that I can look back on and recall a new and exciting experience each time.


My WWW Group

Here is the video of our second day on the trip, which I directed and edited:

After our Week Without Walls trip, we all gathered in the auditorium to set up displays of IMG_5676everything we had done that week. For the cultural Triangle booth, we displayed four of our best movies and the many pictures we took throughout.

I really liked visiting the other WWW displays and seeing how different, yet equally entertaining, the other trips were. It made me really glad to live in such a diverse and beautiful country and go to a school that encouraged us to IMG_5673explore it.


It was also really fun to look after our display and talk to others about all the really cool things we saw and experienced. The WWW presentation was a great way to finish off my last Week Without Walls trip.