Saturday, July 27, 2013

Assembly Hall, Ferguson High School, Rathnapura, Sri Lanka.

The front entrance of the 'Assembly Hall'. This hall was there in 1946 when I was a boarder in the males hostel in this school. It still stands proud.

The rear entrance of the 'Assembly Hall'

Inside the 'Assembly Hall'.

The corner of the 'Assembly Hall' where the 2nd standard had its classes in 1946. I was in this class and there might have been ten students in the class at that time.

The world's first female Prime Minister Madam Sirimavo Bandaranaike, who hailed from Balangoda, attended this School. Her daughter Madam Chandrika Bandaranaike who was a President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, unveiled a plaque near the entrance to the assembly hall.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Ferguson High School, Rathnapura, Sri Lanka.

Ferguson High School in late 1940s - Photo by Mr. Jayaratna of Puwakpitiya.
Primar section Boy's Hostel of the 1940s - Photo taken in the 1980s by Philip GV

The School 'Coat of Arms' and motto.

"Ferguson High School' had its antecedents as a Girl's school started by the Baptist Mission, at Rathnapura.. Mr.Ferguson was a missionary who's brother was the Editor of the 'Times of Ceylon' and authored 'The Ferguson's directory'.
In 1946 I was in the 2nd Standard and was boarded at the Ferguson High School. Miss Alsop was the Principal and Miss Brook was the deputy. The Primary section accommodated boys also. Miss Van der Straaten was our boarding mistress. It was a very enjoyable time for the two years that I was there. It was a Baptist Missionary School and had the logo BMS on it. One of my young friends told me that the BMS stood for 'Buth Mas Ischolaya' as they served beef in the boarding there. In 1972 when I went to the UK to do my FRCS both Miss Alsop and Miss Brook were still living in the UK.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Plants in our garden, Avissawella, Sri Lanka.

Green-spotted white Anthurium.

A 'Pitchai mal' plant.

A Xerophyte.

Fruits of a 'Scorpion Orchid' plant.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sights at Saman Dewala, Rathnapura, Sri Lanka.

Climbing the steps to the Saman Dewala.

View of the main 'veediya' leading to the temple.

Worshippers coming down the stairway and exiting the main gate.
Inflatable toys for sale outside the temple.