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During the month of July Fr Richard Pitchchai SJ, the Director of Loyola Campus- Puthukkudiyiruppu has been out of Sri Lanka attending the Ignatian Immersion Programme in Spain for a period of a month. He is expected to be back in Puthukkudiyiruppu by the first week of August. In the absence of Fr Richard SJ, Ms Vathani Balasubramaniam, the English Facilitator has been entrusted the responsibility of looking after the daily functioning of the Centre.
At the moment in Puthukkudiyiruupu there are no adult students for English language classes. There seems to be a clear lack of a strategy in attracting new students and reaching out to villages in and around Puthukkudiyiruppu. While the Centre has concentrated on classes offered at the Centre, a renewed effort is expected to boost the intake of students from the upcoming batches. As there is a big student population in and around Puthukkudiyiruppu scattered in different villages, the Centre is expected to develop a clear strategy in getting these students and motivating them.
While the students in Puthukkudiyiruppu feel the need for English and Computer knowledge which will enhance their future prospects, the Centre has not yet been able to tap into this group of youth. The Cambridge English Language Programme offered by JWL and the Computer programmes offered by Loyola Campus will definitely become a great source of upliftment for these individuals in recreating a better future for themselves and their societies. In the coming weeks, the staff and the Director hopes to reach out to Principals, Parish Priests and other village leaders in widely advertising the courses offered at Loyola Campus.
The Loyola Campus Puthukkudiyiruppu felt a sense of joy and wonder when it recalls the events that took place in the month of June. It was a remarkable month for the Centre due the graduation ceremony of both the batches namely September-December 2017 and January-April 2018. There were about thirty-five students who received certificate for English, Computer applications and basic Sinhala courses. The center also honored with certificates and trophies for those students who participated in the ‘Talents Day 2018’ competition which was held at Loyola Campus on the 26 of May. There were one hundred and thirty-five students from four schools who took part in this event. The champion trophy was rewarded to the Puthukkudiyiruppu Roman Catholic School. The runners up was the Central College, and the third and the fourth places were received respectively by R.C.T.M Iranapalai and Loyola Campus- Puthukkudiyiruppu.
Rev Fr Benedict Saverimuththu SJ, the Director of JRSS was the Chief Guest, and Rev Fr Milroy Fernando,sj the Country Director of Loyola Campus-Sri Lanka was the Guest of Honour. The Principal, the religious, the Parish Priests of Iranaplai and Puthukkudiyiruppu participated as special guests as well as well-wishers. The Centre extend a sincere thanks and appreciation to Miss Vathani Balasubramaniam who coordinated the programme. It has provided the students in and around Puthukkudiyiruppu an opportunity to showcase their talents and perform on a stage for a larger audience.
The month of May has been a fruitful and enriching one for the center and the students. A number of initiatives have been taken to make reach out to those students who have not benefited from the services offered at Loyola Campus- Puthukkudiyiruppu.
Despite the efforts taken, there is a poor response from the students in following English and Computer courses during the new term. The Centre has made a number of attempts at the local churches and schools to welcome students to follow courses. Although it is sometimes discouraging, the Centre and the staff still hopes to engage positively and offer more for those in and around Puthukkudiyiruupu. The classes for children in the evenings have improved. After a number of reminders, the children regularly attend the classes. A number of new students also have joined the evening classes.
‘TALENTS DAY 2018’ was a special programme organized by Loyola Campus- Puthhukkudiyiruppu on 26 May 2018. The programme included a number of competitions from speech, dictation, dance etc. There were four teams who participated during the competitions: the Roman Catholic School of Puthukkudiyiruppu, Central College Puthukkudiyiruppu, Madhiya Maha Vidyalayam of Iranapalai and Loyola Campus- Puthukkudiyiruppu. There were around 100 students who came over and took part in various events. The center feels happy and encouraged that this event has provided an opportunity for many students to know the Centre. It is hoped that this event will encourage the students not only to learn English at the Centre but also to learn other skills for life.
The month of April was marked with many celebrations. The first day of the month was the Easter for the Christians and on the 14April was the Sinhala and Tamil New year. The beauty of these celebrations manifest that the multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-language background that necessarily demands one another to respect others.
Loyola Campus- Puthukkudiyiruppu having journeyed with the students for the last three months is eager to administer the final exams that marks the end of the course for students who have started their programme in January 2018. The four-month period has been definitely a learning experience for both the students and the institution. The certificate courses on English and Computer has offered a number of opportunities for those in and around Puthukkudiyiruppu. These types of short courses are able to sharply increase the skill level of students and their crucial competencies in moving ahead with their lives.
The exams were held on 25 April. All the students took part in the exams with much enthusiasm. The students are also quite eager to receive their marks and certificates in the near future. They hope that together with the skills that they have acquired, the certificates that they receive will bring them better opportunities in the future.
At the moment the Centre has taken initiative in admitting students for the next bath from May to August which is generally a lean period. The Centre takes all the effort to make the services offered at Puthukkudiyiruppu better know in the villages in and around Puthukkudiyiruppu.