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Damahana public school is a great school which is engages actively in extracurricular activities. Specially in sports, children have won all Island level victories.
The children have shown their abilities in Divisional level sport meet in 2012. In addition to that Damahana school became the second place giving a big challenge the leading schools in the zonal level sports meet in 2012 -06-11 ,12,13. Some of them are follows.
Teams events-
Boys- Elle – trophy
Girls Elle – trophy
Girls cricket – 3rd place
Under seventeen – champion – K. Shifana presadi 1500 M 1st place
800 M 1st place
400 M 1st place
Chathani Nirosha 800M 2nd place
400M 2nd Place
400*4 1st place
100*4 1st place
Under 19 Boys – long jump 2nd place Asanga Sanjeewa
Under 11 Boys 100M 2nd Place
Under 15 girls 400*4 1st place
100*4 1st place
Long jump 1st place- K.V. Nayani Udeshika.

Further Sabaragamuwa provincial sports meet was held in Embilipitiya Mahaweli ground on 2012.7.13, 14, 15,16. There also Damahana children have won place and given great fame to the school. At there the children have won half marathon 2nd place and girls 4,9,11 places.
Mr. Asoka Gunasekera who is the physical education teacher of the school did a great service and dedication in winning these victories.
We Oasisdamahana IT foundation congratulate the children and teachers of the school.


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Happy New Year!

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Achieving success by winning software competition 2010.

The students of Balangoda Damahana Public school won the first and fourth places, for the provincial software competition held in 2010 in Sabaragamuwa province held by SEMP II/EKSP project.

The students of Balangoda Damahana Public school recently won the first and fourth places in a provincial software competition, hosted by SEMP II/EKSP and held in the
Sabaragamuwa province.

Lasantha Jayanath Peellawaththa, both a founding and senior member of the OasisDamahana foundation, won the first place for his presentation on the topic of the “Production Possibility Curve”. Mr Peellawaththa was awarded his winner’s certificate, gift voucher and chalice by the honorable governor of the Sabaragamuwa province Mr, V.J.M. Lokubandara.
The prize giving ceremony was held at the Ratnapura Samudi hall on the 24th November 2010 and well attended. 4th place was won by a student from the local Damahana public school.
The local community were all incredibly proud of the winners. Both teachers and students from the local school wished both individuals continued success in all their future endeavours.

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The Green House of Balangoda Damahana Maha Vidyalaya

In Balangoda, the Damahana public school is a leading light in educational success and is tirelessly committed to maintaining continued improvement.

Having a better environment has been shown to have positive effects for students and their education. Starting in 2009, the Damahana public school committed itself to focus and improve in this area and was selected as having the best educational environment in the Sabaragamuwa province and rewarded “SUWASARA THAKSHALWA” as a result. Further developments continued into 2010, with the school being awarded 1st place as the most ‘Environmentally Friendly’ school in the province. The official award ceremony was held at the John De Silva Memorial Hall on the 10th July 2010 with school principal, teachers and students all in attendance.

We applaud the Balangoda Damahana public school for its devotion to ongoing improvement to ensure the betterment of all its students and their futures.

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Damahana WI – FI zone

Balangoda Damahana Maha Vidyalaya is making rapid advancements in the area of ICT. An increase in the number of Desktop PCs, as part of the eVillage project, has been one such area of development.

With the Secondary Education Moderization Project as a sponsor, the school was integrated into the Wi-Fi zone for the province. This capability allows wireless internet access from any location within the school grounds. The Wi-Fi zone was built with 8 access points, which together cover all of the school buildings. As a result, students can now easily connect to the internet wherever they are and work alone or in groups to get things done more effectively and productively.

The WI-FI zone of Damahana Maha Vidyalaya was handed over to the students by the Chief Minister of Sabaragamuwa on the 29th of June 2010.

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National Productivity Award competition 2010

Balangoda Damahana Maha Vidyalaya has applied for the National productivity award contest in 2010 also for the contest school Damahana public school presented since 2007 It has won the Massing Award during 2007 and 2008. In 2009 the Damahana Maha Vidyalaya has won the 1 st place from the sabaragamuwa province and the 2nd place form the National Level.
According to that we can show that Damahana public school is on the top level among other school in Sri Lanka.
The school applies for this contest this time also with the ambition if being the 1st place.
A board of officers from the National productivity secretarial office arrived to R/Damahana Maha Vidyalaya on 15/06/2010 for the primer inspection.
So we wish for them to submit their hops.

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New PCs for Oasisdamahana foundation

Oasisdamahana IT foundation is being held in Balangoda Damahana Maha Vidyalaya. The Foundation has the five brand new computers which were offered by “Education for knowledge society” (EKSP) project to make easier the activities further. These PCs have operating system MS Vista and also have LCD Monitors.
Therefore the students in oasisdamahana foundation are able to use the latest technology with these PCs. Now the students are lucky to have this chance.
Therefore Oasisdamahana IT foundation would like to offer the gratitude and a lot of thanks to Project director and EKSP project.

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A Computerized Library Management System for Damahana MV

R/Damahana MV has made rapid progress in many fields winning several provincial and national level awards. The reasons behind these successes could be attributed to the fact that formal curricula based education and extracurricular activities are given due attention at all times

Charith Mahawatte, Damith Sulochana
The achievements at Grade Five scholarship level and 2009 Advanced Level results could be sited as reflective indicators of these achievements.
Damahana MV was adjudged the school providing the best learning environment-2009 in the Ratnapura district. The School also received first place at Provincial level and second place at National level for the Schools Productivity Award.
There has also been a remarkable improvement with the addition of new buildings including a well equipped library. However, for effective use of the library it was necessary that it be equipped with a computerized library management system.
The school management committee approached many organizations and private institutions but due to the heavy cost it can incur, they were hesitant to meet our request.
At this juncture, with the intervention of a local student and Moratuwa University IT graduate, Charith Mahawatte, the Moratuwa University offered to assist with the project.
As a consequence, graduates of the University, Charith Mahawatte, Damith Sulochana, Kaushalya Hemaratne, together with Rupavahini Program producer Rohana Aluthge helped install the computerized library management system for the school.
This allows us the opportunity to efficiently manage the newly established school library at Damahana MV.

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The Boy Scouts that fear no challenge


“The Scout, in his promise, undertakes to do his duty to his king and country only in the second place; his first duty is to God. It is with this idea before us and recognizing that God is the one Father of us all, that we Scouts count ourselves a brotherhood despite the difference among us of country, creed, or class. We realize that in addition to the interests of our particular country, there is a higher mission before us, namely the promotion of the Kingdom of God; That is, the rule of Peace and Goodwill on earth. In the Scouts each form of religion is respected and its active practice encouraged and through the spread of our brotherhood in all countries, we have the opportunity in developing the spirit of mutual good will and understanding.

This is a statement made by Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scout Movement.

Born in the United Kingdom in 1857, Lord Baden Powel joined the Army as a youth and fought in many internationally famous battles before starting the Scout Movement based on his experience gained from fighting in the wars.


As a young boy Powel enjoyed outdoor activities like hiking, boating and trekking. It is obvious that in later days Powel used this skill and experience to take the Scouting movement to children. A key feature of the scouting movement is to expose children to outdoor activities that provide them opportunities and challenges that help shape character.

Joining hands with the world scouting movement, the local chapter was set under the leadership of F. T. Stephens in 1912 at Christ the King College, Matale. Ever since, the movement has actively spread across the Island allowing large numbers of children to join it and earn themselves awards and accolades engaging in various activities at different levels. The Boy Scouts Movement in Sri Lanka functions as a well structured organization. In 1957 the movement received legal status under an act of parliament. The Sri Lanka Scouts Movement has three aspects to its formation, namely:

1. The Council

2. The Executive Council

3. General Matters

The most fascinating aspect of the scouting movement that had the attention of the children was ‘Camping’. Away from home and familiar surrounding the children are exposed to new challengers in new settings with children of same age. The experience gained in these formative years helps mould character and skill to face life with confidence in later years. Camping provides opportunities for scouts to develop self-confidence, courage, tactfulness, healthy living, thoughtfulness and self-confidence.

Students of Balangoda Damahana public school have been part of this movement for many years. The movement was introduced to our school by none other than the current District scout commissioner Mr. M. G. Abhayasiri when he was a teacher at this school. The movement was established in Damahana public school in 1978 with 32 children.

Ever since, the movement has progressed developing and expanding year after year. It has now become a key feature of the extra curricular activities of the school. Besides the Boy Scouts Movement, the Girl Guide Movement has also maid progress developing over the year.

Another key aspect of the Scouts Movement is the ‘service and co-operation week. Here, during each year a week is selected for the scouts to visit homes and institutions in the region. They would then carry out any tasks entrusted, for which they are compensated, the proceeds going to a fund. No doubt, the experience gained during this week of exposure helps the scouts in their own development.

The JOB Week is observed internationally and nationally at the same time.

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Intel Teach

Today IT and ICT have become a vital part of our life. In a nut shell, IT is the main Key to open the Global world. We therefore say that it is impossible to live in this world. So as to adapt to this modern era and the millennium, we should have a wide range of knowledge and experience, which enables us to click into inventions, innovations and modernizations. IT gives us rapid, reliable and accurate solutions. Consequently, we must be familiar with ICT and live in it. Now ICT and IT are our shared partners in every system or unit.

To establish ICT in Sri Lankan schools today many steps have been made so far. Under SEMP project, what have been given to the government schools is immense and ample. The government has optimistically donated CLC centres and has given IT training to fifty percent of teachers from the government sector. Today CAL (Computer Assisted Learning) has also been introduced in schools to teach other subjects. Internet, which is the fastest communication media in this world, has been given to schools to fly to other countries without a flight.

In August 2006 a well equipped computer center was received to Damahana Maha vidyalaya in Rathnapura District. This computer center was setup with the assistance provided by the Asian Development Bank, through the Secondary Educational Modernization Project (SEMP). The unit consists of twenty computers with all its accessories. After setting up of this unit the school has made vast strides in the sphere of education in general. With the use of these computers and Internet, students are able to access vital and relevant information pertaining to their general education. In school hours we use these computers as part of our normal teaching and learning process. Besides, it serves as a useful tool to source information.

During extra classes held during after-school hours students are thought how to use computers for internet exploration, English language education, and special online courses. The students have their own website and are encouraged to maintain their own blogs. As a result, now, about 180 children are blog writers.

As an appreciation of all the good work done so far, the ministry allocated 20 Intel classmate PCs to Damahana maha vidyalaya donated by Intel co-operation.
With these laptops we also received wireless internet facilities. This is the fast e-village introduced to the Sabaragamuwa Province. With the addition facility the area surrounding Damahana Maha Vidyalaya has access to WIFI technology.

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The teachers who are training in the moment

Mr. Sepala Kuruppuarachchi(Provincial Manager of SEMP Sabaragamuwa) in the Training programme.


Mr. Alapathe IT co-odinater in Balangoda education Zone.

Mrs. Tilini Hettiarachchi (Intel Teach) conducting the training programme.

The Principal Mr. B. Somasiri of  Balangoda Damahana Maha Vidyalaya.

Mr. K.M.W. Bandara of Balangoda Damahana Maha Vidyalaya.

Now in the world, the most common issue is INTEL TEACH Programme, which is currently in progressive in many parts of the world. In Sri Lanka Intel Teach was launched after a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in October 2006 in between Ministry of Education, Government of Sri Lanka and Intel EM Ltd – Sri Lanka Liaison Office. Through this MoU, Intel has offered Ministry of Education the services at no cost a teacher professional development program specifically designed for Sri Lanka.

We were very happy about the exertion made by INTEL EM Ltd to bring this programme to Sabaragamuwa Province. Ratnapura Balangoda Damahana Maha Vidyalaya, which is the one and the only e-village school in Sabaragamuwa and is located about 7km away from Balangoda city.
The 3rd Intel Teach Batch in Sabaragamuwa province, with 24 teachers from 13 school in Balangoda zone have trained form 25th june 2009 to 02rd july 2009 in Rathnapura Balangoda Damahana Maha Vidyalaya.

A.M. Fazi (Centre Manager, CLC, R/ Hindu College, Balangoda). Said

“I was very happy about the exertion made by INTEL EM Ltd to bring this programme to Sabaragamuwa Province. I also attended the ‘Intel Teach workshop’, which is currently engaged at Ratnapura Balangoda Damahana Maha Vidyalaya, which is the one and the only e-village school in Sabaragamuwa and is located about 7km away from Balangoda city. When I entered the school premises first, what I saw was unbelievable and amazing. Students were seen carrying class mate PCs looked mini laptops, which have been donated by Intel. I found differences and uniqueness in methodology and everything.

The Resource person appointed by Intel Teach Programme, Mrs. Thilini Hettiarachchi was also exceptionally talented and performed her duty well in a pleasant and friendly way aiming at focusing the PBS (Project Based Learning).

I am very confident that I can make changes in their attitudes by what I got as experience through this effective workshop.”

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