Having successfully initiated their online/virtual teaching and learning programme across all grades in the school, Gateway has not failed to look into important aspects alongside/ besides/beyond academics that the children would miss due to the closure of schools. The Virtual Avurudu that was successfully concluded and the Virtual Vesak that has just been launched have brought fun and excitement to many children.
While, Physical Education classes are included in the usual online time table, Gateway College considers it is important to address the aspect of sports that the children are keen to engage during after school hours. In order to bring sport to their homes, Gateway is making arrangements to conduct a virtual sports session every weekday from 5.30 to 6.30 pm.
The important aspect of the proposed programme is the ability for students to be hands- on/physically engaged during the entire session since they will be live events. They are able to ask questions, practice the various skills that are taught, record them with a phone and upload to the app that is provided to them. The coaches will watch these clips and provide the students with necessary feedback.
The programme that is to commence on Wednesday the 6 th of May will have the presence of the former cricketing legends, Aravinda De Silva and Muttiah Muralitharan. The second session on Monday the 11 th of May will feature Thilaka Jinadasa and Priyantha Ekanayake. Thilaka Jinadasa, who recently joined Gateway as the Team Leader, Sports Development, is the first female Olympian of Sri Lanka and the former National Netball coach. Priyantha Ekanayake is a former Sri Lanka Rugby captain.
Gateway students are able to login through the link that will be provided to them. The programme will see Gateway’s coaches as well as experts of different sports conducting sessions in 11 sports.