Professional Development and Research: The key focus of Gateway

The Annual Staff Workshop of the Gateway schools was held on the 9th and 10th of June at Cinnamon Lodge and Village, Habarana. An event that has taken place every year since the inception, this workshop combines professional development with collaborative learning in a relaxed atmosphere.

This year’s event brought together over 500 members of staff from the four Gateway schools in Colombo, Kandy, Negombo and Dehiwala; as well as lecturers from the Gateway graduate schools in Colombo and Kandy and the teachers of Gateway Achievers. Despite growing numbers, this tradition has continued as part of the vision of founder Mr. R.I.T. Alles, who firmly believed that the sense of family is the key to the success of the organisation.

The two sessions held this year included a research symposium, where teachers presented research studies on topics they have identified as requiring further inquiry. This year 8 studies were put forward from the Primary and Secondary schools combined. Both quantitative and qualitative studies were presented at this session, supported by data collected mainly from the schools. Findings of these studies will be useful to increase effectiveness of the functions and practices of the schools. This opportunity for professional development is open to all teachers at the Gateway schools and exemplary research is recognized and rewarded.

The highlight of this year’s workshop was the evening event at which the theme for the new academic year was revealed by the Chairman of the organisation. ‘Choose Happiness. Be the Change’ will be the theme that drives all Gateway schools this year, which will focus on holistic education in an environment where both student and teacher are happy.

Continuing years of tradition, the evening was packed with entertainment provided by talented members of staff who brought song, dance and drama to the amphitheatre in Habarana. This was followed by a Bollywood themed dinner dance, which concluded events.

Musaeus vs. Gateway - Annual Netball Encounter to be played for ‘Marie Musaeus – Rohini Alles Challenge Trophy’

Musaeus College and Gateway College are set to take the Netball world by storm as they join hands to inaugurate an annual encounter, with the aim of making netball a spectator sport. Students from one of Sri Lanka’s oldest Private Schools will pit their skills against those from a Premier International School in an atmosphere of healthy rivalry and camaraderie. The two schools will vie for the ‘Marie Musaeus – Rohini Alles Trophy’, named after the founders of the two schools.

Marie Musaeus Higgins, a German educationist, is best known as the founder and Principal of Musaeus College. She authored several publications based on Buddhist and Sinhala cultural themes, including Poya Days in 1924. She is recognised as an important figure in the pre-independent Buddhist revival in Sri Lanka and a pioneer in female education in the country.

Rohini Alles is a former teacher of Royal College, Colombo and the founder Deputy Principal of President's College. Mrs. Alles played a decisive role in the establishment of Gateway, especially in instituting the Primary School. Having been a strength to the Founder, Mr. R.I.T. Alles during the formative years of the organization, Mrs. Alles continues to play an important leadership role at Gateway.

The main focus of the encounter will be the Under 20 encounter between the two schools. An exhibition match will be played between Visakha Vidyalaya and Gateway College Kandy. Due attention will be paid to upcoming talent by incorporating an under 15 match at the start of the event. The event will include activities for spectators and a joint follow-up social welfare programme.

This inaugural event, to be held at the Royal College Sports Complex on the 30th of June 2018, is jointly organised by the Musaeus College and Gateway College Netball Committees. The organisers are confident that this encounter will foster enduring traditions and unite the two institutions, both on and off the field.

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