Annual Prize Giving 2016 at Thames Buddhist Vihara
Photographs by Gihan Jayathilaka

The annual prize giving to pupils of the Thames Buddhist Vihara, Sunday School, was held on Sunday 8th January 2017. The ceremony commenced in the afternoon, when Venerables Kanthale Wijithawansa Nayaka Thera, Acting Head of the Vihara, Gonulle Assaji Thera, Kothmale Sumedha Thera, and other distinguished guests were ceremonially escorted into the Main Hall, by the Sunday School Drum Troupe, clad in resplendent attire, fitting for the occasion.

Her Excellency the High Commissioner extolled the virtues of the Buddhist way of living and the qualities instilled into her, brought up in a good Buddhist family in Sri-Lanka, which had stood her in good stead in her carrier and now engaged in bringing up her own family inculcating in them the same noble qualities. She commended the excellent work done by the Thames Buddhist  Vihara Sunday School in teaching our children the Buddhist way of living. The prize giving was a well organised, meticulously planned programme of music and dance, depicting, not only the talents, resourcefulness and abilities of the pupils, but also the creativity of the dedicated Sunday School teachers.

In recognition of their voluntary services, the resident Venerables, teachers and others connected with the running of the Sunday School were presented with gifts as tokens of appreciation. Miss Niduki Ama J W Botheju, received the special award for the best performance spanning all categories. 

The booklet composed by Venerable Kanthale Wijithawansa Nayaka Thera, for exclusive use by the pupils of the Sunday School, was produced to a high standard with the assistance of young members of the congregation, competent in computer technology.

Dr. Herath Kularatne, President of Thames Meditation Society paid tribute and thanked everyone who helped to make the occasion an outstanding success.


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