*The first 2 weeks of the new year all the pupils still were very busy with the dance exercises for the performance on January 14th in Colombo, where president Sirisena was the chief guest. The students did very well, most of the audience did not feel that they were deaf. Also ITN TV was interested and they showed a preview of the dances. The Dutch Ambassador, Mrs. Joanne Doornewaart ( Patron of our Deaf School) was also one of the chief guests at the audience.
* At the end of January two Dutch friends (Simon and Jaap) came for the 25th time to Sri lanka and visited us again. They bring every year some original presents for the deaf pupils.
*On February 2nd we celebrated the 32nd Anniversary of the Dr. Reijntjes School for the Deaf with a Dana for the Monks and a Lunch for our deaf pupils and Trust Members.
*A Dutch couple: Mieke and Hans Husken, already sponsors of our School from the start, visited us for one week. They enjoyed to be with the deaf pupils and did games with them. When also other Dutch sponsors (Nelda and Ties van Tuijl) came, they all together went with us to the Estate in Matugama for an enjoyable day.
*On February 9th we organized a School Trip on request of our guests: Nelda and Ties van Tuijl. We went to an ancient Temple on a mountain and to the Botanical Gardens in Avissawella. It was a beautiful trip and all the children and the Dutch guests enjoyed it very much.
*The annual trip to Adam’s Peak by the eldest boys and this time also with 3 girls was on February 16th. All had muscle pain, but enjoyed it very much.
*Ine Lems arrived on February 22nd. She stays every year in our Deaf School to be with the children and to take them on a school trip/excursion. The excursion was this time to Colombo to the National Museum, to the Money Museum and we climbed the temple by the Harbour. With the lunch parcels we went to the Zoo in Dehiwala where they have a spacy area to relax and there is also an ice cream outlet. We were spending some hours enjoying to see the animals and to play in the child friendly playground.
*On march 4th Barbara Lems with Pieter en the 2 children: Jasmijn and Floris, came to visit our Deaf School. Later in the month the deaf pupils showed them several drama’s in the family gathering, what everybody enjoyed.
*On March 9th the Principal’s birthday was celebrated in the School Garden with a “Fun Day”! There were big bouncers to jump, clowns, balloons and soft drinks with short eats. An unforgettable day.
*Visit of the Dutch Ambassador, Mrs. Joanne Doornewaart (the Patron of our Deaf School) on March 23rd. It was a brief visit to see the Deaf School and the deaf pupils. She was welcomed by a group of Kandyan Dancers of our School.
*After the test week was over in April, all the pupils enjoyed the New Year Games the last day before the holidays.
*In May one of our teachers, Samupthika, got married. We went to her wedding with a part of the staff members, the other part went 2 days later to her home coming.
*On May 27th Sari, a Dutch volunteer, came to our School to help for 5 weeks.
She also went with us to the wedding of Champika in Mathugama, one of our matrons. Sari collected money in Netherlands for a School Trip. On June 29th we all went in a big bus to Pinnawela, the Elephant Orphanage, where everybody enjoyed it very much. After that we visited a Model Village, a very special place with mud huts, paddy fields, a pottery, weaving mills and a snake charmer with large snakes and a monkey on a bike.
*Teacher Ruvini celebrated her 25th jubilee as a teacher in the Deaf School on July 1st. We organized a celebration. The same moment was also the farewell of Champika (matron) and Sari who was leaving.
*On July 10th was a special drawing work shop in the Mount Lavinia Hotel with some famous artists/writers from England. We went with 10 of our deaf pupils who did very well and got a lot of attention from the visitors with their beautiful drawings. We got a second prize.
*From Netherlands we got some visitors: Ali, Jan Willem and Nilu. Also Patricia and Jan Top came. Patricia, who works with deaf in NL, came to help as a volunteer for 2 months in the school.
*On August 29th the Dutch Ambassador visited us with Mr. Andre Haspels from the Netherlands. A very special visit.
*We said farewell to teacher Latha on September 1st, who was serving in our Deaf School for 27 years. She was the last 2 years in a bad health condition and has to rest at home.
*October 1st: International Children’s Day we celebrated with a nice film and ice cream.
*We got visitors from the Siloam Centre in South Korea. They like to give financial help to our Deaf School in the form of 2 computers for Graphic Design, tools for the Agriculture Project and 3 month’s salary for the Instructor. We showed them to the Estate in Matugama for the Agriculture Project.
*October 30th: a group of our deaf students went for “a Beach Cleaning Project” at the Mount Lavinia Beach.
*We started with the Graphic Design Course with 8 deaf students on 31-10.
*The Sport’s Meet of the Lions Club was on 6th of November. It was again a joyful event with a lot of prizes. As the Lions Club celebrated its 100th Anniversary, all the participating Institutions got a fridge!
*On November 11th Mudithe de Silva got married to Hiruni. At their “Home Coming” two days later all the staff members and the eldest pupils were invited.
*On the last school day of this year in December 2016 we invited all the parents for a concert of the deaf pupils, an exhibition of their Art Work and we organized a Parent’s Meeting. They also got a drink, short eats and a lunch parcel. All were happy.
We like to thank all our sponsors and well wishers for their support for our Deaf School for 2016.
Without all these nice kind hearted people, we can’t run our Deaf School.
When you see all the happy faces of our deaf children, it makes you happy too!
See also our beautiful website: www.schoolforthedeaf.lk
From 1-01-2016 the Dr. Reijntjes School for the Deaf in Sri Lanka got the ANBI Status.
With kind regards,
Tineke De Silva, Staff and deaf pupils
Dr. Reijntjes School for the Deaf,
14/2, Andiris de Silva Mawatha,