13th SEPTEMBER 2016
The Commerce Day commenced in the Peto Memorial Hall at noon. The Principal, the Rev.N.J.Gnanaponrajah, Vice Patrons, Mr.S.P.Thayaparan & Mr.S.Richikesan, members of the Commerce Union, Vice Principal, Mr.A.H.Gnanarajan and the Sectional Head, Mr.T.Nathakumaran accompanied the Chief Guest, Mr.B.Sivatheepan, Regional Manager, Central Bank of Sri Lanka. After the lighting of the oil lamp and singing of the College Hymn, a briefWelcome Speech was delivered by the President of the Union, M.Sivamsan.
Next was the Vice Patron’s Address by Mr.S.Richikesan. He spoke of the commitment of the teachers who toiled hard to impart a holistic education for the students. He also talked about the role the teachers played in making the students to achieve something. He said that the students in the Commerce Stream achieved in both academic and non-academic activities.
He mentioned S. Mithushan became First in the Island at the AAT Stage III Examination (Association of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lanka) which was held in January 2016 in English medium.
Doing AAT parallel to Advanced Level helps the students with their main course of studies and gives them an additional certificate in hand when they leave school. It helps them overcome any fear of examinations and instills in them a greater sense of confidence. In recognition of this fact, the Principal of St. John’s College encourages all the students in the Commerce Stream to sit for their AAT examinations in their first year.
Mr.S.Richikesan also spoke about the recent trends in the world – about how Commerce is important in all fields. ‘Without Commerce, nothing could run profitably,’ he said. His speech greatly motivated the students .
The next event was a Quiz Competition between Chundikuli Girls College and St. John’s College.
In the Chief Guest’s Address which followed, he spoke regarding the importance of students’ values and culture. He also spoke about today’s commercial world and the expectations of tomorrow’s business world.
He spoke about Sri Lanka in general and the Northern Province in particular. He gave a few pointers on what the schools in the province have achieved and what they should embrace to gear for the future.
The Chief Guest also talked about how important it is for the students to be vigilant. The world today is moving quickly – it is advancing faster than an average person can keep pace with. So students should keep abreast with new inventions, innovations and trends. They should always be on their feet, plan for their future and have strong determination to achieve great heights in their lives. They should have smart goals and work toward them with motivation and confidence.
The Chief Guest also advised the Commerce students to pay heed when selecting their higher course of study. He encouraged the students to help one another in their journey to the top.
Following the quiz was theAward Ceremony.
The next item on the agenda was a Debate, the topic of which was, ‘Do men or women play a greater part in home economics?’
The teams arguing for and against the topic of the debate were both from St. John’s. They debated with a lot of enthusiasm - each team trying to counter the other’s argument while putting forth their own.
Following the Debate, the Chief Guest was called on stage where the Principal gave away a Memento on behalf the School. The memento was presented in recognition of his services and as a mark of reminder of his visit to the College as Chief Guest.
Then the Vote of Thanks was proposed by the Secretary, T.Akulapiriyan. The program came to an end with the College Song.