The Junior Past Pupils Association (JPPA) was formed on 23rd of November 2008 while adding another new chapter to the distinguished history of our Alma Mater. It opened doors to all young Devians aged between 18 to 35 years to serve our Mother Devi.
Objectives of the Association include:
· Serving our school
· Promoting sisterhood among the past pupils
· Acting as a bridging instrument between the youngsters in school and the PPA
· Promoting awareness among past pupils with regard to major occurrences in school
We hereby lovingly invite our younger Devi sisters to come under the wing of the JPPA and participate in our future projects.
Sprinkled us with Blessings so tall
Nurtured us through good and bad all
Moulded us into what we are today
Let us now rally around her
With gratitude & appreciation….
Dearest Mother Devi, We are with you forever!
Dearest Mother Devi,
We are with you forever!
The Projects carried out by JPPA 2010/2011
Workshop on Career Guidance for Grade 12 Students
The first activity of the JPPA for the year 2010/2011, the Mentoring programme for grade 12 students was held on the 15th of September 2010 at the Dr. Wimala De Silva Auditorium.This was organized with the objective of providing guidance on choices available in various career paths and to discuss how they are to plan for their life ahead. Many eminent speakers representing a plethora of professions enlightened the audience which comprised of both students and their parents.
“Planning day to day work”, “How to manage co-curricular activities along with studies” and "How the attitudes of parents should change” were some topics that were discussed during the workshop. The discussion also touched on how to handle day to day issues that students face.
The event which was a sub project of the Mentoring Programme was a huge success.
Back To School - 2010
"Back to school 2010" the Get Together for all past pupils and their families, organized by the JPPA was successfully held on the 27th of November 2010. The objective of this program was to provide an opportunity for all Devians to get together and share their memories. A large number of past pupils participated in this gala event, which was an excellent opportunity to catch up on old times and re-live their school days within the school premises.
Devi Pen Project
As a fundraiser project, the JPPA launched a pen to be sold among past and current Devians. The sale proceeds from the pen are expected to be utilized for future projects of the JPPA.
Leadership Program 2011
In Keeping with the objectives of providing guidance and encouragement to the younger generation of Devians and of grooming the next generation of leaders at Devi Balika, the JPPA joined with the school administration to hold a Workshop on Leadership for the the newly appointed Prefects Guild of 2010/2011 on 11th June 2011.
This was held for the second consecutive time with the same concept as of last year i.e. learning from others’ experiences. We decided to organize a forum with several past Head Prefects and Deputy Head prefects of Mother Devi. The forum consisted of two former Head Prefects from 96/97 and 07/08 batch, and the deputy head prefect of 02/03 batch, who shared their experiences and ideas with the fresher prefects’ guild. At the end of our session, the JPPA hosted a lunch to the new prefects.
While focusing developing leadership skills that would assist in uplifting the personalities of prefects, we also took this opportunity to gently remind them about the “Traditions of Devi Balika Vidyalaya”. The workshop consisted of different segments including presentations by eminent personalities, interactive discussions and several team-building activities.
The JPPA is pleased to note that we were able to encourage our new batch of leaders to bring out the love they have for school and to ensure that they are guided towards protecting the impeccable image of Devi Balika Vidyalaya.
With the aim of uplifting the sanitary facilities of the school, the JPPA launched a project to repair and maintain the washrooms in school. Our objectives also included carrying out awareness programs for students on proper usage of toilets.
Some of the toilet complexes were not usable and we took the initiation to repair all the toilet complexes and make them usable by the students. Most complexes had leaking pipes and many other shortages due to a large number of students having to use them regularly. We replaced taps, wash basins, fittings, lights etc. We are also planning to introduce a proper maintenance method to keep the wash rooms in order and minimize wastage of water.
We are proud to mention that the JPPA has successfully finished the first phase of this project by repairing 6 toilet complexes and handing these over to school.
Lot of Past pupils, from in and out of the country, and many other parties contributed towards this major project, which will be carried out in several phases. The JPPA hopes that this will make the school environment more pleasant and comfortable while improving the health condition of our younger generation.