The Colombo School of Arts and Sciences (CSA) will hold its CSA Good Start Series, begun two years ago on Thursday 30 June, at Colombo School of Arts Auditorium, Jawatte Road, Colombo 5. The event will go on from 4 to 5 p.m.

It is a series of free lectures, presentations and discussions held for the benefit of teenagers. 

Sri Lanka's recent Mount Everest climbers, Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala and Mr. Johann Peries will share their thoughts and experiences. On May 21 Ms. Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala became the first Sri Lankan to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Johann Peries made it to within 300 metres of the summit but had to turn back due to lack of oxygen. 

The CSA Good Start Series, launched two years ago, has hosted a number of interesting speakers such as Udan Fernando, Mohamed Adamaly, and Malinda Seneviratne who have discussed their views on subjects that interest and inspire teenagers.

The Principal of CSA, Shaleeka Jayalath, said that by hosting sessions like the CSA Good Start Series, young students get the opportunity to discover new ideas beyond the curriculum. She says, “We invite teenagers to call and reserve a seat early. Reaching the summit of Mt. Everest is not a task for the faint-hearted. The climb is marked with all manner of challenges, and the final ascent takes sheer will-power and determination. The journey itself requires an extraordinary blend of teamwork, resilience, courage, and humility – qualities that students need to see them through life’s many challenges. Kuru-Utumpala and Peries are very much an inspiration for every student.”

CSA offers a comprehensive teaching methodology to students preparing for their Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) O-Level, AS-Level and A-Level programmes. By offering FREE programmes like the CSA Good Start Series that are well coordinated with the school’s mission – to offer a holistic approach to education, CSA will empower and inspire students who are keen to learn.