Monthly Archives: June 2007

Tissapura Trip

Posted on by Jackie

Mr Samansiri, the principal of Tissapura School, has always stood out from many of his peers because of his hands-on attitude to education. When I spent a few days teaching English at the school, he participated in the class himself.

When Mark and I drop by for a visit, we will often find him conducting alfresco science experiments outside his office. He makes up for lack of equipment by improvising with bits of wire and wood to create electronic circuits and other gadgets.


So we weren’t surprised when he became the first principal to ask about a school trip. We thought it would be a great way to broaden the children’s horizons and settled on a three day visit to Sinharaja Forest, a Unesco World Heritage Site.

We took grades five to eight and held a competition for the best essays about the biosphere.