Transitioning from primary to secondary school is a landmark step in a child’s journey towards maturity and independence. In addition, moving from a smaller school, where everyone knows each other, to a larger environment in which children are taught by several different teachers and in several different rooms can also bring its challenges.

At RIS we believe that it is important to prepare children carefully for these changes, in order that they have the best chance of making a smooth and confident transition, by focusing both on the skills sets required and the opportunities that such a change presents.

This helps them to prepare for the greater demands for independent learning and juggling their time that secondary school makes.


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Mr. Alex Perera

Mr. Alex Perera

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Dr. Alex Perera is an educationist as well as an anthropologist with over 27 years of experience in all ranges of education & Anthropology which includes schools, universities and teacher training institutes in Sri Lanka.  Having schooled in Hingurakgoda, Dr. Alex entered the University of Kelaniya for his first degree (B.A.) in Arts. He continued to build on this by obtaining a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) from the National Institute Education, and Master of Arts (M.A.) in Sinhala and Buddhist Studies from the Buddhist and Pali University. Further, he finished his examinations in M.Phil (Socio- Anthropology). As a result of this outstanding academic performance, the Senate of  University of Sabaragamuwa promoted his status as a PhD candidature. He is the first ever student to have been honored with this opportunity in the history of the University. Dr. Alex Perera obtained his doctorate (PhD) (Anthropology & Education) in 2014.


He has been a Principal in several Govt. Schools, most notably serving as a Vice Principal at St.Joseph’s College (National School), Bandarawela. He has also rendered his services as a lecturer in Counseling and Psychology & as a teacher trainer at the National Institute of Education and at the Secretary of Catholic Diocesan Commission of Mass Communication (Badulla Diocese). His expertise and experience has served many notable institutions in the country, to name some are;

-Research officer attached to the Sri Lanka Parliament and Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs,

-Served as the head of academic affairs at the Sri Lanka Print Media Academy

-Director of Training and Development at JMC Network

-Presenter in Education Service of Sri Lanka Rupavahini Cooperation

-Academic Consultant, Joseph Vaz Institute, Kurunegala (affiliated to Aquinas University College).


Dr. Alex Perera is also an author of many books in the field of Education and Anthropology both Sinhala and English. He has translated the commendable Russian Docu- Drama “Sarcophagus” written by Vladimir Gubarev into Sinhala in 2010, was published by Neptune Publishers, Battaramulla.“The Forth World & Sri Lanka” written by Dr. Alex in English is popular among students and readers of Anthropology.

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