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OSC wins Silver at 36th Annual ARC Awards

The Overseas School of Colombo (OSC) celebrates a global accolade as the first Sri Lankan educational institution to holistically cover the broader spectrum of the academic sphere to ever win an ARC Award. 

OSC attained the Silver Award at the 36th Annual ARC Awards (headquartered in New York) for OSC’s 2020/’21 Annual Report, themed ‘Our A-Team Brings Its A-Game to School,’ competing under the ‘Non-Profit Organisation’ category.

The prestigious ARC Awards is renowned as the ‘Oscars of Annual Reports,’ recognising the highest benchmarks in the annual report industry. The international award attracts hundreds of entries each year, from over 80 countries across the globe. Organised by MerComm Inc., the world’s only independent awards organisation dedicated to the communications industry, the ARC Awards was introduced in 1987 to honour overall excellence in annual reports.  

Some of the contenders at this year’s awards included top global corporates/brands such as Boeing, Abbott, Bank of America, PETRONAS, Walmart, BMW Group, Axiata, Olympus, and the Alibaba Group. 

Head of School Dr. Michelle Kleiss shared her thoughts on this milestone: “I am super proud of OSC’s Annual Report, and the recognition we received from the ARC Awards. Our aim with our school’s Annual Report has always been to share the story of our school in a transparent way that communicates what we most believe in and what we highly value across our community.”  

Founded in 1957, OSC is the oldest international school in Sri Lanka and is notably the only IB World School in the country.

OSC clinching Silver was thanks to a heroic collaborative effort made by its ‘A’ Team composed of students, parents, and faculty. It is this same united community that stood through many tests and trials, enduring challenges posed by the pandemic when it first swept across the globe. 

The school adapted to the new road ahead, dealing with the drastic changes and colossal shifts of the educational climate brought on by the disruptions rendered by Covid-19 and the many hurdles in its wake.

“As Sri Lanka’s premier international school, we pride ourselves in not just being the first, but also being the best at what we do,” said Jehan de Silva, who heads the school’s branding, marketing, and communications function.