Sahan Rajapaksha win Gold medal at Thai Open Junior Athletic Championship
|It is with a great sense of pride that we inform that our Benedictine Athlete Mast. Sahan Rajapaksha has won the Gold Medal in the 100m - Under 16 Category by completing the event in just 11.5 Seconds at the Thai Open Junior Athletic Championship which in progress in Thailand.|
It is creditable to note that Sahan was placed 1st out of the 160 contenders from 55 countries who took part in the preliminary rounds in the 100m under 16 event.
Our heartfelt congratulations to Sahan for the great pride and honour brought to the College and the Benedictine fraternity as we celebrate our Sesquicentennial.
Also thank the school authorities, MIC, coach and specially his parents and family members for the encouragement.
BENS RUGBY NIGHT - 26TH SEP 2015
Sydney Bens’ magnificent tribute to Alma Mater
| from Doug Jones|
Superlatives are inadequate to describe the infusion of sheer loyalty, gratitude, devotion of alumni to the Alma Mater as evinced in the magnificent tribute to the much loved College by the Sydney Bens. Nothing seemed good enough to honour the oldest Catholic educational institution in Sri Lanka, run by the ancient order De La Salle Brothers (also known as Brothers of the Christian Schools) on reaching the historic birthday.
It was a unique event. As one first time guest said: “We enjoyed everything about it. The company, music, venue and hot and tasty food and the fine selection of drinks both non alcoholic and the wine... The service was excellent we thought. The best so far we have experienced at dinner dances we have attended.”
“It was a great night”, another added: “the best Bens dance ever that I can remember in the last 25 years.”
Such were the feelings expressed by numerous guests (215 of who packed the hall to the rafters) about the EVERGREEN - the Dinner Dance, held at the Concord Function Centre on August 22 to celebrate this year’s Sesquicentenary of St Benedict’s College, Colombo. Guests were treated to canapés and cocktails and other refreshments on arrival to the accompaniment of soothing live piano music and later, ushered to the ballroom to an aura of traditional green and white hues permeating the area.
A distinguished Old Ben was surprise guest of the evening – John NL Fernando flew in from Sri Lanka especially for this dance. John, an IT professional, was the first to introduce St Benedict’s College to the use of computers and still assists College with their IT needs.
A much appreciated special message from College Director Brother Janaka Fonseka was broadcast over the PR system and the Benedictine Spirit went on to prevail throughout the evening.
Youthful emcees Robert Almeida and Stephanie Pathinather welcomed guests as only young ones know how, making everybody feel at home and warmed up for an unforgettable evening.
Yohan Pathinather and his band Cazcade swung up the beat setting up the tone for the night. There was no need for invitations to get on the floor; they came on by droves. Cazcade was supported by Deejay, Shankster, who kept our guests toe-tapping throughout.
Sydney Bens’ new President Roshan Pathinather took the podium to great applause for his address and made no bones about his aims for assisting College in every way necessary.
One of the traditional highlights of a Benedictine function is the singing of the College Anthem, Boys of St Benedict’s by all Old Bens present. And this night was no exception. The song was rendered vibrantly and with gusto, as always.
Buffet dinner was followed with veteran Old Bens, Drs Camillus Pathinather and Srilal Silva jointly cutting the delectable, Sesquicentenary cake of green and white icing including the intricate College crest created by that versatile Benedictine lady Avril Almeida (wife of Ronnie).
There were silent auctions and open auctions for cricket bats – one signed by the NSW cricket team (the likes of Waugh brothers, Michael Bevan, Glenn McGrath) most of whom also represented Australia; another autographed by Sir Vivian Richards - as well as a Sydney Swans jersey. All fetched great bids. Of course, the raffle draw was popular as always. Among the prizes offered was a pair of pearl ear rings valued at $800 and Johnny Walker Blue Label whiskey as well as numerous petrol vouchers and cash prizes.
Dancing went on unabated until curtain call just past midnight with guests full of praise for an “unforgettable evening”. President Roshan Pathinather and the entire committee of Harold Christie-David, Sherwell Fernando, Jerome De Silva, Claude Perera, Yohan Pathinather, Esh Wickremaratne, Ronnie Almeida, Lionel Machado, Hynsworth LaFaber, Saliya Tennekoon, Joachim Motha and H. Ravichander for their planning and execution of a magnanimous tribute to College.
Old Benedictine Sean Van Dort, Re-elected Chairman SLSC
|Old Benedictine Sean Van Dort was re-elected Chairman of the Sri Lanka Shippers' Council for the year 2015/2016 at the 45th Annual General Meeting held on 24th July 2015 at Union Ballroom, Hilton Colombo Residences.|
Our heartfelt congratulations to Old Ben Sean Van Dort for the pride and honour brought to St. Benedict’s College and the Benedictine fraternity on being re-elected Chairman of the Sri Lanka Shippers' Council which is affiliated to the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.
Obituary - Mrs Derenia Wijeyerathnam (Past Teacher of SBC)
|It is with profound sadness we inform the passing away of Mrs. Derenia Wijeyerathnam - Past Teacher of St. Benedict’s College (Beloved wife of Late Old Ben Jerome Wijeyarathnam (Jerry), Loving Mother of Christine (former HP of GSC) Loving Aunty of Old Bens Angelo, Ashley, Sharon & Vianny Wijeyerathnam, Adrian & Mitchelli Muttupulle)|
Remains will lie at to No. 63, St. Benedict's Mawatha, Kotahena from 10am tomorrow, 7th August 2015.
Cortage will leave Residence at 3.30pm on Saturday, 8th August 2015, for Burial at General Cemetary, Borella.
May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Obituary - Old Benedictine Tony Martin (Brother of Rev. Fr. Trevor Martin)
|It is with profound sadness we inform the passing away of Old Benedictine Tony Martin, (Loving brother of Old Benedictines late Johnny Martin, Rev. Fr. Trevor Martin and Anslem Martin)|
Remains lie at residence 62/3, Peiris Avenue, Kalubowila, Dehiwela.
Cortege leaves residence, Monday, 3rd August 2015, at 2.30 pm, to St. Mary's Church Dehiwela for Holy Mass at 3.00 p.m. and thereafter for burial at General Cemetery, Borella at 4.30 pm.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Annual General Meeting of St. Benedict’s College Old Boys’ Union Victoria
|The 34th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of St. Benedict’s College Old Boys’ Union Victoria (Australia) was held on Sunday 19th July 2015 at Walawwa “The Bunglow” Sandown Regency amidst a large gathering of Old Boys and their families.|
The proceedings commenced at 11.00 a.m. with Holy Mass celebrated by Loyal Old Ben Priest from Tasmania (Australia) Rev. Fr. Shammi Perera.
The following members were elected to the office of SBC OBU Victoria (Australia) 2015/2016
Patron : Morley Fernando
President : WasanthaJayalath
Vice President : RomeshPerera
Secretary : Shane De Hoedt
Asst. Secretary : Damien Ramenaden
Treasurer : Victor Sugirth
Social Secretary : Andre Irugalbandara
Sports Secretary : Priyan De Silva
Editor : SahanWeerasekera
Committee Members: Rohan De Silva , Lakshitha Ediriwickrama, Suchen Silva, Sonal De Silva, Mahesh Kingsleypillai, Derrick Nadaraja and Derick Carvalho
First Day Cover – A unique collection
|To commemorate the 150 year jubilee of St. Benedict’s College, a postal stamp and a first day cover was released and presented to His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena on College Day, Friday, 10th July 2015 at the college premises.|
Calling BENS young and old, If you missed the opportunity to purchase this valuable souvenir, you could still purchase it from the College at Rs. 500/-.
Kindly contact Mr. Damitha Perera (Staff of SBC) on 0759808707 or 0714217397
Only a limited number are available which is selling out fast.
Sesquicentennial Celebrations (1865-2015) of St. Benedict’s College
|The 150th Jubilee of St. Benedict’s College was celebrated on Friday, 10th July 2015 at the college premises, preceded by Holy Mass at St. Lucia’s Cathedral at 8.00 A.M., which was presided over by His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith - Archbishop of Colombo, Most Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Fernando -Auxiliary Bishop of Colombo and Old Benedictine Priests Rev. Fr. Sunil Rupasinghe and Rev. Fr. Felician Ranjith. A plaque with the message from the Holy Father, Pope Francis, congratulating the school on it’s 150th Jubilee was presented to Rev. Bro. Director, by His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith.|
The proceedings at the College got under way at 10.00 A.M. with the arrival of the Chief Guest His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena. Thereafter, the National anthem was sung, followed by the opening prayer. A welcome song to the President was sung by a group of students. The welcome address was made by Rev. Bro. Director - Janaka Fonseka. Subsequently, speeches were made by Very Rev. Bro. Ricky Laguda, Councilor, Pacific Asia Regional onfrence, representing the La Sallian Congregation and by the Archbishop of Colombo, His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith.
To commemorate the 150 year jubilee, a postal stamp and a first day cover was released and presented to His Excellency, who thereafter made a very inspiring and a motivating speech.
Special Mementos were presented to His Excellency the President, His Eminence Archbishop of Colombo and to Very Rev. Bro. Ricky Laguda.
A Kandyan Dance and a Bharatha Natyam was performed by the students to entertain the crowd present.
The vote of thanks was presented by the College Head Prefect, Master Dinelka Nanayakkara.
The proceedings concluded with the planting of a ‘Na’ Sapling by His Excellency.
A large crowd including Bishops, Benedictine Priests, De La Salle Brothers, Politicians, the Mayor of Colombo, Students, Teachers, Past Teachers and distinguished Old Boys from here and abroad, participated at this historical jubilee celebrations.
The Sesquicentennial Celebration Dinner to mark the jubilee of St. Benedict's College, was held at the CINNAMON GRAND HOTEL on the same night, with the Prime minister Hon. Ranil Wickremasinghe gracing the event as Chief guest.
The Sesquicentennial address was presented by Professor Nihal Amerasinghe, an Old Benedictine who has distinguished himself nationally and internationally. He has been an International Civil Servant, Development Banker, Economist, Development Administrator, Academician, Educator, Researcher and Author.
Following is the inspiring Sesquicentennial speech made by Professor Nihal Amerasinghe.
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Sahan dazzles with 10.89 - Western Province Schools Athletic Championahips
|Extract from the Ceylon today, of 2015-07-10|
A young sprinter from St. Benedict's College, Kotahena, Sahan Thenuka Rajapaksha dazzled with a record breaking 10.89 seconds performance on the final day of the Western Province School Games, 2015 concluded at Diyagama yesterday.
The 15-year-old sprinter amazed the spectators with his performance in the 100m as he even clocked a better time than qualifying standards for the IAAF World Youth Athletics championship which is 10.90 sec.
Rajapaksha trained under veteran sprinting coach ID Premasiri, can be categorized as the best young sprinter in making who also won the under-17 best athlete award. His time is the fastest of the meet as well as the best time in 100m this year by a school sprinter apart from Himasha Eashan. Rajapaksha returned to the track a few minutes later to set another record in the 4X100m relay as their under-17 team comprised of Shiran Angelo, Supun Nimansa and Yohan Silva clocked 43.20 seconds in the relay to set a new meet record.
Ben's sprinter Supun Nimansa clocked a record breaking 49.04 seconds in Under-17 400m.
Nimansa had already clocked 49.05 seconds at the concluded john Tarbat athletics championship which was below the required qualifying standards for the IAAF World Championship.
However, he was not selected due to the AASL decision to send only four medalists of the Asian youth athletics championship to the world show piece.
Ben's continued their sprinting superiority in the under-17 category as Avishka Ratnayake clocked 14.93 seconds in the under-17 110m hurdle to equal the meet record while their 4X400m relay team clocked 3 minutes 22.60 seconds to set a new meet record.
However, Maris Stella Boys College and Ave Maria Convent both from Negombo clinched the champion boys and girls school awards respectively.
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