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.
Sesquicentennial College Day to be celebrated in a grand scale
The 150th jubilee of St. Benedict’s College will be 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 will be presided over by His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith - Archbishop of Colombo, Most Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Fernando -Auxiliary Bishop of Colombo and Old Benedictine Priest.
The proceeding at the College premises will get under way at 10.00 A.M. by welcoming His Excellency the President Maithripala Sirisena. To commemorate 150 year jubilee, a postal stamp and a first day cover will be released by His Excellency.
BENS enter President’s Trophy Rugby KO stage
|After an absorbing schools rugby league championship, St. Benedict’s College qualified to enter the knockout stage of the Milo Schools President’s Trophy Tournament which will be worked off from June 28th. The tournament is conducted by the Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Association and sponsored by Nestle Lanka Ltd.|
St. Benedict’s College along with Piliyandala Central, Lumbini MV, Vidyartha, Lalith Athulathmudali MV, Mahanama, Ananda and St. Sylvester’s will contest in the Premier Trophy.
St. Benedict’s College will encounter Vidyartha in the quarter finals on 29th June 2015 at Longdon Place, commencing 4.30 p.m.
The finals are scheduled to be played on July 13th at the Royal Sports Complex Grounds.
|The 111th Annual General Meeting of St. Benedict’s College Old Boys’ Union was held on Sunday 21st June 2015 at the College Premises amides a large gathering.|
The proceedings commenced at 9.00 A.M. with Holy Mass which was concelebrated by loyal Old Ben His Eminence the auxiliary Bishop of Colombo Most Rt. Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Fernando and Old Benedictine Priests Rev. Fr. Noel Dias, Rev. Fr. Jude Angelo, Rev. Fr. Christy John and Rev. Fr. Christopher Corera.
Breakfast was served to all members present just after the Holy Mass and prior to the commencement of the AGM at 11.15 A.M., with the ringing of the School Bell.
The fellowship social lunch at the Old Bens Sports Club too was well attended, with Old Bens from yesteryear and the recent past having an enjoyable day.
Office Bearers and Members of the Council of Management for the Year 2015/ 2016
Patron - His Eminence Most Rt. Rev. Dr. Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith Archbishop of Colombo (Ex Officio)
Vice Patrons - Rev. Bro. Christy Croos - Provincial Visitor (Ex Officio), M/S Elmo Perera, Eric Motha, Gamini Kannangara, Felix Dias, Dudley Thambinayagam, Gamini Edirisinghe, Nimal Perera, Neil De Silva, D. Easuwaran and Melville Perera
President - Rev. Bro. Janaka Fonseka - Director St. Benedict’s College – (Ex Officio)
Vice Presidents – Rev. Bro. Niran Perera - Sub-Director –St. Benedict’s College – (Ex Officio)
M/S Lalith Madapulli, Randolph Perera, Emil Kronemberg, Gratien Fernando, Lasantha Pieris and Darrel Ludowyke.
Hon. General Secretary - Mr. Ashan Stanislaus
Hon. Treasurer - Mr. Anton Leon
Hon. Assistant General Secretary - Mr. Eranga Morais
Hon. Assistant Treasurer - Mr. Alston Rayen
Hon. Assistant General Secretary – Membership - Mr. Stephen Corera
Hon. Assistant General Secretary – Overseas - Mr. Patrick Rodrigo
Hon. Assistant General Secretary – Social - Mr. Peter De Croos
Hon. Assistant General Secretary - Sports - Mr. George Ranasinghe
Mr. Malsiri Perera (President, OBSC - Ex Officio) M/S Angelo Canjemanaden, Kenneth Dabrera, Loxley Dharmaratne, Rohan Dilip Perera, Stanley Rayer, Chandra Bastian, T.Valentine, Beonest Fernando, Damitha Perera, Cecilton Philip, Kennedy Machado, Duminda Perera, Kennedy Michael, Roshan Samaratunga, Dilantha Segera, Lucian Siriwardane, Denuka Perera, Aravinda Mendis, Ruwan Sanjeewa, Joel Savarimuttaupulle, Melvin Pollocks, Jeremy Babapulle and Shehan Patterson.
M/S Nihal Hettiarachchi & Company, Chartered Accountants
SYDNEY BENS TO CELEBRATE SBC’S HISTORIC MILESTONE
|As St Benedict’s College, our Alma Mater, notches the historic 150th anniversary of its birth, the Sydney Bens join in the celebration of the sesquicentenary of excellence in Benedictine education imparted by the De La Salle Brothers with EVERGREEN, The Dinner Dance, on Saturday, 22 August 2015 here in Sydney. |
The Sydney Bens are privileged to contribute to the wonderful achievements of College, the oldest Catholic educational institution in Sri Lanka and invite all Old Bens to join us at this momentous function.
While a great time is assured to all our guests, The Dinner Dance is not merely an occasion for us to eat, drink and be merry. We have made this an important fund-raising event. All profits will be directed towards our major and on-going program which started almost a decade ago, with a commitment to assist 40 students to continue their studies in College until they reach University Entrance level. 21 of these students have now completed. We will maintain our commitment and assist the balance 19 students until the end. We envisage a continuance of this assistance, even in a smaller scale, in the future. What has always been the firm belief of the Sydney Bens is that the only way to support our Alma Mater is by assisting current students to achieve excellence by providing some financial assistance towards their education. Just the way we Old Bens, now residing in Sri Lanka and in all parts of the globe, received the finest education, taught discipline and facilitated to attain sporting prowess for the last 150 years.
That is the reason for EVERGREEN, The Dinner Dance. So we invite each and every Sydney Ben and other Old Bens from near and far, to come around ’neath the Green White and Green flag in Sydney and pay tribute to our Alma Mater as we celebrate this once in a lifetime anniversary of our beloved College.
111th Annual General Meeting of St. Benedict's College Old Boys' Union - Sunday 21st June 2015
|The Annual General Meeting of St. Benedict’s College Old Boys’ Union will be held on Sunday 21st June 2015 at the College premises, preceded by Holy Mass commencing 9.00 a.m. which will be presided over by His Lordship Most Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Fidelis Fernando(Auxiliary Bishop of Colombo and Past Benedictine) and concelebrated by Old Benedictine priests, Rev. Dr. Noel Dias (Judicial Vicar of the Archbishop's House), Rev. Fr. Sagara Jayamanne (The Blessed Sacrament congregation) and Rev. Fr. Jude Angelo.|
All Members are cordially invited to rally together at this prestigious event of the Old Boys’ Union, as we celebrate 111 years of loyal and dedicated service to our Alma Mater.
The annual session will be followed by a fellowship lunch and get-together at the Old Bens Sports Club.
Kindly contact the following, for Lunch Reservations: (Buffet Lunch – Rs. 750/-)
Stephen Corera- 0777 348417, Peter De Croos– 0776 396060, Anton Leon – 0714 805287, Darrel Ludowyke – 0777 414567 or any Council Member.
“OUR OWN SHOW” Benedictine Musical Show at the BMICH on SATURDAY 6th June 2015
|Our own Bens Performing|
One of a life time opportunity not to be missed
Hope you could make it to the BMICH this SATURDAY, 6th of June
Haven’t you purchased your Tickets as yet?
Tickets are selling out fast
Contact JOEL SAVERYMUTHAPULLE on 075-5841083 for tickets
St. Benedict’s College gifted with a Bus and Van
|St. Benedict’s College Welfare Society donated a super luxury brand new 33 seat YUTONG Bus valued at 10.8 million and a brand new luxury TOYOTA 15 seat Van valued at 7.5 million to St. Benedict’s College, as a part of the 150th Jubilee celebrations. The handing over ceremony took place today (4th June 2015) at the College premises amidst a gathering of Rev. Bro. Janaka Fonseka, Director of St. Benedict’s College, Rev. Bro. Benedict Bonaventure, Principal Primary Section, Rev. Bro. Praveen Vaz, sports Coordinator, De La Salle Brothers, Teachers, Students, members of the Welfare Society and distinguish Old Boys.|
Rev. Fr. Ciswan De Croos, the Parish Priest of St. Lucia’s Cathedral conducted the religious prayers and blessed the vehicles. Subsequently, Mr. Jeremy Adams - President of the Welfare Society and Mr. Kapila Silva - Treasurer, handed over the keys to the Bus and Van respectively to Rev. Bro. Director.
Rugby – Bens beat St. John’s College 32-22
|St Benedict’s college defeated St John's college, Nugegoda by 32 points 22 in their inter schools knockout tournament played at the Sugathadasa Stadium yesterday. (27th May 2015). The first half was keenly contested with the score reading 12 all with both schools scoring a goal and a try each.|
Bens got their act together after the turn around and scored four more tries to take the game away from St John's who managed to score only two tries in the second half.
We wish the Benedictines good luck as they progress in the remaining games of the knockout tournament.
Obituary - Mrs. Concy Perera. (Beloved Mother of Rev. Bro. Bertram, F.S.C. - Past Director of St. Benedict's College)
|Sad to inform you the passing away of Mrs. Concy Perera. (Beloved Mother of Rev. Bro. Bertram, F.S.C. – Past Director of St. Benedict’s College)|
Remains lie at residence No. 62/18, Cardinal Thomas Cooray Mawatha, Averiwatte Road, Wattala.
Cortege leaves residence on Wednesday 27th May at 3.30 p.m. for burial at St. Anne’s Church Cemetery, Wattala.
May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
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