BENEDICTINES- EMERGING POWERHOUSE IN ATHLETICS
|ST. BENEDICT’S College, celebrating it’s Sesquicentennial this year has seen an unparalleled feat by their athletes with consistently high performances right throughout 2015 culminating in winning the Sir John Tarbet Junior Public Schools Athletic Championship held in Anuradhapura from 15th – 18th September 2015, where over 6000 athletes from Government, Private and International Schools displayed their prowess. St. Benedict’s emerged Overall Champions with 79 points, St. Mary’s Chilaw Runners-Up with 62 points, Royal Colombo third with 50 points and St. Joseph’s Colombo fourth with 39 points.|
Earlier in the year St. Benedict’s became the Colombo Zonal Champions beating all the schools in Colombo. St. Benedict’s obtained 143 points with Royal finishing Runners- Up with 71 Points. In the Sir John Tarbet Senior Public Schools Championships, SBC emerged Under 16 Group Champion and finished Overall Runners- Up.
In this meet they broke 4 long standing records i.e Under 16- 4x100M (44.32 Sec) and 4x400M (3.31.05 Sec), Under 18- 4x100M (42.94 Sec) and 4x400M (3.22.15 Sec).
in the Western Province Meet, SBC created 4 records and equaled one in the Under 17 events i.e. 4x100m (43.18 Sec), 4x400M 3.2.6 Sec) and in individual events- Mas. Supun Nimansha set a new record of 49.00 Sec in 400M, Avishka Dananjaya equaled the 110M hurdles record with 14.93 sec. The Benedictine star athlete Sahan Rajapaksha set a new record of 10.89 Sec in 100M. both Sahan (100M) and Supun 400M) qualified for the World Youth Games 2015.
15 year old Sahan Rajapaksha is perhaps Srilanka’s best hope for International honours in the next decade. In early September 2015 he won the Gold Medal in Under 16 100M equaling the existing record in an international Athletic Meet- Thai Open Championships. It is the intention of every Benedictine to encourage and support this promising athlete to reach his full potential.
The resurgence of Athletics of SBC started during the tenure of Director, Rev. Bro. Granville Perera (2003-2012), who handpicked one of the national Coaches Mr. I.D. Premasiri to be the Head Coach , Mr. Premasiri , whose forte is in the track events has produced a whole host of young athletes who are excelling in track events. He is ably assisted by the Junior Coach and the Master-In-Charge Mr. Nuwan Abeywickrama,who himself is a formar athletic Coloursman of the College and represented the National athletic team in the International level. The man behind the scene however is the young and energetic Rev. Bro. Pravin Vaz, the sports Co-Ordinator who works tirelessly without a fuss, in the true tradition of De La Salle Brothers.
The Benedictine team is confident of faring well in the forthcoming National School Athletic Championship and the Relay Carnival.
Lasantha for Global Investigative Journalism Conference 2015 - Norway
|Old Benedictine Lasantha Ruhunage of the '92 batch has been invited by the Media Programme Asia from Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), to attend the Global Investigative Journalism Conference 2015, scheduled to be held in Lillehammer, Norway from 8th to 11th October 2015.|
Lasantha is currently the News Editor of Ravaya News Paper, President of Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association, a Director of Sri Lanka Press Institute and an Honorary Member of Transparency International Sri Lanka.
We wish him good luck in his endeavor.
BENS CHAMPS at Sir John Tarbet Junior National Athletic Championships 2015
|St. Benedict's College Junior Athletes (Under 12,13,14 and 15) annexed the prestigious Sir John Tarbet Junior National Athletic Championships 2015, concluded on Saturday, 19th September 2015.|
This meet held in in Anuradhapura attracted over 7000 athletes from over 500 schools island wide and presumably is the first time in the history of St. Benedict's College that the college had emerged champions at this event.
Points standings: St. Benedict’s College – 79, St. Mary's College, Chilaw – 62, Royal College, Colombo - 51 and St. Joseph's College, Colombo - 38
Hearty congratulations to our young athletes on their great achievement in brining honour and glory to the college as we celebrate our sesquicentennial this year.
Special word of thanks to Rev. Bro. Director - Bro. Janaka Fonseka, Rev. Bro Praveen Vaz – Sports coordinator, Head Coach Mr. Premasiri, Masters in Charge and other coaches for their guidance and also not forgetting the parents for their enthusiasm and encouragement.
150th Sesquicentennial Dinner Dance - Organize by Old Bens Dubai-UAE Brach
Obituary - Old Benedictine Leonard de Silva
|It is with profound sadness we inform the passing away of Old Benedictine Leonard de Silva at the age of 64 (1973 Batch). Loving Brother of Old Bens Sarath and Lalith de silva, Brother in law of Old Ben Lalantha Perera (Former Treasurer of the Welfare Society and current Treasurer of the OBSC)|
Remains will lie at residence from tomorrow afternoon, 19th September 2015 at No. 26 Senanayaka Mawatha, Nawala.
Funeral will take place on Monday, 21st September 2015 at Madampitiya Cemetery.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Sesquicentennial Celebration Dinner Ball 2015 - OBU UK
|Calling all Benedictine's in the UK to celebrate 150 years in Style.. |
Date: 17th October 2015
Venue: Heathrow Windsor Marriott - SL3 8PT
Please contact the following to reserve your place
Michael Fernandopulle 07771 604093
Nihal Candappa 07956 256418
Ephrem Mutukisna 0208 845505
Navantha de Silva 0758 5709235
Tickets are priced at £60..
Obituary - Mrs. Patrine Nathaniel (Past Teacher of SBC)
|It is with profound sadness we inform the passing away of Mrs. Patrine Nathaniel (Past Teacher of SBC) and Loving mother of Old Ben Hiran (86 Batch)|
Remains lie at 79/14, Kalyani Mawatha, Wattala.
Cortege leaves residence, Monday, 14th September 2015, at 3.30 pm, to St. Anne’s Church burial grounds, Wattala
May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
St. Benedict's College first XI cricket team tour to Malaysia
|Official photograph of St. Benedict's College first XI cricket team tour to Malaysia.|
The tour was arranged in appreciation and for the distinction of being crowned T20 CHAMPIONS, beating St. Peter’s College, at the All-Island Schools under 19 T20 Cricket Tournament 2015
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.
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