Profile of Rev. Bro. Henry Dissanayake – Director, St. Benedict’s College, Kotahena
|Rev. Bro. Henry Dissanayake is the second child in the family of four children. He joined St. Benedict’s College in Grade 9 and thereafter followed his Advance Level studies at De Mazenod College, Kandana.|
God called him to serve in his vineyard in 1971 when he entered St. Joseph’s Juniorate, Mutwal. For his formation, he was sent to the Novitiate in Mangalagiriin Tamil Nadu, India, in 1974. Strengthened by God’s grace, and spiritual formation, he took his first vows in 1975. Bro. Henry returned back to the scholasticate in Mutwal during 1975 and took his final vows in 1984.
Bro. Henry, entered the University of Peradeniya to further his academic studies and obtained his B.Sc. (Honours) Degree in 1988. Subsequently, he was sent to De La Salle University, Manila for his spiritual studies where he obtained his Masters Degree in spiritual formation.
In 1998, he obtained his postgraduate Diploma in Education from the Open University of Sri Lanka. He also obtained his Masters in Public Administration from the University of Colombo.
Bro. Henry, followed his basic religious studies in Mutwal during the period 1975 to 1976. He was sent to Rome to follow the International session of Lasallian studies during 1988 to 1989.
He continued his Lasallian formation studies in Thailand and Philippines during the period 1992 to 1994.
Serving on the Benedictine staff in 1978, he was a class teacher and the assistant scout master. During the period 1980 to 1984, he served at De Mazenod College as a class teacher, a sectional head and also looking after the Hostel affairs.
From 1990 to 1994, he was on the staff at La Salle Inter District novitiate, Hanwella. During the period 1995 to 1999, he served as a sectional head at St. Sabastian’s College, Moratuwa and reached the topmost rung in administration – The Principal.
He was appointed Bro. Provincial Visitor of the De La Salle Congregation of Sri Lanka in year 2000 to offer his leadership and guidance to the La Sallian Brothers. He held this position till 2008. He also served at the Diyagala Boys’ Town, Ragama as a Trustee prior to assuming duties as the 39th Director of St. Benedict’s College, Kotahena on 4th January 2016.
By Mr. Ananda Perera– Staff Member of St. Benedict’s College
Sesquicentennial year Christmas Carols Service of St. Benedict’s College “A Green Christmas”
|St. Benedict’s College will be hosting its sesquicentennial year Christmas Carols Service titled “A Green Christmas” on Saturday the 19th of December 2015, at St. Lucia’s Cathedral Kotahena. This inclusive service will contain Seasonal Carols and Music, and is expected to last no more than one hour and 30 minutes. The entrance procession will begin at 07.15 pm. |
The service will be presented by The College Choir, Primary Choir & Western Band of St. Benedict’s College with
appearances by Choro Benedicte, The Jubilee Choir & Voice.Print.
The highlights of the programme will be as follows:
• The College Choir Presenting Traditional Christmas Carols in unique arrangements accompanied by the Colombo Brass Ensemble.
• Popular Christmas carols by the Primary Choir.
• The College Western Band Display
• Choro Benedicte’ an all-male ‘acappella’ group
• The Jubilee Choir from Our Own Show.
• Old Ben vocal band, Voice Print.
• Combined Choir of 150 voices
An offering by St. Benedict’s College, celebrating of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ!
BENEDICTINE SING-ALONG - 9th JAN 2016
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Obituary – Old Ben Edward Jayawardene, our beloved Teacher / Football Coach
|It is with profound sadness we inform the passing away of Old Benedictine Edward Jayawardene, our beloved teacher/Soccer MIC and coach.|
Late Edward Jayawardene, very much devoted and sacrificed his time & energy for the promotion of Football at College. His contributions have brought immense results with glory to Players and St. Benedict's College. He was also the former Sri Lanka Youth Soccer coach.
Remains lie at Mahinda Florist funeral Parlor, Wattala.
Burial on 17th November 2015 (Tuesday) 3.00 P.M. at Nayakakande Cemetery.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace, Amen.
BENS Champs at Saint's Quadrangular Athletic Meet
|St. Benedict’s College emerged champions at the recently concluded Saint's Quadrangular Athletic Meet which was organised by St. Peter’s College.|
* Overall Champions (St Benedict’s College - 449 Points, St. Anthony’s College, Kandy - 356, St. Peter’s College - 274 and St. Joseph’s College - 230)
St. Benedict’s College won the overall Relay Championships and also emerged champions in the Under 15 and 17 Age Groups.
St. Benedict’s College also was placed Runners-up in the Old Boys’ events.
Benedictine Annual Science Day – 2015
|The annual science day 2015 christened as “Infero - 15” was held on 6th November 2015 at the Rev .Bro. James memorial building with Mr. Noble Jayasuriya, The Programming Director of the coordinating secretariat for science , Technology and Innovation of the ministry of science, Technology and Research gracing the occasion as the Chief Guest. Rev. Bro. Director, the past and present science and maths teachers, Old Boys, the teachers and students and their parents were in attendance.|
The theme of ‘Infero -15’ was global warming. The Chief Guest elucidated the threats and implications of global warming through a lucid presentation. In his speech, he stressed that, due to warming of our planet Earth, we are becoming more and more prone to natural disasters and other weather related calamities. Climate change is changing our economies, our health and our communities in diverse ways.
The occasion was brightened up by the presence of many past science and maths teachers. Mementos were awarded to them in appreciation of their valued contribution to the Science Association. Certificates were awarded to the winners of competitions held among the students of invited schools. It was also a memorable day for the prize winners of various science competitions of our school as they too received their certificates. A science magic show and a few musical performances enlivened the proceedings.
The historic Science Day – 2015, which marked the end of all the major events in the school calendar during its 150th anniversary year, drew to a close leaving behind many nostalgic memories.
Grade 5 Scholarship Exam 2015
Primary Choir - Provincial Champions
Benedictine Requiem Mass - THURSDAY, 12TH NOVEMBER 2015 @ 6 PM
|The Annual Holy Eucharistic Celebration, organized by St. Benedict’s College Old Boys’ Union, in remembrance of the dearly departed members of the Benedictine family will be held on THURSDAY, 12TH NOVEMBER 2015 @ 6 PM, at St. Lucia’s Cathedral, Kotahena.|
The Benedictine fraternity is invited to congregate together along with their family members at this Eucharistic Celebration to offer prayers and thanksgiving for all the dearly departed Benedictine family, who worked and served our beloved school in the years gone by.
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