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Old Ben Indika Gamlath picked for Asian Masters
|Old Benedictine Indika Gamlath has brought honour and pride to St. Benedict’s College as he was picked to represent Sri Lanka at the 17th Asian Masters Athletic Championships 2012 to be held in Taipei, Taiwan from November 2nd to 7th.|
Indika won Silver and Bronze in the 100 and 200 meters at the 26th Masters Open Athletic Championship held at the Sugathadasa Stadium in July this year which enabled him to be selected for the Asian Masters in Taiwan where he will compete in the 200, 400 and 4 x 100 meters events.
Incidentally at the age of 19, Indika held the record for 200 meters at the College Athletic Meet which was broken after a period of 16 years this year by Master Ashantha Kumara.
Indika is currently a member of the tutorial staff at St. Benedicts College, teaching Commerce subjects in the Advance Level classes and the MIC for Athletics at College. He is also serve as the Auditor, of the Sri Lanka Athletic Association.
On behalf of the entire Benedictine fraternity, we congratulate him for his achievements and wish him good luck and God’s Blessings in abundance at the Masters championships in Taiwan.
SPONSOR A CLASSROOM - A request to all Bens
|A mega project undertaken by the Welfare Society of St. Benedict's College with immense love for the children of St. Benedict's College and for their future.|
The main structure of the much needed classroom building project undertaken by the Welfare Society of St. Benedict's College which will be named Rev. Bro. James Memorial Building has been completed.
However, the Welfare Society is in the process of raising further funds to fully complete the building and hand it over to the school by early 2013.
On completion, the building which is been constructed at the former tuck shop area, will comprise a total number of 33,241 square feet, with 16 modern class rooms, two office rooms for sectional heads, well equipped laboratory, two lecture rooms, modern tuck shop, staff lunch room, record room, car porch, roof top and an e- library.
A further fund raising project has been launched by the Welfare Society, where Batches, Groups, Wings and overseas OBU Branches affiliated to St. Benedict’s College, could sponsor a classroom for Rs. 500,000/-. All donations can be handed over to Rev. Bro. Director, or to the Welfare Society Office and an official receipt obtained.
Cheques should be drawn in favour of St. Benedict's College Welfare Society. For further inquiries please contact Mr. Jeremy Adams (President – Welfare Society) on 071-0689011 or Mr. Darrel Ludowyke (Gen, Secretary - OBU) on 0777-414567.
The Welfare Society who has undertaken this gigantic project is confident that it will be possible, no doubt, with the generosity of the ever loyal Benedictine fraternity living in Sri Lanka and domiciled abroad and well-wishers.
Hence, This call is to you dear loyal Bens, come rally, be generous and support this worthy cause, which will further enable the School to maintain its position as a leading La Sallian educational institution in Sri Lanka and also to provide and maintain the required facilities for the present and future generations who will enter the gateways of St. Benedict’s College.
Interact Club of St. Benedict’s College - Installation Ceremony
|The 12th Installation Ceremony for 2012/13 of the Interact Club of St. Benedict’s College was held at the College hall on Saturday 13th October 2012 at 3.00 PM. Many Interact members from leading schools in the Colombo metropolitan area, Rev. Bro. Director, Parents and Old Boys attended the ceremony with Rev. Bro. Benedict Bonaventure, Principal of the Primary, gracing the occasion as Chief Guest.|
The proceedings got underway with the lighting of the traditional oil lamp by the dignitaries present which was followed by the singing of the College Anthem, the opening prayer, Pledge of Invocation, welcome speech by Rev. Bro. Janaka Fonseka – Director SBC, Presentation of the Annual report, Address by the Chief Guest, Speeches by Outgoing and Incoming Presidents and the District Interact Secretary, Pinning of Badges to the incoming Board.
A short musical entertainment presented by the Interact members of the college added glamour to this event which concluded with the singing of the National Anthem.
The Outgoing Board 2011/12
President: Int. Glen Lobo, Vice President: Int. Allan Jones, Secretary: Int. Uma Dharshan, Treasurer: Int. Ezkiel Machado, Director of Club Service: Int. Bimesh Ranasinghe, Director of Community Service: Int. Praveen Jacob, Director of International Understanding: Int. Prince Milroy, Director of Finance: Int. Ashan Sugunakumara
The Incoming Board 2012/13
President: Int. Bimesh Ranasinghe, Vice President: Int. Aloke Gunaratnam, Secretary: Int. Shonel Perera, Treasurer: Int. Dinelka Nanayakkara, Asst. Secretary: Int. Trevin Chrismal, Asst. Treasurer: Int. Archana Silva, Editor: Int. Dillon Lakshman, Sergeant-at-Arms: Int. Deon Ludowyke, Director of Club Service: Int. Ruvishka Thiagarajah, Director of Community Service: Int. Hirantha Fernando, Director of International Understanding: Int. Darren Pietersz, Director of Finance: Int. Sherwin Perera, Director of Green Life: Int. Mishal Ismeth
Annual Inter House Aquatic Championship - 2012
'Choro Benedicte' - Launches their first ever recorded covers album (CD)
|The ‘Choro Benedicte’ are proud to announce the launch of their first ever recorded covers album (CD) titled “Gradus Unus” - “The First Step”. This unique album PROBABLY is the first ever 100% a cappella album to be produced in Sri Lanka. The album features 10 cover songs from popular artists such as Madonna, Sting & the Police, U2, Rascal Flats, Imogen Heap, Queen, One Direction, The Beach Boys and Billy Joel. All song arrangements were recorded using vocals only and no other instrument.|
Each Album CD is priced at SL Rs. 500/-, and SL Rs. 100/- from the sale of each CD will be donate to St. Benedict’s College. This particular sale will be managed and coordinated by the OBU Council of Management Colombo. We request all students, staff, old boys, support bodies, Overseas Branches of the OBU, well-wishers and family to purchase this album, in order to create an awareness of pure Benedictine talent, commitment and loyalty.
Those who wish to purchase a copy of this great CD, or place an order, are kindly requested to contact the following.
Mr. Darrel Ludowyke – General Secretary SBC – OBU (Mob: 0777-414567) – Email: email@example.com
Mr. Krishan Rodrigo – ‘Choro Benedicte’ ( Mob: 0718-721267, 0777-884482) – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
‘Choro Benedicte’ – 100% a cappella
‘Choro Benedicte’ is an all-male choral group consisting of a group of singers who specialize in a cappella, close harmony and vocal duplication singing. The brand name “Choro Benedicte” has been around for quite some time, and owes it to legendary trainers such as Robert Joseph, Ken Jansen, Kalasurie Lylie Godridge & Francis De Almeida. Productions of this vocal power house were ‘The Unfinished Symphony’, ‘Memories’,
‘Harmony’, ‘Festival of Songs’ and ‘Harmonic Progression I & II’, while ‘Shades of Sound’, ‘Song Shine’, ‘Vochestra’ are a few productions in which Choro Benedicte was featured in.
Choro Benedicte’ is now directed by Krishan Rodrigo and Dave De Visser, who has moulded together an outfit that will delight audiences with their special brand of musical renditions.
While not losing touch with the classics and Sinhalese evergreens, one sees more contemporary songs being included in our repertoires. We are proud to announce the launch of our first ever recorded covers album titled “Gradus Unus” - “The First Step”. This unique album PROBABLY is the first ever 100% a cappella album to be produced in Sri Lanka. The album will feature 10 cover songs from popular artists such as Madonna, Sting & the Police, U2, Rascal Flats, Imogen Heap, Queen, One Direction, The Beach Boys and Billy Joel. All song arrangements were recorded using vocals only and no other instrument.
‘Choro Benedicte’ formerly known as the ‘Old Bens Chorale’ still consists only of past choristers of St. Benedict’s College and shows it’s connection to its Alma Mater by featuring the highly acclaimed ‘Choir of St. Benedict’s College’ in the album. The album also features the rare talent of Beat-boxer, Old Ben Rajendra Ronal who flawlessly performs varied selections of drum beats vocally duplicated.
This album is a production that was brought together by the Colombo Music Festival 2012 by collaborating artist ‘Choro Benedicte’ and record label ‘Faith & Hope’.
We have priced each album at 500 LKR, and wish to donate 100 LKR per album sold to St. Benedict’s College. This particular sale will be managed and coordinated by the OBU Council of Management Colombo. We request all students, staff, old boys, support bodies, Overseas Branches of the OBU, well-wishers and family to purchase this album, in order to create an awareness of pure Benedictine talent, commitment and loyalty.
We wish to express that we are in the process of 03 major projects with our record label, and the funds generated from “Gradus Unus” will be in aid of our next project. You will hear of our next project very soon. We expect to express our loyalty and gratitude to our Alma Mater more and more as we grow from strength to strength.
(The Old Bens Chorale)
Camillus House wins Inter House Aquatic Championship 2012
|The Annual Inter House Aquatic Championship was held on 1st October 2012 at the College Swimming Pool Complex with Mr and Mrs. Christopher Joseph (Former President of the Welfare Society) gracing the occasion as Chief Guest.|
The opening ceremony got underway with the Swimming parade led by the College Western Band followed by the Swimming captain Master Steve David carrying the National flag, Head Prefect Master Ashan Sugunakumar carrying the College flag, the House captains Masters Timon Nathaniel, Prince Ashan, Shevon Perera and Lara Wambeck of Cassian, Camillus, Claude and Luke House carrying their house flags respectively, followed by the participants and Rev. Bro. Janaka Fonseka - Director, Rev. Bro. Niran Perera – Sub Director, Rev. Bro. Praveen Vaz – Sports Co-ordinator, Rev. Bro. Malith, Mr. Dinesh Dayananda – Main coach, Miss. Kamala Saviyar – Teacher in Charge and Mr. Ananda Amerasinghe - MIC .
30 events were held with 85 swimmers participating under the age groups of 9, 11, 13, 15, 17 and 19.
Camillus House with 179 Points emerged Champions while Cassian with 156, Luke 149 and Claude with 143 won 2nd, 3rd and 4th places respectively.
Age group championship Winners
U 9 – Master Imalka Perera of Claude House
U11 – Master Angello Perera of Claude House
U13 – Master Netmal Wijesinghe of Cassian House
U15 – Master Sonal Ganegoda of Cassian House
U17 – Master Prince Ashan of Camillus House
U19 – Master Steve David of Camillus House
Our appreciation goes to distinguished Old Ben Jeyam Perumal who was the Chairman of the Swimming Pool Project committee, for exclusively sponsoring this event.
Master Prince Ashan of Camillus House receiving the championship Trophy from Chief Guest Old Ben Christopher Joseph. Also in the picture (on extreme left) is Rev. Brother Janaka Fonseka, Director of St. Benedict's college
Benedictine Journalist Sunesh Rodrigo to attend IVLP in the U.S.A.
|Benedictine Sunesh Rodrigo became the only Sri Lankan journalist selected to participate at the International Visitor Leadership Programme 2012 (IVLP) in the U.S. A.|
Launched in 1940, The International Visitor Leadership Programme is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program that seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through carefully designed short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders.
Since its inception thousands of distinguished individuals have participated in the International Visitor Leadership Programme, including 330 current and former Chiefs of State and Heads of Government, thousands of Cabinet-level ministers, and many other distinguished leaders from the public and private sectors.
The Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists which falls under the IVLP brings emerging leaders from around the world to examine journalistic practices in the United States. The program is an innovative public-private partnership between the Department of State and several top U.S. schools of journalism. The 2012 program is scheduled to be held from October 29-November 16 primarily focusing on the November 6th US Presidential Election.
During this programme, Sunesh will be permitted to cover all proceedings of the crucial ‘Road to White House’ directly from the United States. He is also scheduled to meet several top diplomats, policy makers and politicians both in Washington DC and New York. It is noteworthy that the Department of State will also facilitate a trip to Illinois, President Barack Obama’s home state.
Sunesh would like to share this significant achievement with the entire Benedictine fraternity, and is honoured to state that if not for the education, discipline and the guidance received from College from young days, he wouldn't have been able to obtain the said fellowship. Sunesh would like to thank the entire Benedictine fraternity for the unstinted support rendered to him at all times.
On behalf of the entire Benedictine fraternity, I take this opportunity to wish our energetic and versatile Old Ben Sunesh, good luck in his endeavor to reach greater heights in his career and also wish him good health and God’s Blessings in abundance.
St. Benedict's College Development Fund – AGM
|The Annual General Meeting of St. Benedict's College Development Fund was held on 4th October 2012 at the College Staff Room at 7.30 p.m., preceded by Holy Mass at 6.30 p.m., which was celebrated by Old Ben Priest Rev. Fr. Lalith Perera.|
The Board of Management of the Development Fund for the year 2012/13, nominated by Rev. Bro. Director.
Rev. Bro. Janaka Fonseka (Director) Ex-officio
Rev. Bro. Niran Perera (Sub-Director)
Rev. Bro. Benedict Bonaventure (Principal - Primary)
Mr Roy Perera (Hony. Secretary)
Mr. Don Mevan (Hony. Treasurer)
Mr Gamini Kannangara
Dr. Suren Peter
Mr. Devaan Cooray
Mr Sugeeth Patabendige
Mr. Srilal de Silva
Mr. Tyrone Perera
Mr. Vivian Saverimuthapulle
Mr. Darrel Ludowyke
Mr. Melville Perera
Welfare Society Representative
Mr. Jeremy Adams
Old Bens S.C. Representative
Mr. Tony Ganlath
Mr. Anton Perera
Mr. Maurice Jegarajasingham
Mr. Lasantha Peiris
St. Benedict's College Adjudged 2nd Runner-up at Shakespeare Drama Competition finals
|Performing a scene from “Romeo and Juliet”, St. Benedict's College was adjudged 2nd Runner-up at the prestigious Inter School Shakespeare Drama Competition finals held last Saturday (6th October) at the Bishops College Auditorium.|
The competition which has been held for the last 39 years attracted many leading schools that competed in a preliminary round and semi final. Benedictines who won 3rd Runners-up last year, can be really proud of their achievement this year too as their cast and crew did a splendid job with an impressive performance which should have achieved them the 1st Runners-up position. However, D. S. Senanayake College won the competition whiles Royal College and Marie Stella College, Negombo emerged 1st Runners-up and 3rd Runners-up respectively.
Our appreciation to Rev. Bro. Director for his leadership and persistence in taking the College English Drama Club forward, the very untiring efforts of Mr. Jerome De Silva - Trainer, Master-in-charge Mr. Titus Withanage, Old Benedictines Peter D'Almeida and Sunesh Rodrigo for their tremendous support rendered and the commitment of the drama club members, not forgetting the Parents for their encouragement.
Tragedy strikes young Benedictine - Master Shehara Mendis
|11 year old Shehara Mendis of Grade 5B, succumbed to his injuries at the Ragama Hospital while his parents and sister are receiving treatment after a fire broke out while they were sleeping at their home in Ragama yesterday (4th October) around 1.00 A.M.|
The remains of late Master Shehara lie at No 849, Kadawatha Road, Ragama (On the Kadawatha Ragama Road, close to Bascilica College)
Cortege leaves residence, on Saturday 6th October 2012 at 3.00 p.m. for Burial at St. Peter & Paul Church burial grounds, Ragama.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen
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