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Obituary - Old Benedictine Gamini Jayamanne
ObituaryIt is with profound sadness I inform the passing away of Old Benedictine Gamini Jayamanne.
Late Gamini, excelled at Basketball in the 1960ís and also was a Boarder at College Hostel.

Obituary notice as follows.
JAYAMANNE - D.J.C. GAMINI. Beloved husband of Shirani, much loved brother of Swini Abeyesundere, brother-in-law of Anton Abeyesundere, Jayantha and Lalanee Perera, loving uncle of Shalini Perera and Ashan Abeyesundere, Nilika and Inoshi Perera. Cortege leaves residence ďJayabimaĒ, Pamunugama on Wednesday 10th September at 4.00 p.m. for burial at St. Josephís Church, Pamunugama. - See more at:

May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
 Posted by DARREL LUDOWYKE on September 10 2014 00:52:39 ∑ 0 Comments ∑ 449 Reads Print
Dilanka Auwardt Wins Best Bowler and Emerging Player Awards at Sri Lanka Cricket Awards 2014
SportLeft Arm Leg Spinner Dilanka Auwardt representing the Navy S.C. was awarded the Best Bowler in the Under 23 Division One Tournament and also won the award for Best Bowler in the Emerging League Tournament category at the Dialog Sri Lanka Cricket Awards 2014 held at the Waters Edge, Battaramulla on September 3, 2014.

Dilanka excelled well during his cricketing carrier at St. Benedictís College claiming over 100 wickets during the Schools cricket season in 2009/10.

Our Heartfelt congratulations to Dilanka on his remarkable achievement, which has brought honour to our Alma Mater. We wish him good luck in his endeavor to pursue his carrier in cricket.

 Posted by DARREL LUDOWYKE on September 05 2014 01:52:07 ∑ 0 Comments ∑ 382 Reads Print
Doctorate for Old Benedictine Ravindra Randeniya
OBU, Colombo
Veteran actor, former Parliamentarian and Presidential Advisor on Cinema Ravindra Randeniya was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy by the University of the Visual and Performing Arts of Sri Lanka in recognition of his distinguished service in the drama and cinematic fields during the past four decades.

Ravindra, a past pupil of St. Benedictís College, rose to fame in Lester James Peries' film Desa Nisa in 1972 and was a popular actor during the 1970s and 1980s.

He won the Sarasaviya Best Actor Award in 1984 (Dadayama), 1985 (Maya), 1989 (Sandakada Pahana) and 1990 (Siri Medura).

Our heartfelt congratulations to Ravindra on his unique achievement which has brought honour to our Alma mater.
 Posted by DARREL LUDOWYKE on September 01 2014 03:57:53 ∑ 0 Comments ∑ 314 Reads Print
Prefects' Leadership Training Programme 2014
CollegeA leadership training programme for the Board of Prefects of St. Benedictís College was conducted from 17th to 19th August 2014 at the SRI LANKA MILITARY ACADEMY Diyathalawa.

The programme included Medical Check Up, Leadership Lecture, Team Building Exercise, Etiquette and Social Correspondence, Confidence Course, Public Speaking, Confidence March, Role Play, PT, Map Reading and Basic Navigation and Swimming Team Ex/Confidence Water Jump.

Sincere thanks and appreciation to our loyal Old Benedictines Colonel Lasantha Rodrigo and Colonel Dinesh Nanayakkara who were able to initiate this leadership programme for the prefects.

Following are few clips taken at the programme.
 Posted by DARREL LUDOWYKE on August 22 2014 05:54:27 ∑ 0 Comments ∑ 514 Reads Print
Eulogy Ė Old Benedictine Aloysius Flavian Ludowyke
OBU, ColomboBorn 1923 in Galle, was the eldest in a family of four boys and two girls. He lost his mother at the age of 13 years in the malaria epidemic of the 1930ís. Thereafter, he was boarded in schools as his father worked in the Ceylon Government Railway and was transferred from station to station. These circumstances led him to become a self-made man. He was a bright student and ultimately earned an Economics degree from the University of London as an external student. It was during his school days at St. Benedictís College, Kotahena, where he met my motherís brothers (Old Benedictines Late Professor Terence Chapman - The youngest ever to be appointed Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Bacteriology, Colombo, Sri Lanka, Anian Chapman, Francis Chapman and Douglas Chapman - Teacher and a great disciplinarian at St. Benedict's College) and through them became a frequent visitor to their home, obviously having been captivated by my mother(Phoebe - Nee Chapman).

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 Posted by DARREL LUDOWYKE on August 14 2014 02:14:47 ∑ Read More1 Comments ∑ 344 Reads Print
Choristers Excel at the Festival of Choirs 2014
Music fills the courts of heaven as heavenly beings praise our Lord and Creator. When God created the World, the morning stars sang together and all the angles shouted for joy (Job 38:7). As such, God created man in His own image and gave humans the ability to sing and to make music with musical instruments to complement the voice. From the introduction of the harp and flute early in Genesis to the song of the redeemed in Godís heavenly city, music fills the Holy Scriptures. In an attempt to glorify God through soulful pieces of music, the Ceylon Bible Society was proud to present the Festival of Choirs in celebrating the 202nd Anniversary on the 1st of August 2014 at 5.15pm at the Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7.

The 22nd Festival of Choirs featuring over 221 choristers from the Choirs of Bishopís College, St. Peterís Church, Koralawella, Trinity College, Kandy, Sacred Heart Church, Rajagiriya, Living Way Church, Nugegoda, Stafford International School and St. Benedictís College blended as one to sing the praises of God with the participation of His Excellency Most Rev.Dr. Pierre Nguyen Van Tot, Apostolic Nuncio for Sri Lanka as the Guest of Honour , Rt. Rev. Dhiloraj Canagasabey- Bishop of Colombo & the Patron of the Ceylon Bible Society, Mrs.Priyanthi Seneviratna VanDort as the Chief Guest, Mr. Sriyantha Senaratna, President, of the General Council of the Ceylon Bible Society & Mrs. Lakshani P. Fernando, General Secretary of the Ceylon Bible Society.

The performance by the Choir of St. Benedictís College was well appreciated by the congregation gathered and the note of appreciation quoted below, coming from Chief Guest Ms. Priyanthi Seneviratne Van dort - Choral Director of St. Bridgetís Convent was commendable.

Hello Krishan,
Thank you for your mail, and I was actually looking out for you and the boys to congratulate you on your magnificent performance. As the Chief Guest for the Festival of Choirs, I was very proud of you, for the fact that you attempted such challenging choral works. Having worked with the Peterite Choir for 23 years and Choirs in general over the last 31 years I can vouch that it requires a great deal of commitment and passion to teach such difficult choral harmonies to school boys. It showed your skill and devotion and also I could sense that you being an Old boy yourself, desired to give your boys the best you possibly can in choral music. I do the same for the Bridgetine Choir being an old girl myself.

I was very impressed with the commitment your boys have put in to learn all those intricate harmonies, and more than everything I was so happy that as a Catholic College, St. Benedict's was able to stand shoulder to shoulder with other reputed choirs, and command the respect of the audience, with that wonderful blend. Your Sopranos were good, and so were the Alto's, Tenors and basses.

As in every performance in any choir, on and off there were mild mishaps which were eclipsed by your powerful singing. If you can try to work on those little shortcomings, and do some brushing up on those entries you would be brilliant and perfect.

Please convey my heartfelt Congratulations to the boys on an excellent performance, and for you I pray that you receive God's blessings to continue the great work you are doing in His Name, with the talent He has bestowed on you. May you continue to be a blessing to all the young ones who will pass through you, and through your talent, may your College continue to be a shining example to all, as you uphold the great choral traditions of the Catholic Church.

God Bless You and the boys.
Priyanthi Teacher.

Our heartfelt congratulations to the Benedictine Choir and Mr. Krishan Rodrigo for the performance that has brought much pride and honor to our Alma Mater.
 Posted by DARREL LUDOWYKE on August 13 2014 06:41:11 ∑ 0 Comments ∑ 546 Reads Print
47th Saints Quadrangular - 23rd & 24th August
 Posted by DARREL LUDOWYKE on August 12 2014 12:28:42 ∑ 0 Comments ∑ 367 Reads Print
Asiaís Best Basketball Player PERCY shoots his way to Eternity - By Elmo Rodrigopulle
ObituaryIt is with profound sadness that I dedicate this column to one of my dearest buddies Percy Perera, undoubtedly the Best basketball shooter that the country produced , who passed away in Melbourne, Australia on August 6th.

Percy who migrated with his family to Melbourne in 1984, used to make his usual pilgrimage to Sri Lanka to meet and greet his legion of friends and as usual have a good time, recalling adventures and escapades that was many of old.

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 Posted by DARREL LUDOWYKE on August 12 2014 01:05:40 ∑ Read More0 Comments ∑ 1228 Reads Print
Eulogy - Old Benedictine Ronny Goonetileke
ObituaryA lifetime of service and hard work

Ronny Goonetileke was a highly respected, honest and straight-forward officer who was attached to the state service and who never bent the rules for anybodyís particular benefit.

Public servants of his calibre are extremely hard to come by and his loss is felt by his family as well as the public sector which he served diligently and for so long. Born in Kotahena, he attended St. Benedictís College where he was a keen scholar and athlete and also excelled in sports such as tennis and table tennis.

He has credited St. Benedictís College for the excellent system of education, discipline and religious education it imparts to its students as well for as the high caliber of its teachers. While at school, Ronnie captained the college tennis and table tennis teams and had the privilege of heading the table tennis team, when St. Benedictís won the inaugural inter-school table tennis championship in 1950.

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 Posted by DARREL LUDOWYKE on August 12 2014 00:50:22 ∑ Read More0 Comments ∑ 280 Reads Print
Obituary - Old Benedictine Percy Perera - ANOTHER BENEDICTINE LEGEND SAYS GOOD BYE
ObituaryIt is with profound sadness we inform the passing away of another Benedictine legend, Cricketer and Basketball star Percy Perera, this morning (6th August) in Melbourne, Australia.

Late Percy excelling in Basketball, Cricket and Athletics at College and went on to be the shooting half of a great and unstoppable duo, combining with Cosmos Perera. The two of them led the Bens and the Old Bens to many Basketball championships, and for years starred in the national team, including at the Asian Games.

Funeral arrangements will be notified.

May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
 Posted by DARREL LUDOWYKE on August 06 2014 01:58:55 ∑ 1 Comments ∑ 626 Reads Print
Old Benedictine Pradeep Moraes appointed Director of Altair developer Indocean
OBU, Colombo
Indocean Developers Ltd., the promoter of the iconic Altair twin tower condominium development in Colombo, has announced the appointment of Pradeep Moraes as Director of the company with immediate effect.

Moraes is already closely involved with the mega construction project in a senior executive capacity as President Sales and Marketing.

Moraes joined Indocean Developers after 10 years as Head of Sales and Marketing in the property group of John Keells Holdings through its subsidiaries Asian Hotels & Properties PLC, John Keells Residential Properties Ltd., and British Overseas Ltd., in which capacity he headed a team that sold over 750 high-end luxury apartments.

Educated at St. Benedictís College, Colombo, and at Aquinas University College, he began his corporate life in the commercial aviation sector, working for Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Gulf Air and Air Lanka. He subsequently went into Brand Management in the FMCG sector, and general management and marketing with CEO responsibility, for several leading entities in spheres such as air freight, industrial marketing, advertising, automobiles, home entertainment, security, motor racing, broadcasting and telecommunications.

Altair is intended to be a one-of-its-kind development in South Asia in terms of architectural design, structural engineering, and living experience. It is projected to be a game changer in contemporary living that will bring a new dimension in aesthetics to Colomboís skyline.

Comprising of two tower blocks, one of 63 storeys which leans into a taller, 68-storey tower, Altair, located at Sir James Peiris Mawatha, Colombo 2 (the former Colombo Commercial Co. property), will offer its 400 apartments spectacular views of the Beira Lake, the Indian Ocean and the city of Colombo. Designed by the globally-recognised celebrity architect Moshe Safdie, the developmentís 1.5 million square feet of high-end eco-friendly living space, will be supported by 40,000 square feet of supportive up-market retail space. The building is scheduled for completion in 2017.

Indocean is a joint venture of the six conglomerates that makes up the South City Group, which brings together over 150 years of cumulative development experience. One partner alone has a market capitalisation is excess of $ 2 billion, and the constituent partners of the Group have completed 50 million square feet of real estate development and currently have another 20 million square feet of space under construction.

 Posted by DARREL LUDOWYKE on August 05 2014 05:29:57 ∑ 0 Comments ∑ 450 Reads Print
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Virosh Fernando
24/07/2014 06:55
Could we have the agenda of activities for the year 2015, so that the overseas Old Bens could plane out their holidays in Sri Lanka.

Dilshan de Silva
23/12/2013 02:07
Hi, could you please update all pages under construction ?

Virosh Fernando
09/10/2013 04:08
Appreciate if the 2013/14 Cricket fixtures are updated on the website

Santha Perera
01/02/2013 01:31
What about the Prefects investiture for year 2013????

Santha Perera
24/12/2012 12:40
Wishing all Old Bens & their families a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Niroshan Perera
16/10/2012 07:25
Hi, please advise the details about the Annual Dinner Dance - 2012.

02/10/2012 13:42
Obituary Notice With deep regret we inform you the demise of Master Pringley Rodrigo of 2011 A/L batch, yesterday (1 October 2012). Currently, the body lies at #117 / 2A, Pragathi Mawatha, Kalae

10/09/2012 11:40
Greetings Bens!

Santha Perera
30/06/2012 01:16
Why wasn't Jason Perera who is representing SL U-19 Cricket given prominence on this page?

Santha Perera
24/12/2011 00:50
Wish all OLD BENS & their families a MERRY CHRISTMAS. Santha Perera & Family

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