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Obituary - Mrs. Rajammal Perumal - Beloved Mother of Old Benedictines Ravi Raveendran (OLDBENS UK) & P. Mahendran
ObituaryIt is with profound sadness we inform the passing away of Mrs. Rajammal Perumal - Beloved Mother of Old Benedictines Ravi Raveendran (OLDBENS UK) & P. Mahendran.

Funeral will take place On Sunday, 22nd February 2015 at 09.30 A.M. from 117 Pickering's Road, Kotahena, Colombo 13, for cremation at 11.00 A.M., at the General Cemetery Kanatte, Borella (Hindu Section)

Ravi Raveendran can be contacted on SL Mobile 0779890400/UK 07723312422(Roaming Free)

May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
 Posted by DARREL LUDOWYKE on February 20 2015 01:32:48 · 0 Comments · 255 Reads Print
Obituary - Old Benedictine Francis (Frank) Fernando (10th October 1926- 18th February 2015 )
ObituaryIt is with profound sadness we inform the passing away of Loyal Old Benedictine Francis Fernando at the age of 88.

Late Francis Fernando was a past soccer player who captained the college team in the 40's. He was also a past teacher for over a decade.

He was a brilliant student in college with par excellence and later graduated as a Bachelor of Commerce in the University of Peradeniya. There after he came back to the college and joined the tutorial staff where he served from 1953 to 1965. Later he opted to move to Brunei with his entire family where he had a successful long career in his profession until his retirement.


FERNANDO - FRANCIS (FRANK) (Former Teacher of St. Benedict’s College, Colombo and St. Anthony’s College, Brunei Darussalam) at rest with Jesus. Son of the late Anthony Joseph and Anna Fernando, beloved husband of Therese Josaphat, loving father of Vyjanthi, Gerard, Agatha and Annabel, father-in-law of Ranjith, Charu, Rohan and Desmond, grandfather of Divina, Natashcha, Shari, Fiona, Natalie, Benjamin, Christopher and Evangeline, brother of the late Lily, the late Mabel, the late Cyril, the late Marcus, Mary, late Peter, late Paul, Joseph, Flory and Benedict. Cortege leaves residence 26 A, Church Road, Nayakakanda at 3.30 p.m. on 20th February 2015 for burial at Nayakakanda Cemetery.

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 February 20 2015 01:19:12 · 0 Comments · 247 Reads Print
BENS take on JOES for Mack-Croner Trophy on 20th & 21st Feb
SportSt. Benedict’s College will play their 6th cricket encounter for the Mack-Croner Trophy with traditional rivals St. Joseph’s College, Colombo on 20th & 21st February 2015 at St Joseph's College ( Darley Road).

Request Benedictines young and old to rally and support our Bens at this traditional encounter
 Posted by DARREL LUDOWYKE on February 19 2015 02:07:37 · 0 Comments · 203 Reads Print
BENS take major honours against Mazenodians
SportSt. Benedict's College had the better of De Mazenod College Kandana, with a first innings win in their 3rd under 19 cricket encounter played for the La Sallian Challenge Trophy, donated by Rev. Bro. Provincial Visitor - De La Salle Brothers and concluded at Kotahena on 17th Feb 2015.

Batting first, Bens scored 236 with Geethika Jayathilaka top scoring with an elegant 62. Thereafter, paceman Geethal Fernando destroyed the Mazenodians, picked up five wickets (5 for 4) including a hat-trick to reduce them to 17 for 6 at the end of day one and eventually bundling them out for 91 runs.
Following on De Mazenod staged a superb fight back to score 262 for 9, thanks to two brilliant knocks by Akash Senaratne (74) and Malshan Fernando (64).

St. Benedict's : 236 in 81 overs (Mahel Jayalath 43, Thulina Dilshan 22, Geethika Jayathilaka 62, Chathura Samarathilaka 36 n.o., Akash Senaratne 7/67, Rukshan Fernando 2/53)

De Mazenod's : 91 in 29 overs (Krishan Sanjula 51 n.o., Geethal Fernando 5/21, Nimesh Fonseka 2/02) and 262/9 in 81 overs (Akash Senaratne 74, Malshan Fernando 64, Krishan Sanjula 44, Geethal Fernando 3/46, Geethika Jayatilleke 3/69, Ruwinda Niwunhella 2/58)
 Posted by DARREL LUDOWYKE on February 19 2015 02:05:17 · 0 Comments · 218 Reads Print
Pidumai Mei - A Tribute to St. Benedict's College
College“Pidumai Me” was conceived as a tribute to St. Benedicts College, by Voice.Print - on the occasion of the 150th year Jubilee of college.

Having started their singing careers as members of the college choir, it was here that the members of the band were exposed to and involved in choral music, tight harmonies and acapella singing.

Having made a name for themselves as some of the finest exponents of their craft both here and abroad, this single aims to bring out Voice.Print’s own impressions of their alma mater, its traditions and influences, and their own experiences rendered through the song.

What started out as an idea floated during a practice session, the song was conceptualized and recorded in little under a month, with lyrics and music written and composed by the members themselves. The trilingual song also features the arresting lyrical extracts from the college anthem as the pre-chorus, which make the song distinctly Benedictine.

The Limited Edition DVD featuring the music video, and also a behind the scenes wrap, with interviews by the Voice.Print and Bro. Director, Bro Pravin and Bro. Bonny is now available at Rs. 500/- at College.
Shipping can be arranged for larger order for overseas branches.

Please do contact Michael Sathasivam on +94759000000 or on FB.

 Posted by DARREL LUDOWYKE on February 16 2015 01:23:02 · 0 Comments · 225 Reads Print
Obituary - Mrs. Victorian Bastianpillai (Loving mother of Old Ben Donald Bastianpillai)
ObituaryIt is with profound sadness we inform the demise of Mrs. Victorian Bastianpillai (Loving mother of Old Ben Donald Bastianpillai – Former Soccer Secretary of the OBSC)

Remains of late Mrs. Bastianpillai lie at No: 170, Averiwattte, Hunupitiya Road, Wattala.

Funeral will take place on SUNDAY, 15th February 2015 at 4.00 p.m. for Burial at 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.
 Posted by DARREL LUDOWYKE on February 13 2015 12:03:37 · 0 Comments · 237 Reads Print
Benedictine Walk – A grand success
CollegeThe much awaited Benedictine Walk, coinciding with the 150th Jubilee celebrations of St. Benedict’s College was held in a grand scale on 7th February 2015 amidst a very large gathering of Old Benedictine Priest, De La Salle Brothers, Rev. Sisters, members of the tutorial staff, students, parents, past teachers, old boys and their families and well-wishers.

The proceedings got underway at 2.45 pm., with the hoisting of the National Flag, College Flag and the De La Salle Flag by His Worship the Mayor of Colombo A.J.M. Muzammil, Rev. Bro. Director Janaka Fonseka and Rev. Bro. Provincial Visitor Denzil Perera respectively, to the music of the respective anthems played by the College Western Band.
This was followed by a Spiritual Blessing by His Lordship Most Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Fernando, Auxiliary Bishop of Colombo, who is also an Old Benedictine and subsequently the WALK was flagged off by the Mayor of Colombo.

The parade, which was over two kilometers in length, took to the streets of Kotahena via Bonjean Road, Kotahena Roundabout, Hettiyawatta, Kochchikade, Jampettah Street, Armour Street, Bloemendhal Road and concluded at the College Grounds. The Carriage carrying the statue of St. Benedict, led the parade which was followed by a large number of well decorated floats representing the grades from the Primary up to the upper school, the respective sports and extracurricular activities at College, the board of prefects and western and eastern bands of the primary and upper school, Prefects from the surrounding catholic schools in Colombo, members from the associated organisations and unions including the Retired Teachers Association, OBU, DF, OBSC, Welfare Society, Past Prefects Union, Old Boarders Association, members representing the overseas Branches of the OBU, Batches, Horses, Elephants, Double Decker Buses, vintage cars and jeeps, modern vehicles such as Lamborghini and Porsche. The entire rout covered over three kilometers in length.

The atmosphere at the College Grounds was electrifying, with DJ Music, Food Stalls, Games Stalls, merry-go-round, Mini train rides,bouncers to entertainthe kids, enclosed Beer Garden exclusive for the adults with BBQ.
The main activities got underway with the internationally renowned choral group Vioce.Print, taking center stage in singing the College Anthem and also launching the Jubilee song “Pidumai Mei”, a dedication to St. Benedict’s College, which was followed by a string of fireworks that ignited the dark skies of Kotahena.

Famed Musical Bands “Marians”, “Doctor”, Rebels and Agnee with Old Ben Sivakumar entertained the large crowd that gathered at the College Grounds which concluded around 1.00 am on Sunday.

We thank the Lord Almighty, who showered his benevolent blessings upon us and gave us the courage and strength to overcome all obstacles and achieve success, Rev. Bro. Director, Rev. Brothers at College, Teachers, Parents and students, Old Boys, Sponsors, and not forgetting the energetic organizing committee, for putting one's shoulder to the wheel in ensuring the success of the walk of the decade.
 Posted by DARREL LUDOWYKE on February 10 2015 23:45:38 · 0 Comments · 488 Reads Print
Buy your ‘Exclusive’ 150th Jubilee TIE (Limited Edition)
CollegeCalling BENS young and old, this special high quality Sesquicentennial Tie was on sale at the Benedictine Walk. If you missed the opportunity to purchase this valuable Tie, you could still do so, by calling Darrel on 0777-414567.

Only a limited number of Ties are available which is selling out fast.
 Posted by DARREL LUDOWYKE on February 09 2015 03:28:39 · 0 Comments · 226 Reads Print
86 Batch provide Silver Sponsorship for the Benedictine Walk
CollegeThe ever loyal Benedictines of the 1986 batch came forward in providing a Silver sponsorship towards the 150th year Jubilee Benedictine Walk.

The official presentation of the sponsorship cheque was handed over to Rev. Bro. Janaka Fonseka – Director of St. Benedict’s College by the President and the Secretary of the 86 Batch.
 Posted by DARREL LUDOWYKE on February 06 2015 07:42:47 · 0 Comments · 220 Reads Print
Nimesh cracks 2nd Consecutive Centaury in drawn game vs St. Sebastian’s College
SportNimesh Fonseka cracked his 2nd consecutive century which included 14 x 4s and 4 x 6s, in the drawn Singer inter-schools under 19 division one match against St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa, concluded on 3rd February 2015.
He also made a superb century (126 Runs) against Royal College in their previous encounter.

St. Sebastian’s College batting first, occupied the entire day to be all out for 248 runs in 95 overs.
Play was restricted to only 70 overs on the second day due to rain and Bens in reply made 212 for 6 at close of play which was called off 9 overs prior to the scheduled time due to bad light.

St. Sebastian’s College: 248 all Out (Ruvindu Niwunhalla 4 for 78, Geethika Jayatileke 2 for 25)

St. Benedict’s College: 212 for 6 (Janindu Karunathilaka 33, Chenutha Silva 36, Nimesh Fonseka 116 n.o)
 Posted by DARREL LUDOWYKE on February 06 2015 03:24:46 · 0 Comments · 207 Reads Print
OBU, Victoria Annual Dinner Dance 2015

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Santha Perera
13/06/2016 05:16
It is one year after OUR OWN SHOW. Any plans for the organisers to come out with most looked forward DVD. There seem to be a problem raising funds. DF & WELFARE please advance the money to get this g

Santha Perera
19/04/2016 02:39
Any of the Bens cricketers playing in the U19 zonal tournament?

09/02/2016 00:33
I feel we should keep the billiard table and make alternate arrangements to accommodate same in the club premises for club members use

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

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