We set out below for the information of All Thomians Near and
Calendar of Events:
January 06, 2015
STC Mt. Lavina
Institution and installation as Warden -The Revd. Marc Billimoria
Venue: Chapel of the Transfiguration
SSJ Associates & J H Marikar have sent us the following e mail on December 10, 2014
It is with great sadness that I wish to inform you of the demise of the beloved wife of our Patron, Dr. Vijaya Corea this morning.
Her body will lie at A.F. Raymonds Funeral Parlour from 8.30 am. tomorrow 11th December. A Service will be held at 4.00 pm. in the Parlour and thereafter, the cortege will leave for Jawatte Cemetery for burial.
Please inform any members of The Thomian Society you may know. I will make arrangements to keep the general membership informed.
Let us all condole with Vijaya in his moment of grief.
Bandu Wanigasekara has sent us the following e mail on December 10, 2014
Kindly place this in your advices/website.
I have informed Guru OBA main persons - Pres., Senior VP & Sec informed.
I have received the following from Valerie - Peter's wife. Kindly keep all informed. Thanks.
------------------------------ I am having a Memorial Service for Peter on the 30th Dec: 2014,at 4.00PM, at the Chapel of St Francis Of Assisi, Mount Lavinia.
The Rev'd Mark & Rev'd Joshua Ratnam of St Francis will together take the Service.
Kindly inform all concerned. Valerie Weerakoon.”
J H Marikar has sent us the following e mail on November 27, 2014
“Guys, watch this. We filmed college from the sky.
STC OBA NSW X MAS CAROLS Please click “here” to view photos
Upali Jayatilaka has sent us the following e mail on November 18, 2014
“FOOD FOR THOUGT -
Dear Class of ’62 / O/L ’70 Mates,
As you would recall, at one of our recent fellowships, the matter of having some Medical Insurance for our group was discussed.
The attached policy proposal was arranged through our Classmate SA Dias of the College OBA Secretariat.
This is, what I understand, the Policy taken by the Centenary Group of College.
Please have a look at it , read the contents carefully, and let me know what your views are.
If you wish to get further details or decide to proceed, please let me know and I can coordinate accordingly.
Motto Matters ! Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Ishara Jayawardane
A school motto embodies the spirit of a school. It unites the school under a common goal and vision. It provides the students with an ideal to follow and strive for. It gives them hope and strength. Daily News spoke to some leading schools in Colombo to find out how their school motto has molded them and inspired them.
Daily News first spoke to the Sub Warden of S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia, the Rev. Marc Billimoria who provided some insights into the Thomian motto - ESTO PERPETUA
“The origins give us the meaning. It is a Latin term from Eton College in England which was introduced to S. Thomas’ College by our Founder, Bishop James Chapman. Before coming to Sri Lanka as the first Anglican Bishop, he was a Fellow of Eton College, having also studied there. He wanted to start a school in Sri Lanka that was modeled on Eton and so among the many features from Eton that he introduced here was this motto that was a traditional motto of Eton - ESTO PERPETUA, that basically means - May it last forever, Last thou forever or as every Thomian today understands it Be thou forever. Although the present motto of Eton College is FLOREAT ETONA, meaning ‘May Eton flourish,’ ESTO PERPETUA is said to have been the motto from about 1635. At S. Thomas’ the motto became part of the present college crest in 1947 under Warden R S de Saram. What is interesting is, that it is also the State motto of Idaho in the United States of America where the translation is ‘Let it be eternal.’
We sing the motto every time we sing the College Song, which interestingly was written in 1916 by Edmund De Livera an old Royalist! In the College Song there is a chorus in which we repeat the term ESTO PERPETUA three times. Thus it almost becomes a part of a student’s life for the period of time he spends at STC.
Well, the more he sings it, the more he has to realize that what he is being asked to do, is to be part of this institution which is going to last forever or flourish forever and prosper. So the student has to realize that he is part of the flourishing or the prospering of the institution. Beyond that while he receives the best education that is possible from the school, he also has a duty to give back to the school, in order that it may flourish. And the school may only flourish, if its products contribute positively towards that flourishing. For the students, it is therefore an important if not vital symbol of the school and the more they reflect on its meaning, they have to realize that they are part of an institution that is long lasting and that needs to flourish, and from which they also get something for their lives in order for their lives to blossom and flourish when they leave its portals. ‘Be thou forever’ what? Be thou forever- loyal, faithful, honest, true and compassionate. To me the motto encompasses all the good values the school promotes in a child that need to last forever, that need to flourish.
“There are two lines of one of the verses that go like this: ‘We rejoice in victory when our foes we beat and we know when fortune frowns how to take defeat.’ This has to be hit home over and over again at a time when competitive sports are in danger of becoming more of an obstacle than a support to education as a whole. Today it’s all about winning at any cost and at all costs. Our children must learn how win but also how to lose and to know how to handle and face defeat on the sports field. Life is not about winning all the time. There will be victories and there will be defeats. School prepares you to face both.
The school is not just as an institution with buildings and facilities but the school is a living entity which flourishes forever as long as the children are getting the best from it. The spirit that is fostered by the motto is something that will never be outside the Thomian psyche, because it is part of our song and crest. It is always in front of us and we cannot forget it. What we need to constantly remind ourselves is - what does it mean for us today? If you just come to school at 7.30am and leave at 1.30pm and don’t really take a part in the life of the school, you are not contributing to the flourishing. You are just playing lip service to the motto. But if you are part of the system and you are learning from the system and giving back to the system by way of doing well in your studies or doing well in your sports/ extra curricula activities then you are contributing to the motto becoming a reality,” said Rev. Billimoria. S. Thomas’ College is 163 year old. It was opened at Mutwal on February 3, 1851. It was transferred to and opened in Mount Lavinia on January 26, 1918 and will be celebrating 100 years at Mount in 2018.
Nimal Bhareti has sent us the following e mail on October 22, 2014
“Dear Guru pupils
I picked up your email addresses from the email that Nawmani had sent regarding the death of Lakshman Amunugama's wife. I met many of you on two occasions at a hotel in Mt Lavinia, the first when I was honoured by inviting me to your 62 batch get together and then for the OBA get together. I have also met a few of you on the road. I don't of course recognise you as you have changed so much but you don't fail to recognise me and speak to me. The great thing which I appreciate is that while all of you are either holding high posts in the private sector or big businessmen, you never fail to address me as Sir. I'm now in my seventies and though I worked for many years after retirement from the public service in consultancy assignments, I have now fully retired and relaxing at home with my children and grandchildren. I don't get about very much as I don't drive beyond ML, and I go in one of my daughter's cars when I have to go beyond.
The 2 years I taught at Guru were some of the happiest days in my life. Unfortunately I was compelled to leave and join the public service to better my prospects. I went to Guru just once after I left. I'm told that the school now looks quite different and many new buildings have come up. Lakshman J keeps me updated on Guru with the newsletters which he regularly emails me.
Pl. do drop in and see me when you pass this way. I would like very much to see you.
With best wishes and kind regards to all
Upali Jayatilaka has forwarded us the following e mail on October 30, 2014
“27 October 2014 Miller - Copleston Revival
Members of the Miller-Copleston committee visited college on Sunday 19 October and met the Sub-Warden and House Masters. It was in connection with the Miller-Copleston revival efforts, at which the Warden would like the Miller-Copleston Association to play a role.
We were walked through the existing hostel (and memory lane), and were briefed on the immediate and long term plans College has for this revival. It was truly impressive.
State of the art showers and toilet facilities in the new block, (to say the least) was an indication of things to come. The planning that seems to have gone on already, was even more evident in the conversations that followed.
We “The Miller-Copleston Association” have undertaken the following:
A) In the short term provide fans, washing machines, television sets and other such utility items that are needed to the existing and new dormitories being reclaimed from classrooms. Our events will essentially become fund raisers for this with the monies we can raise through sponsorship banners etc to be displayed at these events, to other donations which can be solicited from members in cash or kind. Cost estimate is attached.
B) Our members will play a role in the regular programs organized by the housemasters to inspire and build the greater personalities of hostellers. Eg: Sarath Mahadivulwewa will be conducting a session in table etiquette by courtesy of a new hotel school he heads, and Shavindra Fernando as Secretary of the Association will deliver the first in a series of after dinner speeches, at formal dinner organized each term in the dinning hall for hostellers in formal dress and table etiquette.
C) The committee is happy to inform of the above which will indicate to the membership the kind of effort the school authorities are taking in these efforts which will become matters close to our heart, as we see the emergence of an institution we called home, soon to become of greater stature than we ever knew. For instance there are plans for the dinning hall to be re-furbished/furnished to be greater setting as the numbers grow.
D) College has also obtained the dedicated services two old Thomians to serve as Senior Housemasters, one a former First X1 Cricket captain and the other teaching Mathematics in the senior forms. All of this we witnessed indicated the qualitative nature the revival of the school hostel aims to achieve.
E) The revival of house names, flags and crests and some aspects of the past will be discussed as we engage on these supportive functions. Its dynamics will be left entirely in the hands of the school authorities who will best know how it could be done as the number keep growing.
F) In the long haul, as the Warden indicated when he first addressed us at the OTSC, this effort will need the raising of larger sums of capital to “re-build” Miller-Chapman and Copleston-Claughton Houses. That is up to those of you who are leaders in the financial and commercial sector to undertake in consultation with the Warden and probably the goodwill of our brotherhood who are resident abroad. Determined, Dared & Done Omnia Vincit Durus Labour For: The Miller-Copleston Association Committee.
Shavindra Fernando (MSP) Senaka De Fonseka
AWAIT: Miller - Copleston Yuletide Eve 2014 Planned for:
December 13 Saturday at 7.00 PM at the OTSC
Listen to a few carols and oldies with drinks and conversation. (A fund raiser)”
Ananda Amaranath has sent us the following e mail on August 12, 2014
“From: Sriyan Jayasekera [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Tuesday, 12 August 2014 3:56 AM To: Ronnie Reid; buddy reid; Bryan Reid Cc: STC tyretracks Subject: Sincere condolences on the loss of a lifelong friend
Dear Ronnie, Buddy and Barney,
Please accept my deepest Sympathies and heartfelt condolences
on passing away of your dear brother.
He was a well mannered gentlemen of the highest caliber and always had time to give a patient hearing to his juniors. Was the Head Prefect of Wood House and I was appointed a house prefect during his period. He won school colours in Cricket and Athletics. He once told me that everyone expects him to perform like his illustrious brothers and results in additional pressure when performing.
May he rest in peace.
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From: Corinne King <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 9:04 PM
Subject: Sincere condolences on the loss of a lifelong friend
To: To all in the "Thomian Link" that I have,
I send below the response I received from Sanjiva Wijesinha & his "tribute to Tiny" . Please click and enjoy the writings of a true friend of nearly 60 years.
I also sent Claud, Ronnie, Buddy & Barney a photo that my husband Ian took of the 5 Reids under the College flag at the Charity lunch held on 30th September 2012.
The response I received from Buddy was touching. He has commented that it would have been the last time that they were all together and had a photo taken of them. Buddy has also commented that it would be the one and only photo taken of all 5 Reids under the College Flag!! I would like to share this "special" photo of the 5 Reids as taken by Ian on 30-9-2012. Ironically, it was amazing how they all stood from left to right in order of ages - eldest to youngest!!
Tiny's funeral will be at 1pm on Wednesday 13th August at Crossways Church (Springvale Road, near the Burwood Highway).
Glad to "share",
----- Original Message ----- From:Sanjiva Wijesinha To:Corinne King Sent: Monday, August 11, 2014 4:46 AM Subject: Re: Sincere condolences on the loss of a lifelong friend
Thanks, Corinne, for your message and the pictures..
Associate Professor Sanjiva Wijesinha MBBS (Ceylon), MSc (Oxford), FRCS,FRACGP,
Department of General Practice,
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, 270, Ferntree Gully Road, Notting Hill, Victoria, Australia 3168. Author of Strangers on the Camino and Not Our War”
IMPORTANT CONTACT DETAILS FOR GURU OLD BOYS AND WELL WISHERS
Rt.Revd Dhiloraj R Canagasabey – Bishop of Colombo -
Chairman Board of Governors STC - Tele - (O) 2696208
Hony.Secretary Mr.R N Asirwatham
Hony. Treasurer Mr.C P Sanjay Mendis
Manager of the School Mr. Senaka de Fonseka
Staff Representative for Branch Schools - Mr.Merril R Aluwihare
Tele – 2737483 /2716043 - E-mail - email@example.com
Please click here for present composition of STC Board of Governers
Tutorial Staff Upper School
Sectional Head - Mrs. S. Jayasekara, Bsc (Spl), Dip.in.Ed.MA(Ed).
057 2280864 (Residence) 0772 987663 (Official) Middle School
Sectional Head – K. M. T. Pushpakumara
0772987653 Lower School
Sectional Head & Prefect of Discipline Mr. V. W. Dikkumbura Bed, Dip in Agri,Trained
0772 987666 (Official)
Prefect of Games
Mr.R M S P K Medawela
Mr.D K Rasika
Hostel & Boarding House
Senior Boarding House Master – Mr. V. W. Dikkumbura
Mr.B M Sufiyan – De Saram House
Mr.A Amsakumar – Garnier House
Mr.Vijith de Silva – Hayman House
Mr.G.D. Prematilaka – Read House
Words: Edmund de Livera.
Melody ascribed to Warden Stone; Arranged by Mrs. Irene van der Wall (1913-2010), for Roger Aldons; Edited and organ part by David K. Patrick
The above two tracks taken from
the CD titled 'We'll Always Remember'
are reproduced with permission from Roger Aldons
YOUNG AND THOMIANS OLD,
THOMIANS STAUNCH AND TRUE!
RALLY ROUND THE COLLEGE FLAG
THE BLUE THE BLACK AND BLUE
TO YOUR ALMA MATER SING
THOMIANS NEAR AND FAR
LOUDLY LET THE ECHOES RING
FOR ALL, WE HAVE, AND ARE
ESTO PERPETUA, ESTO PERPETUA
THE BLUE BLACK AND BLUE FOR EVER!
College Song by the Senior
Students of STC Mount - in .mp3 format (5.9 MB).