We set out below for the information of All Thomians Near and
Calendar of Events:
November 22, 2014
7.00 p.m. onwards
STC Mt. Lavinia, OBA
'Spirits On Fire' Gala Dinner to Felicitate Warden, Prof. Indra De Soysa
Venue: Mount Lavinia Hotel, Main Ballroom
November 22, 2014
7.00 p.m. – 12.30 am
STC OBA Australia (NSW)
Podi Natuma 2014
The Thomian Small Dance
Venue: Polish Community Centre – SYRENA
1325 Stud Road, Rowville, 3178
November 23, 2014
9.00 a.m. Onwards
STC Mt. Lavinia
TRT Cricket Sixers
Venue: CH&FC Grounds
December 06, 2014
6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
STC OBA Canada
Christmas Party - Simeon Chalet
Venue: Simeon Park, Bethesda, ON, Canada
STC Mt. Lavinia OBA has sent us the following flyer on November 18, 2014
STC Mt. Lavinia OBA has sent us the following e mail on November 15, 2014
"SPIRITS ON FIRE" GALA DINNER FOR FELICITATING WARDEN PROF. INDRA DE SOYSA
Dear fellow Thomians,
As intimated to you previously the "Spirits on Fire" Annual Gala Dinner organized by the STC OBA is being held this year to felicitate the Warden, Prof. Indra Soysa, who would be leaving us at the end of this year after concluding an outstanding term as Warden of S. Thomas College. The Dinner is scheduled to be held at the Main Ball Room of the Mount Lavinia Hotel on Saturday, 22nd November 2014. The details of the event are included in the accompanying e-flyer. Few tickets are available for sale at the OBA Secretariat. To avoid any disappointments please reserve your tickets without delay by contacting the OBA Secretariat on 0114955047 / 0112727607
We have received the following e mail on November 17, 2014
OBITUARY R K W Goonesekere
“RKW, a great teacher, exemplary lawyer, teacher of teachers, courageous defender of civil liberties, and above all a great individual who influenced generations passed away last night.
Remains will be at his residence from 10.30am Tomorrow, Tuesday.
Funeral at Jawatta Cemetery on 19th Wednesday at 4.00 pm.”
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)”
STC Mt. Lavinia, OBA has sent us the following e mail on October 15, 2014
Dear Fellow Thomians
'SPIRITS ON FIRE' GALA DINNER FOR FELICITATING WARDEN, PROF. INDRA DE SOYSA SATURDAY, 22ND NOVEMBER 2014 MOUNT LAVINIA HOTEL, MAIN BALLROOM.
The Annual ‘Spirits on Fire' Gala Dinner organized by the Old Boys’ Association is scheduled to be held on Saturday, 22nd November 2014 at the Mount Lavinia Hotel – Main Ballroom, commencing with cocktails at 7 p.m. followed by dinner.
This year's ‘Spirits on Fire' Gala Dinner, which is eagerly awaited by all our Members to revive the camaraderie established and nurtured at the “School by the Sea”, affords us an ideal opportunity to bid farewell to our much respected Warden, Prof. Indra de Soysa, who is leaving us at the end of this year after a brief but nevertheless a splendid tenure of 3 years of guiding the destinies of the "School by the Sea".
Tickets for the Gala Dinner will be available at the OBA Secretariat, and also at the Ceylinco Life Tower (7th Floor), 106, Havelock Road, Colombo 5, from Friday, 17th October 2014, each priced at Rs.6,000/-. Please ensure that you reserve your table early to avoid any disappointments. Several artistes will perform at this event including the ‘De Lanerolle Brothers’and the ‘Revelations’ . The College Orchestra will be in attendance, thereby giving a complete Thomian flavour to this much awaited event.
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).