We set out below for the information of All Thomians Near and
Calendar of Events:
March 08, 2014
9.30 a.m. Onwards
STC Mt. Lavinia OBA
20th Encounter of the Royal Thomian Old Boys Cricket Match - Chulaka De Zoysa Memorial Trophy
March 12, 2014
11.00 a.m. onwards
STC Mt. Lavinia
Thomian Cycle Parade 2014
From: Small Club Grounds
March 13,14,15, 2014
Royal - Thomian Cricket Encounter
135th Battle of the Blues Venue: S.S.C Grounds
March 22, 2014
Royal - Thomian Cricket Encounter
39th Royal Thomian Limited Over Cricket Encounter
Venue: S.S.C Grounds
May 24, 2014
STC OBA Canada
"Blue Black Nite" - Annual Dinner Dance
July 01, 2014
STC OBA Canada
26th Annual Royal-Thomian Cricket Match - King City
Venue: King City, ON, Canada
August 16, 2014
STC OBA Canada
Family Picnic - Magna Park
Venue: Simeon Park, Bethesda, ON, Canada
October 25, 2014
5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
STC OBA Canada
Annual General Meeting
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
Dear Fellow Thomians,
It is with profound sadness that we announce the demise of a distinguished Thomian, Dr. Hemantha Wickramatillake who passed away quite unexpectedly in Malaysia upon suffering a heart-attack.
A brilliant product of S. Thomas’ College, Dr. Wickramatillake was a Medical graduate holding two postgraduate degrees in Occupational Medicine from the Adelaide University, Australia and the National University Singapore.
He also held the Fellowship and Membership of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, UK. Of his 35 years of professional career, he spent over 32 years in occupational medicine practicing as an occupational health physician in the Military (Sri Lanka Navy), Construction, Manufacturing and Aviation industry in Sri Lanka.
Overseas, he served the Adelaide University, Seafarers International Research Centre for Occupational Health at the Wales University and the prestigious Medical Research Council (MRC) of UK. He also served the World Health Organization, Europe Office as an Occupational Health Specialist.
Dr. Wickramatillake is the principal author of the WHO report, “Health and the Environment of WHO Europe Region; the situation at the beginning of the 21st Century.’ Since 2005, he also served the UN (UNICEF and UNOCHA) and the International Red Cross as a National Consultant in evaluating post Tsunami activities, on four occasions.
Dr. Wickramatillake was an Australian Government Research Scholar, University of Adelaide Scholar, National University of Singapore Postgraduate Medical Fellow and a WHO Scholar.
He actively served his Alma Mater in the OBA as well as in the Old Thomians’ Association of the United Kingdom (OTAUK) where he at one time held the position of Vice President. He is fondly remembered as a regular visitor and an active member of the OBA Facebook Group.
Dr. Wickramatillake is the father of Dr. Chandika Wickramatillake who is also a distinguished Old Boy of College and an active member and office bearer of the OBA and OTAUK.
The remains of the late Dr. Wickramatillake are due to lie at the Jayaratne Funeral Palour, Borella from 9 am till 5 pm. The Funeral (Cremation) will take place at the Borella General Cemetery on Saturday, 8th March 2014 at 6 pm.
All Old Boys and well wishers are requested to take part in the funeral proceedings and are requested to be present at the main entrance to the Borella General Cemetery (opposite Jayaratne Funeral Palour) dressed in the OBA tie by 5.15 pm.
Our sincere condolences go out to Dr. Chandika Wickramatillake and the family and friends of the late Dr. Wickramatillake.
J H Marikar has sent us the following e mail on March 07, 2014 7:29 PM
OBITUARY PROF. HEMANTHA D. WICKRAMATILAKE
Prof. Hemantha D. Wickramatilake. Beloved husband of Dilrini (nee Talwatte), loving Father of Roshanthi & Chandika (CD), loving father-in-law of Ranjeewa (Achintha ) & Aseni, expired. Remains lie at Jayaratne Funeral Parlour, Borella on Saturday 8th. 9.00 am and cortege leaves Parlour at 5.30 p.m. for cremation at Borella Kanatte at 6.00 pm on Saturday 8th
J H Marikar has sent the following e mail on March 06, 2014
OBITUARY PROF. HEMANTHA D. WICKRAMATILAKE
“I am sure you remember Wickie - H D Wicremetilake in College. He became a doctor and Worked at CTC too. I think he later went to Brunei and worked in a University as a Prof ?
Sent from my iPad
Date: Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 5:07 PM
Subject: Late Hemantha's funeral arrangements - Saturday
We managed to speak to Dilrini a short while ago. She wanted me to convey the following to Hemantha's friends in Brunei:
The body will be taken from KL to Sri Lanka only on Friday night. The body will be kept at the Jayaratne Funeral Parlor, Borella from Saturday morning. The cremation will take place at Borella Kanatte - Saturday (8th) evening.
Kindly pass this message to Late Hemantha's friends.
“Muditha Dissanayake has Sent us the following e mail on February 25, 2014”
Dear Mr. Jayatilaka,
Lot of the usual participants at the AGM were not there possibly due to two long weekends either side of the OBA weekend and also with Mount AGM around the same dates.
But large numbers (around 150) were present for the weekend due to the high interest this time (due to the successful dinner, web and social media presence).
Anyway I have attached a photograph of the new EXCO. ………………………”
STC Mt. OBA has sent us the following e mail on February 27, 2014
“Dear Fellow Thomians,
ROYAL THOMIAN OLD BOYS' ANNUAL CRICKET ENCOUNTER
Please find attached herewith the E Flyer, which is self-explanatory, relating to the above event. Please gather in numbers to cheer our Old Boys to set the winning trend for a Thomian Victory at the 2014 "Royal Thomian Cricket Encounter" scheduled to be played on 13th, 14th and 15th March 2014 at the SSC Grounds.
Dilshan Jayasuriya Hony. Secretary STCML OBA”
Merril Aluwihare has sent us the following e mail on February 13, 2014
The Thomian choir is part of a tradition that goes back to 1854 when the choir made its debut at the consecration of the Cathedral Church of Christ on St. Matthew’s Day by Bishop James Chapman in the grounds of S. Thomas’ College in Mutwal. When the college moved to Mount Lavinia in 1918 the community worshipped in a make-shift sanctuary in the dining hall until 1927 when the Chapel of the Transfiguration was completed and consecrated by the Bishop of Colombo, the Rt Revd Mark Carpenter-Garnier on 13th February that year. The choir continued to maintain a high standard and was affiliated to the School of English Church Music (now the Royal School of Church Music) by the first Chaplain and Choir Master, Revd T W Gilbert. Over the years the Thomian choir has sent out many young men, too numerous to mention individually, to serve the church as choristers, choir masters and organists in all churches both in Sri Lanka and abroad.
To enhance the beauty and grandeur of Anglican liturgical and choral worship in the chapel a Hammond organ was donated in 1938 by an old boy and one of the first members of the board of governors, Sir Stewart Schneider. This was the first organ of its kind in Sri Lanka at that time and continued in service until 1985 when it was replaced by the Allen digital computer system organ purchased through the generosity of old boys of the college and friends of the chapel. This was installed in time for the annual Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols in December 1985 and was dedicated by the Bishop of Colombo, the Rt Revd Swithin Fernando, on 21st February 1986 at a service of choral evensong that included a special recital by Lucian Nethsinghe, the organist and choir master of the Exeter Cathedral in the UK, an old boy and former chorister. The preacher was the legendary chaplain and choir master Canon Roy Bowyer Yin. The driving force behind the purchase of this new organ, again the first of its kind in Sri Lanka, was the late K C Markalande (Marko) together with Eddie Appathurai, both staunch former choristers who had received their training under Canon Yin. The then Warden, Neville de Alwis, an ardent high churchman who loved traditional liturgical worship advocated ‘nothing but the best’ for the college chapel and thus it was that he who supported the initiatives of the old boys to purchase the new organ. It is worthy of mention that when three guarantors were required for the purchase of the Allen, it was three non-Christian old boys who came forward to support the cause! This reflects the nature of the Thomian ethos.
The Allen organ was in use through the 1990s until numerous technical problems ensued and by the end of the decade it was considered necessary to go in for a replacement and many options were looked at from different parts of the world. In the Millenium Year 2000, the Special Events Committee of the Thomian OBA headed by Bertal Pinto Jayawardene took steps to raise funds towards purchasing a new organ and the Johannus Sweelinck 30 church organ from Holland was chosen and installed with the able and assistance of old boy Neranjan de Silva, an expert in the field who has over the years been responsible for the care and upkeep of Johannus Organs in many churches in Sri Lanka in addition to his professional career. The Johannus Sweelinck 30 was the first of 3 manual church organs to be installed in Sri Lanka. It was dedicated at a special service conducted by the chaplain Revd Sunil Ferdinando and commissioned by Russell Bartholomeusz, the precentor of the chapel, himself a student of Canon Roy Yin who had taken up the mantle of choir master and organist from Revd Lucian Fernando, and who has become as much a legend today as Fr Yin was in his day.
The Johannus Sweelinck 30 has been in service to date despite numerous technical problems over the last 14 years. In 2013 it was felt that given the number of repairs, it was time to purchase a new organ for the chapel. After studying the various available options it was decided to purchase a Johannus Ecclesia D570 church organ with available funds while an organ fund that was also established to raise funds towards the purchase of new organ. The new organ was installed in December 2013 by Neranjan de Silva who continues to render yeoman service to his alma mater. It has not been used for a service as yet and will make its debut after it is dedicated to the glory of God by the Bishop of Colombo, the Rt Revd Dhiloraj Canagasabey, at a service of choral evensong on Thursday 13th February 2014 at 6.00 p.m. During the service the new chapel hymnal will also be dedicated.
Following evensong there will be a short recital given by Denham Pereira, one of Colombo's highly sought after choral accompanists, and one of the foremost recital organist in Sri Lanka at present, himself an old boy whose association with the church began at an early stage when he was appointed organist of St. Matthias' Church, Boralesgamuwa at the age of 12. His love for organ and church music grew further as a Thomian chorister under the direction of Russell Bartholomeusz and he later went on to be appointed organist at the Church of St. Michael and All Angels, Colombo at the age of 19 where he also began his organ studies with internationally renowned organist David Ratnanayagam [also a former Thomian chorister] leading to the successful completion of Trinity College exams in pipe organ. Today he is also organist and director of music at St. Andrew’s Scots Kirk where he formed and directs the chamber choir 'Voice of Praise'. Through this special organ recital he will demonstrate the full potential and power of the Johannus Ecclesia D570.While the new Organ will be used for all major services in the chapel, the older Johannus that has been repaired will be used to train young Thomians who have an interest in Anglican choral music. These young organists will play for all school day services and will also train themselves as organists in what will be a type of organ school as envisaged many years ago by the late Warden Neville de Alwis. The college has produced many accomplished church organists over the years to serve the church at large and it is hoped that through this informal organ school STC will produce many more organists to enrich the church’s worship of God.All those who value and enjoy choral music, the Anglican service of evensong and the rich sounds of the organ are invited to be part of the service.”
Merril Aluwihare has sent us the following e mail on January 29, 2014
S.T.C MT.L..STAFF TOWARDS END 1950S
Peter Weerakoon has sent us the following e mail on August 28, 2013. He has subsequently written to us on September 11, 2013 and said he has no objection to our placing his Research Article, on our Web Site.
As informed earlier please find attached my observations on the article which was published in the Thomiana.
As you will note at the end of the reading this is not been done for any gain or with intention to antagonise anyone, but to clear the air and put in some correct data into the article, which was indeed well written with a deep and abiding sense of love and sentiments, but had histroicial faults both of college and of the country Sri Lanka, which although bought to her notic e was not corrected.
It is too late to make any amends to the article, but suffice it if it is noted that in future when article of this nature are submitted to the College committees for publication, it be checked, for its closeness to the subject and correctness to the History. If its a plain personnel article about one's own school days then its okay to just go ahead and take the persons word.
We must bear in mind that in today's context of things , there is plenty of chances for those outside college to pick up thiese short comings and have big laugh or even wonder if we know the Histopry of our Country although we claim to be Thomians.
Please note that tjhis may be discussed verbally , but no publication of the my anaylisi is permitted, without my express permission. Would appreicate some feed back,but no discussion thank you.
Peter Weerakoon has Sent us the following e mail on August 25, 2013
Have you put that article on the web site, as I just came across it, when I typed in Douglas Noel Pereira to check on further reseacrch. I have done a research on the whole article and find many incorrect eetails which I will sent you as soon as I complete the thing. Have a check and see if the details of the article and what I have researched agree.
For instance Sir Oliver was not the first GG of Ceylon , he was the third. He went to Wesley College.
Dudley left College in 1927, C/V/ P/ built his up stair house in 1929, so how did Dudley go back to Wattrapola road for Tuition, He was in Cambridge , Check Wikipediya.
I will send you the full reseacrh article, and youcould include it in the Guru page or do what you feel about it but the fact remains that the article is not fully authentic. If you find that my has proven fascts you could place it on the Guru WEb site , butI leave that to you.
Mypoint is that College History and the Country's has been distorted , plus some exgaration of events have taken over.
Your view awaited.
Please “click” here to read Article of Mr. D.N.Pereira - by Corinne Kin
BATTLE OF THE BLUES – 133RD ENCOUNTER – MARCH 2012
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
Manager of the School
Mr. Senaka de Fonseka
S.THOMAS’ COLLEGE-GURUTALAWA- OBA
Mr. Ziard Sinnen – Senior Vice President
No.19, Station Road, Udahamulla, Nugegoda.
Tele-0112 833526 (R) , 0777 420191 (M)
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).