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Moments that makes memories of the Battle of the Blues

By Mevan Pieris

Cricket that had germinated among schoolboys of Britain received prominence in the 19th century when leading public schools such as Eton played Harrow as a big match and a few years later in 1837, the only two universities of that time, Oxford and Cambridge played each other for the first time to be labelled as England’s Battle of the Blues. About the same time in Ceylon, an academy sprang up on top of San Sebastian Hill and a few years later in 1951, Bishop James Chapman, an Etonian cricketer himself, started S. Thomas’ College (STC) on top of Mutwal Hill. 

In 1878, the Academy (later Royal College) met STC on a stretch of green in the vicinity of Christ Church Galle Face, in what is known to be the earliest inter-school cricket fixture of this country and the inaugural local ‘Battle of the Blues’. Until the turn of the century, the leather ruled the willow in low scoring games. Royal’s score of 9 runs in the 1885 encounter and the controversial manner in which the match ended is yet a talking point. During early times the school principals stood as umpires and warden Stone had shaded himself with a colourful umbrella. 

Cricketers were clad in cream flannels, buck skin boots, and a hat, and carried a cap in their hip pocket to be worn only when bowling or after tea time. Players and spectators came across the lake in ferries, steam boats, horse and trap, rickshaw or by foot. The match soon became a key social event with ladies and gentlemen that formed the crowd dressed in rich garb. The principals ceased to be umpires in 1912, and gave way to distinguished past cricketers of the two schools. 

The bat had now begun to speak and in 1914, the finest batting display until then was seen off the willow of S. (Thambiraja) Saravanamuttu, who in an innings of 87 runs, carpet drove and smashed anything short off the back foot with telling effect. When in full cry, he had spotted one of his brothers in a scuffle in the crowd and had dropped his bat and rushed into the crowd to his brother’s assistance and until he returned, umpires and the Royal team took a breather. Such was the dominance of the Saravanamuttus of old times.

The series continued and not even the great world war could intervene. In 1918, S. Thomas’ College shifted to Mt. Lavinia and Royal had already done so to Thurstan Road. The Thomian cricketers of this period had to endure terrible hardships by exchanging the beautiful playing fields at Mutwal for an expanse of sea sand with weeds and crab holes scattered all over. That was the case until 1922 when the hill beyond Hotel Road was cut and the earth used to give a layer of firm top soil. 

The match had now shifted to the old Singhalese Sports Club grounds opposite St. Bridgets Convent. Cadjan huts and canvas tents provided shelter for spectators. The Thomian cricketers were hosted for lunch by warden Stone and had to walk to the Mount Lavinia station to take the train to Bambalapitiya. From there the team clad in blazors went to the grounds in open rickshaws, cheered all the way. The Royalists on the other hand, after meeting their principal cycled to the grounds. 

One of the most exciting games of the series was the 1923 encounter when Royal won in the last over of the match. In 1925 the left handed Neil Joseph of Royal devastated the Thomian attack scoring the fastest century of the series in only 65 minutes. He followed up with another gem of a century in the next year. The long series of 140 matches played so far have evolved greatly. Individual performances of merit and nerve racking moments are too many to mention other than to recall just a few of the very best.

It was the Jubilee match of 1929 and Royal had to get 35 runs to win in just 12 minutes of play left. Sportsmanship and positive play reigned supreme and in those 12 minutes, Hermon, and Selvadurai had bowled as many as 6 overs without adopting time wasting tactics, and Royal won the match. What mattered most was not who won the game but how it was played. In this same match Royal’s FC de Saram made 72 runs in his debut, and two years later scored 140 runs before entering Oxford where he carved a new image for the country by scoring  a superb century against the touring Australians and also making a thousand runs in the English county season. 

Another Royalist whose contributions to cricket are written in letters of gold, is C. IversGunasekera who made his appearance in 1938. He can be considered as the greatest all-rounder that represented the country, with many a century against international teams and outstanding leg spin that baffled the very best. In 1943, the game shifted to the new Tamil Union grounds known as the Colombo Oval, and Thomians won the match with KLM Perera and Sam Elapatha involved in a record breaking last wicket partnership of 114 runs. Not even the Second World War which had broken out in all its fury could interrupt the series. 

In 1949, S. Thomas’ needed only six runs to win with six wickets in hand when the last over was bowled by leg spinner GaminiGoonesena to Thomian skipper Shanthi Kumar, who to the surprise of all was ultra-cautious. In this same match the Royal skipper ChannaGunasekere displaying fine sportsmanship had called back the Thomian skipper after he had been ruled run out. So, did Kumar think he was obliged to settle for a draw? Goonesena later entered Cambridge and made a record breaking double century against Oxford at Lords. 

During the 1950s the matches played at the Colombo Oval, started each day at noon with a short milk interval at around 2 p.m. and a tea break a bit later. A nerve racking match was witnessed in 1951. Royal declared setting STC to get 191 runs and with 30 minutes of play left, only 37 runs were needed with 6 wickets in hand. Wickets then began to tumble and STC fell short of the target by just five runs. 

In 1954, a match saving innings of 48 runs was seen from the bat of a Thomian fresher then only 15 years old to whom the great Gamini Salgado, then coach of Royal, had reason to present a book with the writing “For a great innings played, for a greater innings to be played yet in life. May you play that as well as you did in your first big match”. What words of encouragement. What an impression even a small innings could make on a man that had made a century in his day. This is only one small example of the affection that prevailed between Royalists and Thomians.

The small boy so honoured was no less a person than Michael Tissera who subsequently shone as one of the all-time great batsmen and captains of Sri Lanka. Ronald Reid’s record breaking innings of 158 made in 1956 and Michael Wille’s century in the following year were simply magnificent. The two schools were now producing cricketers of very high calibre and spectator interest in the big match was escalating. In the 1960s the Oval was bursting at its seams with spectators. 

In 1962, the Thomian captain Keith Labrooy made a sporty declaration at tea time, setting Royal 143 runs to get in 120 minutes. When the last over was bowled, Royal needed only 12 more runs with 3 wickets in hand but opted to play it safe. Thomian prayers were answered, and the match was drawn. Royal’s VijayaMalalasekere’s hurricane century made in the following year, stands next to that of Neil Joseph. The Oval had now seen 10 consecutive draws when the 1964 match was played. When the final innings started STC needed 70 runs to win in 50 minutes, and got it with 10 minutes to spare. 

The feature of the match was undoubtedly the brilliant innings of 96 runs made by SarathSeneviratne who in the following year too missed a well-deserved century by just three runs and could be labelled as the most unlucky cricketer of the series. Another fine Thomian batsman AnuraTennekoon stamped his class during the same period to later captain Sri Lanka and emerge as one of the finest batsmen this country has produced. 

DuleepMendis cracked a record breaking 182 runs in the 1972 fixture. “It was champaigne batting at its scintillating best…. He propelled the ball at unbelievable speed…… cuts, graceful drives, towering pulls….. reduced the fielders to mere onlookers….. Friend and foe alike were held spell bound by a mastery display”. Undoubtedly this innings can be rated as one of the very best in the series. 

Duleep too brought great credit to the country hammering the very best bowlers in the world. The contribution of Royalists and Thomians to this country’s cricket until full Test status was granted has been immeasurable. Not only runs had to be made but wickets also had to be taken. Some of the most successful wicket takers in international cricket were CI Gunasekere, Darrel Lieverz, MevanPieris, Neil Chanmugam, Fritzroy Crozier and DayaSahabandu.

In 1979, the series had entered its centenary and the match was to be a three day encounter on the SSC grounds at Maitland Place. Thomians needed 167 runs to avert an innings defeat and when tea was taken on the third day, eight wickets were down for 161 runs. Then came the fight back of the century with MahindaHalangoda and CP Richards weathering the storm. When Halangoda cracked a boundary in the last over to reach seventy, at the other end was Richard the lion hearted on twenty. The Thomian score stood at 252 for 8 wickets when the crowd invaded the grounds. Thomian grit was proved to be no myth.

Over the past 40 years the match has been played over three days at the SSC grounds on placid pitches. The Royal-Thomian is truly a historic event which has not only survived the passage of time but has grown in every respect to be the greatest sporting event of this country. Each year new faces arrive and new costumes as well. The ground invasions at regular intervals when wickets tumble and the colourful parades of dancing schoolboys round the grounds with loud bands providing the needed music are things of the past. It is a more serious game of cricket that prevails today with professional umpires in attendance. No more horse and trap, rickshaws and bicycles to parade on desolate streets of Colombo, and instead mighty processions of gaily decorated cars and trucks with flags a flying and bands a playing, provide the match fever and traffic congestions as well. The bonds of friendship and mutual respect that prevail among Royalists and Thomians in every walk of life is greatly due to this series of matches. The two teams sit for dinner after the match and the skippers make speeches having always a kind word for their opponents and strongly believing that there is no Royal without S. Thomas’ and no S. Thomas’ without Royal. May these two great schools continue to stand as a beacon of light to all around

Kalana, Umayanga shine, Thomians in box seat

By: M. Shamil Amit 
The end of the second day’s play of the 140th Battle of the Blues saw S. Thomas’ College guided by Kalana Perera and Umayanga Suwaris, taking the upper hand against traditional rivals Royal College, at the SSC ground.
Left-arm pacie Kalana continued to torment the Royal batting for the second time with a deficit of 138 runs to erase as he bagged two of the four wickets to fall to have Royal struggling on 148 for four.
Royal openers Isiwara Dissanayake who failed to make any impression in the first inning, and Kamil Mishara this time around, gave them a solid start putting on 54 runs before being separated with the dismissal of Kamil who made 34.
Isiwara did not last long as he followed his partner 14 runs later and was able to make a contribution of only 20 runs, which took him 77 balls. Skipper Kavindu Madarasinghe and Ahan Sanchitha were making steady progress and the pair succeeded to post the 100 runs on the board.
But they lost two wickets within the space of 11 runs losing the wickets of skipper Kavindu who made 25 and Ahan (26) who together added 37 runs for the third wicket forcing Royal to go on the defence.
The fifth wicket pair of Bhagya Dissanayake and Kavindu Pathiratne held on from there on denying any success for the Thomian bowlers. The duo successfully negotiated just under 11 overs and in the process adding 37 runs between them for Royal to end the day on 148 for four.
However these two players have a big responsibility on their shoulders to take the side out of the tricky position they are in, when play gets underway on the final day today and with Royal having only a lead of just ten runs with six wickets remaining, they will have to put down their head and take the side to safety.
Pasindu Sooriyabandara is the only recognised batsman left for Royal and his contribution is no doubt going to be crucial for them and on the other hand the Thomians are in the box seat and they will leave no stone unturned with the aim of pulling off a victory at the earliest.
Earlier in the day Kalana Perera after his six-wicket haul on day one put in another heroic performance when he and Umayanga Suwaris who both made identical knocks of 62 helped S. Thomas’ to come out on top against traditional rivals Royal on day of the 140th Battle of the Blues big match played at the SSC ground.
The pair joined together after the Thomians resuming from their overnight score of 158 for six, lost two quick wickets for the addition of only 11 runs. Kalana who was much quicker as his knock of 62 came off just 59 balls, which had nine boundaries and a six while Umayanga took 109 balls for his 62 that included nine boundaries.
Kalana who came in at number ten in fact was severe as he sent the Royal bowlers on a leather hunt and Umayanga at the other end held on to his wicket whilst frustrating the opponents.
Royal bowler Kavindu Pathiratne gave the breakthrough for Royal after the pair had added 91 runs for the ninth with and in the process equalled the best Thomiasn ninth-wicket partnership of the series of 91 between Mahinda Halangoda and C.P. Richard achieved in 1979 but fell short of the series record of 96 set by the Royal pair Thiran Dhanapala and Hasitha Samarasinghe in 2014.
Later, to add salt to the wound the last man Shannon Fernando and his senior partner Umayanga further frustrated the Royal bowlers with the duo putting on 36 runs for the last wicket before Umayanga ran himself out as the Thomians ended their innings with a formidable score of 296 runs giving them a healthy lead of 138 runs.
1st Innings Royal College 158 (Kamil Mishara 36, Kavindu Pathiratne 35, Kaushan Kulasuriya 28, Ahan Sanchitha 15; Kalana Perera 6/54, Shannon Fernando 4/27)
S. Thomas’ College 158/6 overnight
Sithara Hapuhinna c Kulasuriya b Mishara 14
Shalin de Mel lbw b Pathiratne 21
Ryan Fernando c and b Mishara 60
Yohan Perera c Madarasinghe b Balasuriya 49
Kishan Munasinghe b Mishara 08
Dellon Peiris b Balasuriya 04
Ravindu de Silva b Madusanka 02
Dilmin Ratnayake c Madarasinghe b Pathiratne 03
Umayanga Suwaris run out 62
Kalana Perera c Kulasuriya b Pathiratne 62
Shannon Fernando not out 05
Extras (nb2, w4) 06

  • Total (all out: 78.5 overs) 296
  • Fall of wickets: 1-35, 2-35, 3-132, 4-153, 5-155, 6-158, 7-162, 8-169, 9-260, 10-296
  • Bowling: Kavindu Pathiratne 16-5-63-3, Lahiru Madusanka 9-1-37-1, Kamil Mishara 19-4-70-3, Gishan Balasuriya 23-8-68-2, Kaushan Kulasuriya 10.5-2-28-0, Thithira Weerasinghe 1-0-14-0

Royal College
2nd innings
Isiwara Dissanayake b de Mel 20
Kamil Mishara c de Mel b Perera 34
Kavindu Madarasinghe c de Mel b Fernando 25
Ahan Sanchitha c Hapuhinna b Perera 26
Bhagya Dissanayake not out 16
Kavindu Pathiratne not out 20

  • Extras (b2, lb2, nb3) 07
  • Total (wickets 4: overs 51)148
  • Fall of wickets: 1-54, 2-68, 3-105, 4-111
  • Bowling: Kalana Perera 15-2-63-2, Shannon Fernando 6-0-18-1, Dellon Peiris 12-2-29-0, Kishan Munasinghe 4-3-6-0, Dilmin Ratnayake 3-2-5-0, Shalin de Mel 6-3-8-1, Yohan Perera 5-0-15-0 

Pix by Pradeep Dilrukshana



Thomians to build on Petes win
S. Thomas’ College would look to build on their opening day heroics against St. Peter’s College in what turned out to be an absolutely thrilling game of inter-school rugby on  Thursday (February 28).

The Thomians were certainly underdogs going into the curtain raiser of the tournament, but they made amends to a horrible first-half sealing a remarkable 20-19 comeback win. S. Thomas’ head coach Shamly Nawaz believes that the victory would be a huge morale-booster for his team.
“Actually it was a very good win. Although we trailed 14-0 at half-time, the boys believed in themselves and they stuck to our plans till the end. So, this should give them a lot of confidence moving forward,” Nawaz told the Daily Mirror in an interview.
Even though the Thomians went on to win the game, they made a series of handling errors right throughout the match which is something they must improve on as soon as possible should they hope to remain in the Cup Competition.
“There were handling errors in the first half and we didn’t want to put too much pressure on them during the game, but that is one aspect we really need to improve on,” added the former Zahira Coach.
Second row Harith Senanayake will lead the Thomians who have got a slightly heavy pack which includes players such as Lashendra de Silva, Adisha Hadunpathirana and Shenouk Perera.
“S. Thomas’ strength has usually been their forwards but we have worked really hard with the backs as well and what I want is an equally good set of forwards as well as backs,” Nawaz who guided Police Sports Club to a few famous victories in the inter-club season stated.
The Thomians are in a tricky group which is comprised of some very good teams, but their opening day victory puts them in a very good position.
“We are taking one game at a time and hopefully we can remain unbeaten by the end of this season,” Nawaz said of his side‘s target. 
S. Thomas’ chances of staying in the Cup Competition were slim, but the victory over St. Peter’s puts them in a very solid position and by the end of the first round they would look at this game as the match that saved their lives. 


Thomians - more to shout about!

The CD, ‘Hundred Years At Mount,’ produced last year to commemorate a hundred years of Thomian spirit, since the school moved from Colombo 14 (Mutwal) to Mount Lavinia, has been reproduced again due to a great demand from the public.
Old Thomians, friends and well-wishers, and even those from the opposite camp – Royal College – can still lay their hands on this landmark CD.
Yes, of course, the excitement begins on Thursday when the Thomians battle Royal in their 140th cricket encounter, at the SSC grounds.
The CD, I’m told, will be available for purchase during the three-day match. And, if the Thomians win, I’m sure this heartwarming and nostalgic compilation of 20 songs, depicting Thomian schoolboy life, will be snapped up like hot cakes!
In case you are totally focused on the happenings on the playing field, you have the choice of going to the College office, during working hours, to obtain your copy.
The most topical, in the collection, is the title song, ‘Hundred Years At Mount,’ vocalised by the well-known old Thomian singing duo - brothers Rohan and Ishan De Lanerolle who are joined by old Thomian twins, Eranjan and Viranjan Perera.
Some of the other interesting songs are ‘Those Good Old Days At The Mount,’ ‘We Are The STC,’ ‘The Nine Runs Match,’ ‘Image Of The College,’ ‘My Shoes Keeping Walk Back To STC,’ ‘I Love My School,’ "I Love My Country,’ ‘Noble Men Of Vision,’ ‘Thrill Of Being A Thomian,’ ‘From Mutwal To Mount,’ ‘I’m A Happy-Go-Lucky Old Boy Of STC,’ ‘The School By The Sea, and ‘Blue Drill Shorts And Little White Shirts.’
A version of the COLLEGE SONG, vocalised by a group of former Thomian choristers, is also a part of the CD.
In addition to Priya Peiris (of La Bamba fame), who was responsible for composing and musically arranging all the songs, the other showbiz personalities, from the Thomian alumni who participated in the singing, were Sohan Weerasinghe (of X-Periments fame), Jayantha de Silva (leader of the group Pearl), Lasla Fernando and Brian Fernando (La Bambas), Chandana Gurusinghe and Arith Rathnavibhushana (former Pink ‘N’ Purple), Vijaya Corea, Arun Dias Bandaranayake, Eshantha Peiris, Ranmal Peiris, Hiran Fernando and Nishan Mendis .

I guess the Thomians will be hoping that ‘Hundred Years At The Mount’ will give their cricketers the necessary boost to emerge victorious at the 140th Battle of the Blues.


Royal–Thomian cycle parade!!!!

Students from Royal College Colombo and S. Thomas' College Mount Lavinia participated in a cycle parade today in lieu of the 138th Battle of the Blues annual encounter between the two schools starting tomorrow. Pix by Nisal Baduge and Kushan Pathiraja


140th Battle of the Blues
Royal fight back after Kalana Perera (6/54) domination
Indika Welagedara

Thomian paceman Kalana Perera who destroyed the Royal batting with six wickets on the first day of the 140th Battle of the Blues cricket encounter at SSC grounds yesterday.
A brilliant spell of left-arm swing bowling by Kalana Perera of S. Thomas’ College Mt.Lavinia who took six wickets for 54 runs saw Royal College collapse for 158 all out on the opening day of the three-day 140th Battle of the Blues cricket encounter played at the SSC grounds yesterday.
By the close however the Royalist had fought back by capturing six Thomian wickets for 158 runs with off-spinner Kamil Mishara claiming three wickets for 32 runs.
S.Thomas’ are equal with Royal’s first innings score with four first innings wickets in hand and the game is interestingly poised going into the second day today.
Royal won the toss and elected to bat first but Kalana Perera made the first breakthrough for S. Thomas’ before Royal had opened their score when he dismissed left handed opener Isiwara Dissanayake clean bowled around his legs for a duck.
When the total read 42 Kalana got the dangerous looking right hander Ahan Sanchitha lbw for 15. Kalana had the Royal batting in tatters claiming the wickets of Pasindu Sooriyabandara brilliantly caught at gully by Shalinda de Mel for 7 and Bhagya Dissanayake caught by Dellon Peiris for 12. In between left-arm spinner Shanon Fernando claimed the wicket of Royal skipper Kavindu Madarasinghe caught at slips again by De Mel for 11.
Royal went to lunch at 87 for 5.
Soon after lunch they slipped to 87-6 when Titira Weerasinghe was lbw plumb in front by Kalana for a duck claiming his fifth wicket. In the very next over another set batsmen left hander Kamil Mishara was out caught at the same score by De Mel by a beauty from left armer Shanon Fernando for a well made 36 runs inclusive of six fours off 87 balls.
All rounder Kavindu Pathiratne joined by Kaushan Kulasuriya with the side struggling at 87 for 7 did a splendid repair job by putting together a stand of 65 runs of 105 balls to frustrate the Thomian bowlers. Left hander Pathiratne made a superb knock of 35 off 62 balls that included seven boundaries and with Kaushan took the Royal total to some respectability.
However when the score was on 152, Kalana the Sri Lanka under 19 left-arm fast bowler who bowled with sheer speed capped a fine first day by claiming his sixth wicket - getting the crucial breakthrough by breaking a threatening eighth wicket partnership trapping inform left hander Pathiratne.
Royal’ slumped further to 152 for 9 when Kaushan Kulasuriya was superbly snapped up by De Mel at first slip off Shanon for a well played 28 off 37 balls inclusive off five fours. They were all out for 158 when last man Gishan Balasuriya was caught by De Mel off Shannon for a duck.
In reply to the Royal score, S.Thomas’ were soon in trouble losing two wickets for 35 runs with openers Shalin de Mel falling lbw to Pathiratne for 21 and his partner left hander cum captain Sithara Hapuhinna brilliantly caught by Kaushan at slip off Kamil Mishara for 14.
Then fresher Ryan Fernando and Yohan Perera added a superb 97 runs for the third wicket before Ryan was brilliantly caught and ball by off spinner Mishara for a well made 60 off 66 balls with nine fours and one six. When the score read 153 S. Thomas’ lost their fourth wicket when Kishan Munasinghe was bowled by a beauty from Mishara for 8.
They lost their fifth wicket at 155 when inform batsman Yohan Perera went for a square cut to be caught behind by wicket keeper Madarasinghe off 16 year old left arm spinner Gishan Balasuriya for a well compiled 49 off 90 deliveries inclusive of nine hits to the rope.
Just before the close last year’s skipper Dellon Peiris was clean bowled by Balasuriya for 4.
Ravindu de Silva and Dilmin Ratnayake will resume the Thomian innings today.


Pacie Kalana rips through Royal batting
       By M. Shamil Amit
S. Thomas’ College left-arm paceman Kalana Perera ripped through the Royal College batting for just 158 runs in their first innings on day one of the 140th Battle of the Blues Big Match which began at the SSC Grounds in Maitland Place
 However, the Thomians after being in a strong position of 132 for two lost four quick wickets to end with 158 for six in reply.
 Earlier, Royal Skipper Kavindu Madarasinghe won the toss and elected to take first lease of the wicket.
 Royal suffered an early setback when they lost their first wicket in the fourth ball of the first over and reached 87 for five at lunch. 
 After the interval Royal lost two quick wickets within the space of five balls without any addition to the score as they collapsed to 87 for seven at that stage.
However, Kavindu Pathiratne and Kaushan Kulasuriya began a recovery act as the pair denied the Thomians further success for a considerable period and then went on to post their 50-run partnership.
 It was Kalana who made the breakthrough once again with the wicket of Kavindu who made a dogged 35 in 62 balls which had seven boundaries. 
 Kaushan also did not last long as he became the victim of Shannon Fernando having made a valuable 28 with five boundaries. 
 The Thomians in their turn began the innings with the openers giving them a sedate start of 35 runs and they lost the second wicket at the same score. 
 Ryan Fernando and Yohan Perera posted the 100 runs for the Thomians which was followed by Ryan racing to his half century which came off 58 balls and included seven boundaries and a six.
 However, with just three runs away from their 100-run stand, Ryan mistimed a delivery of Kamil Mishara and only succeeded in lofting a simple catch back to the bowler.
 Ryan made a valuable 60 off 101 balls which had nine boundaries and a six.
 Yohan was unfortunate to miss out on a half century by a solitary run as the Thomians ended day one at 158 for six.
 Royal 158 in 48.3 overs (Kamil Mishara 36, Ahan Sanchitha 15, Kavindu Pathiratne 35, Kaushan Kulasuriya 28, Kalana Perera 6-54, Shannon Fernando 4-27)
 S. Thomas’ 158/6 in 39 overs (Ryan Fernando 60, Yohan Perera 49, Kamil Mishara 3-32, Gishan Balasuriya 2-32)


Exco Members in Foster Memorial Hall, after the Prize Giving of S.Thomas' College Gurutalawa.
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Sunda's 75th Birthday Celebration - 11th November 2017

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Thomian Society Dinner Theatre - 30th July 2017

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Guru Day at Mount  - A Service of Thanksgiving for S.Thomas’ College At Gurutalawa at the Chapel of the Transfiguration; Special Assembly and Annual Limited Over Under 17 Cricket Encounter between STC Mt. and STC Guru for the Hayman - De Saram Challenge Trophy
Guru Day at Mount - A Service of Thanksgiving for S.Thomas’ College At Gurutalawa at the Chapel of the Transfiguration and Special Assembly 
STC Bandarawela - Under 17 Cricket Team Tours Jaffna
Annual Prize Giving of S. Thomas’ College at Gurutalawa
Dressage Competition held in August 2013
Aerial view photos of STC Mt. Lavinia from a Helicopter on October 20, 2013
 Beautiful pictures of Sri Lanka's  up country region. Walking in Ohiya where Guru Thomians tread
The Newly Refurbished Squash Court
Thomian Society Of Colombo - Dinner Theatre
Winchester Hostel Roof Repair Near College Basketball Courts
Davidson Block Repair
Dialog Returns as Roy-Tho Sponsors
Visit To The S. Thomas' College Mount Lavinia Campus - December 2014
Installation of Fr.Marc Billimoria as New Warden STC Mt.Lavinia
STCG Prize Giving August 2015
Guru Day at Mount
Thomian Walkathon 2015 photos - Link 1, Link 2
Thomian Walkathon 2015 photos on Face Book - Link 01 or Link 02


Dr. Hayman's speech at Inauguration of STCG - OBA 1959
Rules of STCG OBA
Rules of STC Mount OBA
Rules of STC Bandarawela OBA
STCG Ex-Co Minutes
STCG AGM Minutes
STCG OBA Newsletters 1 to 12
STCG OBA Membership Application Form
STCG OBA Directory of Members Feb 2008
STCB OBA Members who joined during 2008 / 2009
Contact Details of Old
STC Bandarawela OBA Cricket Match and Awards - 9th Aug 2008
STC Bandarawela OBA AGM - 9th Aug 2008
STC Bandarawela OBA Fellowship Dinner - 9th Aug 2008
Thomian Cricket Carnival - 6th Sept 2008
STCG OBA Fellowship Dinner - 17th Oct 2008
Sing-a-Long for STCG - 15th November 2008
Felicitation Dinner for George Pillai - 26th Dec 2008
STCG OBA 50th Anniversary AGM and Re-Union Celebrations 2009
STCG OBA Golden Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving & Remembrance - 7th March 2009
STC Guru OBA Cricket Six-A-Side Tournament - 23rd August 2009
STCG OBA Fellowship Dinner- 28th November 2009 - Page 1 - Page 2
Junior Dorm Toilets and Washrooms - A project undertaken by the STCG OBA Project in progress - View the PowerPoint presentation
This project has now been completed. View the PowerPoint presentation
New Junior Dorm Toilets and Read Junior Dorm Roof Project Accounts - Part 1 & Part 2
STC Preparatory School OBA - Prep Nite 2013 - "75"
Preparatory School OBA Prep OBU - Gathering at 80 Club
STCG OBA Fellowship Dinner 2012
STCB OBA - Family Get-together
To read mail sent by Athula Talagala re Appointment of Justice Sisira Kumara Ratnayake as the new Secretary of JSC
Sub Committees of the STCG OBA and the Members Assigned To Those Sub Committees
STCG OBA Blue Black Family Outing 2013 - Photos From Face Book, Photos from OBA Website
Sunda’s (Kalle) 71st Birthday Celebration
Guru Old Boy Thowfeek at the Sri Lanka Marathon 2013
STC Guru Old Boys Get -Together and Lunch Hosted by Andy Jayasinghe - Photos 1 & Potos 02
Felicitation Dinner For Sunil Watawala
STC Mt. Lavinia - Score Board Opening
The New Exco 2014/2015
The New Exco 2015/2016
The New Ex-Co 2016 - 2017
Back to STC – Re-experience good old days at “School by the Sea”


STCG 62 Group Member's Directory
STCG 62 Group Newsletters 1 to 10
News of Old Boys
Correspondence with The Bishop
Reports of Old Boy's et al re conditions in College
Contact Details of Old Boys


Girls at STC Guru
Chiristianity and Homosexuality - An Article by Headmaster Patrick Gunewardena
Men who touched our lives - A collection of snippets on STCG staff
Goodbye George - An Appreciation of George Arndt by A.C. De Silva
Romancing Gurutalawa - By Sharm de Alwis. This article appeared in the Sunday Island on 08-02-2009
Golden Jubilee Celebrations of STCG - OBA - By Gerald de Alwis. This article appeared in The Sunday Times Plus on February 22, 2009)
Thomian Dinner for Barrak Obama
Apollo concessions to Guru Thomians
Thomians Near and Far - Get together of STC Mount Class of 1959 - An article by Arun Dias Bandaranaike
The Wave - first e-newsletter issued by the Thomian Aquatic Sports Union (TASU)
Thomian Grit Was Not a Myth - An Article by Sri Sangabo Corea which appeared in the Sunday papers of 31st May 2009
Thomian Grit Was Not a Myth - An Article by Sri Sangabo Corea which appeared in the Sunday papers of 31st May 2009
Recollections of Guru - by Charles P. Sarvan
The Thomian Tradition - by P.S. Duleep Kumar
STC_Guru:_Uniquely Thomian - An Interview with Rev. Marc Billimoria, Headmaster, STCG
Thomian Culture Shaped Us for the Future - Speech of Defence Minister Tilak Marapana at STC Mount Prize Giving
Thomians Treat All Races and Religions with Respect - Speech of Defence Minister Tilak Marapana at STC Mount Prize Giving
Thomians Young and Thomians Old - Speech of Desamanya Bradman Weerakoon at STC Mount Prize Giving
Tribute to Warden Neville de Alwis: ‘He did it his way’ - By Rev. Marc Billimoria
J. De S. Jayasinghe - An Appreciation by Oliver de Soysa
Growing Up in Gurutalawa - By Shamindri Marasinghe
Reminiscences - By Clifford Ratwatte
History of the Boy Scouts Movement at STC Guru - By George Pillai
The Swimming Pool at Gurutalwa - By Dr. R.L. Hayman
History of the Pool - By B. Munsinghe (B. Muna)
Illukumbure and Sajeev de Silva – Top Thomian Sportsmen - By Leslie Fernando
The Hills are Alive! - By An Old Thomian
The Power of One - By Richard Brohier
Reminiscences of Gurutalawa - By Peter Weerakoon
Memories of Gurutalawa - By Lanka Nesiah
Bertie Wijesinha -The Precious Legend - By Rohan Wijesinghe
The Royal-Thomian Derby - By Renu Manamendra|
Oxbridge Sri Lanka Societies Varsity Match - Press Release by The Oxford University Sri Lanka Society
Thomian Rubgy - By Shanaka Amarasinghe
Memories of STC Bandarawela - By LJ
Former Headmasters: S. Thomas' Preparatory School and College Bandarawela - STC Bandarawela Website
History of S. Thomas' College Bandarawela - STC Bandarawela Website
About STC Mount - STC Mount Website
College History by W.T. Keble - STC Mount Website
Objectives and Traditions of STC - STC Mount Website
Wardens of STC Mount - STC Mount Website
About STC Mount Lavinia - STC Mount Website
About STC Kollupitiya - S. Thomas’ Preparatory School - OBU Website
A THREAD OF BLUE – 1971 VINTAGE - The inaugural Newsletter of September 2010, to commemorate the 5th anniversary of establishing the Database of Contact Details for the STC Class of 1971
To read Mr. Bradman Weerakoon’s "Keynote Address" (a summary)
 Thomian Traditions and Ethics - Mr. Kavinda Dias-Abeyesinghe, Manager, S. Thomas' College, Bandarawela
 When brilliant captaincy resulted in a Royal win - by Mahinda Wijesinghe (The Island)
 Royal – Thomian nexus in retrospect - Milinda Hettiarachchi
Personal reminicenses of my friend Daya Perera - by Kosala Wijayatilake, President’s Counsel.
Profile of a Legend that has passed through the realms of St. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia
- by Corinne King

World's Best Spinner The Daily News (Sri Lanka) - By Shane Seneviratne
Former Trinity Principal, Rod Gilbert, Responds to Political Watch
First Bradby Encounter – Sent by Gamini Weerasinghe
A little bit of everything from The 18th Warden of S. Thomas Prof. Indra De Soysa - by Mevan Peiris
 Former Trinity Principal, Rod Gilbert, Responds To Political Watch
First Bradby Encounter – Sent by Gamini Weerasinghe
Eulogy for P S Duleepkumar - Bradman Weerakoon
Thomiana Newsletter May 2014
Esto Perpetua - Motto Matters
Sacred Sanctuary of Solace - Article in Sunday Observer 4th February 2018
Dr R L Haymana life dedicated to the education of Ceylonese - By Thiru Arumugam
Royal-Thomian Cricket Match 1911 - Montagu Frank Modder (1891-1958) - By Ismeth Raheem
Won in a Day - By Rohan Sahabandu


Support for Guru from Foreign STC Branches
Correspondence re Australian Guru Support Group
Daya Ginige's Web Album - STC OBA Canada - Royal-Thomian Cricket 2008
Canadian Royal Thomian Cricket Match - 1st July 2008
Picasa Web Album- STC OBA Australia Branch - Outback Night - 28th November 2009
You are invited to view stcobaaust.webmaster's photo album-STC OBA Annual Dinner Dance - Melbourne 2009
You are invited to view stcobaaust.webmaster's photo album-STC OBA Transfiguration Service 2009
STC OBA Australia Newsletter - The Old Boy
- You are invited to view stcobaaust.webmaster's photo album: 2010-05-16

Invitation to view stcobaaust.webmaster's Picasa Web Album
You are invited to view stcobaaust.webmaster's photo album:
A Nite in White Satin - STC OBA Dinner Dance Aug 2010
Images of Thomian Nite 2010
Ananda Amaranath has sent us the following Link
California, USA - Lunch at Bakka’s Octobr 2011 - Click Here
STC OBA Canada – Stag Night 2012
STC OBA Toronto Canada - A Celebration of Life April 2012
STC OBA Canada - Dinner Dance May 2012
STC OBA GNY - Biennial Dinner Dance October 2012
Peter Weerakoon - from Australia has sent us the following Link
STC OBA Canada - Christmas Party 2012
STC OBA (Australia Branch), Victoria -Royal Thomian Cricket Match
Royal - Thomian Cricket Match in Sydney - on 24th March 2013
Photos sent by Padma Salgado of 2013, Winter in Toronto Canada
STC OBA Canada Scrabble-Poker-Bingo 2013
STC OBA Canada - Annual Dinner Dance 2013
To View photo sent by Brian Wickremasinghe re celebration in USA of Mr. George Pillai’s 86th Birthday
STCOBA NSW - Blue Black & Blue Ball 2013 - Souvenir
What The Foreigners Express About The Royal - Thomian - by Emma Levine
STC OBA NSW X Mas Carols
Blue Black & Blue Dance In Sydney OZ
STC OBA Canada – 22nd Annual Dinner Dance

Thomiana Newsletter March 2008
Thomiana Newsletter June 2008
Thomiana Newsletter July 2009
Thomiana Newsletter October 2009
Thomiana Newsletter January 2010
Editorial of Thomiana - May 2010
Thomiana Newsletter May 2010
Thomiana Newsletter Oct 2010
Thomiana Newsletter Jan 2011
Thomiana Newsletter March 2011
Thomiana Newsletter August 2012
Thomiana Newsletter December 2012
Thomiana Newsletter May 2013
Thomiana Newsletter March 2014
Thomiana Newsletter April 2015
Thomiana Newsletter September 2015
Thomiana Newsletter January 2016
Thomiana Newsletter May 2016
Thomiana Newsletter January 2017
Thomiana Newsletter May 2017
Thomiana Newsletter January 2018
Thomiana Newsletter May 2018




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. Max Gunasekera Manager of the School
Mr. Senaka de Fonseka 
Staff Representative for Branch Schools - Mithra Edirisinghe 

Please click here for present composition of STC Board of Governers


Rev. Nihal Fernando 
Bungalow 057- 2280012

Admin Manager

College Office 
General 057- 2280000 Fax 057- 2280280
Hotline: 0772277405 


Tutorial Staff

Senior Supervisor - Upper School

Sectional Head - Mrs. S. Jayasekara, Bsc (Spl),
057 2280864 (Residence) 0772 987663 (Official) 

Senior Supervisor - Lower School
Sectional Head & Prefect of Discipline Mr. V. W. Dikkumbura Bed, Dip in Agri,Trained
0772 987666 (Official) 

Supervisor -Bilingual Section

Supervisor - Tamil Medium
077 2467129

Sports Unit
Prefect of Games
Mr.R M S P K Medawela

IT Unit 
S. Kaviharan

Hostel & Boarding House
Senior Boarding House Master – Mr. V. W. Dikkumbura

House Masters
Mr.A.Sivaprasath – De Saram House
Mr.AAmsakumar – Garnier House
Mr.D.P.sugathapala – Hayman House
Mr.P.Colin – Read House

Manager of the School
Mr. Senaka de Fonseka


Mr. Ziard Sinnen – Senior Vice President
No.19, Station Road, Udahamulla, Nugegoda.
Tele-0112 833526  (R) , 0777 420191 (M)

Mr.Gamini Jayasuriya -1st Vice President
Diddeniya Estate,Hanwella
036 2254046 (R), 0777 359973 (M)

Mr. S. Rajmohan -2nd Vice President
No.192/1, Thimbirigasyaya Rd., Colombo5.
011 2594969 (R), 011 2432620 (O), 077 7396655 (M)

Mr.A.M.G.C.Bandara -3rd Vice President
Finagle Lanka, A 14-15 Industrial Estate, Ekala, Ja –Ela
077 07730773 (M), 011 2236976 (O)

S. Kaviharan - Hony. Secretary
S. Thomas’ College, Gurutalawa.
20/7, Sri Piyatissapura Road, Bambarakelle, Nuwara Eliya.
Tele: 052 2235938  (R), 0773260439(M)

Mr. Krishantha Weerawardane  - Treasurer
No.17A, Sulaiman Avenue, Colombo 5
Tele : 011 5662187 (O) 011 2598303 (R) 072 3622075 (M)

Mr.R.A.Weerasuriya - Asst.Secretary
496/2, New Gadabuwana Road,Gadabuwana,Piliyandala
0773400092 (M)

Mr.P.Dhayabaran - Asst. Treasurer
No,54 CG,27 Chithra Lane H S,Narahenpita,Colombo.05
0777 778443 (M)

Location on World Map

See Gurutalawa on Wikimapia,


See Welimada Road on Wikimapia

Muditha Dissanayake has sent us the following link
to access STC Guru on Google Maps

Muditha Dissanayake, who created the STC Guru website, has sent us the following link,_Gurutalawa


Last updated - 19th March 2019

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'The School by the Sea'
(in .mp3 format - 3.9 MB)

Words and Melody by Roy Yin
(1910-2010) arranged
by David K. Patrick

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'The College Song - Esto Perpetua'
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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



College Song by the Senior Students of STC Mount - in .mp3 format (5.9 MB).