ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING- 1998
REPORT OF THE HONORARY SECRETARY FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31ST
I present to you the report of the association
for the period January 1997 to 31st December 1997
The period under review started on an auspicious
note with the sudden and totally unexpected resignation
of Mr.Colin Ratnayake as headmaster of S’Thomas’
College Gurutalawa. It will be recalled that Mr. Ratnayake
was present at the Executive Committee Meeting held on Thursday
the 16th of January 1997. He gave no indication to the members
of the Ex-Co of his impending resignation. On Friday the
17th of January 1997 at the Board of Governors Meeting Mr.
Ratnayake tendered his resignation. There was alarm consternation
and confusion not only amongst the members of the Ex-Co
but also amongst the general membership.
Ex-Co members were being repeatedly requested
for explanations from general membership. Ex-Co members
were helpless as they too were taken by surprise and were
not aware of the causes leading to Mr.Ratnayake’s
It was decided unanimously by the Ex-Co to
a) Write to Mr. Colin Ratnayake to immediately
work on and get a statement ready showing full income and
detail expenditure with a report from a quantity surveyor.
Mr. Ratnayake was advised that if he needed a person to
prepare the above report that OBA could arrange to send
one early. He was further advised that such a report from
him tabled at the upcoming 37th AGM scheduled for 22nd February
1997 would answer numerous questions being asked about the
dining hall project.
b) It was decided to invite the manager Gurutalawa
Mr. Gerald de Alwis to be present at the Ex-Co Meeting scheduled
for Thursday the 13th of February 1997. Mr.Gerald de Alwis
was to brief members of the Ex-Co events leading up to headmaster’s
resignation. In the meanwhile Mr. Arthur Perera a member
of the Advisory Committee STCG sent in his resignation.
The Manager who is the Chairman STCG Advisory Committee
had made certain acting arrangements until such time a permanent
headmaster could be appointed. Mr. Arthur Perera was of
the view that on a crucial matter of this nature one would
have expected the Advisory Committee to have been summoned
to consider steps to be taken until such time a permanent
headmaster could be appointed. Instead confusion reigned.
No one seemed to be aware what was taking place at Gurutalawa
since Mr. Ratnayake resigned. He stated that it would serve
no purpose to serve in a toothless advisory committee.
At an Ex-Co Meeting held on 26th June 1997,
Mr. Ratwatte informed members of the Ex-Co Mr. H T Peries
and Co. had concluded their investigations which was in
the form of a general survey. He stated that they had highlighted
a number of shortcomings in the administration and financial
control of the school. He further stated that he had written
to the Bishop regarding the findings of the H T Peiris &
Co. Secretary was requested to write to the Bishop seeking
an early appointment for a delegation of the Ex-Co to meet
the Bishop to represent matters pertaining to present situation
at Gurutalawa. In response the Bishop telephoned the Secretary
stating that he would be happy to meet a delegation of Ex-Co
members of the STCG OBA in the presence of the school manager.
Since the Manager was abroad it was decided to await his
arrival. At an Ex-Co Meeting held on 31st July 1997, the
following were elected to represent the Ex-Co delegation
to meet the Bishop to discuss the present situation at Guru
and future of school.
Mr. C S Ratwatte
Mr. L W A Fernando
Mr. A Perera
Mr. S Rajatilekam
Mr. B Vithanage
Mr. C N Jayawardena
Mr. U Panditharatne
The above delegation met the Bishop for discussion
at his residence in the presence of the school manager Mr
G Alwis on the 7th of October 1997. The H T Peiris &
Co the audit report was discussed in detail and the following
agenda decided on.
a. Appointment of Mr. L. Habaragoda as a special
administrator STCG with wide powers reporting to the Bishop.
The Bishop to write to Mr. Habaragoda on this matter.
b. To send a copy of HT Peiris & Co. report
to Mr. C Ratnayake calling for his comments.
c. Appointment of a Colombo based co-ordinator
for S’Thomas’ College Mt. & the 3 branch
The Co-ordinator to be an old Thomian with
an accountancy background to enable him to audit accounts
and check budget proposals.
d. Institute disciplinary inquiry against bursar STCG for
alleged falsification of documents showing fraudulent alterations.
Though Bishop wrote to Mr.Habaragoda requesting him to accept
special administrator’s post STCG, Mr. H resigned
his post as Asst. Manager Guru, on an entirely different
issue. He was of the opinion that on crucial matters regarding
College he was being sidelined and kept in the dark. Hence
it was no point functioning as Asst. Manager of School.
On an appeal made by Bishop over telephone, Mr. L. Habaragoda
withdrew his letter of resignation as Asst. Manager STCG
but declined to accept the Bishop’s invitation to
be Special Administrator STCG. In his letter dated 6th November
1997 to the Lord Bishop, Mr.Habaragoda stated that he will
always help his old school as and when his assistance is
required but at his pace and convenience. He further states
that the prime requirement at the moment is the appointment
of a permanent headmaster. He would give him a helping hand
no sooner headmaster is appointed. Copy of Mr. Habaragoda’s
letter to the Lord Bishop dated 6th November 1997 was tabled
at the Ex-Co meeting held on 3 December 1997. The Ex-Co
unanimously decided to request Mr. Habaragoda to reconsider
his decision for the sake of the old school and accept the
appointment as Special Administrator STCG. The Ex-Co assured
Mr. Habaragoda of its fullest cooperation and support to
discharge his duties as Special Administrator STCG. At the
Ex-Co meeting convened on the 29th of October 1997, Secretary
was requested to write to the Bishop requesting clarification
with regard to decisions arrived at the meeting Ex-Co had
with him on 7th October 1997. With Mr. Habaragoda’s
resignation as Asst.Manager Guru, and his reluctance to
accept the Special Administrator’s post Guru, it was
decided that it would be futile to have a dialogue with
the Bishop at this point of time. The sad turn of events
unfolding at Guru closed on this note for the year 1997.
Appointment – Headmaster S’Thomas’
Headmaster’s post was advertised no
sooner Mr. Colin Ratnayake submitted his resignation. Mr.H.A.Nonis
was selected as headmaster Gurutalawa in August 1997, but
his appointment was withheld by Bishop on account of a pending
court liase with regard to S’Thomas’ College
We understand that the best applicant for
headmaster’s post was not selected as he was not an
Office Bearers and Members of General Committee
Patron: Warden S’Thomas College Mount
President: Mr.Chandrasekera- Acting headmaster
S’Thomas’ College Gurutalawa
Vice Presidents: Mr. C S Ratwatte (Senior
Mr. L W A Fernando
Mr. Arthur Perera
Mr. Upali Panditharatne
Mr. Upali Gunaratne
Secretary: Mr. S Rajatilekam
Asst. Secretary: Mr. C N Jayawardena
Treasurer: Mr. T D M Gnanaraj
General Committee: Mr. Bandula Vithanage
Mr. Upali Abeywickrema
Mr. M B Manoharan
Mr. Shervon Fernando
Mr. S W Kaluarachchi
Mr. B Kurukularatne
Mr. Mahinda Ranasinghe
Mr. Rizal Subian
Mr. P H P de Silva (Junior)
Mr. K Rajendran
Mr. A E M Mawahib
Mr. Rizvie Jaleel
Mr. M D M Vazeer
Mr. Thilak Jayasinghe
Mr. M P D Perera
Mr. J Hanthi
Mr. J B Peiris
Mr. T Sunderarajah
Mr. S Jayatileke
The Executive Committee met on
The Old Boys Reunion was schedules for the third week of
February and the 37th Annual General Meeting was convened
on Saturday 22nd February at 6 p.m. at Foster memorial Hall.
Following old boys were enrolled as members
of the OBA during 1997.
1. Mr. Neil Titus Dahanayake
2. Mr. K N I Abzal Khan
3. Mr. H S R Seneviratne
4. Mr. K I
5. Mr. Mohideen Nawaz
6. Mr. Abdul Satar
7. Mr. M S Jamaldeen
8. Mr. M F Jabar
9. Mr. R M Khan
10. Mr. S M Khan
11. Mr. K De S Weerawardena
12. Mr. D M Ranasinghe
We welcome them and look forward to their
I record with deep sorrow the deaths of Mr.
Oliver De Soysa and Mr.Selvyn Gunawardena. Both Mr. Oliver
De Soysa and Selvyn Gunawardena were not only old boys of
Gurutalawa but also were members of the tutorial staff of
Gurutalawa for many years.
Old Boys Reunion and Annual General Meeting
The Annual OBA celebrations was held on 22nd
and 23rd February 1997. After breakfast on 22nd the traditional
cricket match was played against the present boys. Though
the old boys as usual put up a valiant effort, in the end
the present boys won the march. In the evening, hockey match
was worked off against the present boys. The old boys lost
the match to present boys.
The 37th Annual General Meeting was held on
the 22nd evening at 6. p.m. at Canon A.J. Foster Memorial
Hall followed by social and dinner.
The programme for Sunday 23rd February 1997
commenced with Holy Communion Service followed by breakfast.
After breakfast the traditional volley ball match against
the minor staff was played. Departure to Colombo was around
10.30 a.m. with a stop at Balangoda for lunch.
S’ Thomas College Gurutalawa OBA Annual
The Annual Fellowship dinner was on Saturday
he 10th of October 1997 at the Empite Ball Room Mount Lavinia
Hote. The event as in the part was a resounding success
. A profit of Rs. 106500/= was realized. The Organising
Committee comprising of Mr.Bandula Vithanage (Chairman),
Mr. Upali Abeywickrema ( Secretary), M/s. C N Jayawardena,
J B Pieris, Rizal Subian and Upali Panditharatne should
be congratulated for sparing no effort to make this event
once again a resounding success.
I take this opportunity to thank
a. Mr. Shervon Fernando for printing tickets
free of chare
b. Mr. J B Peiris for handling table decor
c. Those who helped in the collection of banners/ donations
d. All others who helped in nuemerous ways to make the event
The New pantry/dining hall/administrative
Based on the an adverse audit report submitted
by Mr. Upali Panditharatne and Mr. C. Fernando with regard
to utilization of funds released for this project and material
receipt and usage, it was unanimously decided at the Ex-Co
meeting convened on the 21st of February 1997 at Gurutalawa
that Board of Governors would be informed that OBA would
not engage in fund raising projects until investigation
into accounts is completed.
This exercise was specifically resorted to
as it was felt that it was important to satisfy old boys
with regard to utilization of fund money since Gurutalawa
has drawn its strength and inspiration from the old boys.
Grateful thanks to acting headmaster, staff,
present boys, domestic staff and all others who helped us
in numerous ways to make the activities of OBA the success
it has been
My sincere thanks to Mr. N Y Cassiechetty
Headmaster S’Thomas’ College Prep School Kollupitiya
for allowing STCG – OBA Ex-Co to conduct its meetings
at the College Staff Room. His assistance and cooperation
in this matter is deeply appreciated. I also record with
thanks the support of the members of the Executive Committee
which enabled us to discharge my duties effectively as Secretary
of the OBA.
S.Rajatilekam Proposed by……………………..
Hony.Secretary Seconded by ……………………..