GURU SWIMMING MEET AUGUST 08,
The Guru Swimming Meet got under way at about
9.45 a.m on August 08,2008. S.Kaviharan an Old Boy, also on
the staff of the School and a member of the Current OBA Ex-Co
made the announcements and acted as compere.
16 events were worked out. There was a marked
improvement in the standard of swimming compared to the recent
The live wire behind this change had been
Fr. Harold Goodchild. Each day at 3.30 p.m he had been poolside
tirelessly coaching the students. Whilst he addressed the
gathering present, he called up Ruchira, (12 yrs) a student
who had initially been frightened to even get in to the water.
That had been a few weeks before the meet. Having mastered
the Art, he had even taught his younger brother to swim. At
Fr.Goodchild’s request Ruchira dived in to the pool
at the deep end and swam a full length giving an exhibition
performance. Well done Fr.Goodchild. Well done Ruchira.
Headmaster Rev.Mark Billimoria in his address
profusely thanked and made Very Special Mention of two Senior
Old Boys Mr.M P D Perera and Mr.Krysantha Weerawardena both
of whom had spared no pains and at great personal and financial
sacrifice seen to it that the swimming pool and the water
purification plant had been given a complete overhaul so that
the pool was cleaned and fit for swimming. Both of them had
visited Guru many times during the last term in order to ensure
that the pool was being maintained in an acceptable standard.
The images below bear ample testimony to the present condition
of the pool. Hats off to MPD and Kryshantha.
On the whole the event itself was totally
different to the Swimming Meets conducted under the Headmastership
of Dr.R L Hayman. The Old Order Changeth yielding place to
new. This is how it ought to be and will be, in the natural
order of things. The lane markers were in place. Huge flags
depicting the house colours draped the diving boards and the
entire environs surrounding the pool. The entire student body
was present as were the staff and almost all parents who had
arrived in school that morning to take their children away
as it happened to be the last day of the Term.
Parents and staff were entertained to tea
immediately after the Meet. Thereafter, the staff had a special
meeting to bid Farewell to Mr.Panini Edirisinghe of the staff,
an Old Boy and a former member of the OBA Ex-Co who was leaving
the staff after rendering
yeoman service towards the improvement of the standard of
English in the School.
The Parent Teacher Association Meeting was
also held thereafter. A large number of interested parents
August 08, 2008
As the images have been
taken from several cameras they are not in proper sequence.