Trinity College Kandy - Old Boys’ Association News Letter
End of Michaelmas Term 2008 – (3rd Term)
The 3rd Term was from 2nd September to 11th December 2008.
Message from the President
This will be the last message I will address to you as President. I can almost “touch” the collective sigh of relief!
The last 3 years have been both challenging and rewarding. The OBA has shared with the School, both its moments of ecstasy and of deep agony. The OBA itself has had more than its moments of joy, but has not been spared its own trials and tribulations. All of these have been touched upon in our Newsletters and personal communications. The common thread that runs though this mosaic is the love of, and deep concern of all Old Boys to the “School We Handed On.”
I will leave it to you to pass judgement on the “Balance Sheet”, sincerely hoping that you will be charitable in your judgement.
The School itself faced its worst challenge in May 2008. The resolve and resilience displayed by the School is tribute to the strength, self-beliefs, and solid foundations of Trinity. The OBA welcomes Brig. Udaya Aryaratne, the Acting Principal to his Alma Mater. The Executive Committee resolved unanimously to extend its fullest co-operation to him. We wish him every success, well knowing that, his success would also be ours.
With 2 Brigadiers at the helm, the one at School, and the other as President of the OBA in February, we can look forward with confidence to a time, in the words of the Bard of Sri Lanka, Walter Senior:
“When we leap to a single Bugle, March to a single Drum”
I will be failing in my duty if I do not thank, most sincerely, the Office Bearers, all Committee members and the entire membership for their support and encouragement during my tenure, not withstanding, the occasional and sometimes persistent contentious issues raised by some. I only see these as signs of deep concern for the School. A special word of thanks, to Mr. Rohan Madena, Manager, Mr. Rasika Kulasekara, former Computer Assistant and Mr. Chandrasekaran Sivabalan Computer Assistant, for their enthusiastic and willing support at the Secretariat. They made my work easy, although I have to admit that I made life difficult for them by my demanding idiosyncrasies! I believe they have learned to live with it!
I shall end this message with all my blessings and good wishes to the Incoming President and his team as they take over the reigns. I am confident the entire membership will share these sentiments.
With compliments of the Season and all good wishes for 2009.
Dr. Neil Halpe
Old Boys’ Association
Five Executive Committee Meetings have been concluded and the 6th meeting would be held on 3rd January 2009, at Poonagala Estate, Bandarawala, to coincide with the Annual General Meeting of the TCKOBA Uva Branch. We are glad to record that we were able to have 2 of our meetings in Hatton and Kegalle to coincide with their Annual General Meetings. We take this opportunity to thank Mr. Dushan Ratwatte, President, Hatton Branch and Mr. Tony Bertus, President, Kegalle / KV Branch and their members for hosting the Executive Committee members, and for the excellent arrangement made by them to hold both meetings in their respective Branches. The Acting Principal Brig. Udaya Aryaratne and Mrs. Aryaratne were invited to the meeting of the Kegalle / KV Branch, and his presence and address, highly appreciated.
Since September, Mr. S.M.B. Dassanayake, President, Kurunegala Branch and Mr. P. Palihawadena, President, Nuwara Eliya Branch, have been nominated to the Exco as Representatives of their Branches. Mr. Rohan Wijayanayake has also joined the Executive Committee representing the USA/California Branch. Mr. Amil Ramanaden has been nominated as the representative of the Trinity College Cricket Foundation.
Visitors Prof. D. Janakiran (Jana), Old Boy, who spent his School life in the Boarding, in Napier House in the 1950s, visited Sri Lanka during the month of November and hosted some of his School Mates to dinner at the Topaz. Jana is now resident in Canada. He captained the Under 17 Rugby team in the 2nd ever match played and went on to represent College in 1st XV as a fearsome flanker.
At the end of 2007, our data base carried 12134 members and at the end of 2008 we have 12309 members registered.
Valete It is with sadness we record the passing away of the following Old Boys, since the last Newsletter.
Mr. Derrick Aluvihare 1920s to 30s Alison
Mr. A. Abeyratne 1940s to 50s Garrett
Mr. Derrick Munaweera 1950s to 60s Alison
Mr. S.B.W. Amunugama 1950s to 60s Garrett
Dr. H.W. Perera 1940s to 50s Napier
Mrs. Rupa Alexander (wife of Organist and Telephone Operator Mr. Barnabas Alexander)
Night of the Lions 2008 - Trinity Prize
This event, is held every 4 years and the fifth is scheduled to be held on 14th February 2009, along with the Annual Re-Union Dinner. The Night of the Lions is the most prestigious event in the OBA Calendar. The Trinity Prize is awarded to Old Trinitians who have distinguished themselves and achieved pre-eminence in their chosen disciplines and fields of endeavour, served their communities and fellow beings, whilst maintaining the highest traditions of the spirit and ethos of Trinity College, in their conduct. The “Chosen Few” for 2008 are:
Agriculture - Prof. Ravi Sangakkara
Architecture - Mr. Channa Daswatte
Creative Arts - Mr. William Blake
Defence Services - Late Lt. Gen. Parami S.B. Kulatunga
Ecology & Environmental Sciences - Mr. Jayampathi I. Samarkoon
Education - Prof. S. Walter Perera
Engineering - Mr. Cecil.H. Balmond
Entrepreneurship - Mr. L. Stanley Jayawardena
Finance / Accountancy - Mr. Upatissa Hulugalle
Law - Justice C. L. Theodore Moonemalle
Media - Mr. Cecil Wikramanayaka
Medicine - Prof. Ananda S.B. Wijekoon
Natural Sciences - Dr. DouglasNethsinghe
Political Affairs - Mr. Lakshman Jayakody
Public Services - Mr. Seyed.L.M. Marikkar
Sports - Mr. Dilantha Malagamuwa
Exceptional Loyalty to Trinity - Mr. J. Lionel P. Perera
Special Award - TCKOBA Colombo Branch for a Century of devoted Services to Trinity.
The presentations will be formally made at an elegant and dignified Ceremony at the College Hall commencing at 4.30pm followed by a Felicitation Dinner at the Sinhaputhra Auditorium. Tickets are priced at Rs. 1500/- and could be obtained from the TCKOBA Secretariat. All Old Boys are welcome at the Award Ceremony and the Re-Union Dinner.
Trinity Old Boys' Weekend
The Upper School Prize Giving is scheduled to be held on 13th February 2009. On Saturday 14th February the Annual General Meeting of the Trinity College OBA would be held at 10am at the Old Trinitians’ Sports Club. The traditional Old Boys Vs Present Boys Cricket match would be played on the same day at the Asgiriya Grounds.
The Night of the Lions Ceremony would be held to coincide with the Annual Re-Union Dinner on the 14th evening. The Awards Ceremony would be at the Trinity College Main Hall and thereafter Fellowship and Dinner at the Sinhaputhra Auditorium.
On 15th Sunday, the traditional Old Boys’ Service will take place at the College Chapel and would include a Thanksgiving Service for the Lives and Labours of past Trinitians. Mr. Jayantha Dhanapala will read the Eulogy. Breakfast would be served after the Service, at the College Chapel Lawn.
Career Guidance Program The CIMA & British Computer Society classes are held every Wednesday and Thursday of the week, from 2.45pm to 4.45pm. These classes are held after School hours to avoid any interruption to the normal curriculum. The British Computer Society students sat for the Computer Net work Technology Certificate exam, in October, held by the British Council, Kandy.
A seminar on Career Guidance organized by the Central Province Chamber of Commerce was held on 24th September, and Grade 13 Students attended the seminar.
Mr. Marjan Manzil, Old Boy of the School held the following seminars during the 3rd term.
1) “On time management and preparation for G.C.E. O/L Examination”. -The course was conducted by Mr. Wanasundara and Coordinator Mr. Marjan Manzil.
2) The Grade 13 Students attended a seminar conducted by the Charted Institute of Marketing on 29th November
3) “Leadership Trust:”- A one day Work Shop was held at Hotel Thilanka for 6 Schools in Kandy.
The Branches mentioned below were dormant for sometime and we are happy to record that these Branches have been reactivated.
Mr. S.M.B. Dassanayake Mr. Parakatama T. Dambawinne
Galkanda Ratmalgoda 127 Gettuwana Road
Mr. Anura Ekanayake Mr. S. Sheriff
Ury Group Uvakelle Estate
Nuwara Eliya Branch
Mr. Palihawadena Mr. K.Wijayanantam
TCKOBA Nuwara Eliya Branch TCKOBA Nuwara Eliya Branch
Unit No. 10 Unit No. 10
36 Park Road 36 Park Road
Nuwara Eliya Nuwara Eliya
USA/California Branch We are thankful to the USA/California Branch for donating a sum of Rs. 600,000/- to the OBA and this funding has been done to assist the maintenance of the Secretariat. Mr. Rohan Wijayanayake member of the USA/California Branch made this presentation to the Executive Committee in September.
This Branch also gifted to the Junior School, an Information /Technology Room, in memory of the late Mrs. Cynthia Weerakoon, at a simple ceremony, in November. Unveiling of the plaque was undertaken by the late Mrs. Weerakoon’s two sons, Jeevaka and Shiran.
In the past there was a communication gap with the Foreign Branches and we are now glad to record, that the Executive Committee is now in constant communication and exchanging News and Information with Melbourne, USA/California, Washington, UAE, UK, Canada and New Zealand Branches of the TCKOBA.
Old Trinitians Sports Club (OTSC)
The OTSC celebrated the 18th Anniversary of the opening of the new Club House on 13th December. The Christmas treat for inmates of Daya Nivasa was held on 14th of December, with the participation of over 70 children, adults and Care – givers and a large number of members.
Principal Brig. (Rtd.) W.G.K. Aryaratne RSP, USP, C.Eng (I), AMIE, Old Boy of the School, assumed duties as Acting Principal with effect from 1st of November 2008. The Official Induction of the new Acting Principal would be on 17th January 2009. Full details will be conveyed in due course.
The under 19 College team emerged All Island Inter School B division champions in 2008 and the Under 15 team were the All Island Inter Schools Runners-Up.
At the National and Pentathlon meets Trinity emerged Champions and in the Novices Age Group and Relay Carnival we were Runners-Up. In the Annual Central Province Swimming championships, Trinity emerged Champions.
At International events,
Heshan Unamboowe was placed first in the Asian Schools Games and also placed first in the Commonwealth Youth Games.
National colours were awarded to H.B. Unamboowe and P.B. Wanigasekara.
The Vishwa Samarakoon Memorial Gymnasium at the Swimming Pool, sponsored by the Old Trinitians Swimming Club and donated by the family of the late Vishwa Samarakoon was officially declared open by his mother, Mrs. Lakshmi Samarakoon on 20th December 2008 in the presence of a large gathering.
The First XI has not fared well during the season, losing the J.C.A Corea Trophy to Royal and also losing to S. Thomas’.
At the Relay Carnival and Public Schools meet A. Gallearachichi was placed second in the 100m.
In the National School Games conducted by the Ministry of Education, D.L.R.J. Perera and Halimdeen won National Colours
Of the 3 matches played during the term we lost to St. Peter’s, drew against Ananda and won against Sri Rahula. The Fixture Card is still not finalized and not made available to us.
Fixtures for Term 1 – Lent Term
Date TCK Vs Venue
02nd & 03rd Wesley College,Colombo Asgiriya
07th & 08th Kegalu Vidyalaya, Kegalle Asgiriya
12th & 13th Dharmaraja College, Kandy Asgiriya
19th & 20th Isipathana College, Colombo Colombo
23rd & 24th St. Joseph’s College, Colombo Colombo
30th & 31st St. Sylvester’s College, Kandy Asgiriya
06th & 07th Vidyartha College, Kandy Asgiriya
14th TCKOBA Asgiriya
20th & 21st S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia Colombo
23rd & 24th D.S. Senanayake Vidyalaya, Colombo Asgiriya
27th & 28th Royal College, Colombo Colombo
06th & 07th Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa Asgiriya
13th & 14th St. Anthony’s College, Katugastota Katugastota
21st St. Anthony’s College, Katugastota Asgiriya
Vishvajith Wijesinghe who was awarded the Rugger Lion in 2008 would lead the team during the next season. Many of last season’s players would be representing the School in 2009.
During the previous season, Mr. Marjan Manzil presented to the team the necessary Medicinal bandages, energy drinks etc. at a cost of approximately Rs. 60,000/-. He has pledged to do so during the next season as well.
(Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols) The Choir of Trinity College presented the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at the College Chapel on 7th December 2008, with the participation of a large congregation.
“Carols for Trinity – what sweeter Music”
A CD pack, “Offering of Praise”, by the Choir of Trinity College, recorded in the natural, open surroundings of the Trinity College Chapel, directed by Trinitys’ Choir Master Mr. Lasantha Tennakoon, was released on 7th December 2008 at the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. This CD is priced at Rs.750/- and available at the School.
Due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances beyond our control, the OBA Weekend and the Night of the Lions Ceremony has been postponed to Saturday 7th March and Sunday the 8th 2009. The rest of the program including the times would remain unchanged. The reason for the postponement is that the Central Provincial Council Elections are scheduled for 14th February.
Mr. Ravana Wijeyeratne
Trinity College Kandy Old Boys’ Association
Trinity College Kandy Old Boys’ Association
Trinity College Kandy
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