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From: Eric Motha
Sent: Thursday, February 27, 2014 10:50 AM
Subject: Fwd: College flag Colours…1919 / 1922 / 1927
I am sharing the contents of the email(see below) sent by my schoolmate Clive Fernando to his nephew Andrew Samuel,who has been tasked with the responsibility of editing the Jubilee Magazine next year.I too have been invited to serve on this committee.Clive’s reference to our OBA (Western Canada) is testimony to the recognition our OBA has earned amongst OBA’s around the Benedictine world – it should make us all proud.
The Old Bens in this neck of the woods met for the first time on September 16,1995-the rest is history!!
Primus Inter Pares(First amongst equals)
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From: Clive Fernando
Date: Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 5:03 AM
Subject: College flag Colours…1919 / 1922 / 1927
To: Andrew Samuel
Thanks. I will help where possible. I came to SBC in 1947 and left in 1960. Never paid much attention
to its history. I went on the internet and found that he OBU of Western Canada is a good source of info.
Attached is from their website. I am sure you can get in touch with them. I’ll keep digging for trivia.
In recent pics. I find the pool has replaced the Basketball court where I initiated myself into the game as a boarder.
And then achieved fame. J I was the first ever non-soccer, non-cricket prefect elected in school. Hallelujah!
I am not active in the Toronto sector now. Felix Dias will be a good source. He is active as you know in OBU activities.
I know that the Christian brothers were in Marawila during the war. My maternal grandmother allowed them to occupy
the ancestral home “The Sea Spray” for quite some time. Late Bro. Flavian, Bro. Oliver, Bro. Andrew, and a few others
of that vintage confirmed this when I was in the boarding. Bro. Flavian made sure I got good food. My friends benefited too!!!
How the College flag came to Green and WhiteThe late Aloy Mallawaaratchy (father of Old Bens Ratna, Upali and Gamini) was the author of this item on the evolution of the College flag).
From the time I joined St Benedict’s College in 1919 up to 1922, the colors of the College flag were Blue, Gold and Black. But Bro. Wulton James, the new Irish Director, said a college must have two colors and not three. So he changed the College colors to Green and Sky Blue – green, the Irish color and sky blue for hope. That’s what the Director said.
The sky blue was so faint that it looked like white. By the time I left College in 1927, the flag had in fact become Green and White.
ADDENDA: The Flag evolved even further to Green, White and Green and more recently, the College crest in green is given prominence on the center of the White band of the flag.
(Published in the Sydney Bens Dance Souvenir 1998