WEST COAST OLD BENS-UPCOMING EVENTS

From: Eric Motha
Sent: Friday, March 31, 2017 10:57 AM
Subject: WEST COAST OLD BENS-UPCOMING EVENTS

June 11,2017 21st Annual General Meeting/Fellowship

July 08,2017 “Door is Open” (Mother Teresa) Project #8

(Eastside Vancouver)

July 23,2017 5th Annual Bens Invitation Golf Tournament

Please diarise the above dates and await further news-thanks.

Eric Motha
President

Saints Quad Athletic Meet

From: Eric Motha

Sent: Monday, March 6, 2017 10:09 AM
Subject: Fw: Saints Quad Athletic Meet

Sriyal De Silva, a former star athlete is now the anchor of the Bens Athletic wing teaming up well with Bro.Praveen Vaz and Felix Dias.

The Chief Guest at the Quadrangular athletic meet was Luke De Silva, founder member and past President of Old Bens,New York.

Eric

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Benedictine Inter – House Athletic Meet 2017

From: Darrel Ludowyke

Sent: Monday, January 30, 2017 7:30 AM
Subject: Camillus House Victorious at the Benedictine Inter – House Athletic Meet 2017

Investiture Ceremony of the Board of Prefects 2017

From: Darrel Ludowyke 
Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2017 10:22 AM
Subject: Investiture Ceremony of the Board of Prefects 2017

Dear Friends,
Chief of staff Major General Channa Goonatilleke Visits his alma mater St. Benedict’s College.

The Recently appointed Chief of Staff of Sri Lanka Army, Major General Channa Goonatilleke and Mrs. Goonatilleke were felicitated by the Staff, Students, Old Boys and Parents of St. Benedict’s College at a moving ceremony at the College Quadrangle on Thursday 19th January 2017.He also presided over the investiture ceremony of the board of prefects 2017 where the prefects took their oath and the prefects’ badges were pinned on them by the chief guest.

Rev. Bro. Henry Dissanayake, director St. Benedict’s College welcomed Major General Goonatilleke as a distinguished product of St. Benedict’s College. He stated the high positions he has held so far in the Sri Lanka Army and the honors bestowed on him for his laurels as an exemplary officer and held him as a role model for all young Benedictines to follow.

Mr. Kennedy Machado speaking on behalf of his classmates from the Kindergarten onwards, recalled the happy events together during their school days and the close association he still maintains with his childhood friends. He described Major General Goonatilleke as a brave Officer and a true Gentleman
who rose up the ranks through sheer dedication, commitment, hard work and strength of character. He wished him a great future in the service of the country.

Major general Goonatilleke started his address saying that his friend Kennedy left out the important part, that he was quite a “Cry baby” in school and that his teachers were surprised when he joined the Army. However 35 years’ service in the Sri Lanka Army, where he achieved many academic and military honors, with extensive training and education in several Asian and Western countries and his combat experience throughout his career has made him proud Benedictine today. His words of wisdom which were expressed with total conviction where he stressed the importance of Leadership and Team work, Knowledge, Empathy, Hard work and Sacrifice, Patience and Perseverance, Discipline. He held St. Benedict’s as a model for perfect harmony among a multi religious, multi ethnic and multi-cultural student population. The entire student body listened to his address in total silence and concentration indicating the deep meaning and value of his advice to the young generation.

Rev. Bro. Henry Dissanayake, director St. Benedict’s College and eminent Old Ben Felix Dias presented mementos to Major General Goonatilleke on behalf of the College and the Old Boys’ Union, respectively.

Master Ravintha Perera was appointed Head prefect 2017. Masters Aakash Rayen and Ranul Perera were appointed Deputy Head Prefects. The Outgoing Head Prefect thanked his Board members and assured their continued loyalty and support for their Alma Mater in the many years to come.

The New Head Prefect delivered the vote of thanks to conclude this memorable event with the singing of the national anthem.

   
Prefects Group Photo order
Seated from Left to Right
Mas. Aakash Rayen, Tyronne Perera, Rev. Bro. Benedict Bonaventure,Rev. Bro. Niran Perera, Rev. Bro. Henry Dissanayake, Mas. Ravintha Perera, Major General H.C.P. Goonatilleke, Mrs. Goonatilleke, Rev.Bro. Christy Croos, Rev. Bro.Praveen Vaz, Mr.Titus Withanage, Mas.Ranul Perera.

First Row (Left to Right standing)
Mas. Winton Prince, Mas.Amrithan Manoharan, Mas. Yashwanth Ravindran, Mas. Araveen Gregory, Mas.Binoy Perera, Mas. Trishan Dilanka, Mas. Alvin Stehan, Mas. Deeshan Fernando, Mas. Anseelan Kawshigan, Mas. Ganindu Ganganath, Mas. Isuru De Silva, Mas. Nethum Weerasuiya, Mas. Shimal Benedict, Mas. Thomy Gavin, Mas. Roy Jerome, Mas. Janith Abeyratne, Mas. Daniel Lakshman.

Second Row ( Left to Right standing )
Mas. Dulaj Perera, Mas.Ravisha Dabare, Mas. Akila Nanayakkara, Mas. Krishnamoorthy Caucideeshan, Mas. Kulindu Fernando, Jason Adams, Mas. Nimsara Abishek, Mas. Kalindu Peiris, Mas. Shenal Sandeepa, Mas.Imesh Fernando, Mas. Naditha Basnayake, Mas. Chevaan Fernando, Mas. Ashane Silva, Mas.Yasas Mrtinus, Mas. Ashvin Rodrigo, Mas. Avishka Madushanka

Third Row (Left to Right standing)
Mas.Avishka Dananjaya, Mas. Bevan Augustine, Mas. Kaviesh Perera, Mas. Anton Philip, Mas. Mark Perera, Mas. Joshua Cledwyn, Mas. Dimitry Jayawardane, Mas.Deshaka Senevirathne, Mas.Prithvi Jegaraasingham, Mas.Dilshan Bandara, Mas.Sahan Thenuka, Mas. Akmal Afzal, Mas. Julius Gnanagar

Rgds,
Darrel

TENNIS takes a new turn

TENNIS takes a new turn at ST. BENEDICT’S COLLEGE
Tennis at St. Benedict’s College was at it’s peak in the 1950’s and 1960’s. During this period St. Benedict’s College had produced a number of talented tennis players, who took part in local as well as international tournaments. Everad Rathnayake, Cyril Ernest, Ranjith Fernando, George Jayatilake, Anton Gunaratna, Nihal Amarasinghe, Anton Abesekara, Lasantha Fernando and Joe Rathnayake are some of them who brought fame and glory to College. The tennis court was then located where the current Swimming Pool Complex is situated. However, due to unknown reasons the standard of the game took a nose dive and was revived in the 1980’s under the guidance and leadership of Rev. Bro. Directors’ who served college.
St. Benedict’s College emerged runners up in the Junior Category, at the All Island Schools competition in 1994, 1995 and 1996 and champions amongst Boys’ Schools in 1995 despite having to relocate its tennis court at various points in college. Benedictine, Franklyn Emmanuel, started his tennis career in 1998 and became National Champion at a tender age of 14. He went on to be the Asian Champion, in a short period of time, and was also a member of the National Team.
The need for a permanent tennis court was discussed from time to time, but not materialized, resulting in the sport once again declining due to the lack of facilities and interest for the game amongst the students.
The interest for the game, took a dramatic change, with the arrival of the new director, Rev. Bro. Henry Dissanayake, who permitted tennis to be played at the quadrangle, with the availability of three hard tennis courts, and a qualified, professional tennis coach.
We hope that the students will now take good use of the current facilities available and bring back the glory days of tennis to St. Benedict’s College.

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