Monday, 27th of January 2020
The Benedictine Prefects Investiture 2020 was held on 21st January 2020 under the patronage of distinguished Old Benedictine top banker, past Deputy Head Prefect, Public Schools Athletics Coloursman and Best Allround Student 1989 Sriyal de Silva and his wife Nilakshi. As per tradition, the Chief Guests were welcomed by the Director of the College Rev. Bro. Tarcisius FSC and senior staff members and led to the Open Air Stage under the Banyan Tree accompanied by the College Western Band. The proceedings started with the lighting of the Traditional Oil Lamp followed by the College Anthem.
The highlight of the day was the formal Swearing in and the pinning of the Prefects Badges on the new Board of Prefects led by the incoming Head Prefect Master Shaveen Fernando, facing the giant backdrop with the immortal words of the Benedictine Anthem ‘HIGH BE YOUR AIM IN LIFE’S ONWARD VIEW’. The Chief Guest Sriyal de Silva’s address included numerous words of wisdom starting with asking the new Prefects to remember that they were not elected or selected but they earned this honour by sheer hard work, character, and discipline.
He stressed that they should perform their duties with the correct attitude, which he considered more important than knowledge and skills. He impressed upon the youngsters that Prefectship is not a free licence to bully or harass their fellow students and the challenge of leadership is to be strong but not rude, be kind but not weak, be bold but not bully, be thoughtful but not lazy, be humble not arrogant, be innovative but not imitate and to always take responsibility and ownership of their actions whether right or wrong and never ever lose their integrity because if you lose it you cannot get it back.
The immediate Past Head Prefect Master Deeshan Fernando in a stirring message to his fellow students said that the work of the Prefects during the past year was inspired by another great line from the College Anthem ‘DOING THE DUTY WITH THE CROWN IN VIEW’. He was full of gratitude and appreciation to the Teacher In Charge of Prefects Mr. Titus Withanage for his commitment, hard work and sacrifices he made to make the Prefects greater citizens ready to face the challenges of the world as strong leaders.
The event was attended by the proud parents of the new Prefects, members of the staff and representatives of the supportive bodies of the College and concluded with the singing of the National Anthem led by the College Choir. All in all, it was a great, solemn and dignified occasion and the credit for it goes collectively to the Sub Director of the College Rev. Bro. Pravin Vaz FSC, the Master In Charge Mr. Titus Withanage, Rev. Bro Dilshan Vimukthi FSC and the immediate Past Head Prefect Master Deeshan Fernando and his band of past Prefects.
Source : DailyMirro.lk
St. Benedict’s College OBU: The legacy continues
6 January 2020 12:01 am
At service for 115 years in existence towards the college, the Old Boys Union of St. Benedict’s College started another distinct journey with the newly elected council members in June 2019 on a great vision led by General Secretary Priyal Perera along with a dedicated Council membership, and with guidance and blessing of Director of the College also the President of the OBU, Rev. Bro. Ernest Tarsicius.
Ever since the 114th AGM was held, the OBU has initiated multiple projects which provided better results towards old boys, present students and College at large. The new OBU office has been established up within the college premises to make the networking convenient to Old Bens.
This Secretariat is open for business during weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. which enhances the relationship in great heights. Taking another step further, the OBU council organized a Batches Forum with an intention of recharging the interest and the love towards the college which was also the strength to college.
The forum was very successful and taken many valuable suggestions came up and made productive decisions for the betterment of old boys and the college. Not forgetting the old boys and their loved ones who departed from their lives and souls; the annual Requiem Mass Service” held in November with large participation.
The mass was conducted by Rev. Fr Rajitha Liyanage who is also one of the great products of St. Benedict’s College.
“Besides the OBU in the process of organizing a grand motor parade and lined up several events, including a Carnival night at the College Grounds. These initiatives are targeted with the year 2020 where old boys could come and enjoy with their families.”
Another initiative that the OBU has undertaken is an Archive Room: A place of gallery to showcase and secure good memories of the past.
Besides the OBU is in the process of organizing a grand motor parade and lined up several events, including a carnival night at the college grounds. These initiatives are targeted with the year 2020 in mind where old boys could come and enjoy with their families.
Gen. Secretary Priyal Perera speaking to us said that the OBU was going at a rate and there was a need to take it to the next level.
“In fact in near future, we will be on a digital platform where you could connect the Benedictine fraternity so quickly,” he said.
“The general public may have an opportunity to see who we are and what we have done this far also. Further, with the present administration, OBU was able to secure a very strong relationship and mutual understanding amongst the Benedictine fraternity. It is a big achievement as an organization of this nature being the facilitator, bridge between the old boys and the college.
“We are quite confident that during the current tenure St. Benedict’s College and the OBU will gain more positive results and each and every Benedictine would join hands with us by contributing their valuable support in respective avenues. I urge my colleagues to come and join with us and pave sincere gratitude to our alma mater in your capacity.”
The Annual Benedictine Colours Night was held in grand style at the College Auditorium on Friday, 1st November 2019. Distinguished Old Benedictine Jeyam Perumal and Mrs. Eresha Perumal were the Chief Guests and former Benedictine Football captain Dr. Collin Fernandopulle was the Guest of Honour at the event. Rev. Bro. Ernest Tarcisius, Director of St. Benedict’s College started the proceedings with his Welcome Address immediately after the Opening Prayer and the singing of the College Anthem.
317 Sportsmen of the college received Merit Awards, Colours, Star Awards and Special Awards for their achievements in Cricket, Athletics, Football, Basketball, Gymnastics, Hockey, Rugby, Swimming, Karate, Rifle Shooting, Scouting, Tennis, Chess and Prefectship during the past year, in the presence of an auditorium full audience of Parents, Rev. Fathers, Rev. Brothers, Rev. Sisters, Teachers, Coaches, Support Staff, and invitees. Benedictine Star Athlete Sahan Rajapaksha has crowned the Sportsman of the Year with Sri Lanka Under 19, Cricketer Maheesh Theekshana and Champion Javelin Thrower Pragathi Ranawake as Joint Runners Up.
The award for the Best Sportsman of the Primary School went to Nelith Sasmitha Peter. Star Awards were presented to Benedictine Sportsmen who gained National Honours representing Sri Lanka in their respective sports and they included Sahiru Yoshodya Silva (Gymnastics), Dharun Chandrabose (Basketball), Mahesh Theekshana (Cricket), M Kursheeth (Football), Kevin Ranindu Silva (Chess), Yohan Dhanushka Silva (Athletics), Pragati Ranawake (Athletics) and Thiran Ravishka Indrajith (Athletics). Victor Fernando Gold Medals donated by the family members of Late Old Ben-Victor Fernando for the most outstanding Athlete and the most outstanding Cricketer were presented to Sahan Rajapaksha and Maheesh Theekshana.
The coveted Benedictine Spirit Award for the most courage on display at competitions was won by ruggerite and athlete Janith Eranga Seneviratne. The Best Captain’s Award was presented to the captain of the All-Island Schools Champion Gymnastic Team Sahiru Yoshodya Silva. The event also provided the opportunity for young Benedictines to showcase their artistic talents with musical and dancing items performed by the collegiate and primary students. One of the highlights of the programme was a guest performance by the students of the sister school Good Shepherd Convent through the kind courtesy of the Principal of the Convent. The entire event was streamed live on facebook with thousands from the global Benedictine Fraternity watching it as it happened.
A short snapshot of the rich history of Benedictine Sports over the last 150 years was shown during the event which proved to be very educative to the present students, administrators, parents, teachers and invitees. The Benedictine Family is grateful to the main organisers Rev. Bro. Pravin Vaz, Rev. Bro. Dilshan Vimukthi (Sports Co-ordinator), Mr. Nuwan Abeywickrema (Tutorial Staff), Mr. Lanka Amila (Technical Staff) and students led by Master Dilshan Bandara. The Head Prefect of the College Master Deeshan Fernando delivered the Vote of Thanks. The host of the evening Master Binoy Perera was exceptional right from start to finish. The whole programme was indeed a display of Benedictine Brilliance.
Source : Daily Mirror – Wednesday, 13th of November 2019