BENEDICTINES FIRST RUNNERS UP IN THE ALL ISLAND INTER SCHOOL SHAKESPEARE DRAMA COMPETITION

From: Darrel Ludowyke <eludowyke1@gmail.com>

To: Ashan Stanislaus <ashan.stanislaus@colombo-law.com>; Ashan Stanislaus <ashanstanislaus@yahoo.com>
Sent: Monday, October 1, 2018, 10:06:04 AM PDT
Subject: BENEDICTINES FIRST RUNNERS UP IN THE ALL ISLAND INTER SCHOOL SHAKESPEARE DRAMA COMPETITION

Dear Friends,

The young Benedictine dramatists came up with an exhilarating performance on the Bishop’s College stage on Saturday, 29th September 2018, to be adjudged by a high level panel of judges headed by the well known educationist and teacher of English language and literature Ms. Jill Mcdonald, as the first runners up in the hotly contested and most prestigious English Drama Competition, the All Island Inter School Shakespeare Deama Competition organised annually by the Rotarians and the YMCA.

The entire competition with dramatists from all leading schools in Colombo and other mail towns, doing their utmost to bring honour and glory to their respective Alma Maters. The Benedictines were awarded the E.C.B. Wijayesinghe Memorial Trophy donated by family members of probably Sri Lanka’s Best Thespian of all time, Mr. E.C.B. Wijayesinghe well known for his roles in ‘Well Mudaliar’, ‘He came from Jaffna’ etc. Mr. Wijayesinghe is also a distinguished alumni of St. Benedict’s College, the School he loved dearly.

Master Dimithri Jayawardana, who played the title role in Henry VI, was selected as the Best Actor of the entire competition, much to the delight and joy to his fellow dramatists, the coach, master in charge and all Benedictines and others in the audience. Dimithri is the son of Rumal Jayawardana, the 1994 cricket captain of SBC. Dimithri’s younger brother Denith acting as Henry VI’s son, brought tears to the audience with his heartrending performance. SBC Head Prefect Shemal Benedict played the role of Queen Margaret brilliantly and was also the stage co-ordinator. The entire cast of 22 boys and 10 support staff played their roles to perfection, earning much admiration from the audience.

It was an incredible achievement by the young Benedictines, who worked hard and tirelessly for months without even the basis facility of a stage to practice. Benedictines are privileged to have the one and only Jerome De Silva, probably Sri Lanka’s best drama coach training them. All this would have been impossible, if not for the dedication, commitment, love for his charges and his totally loyalty to SBC. Mr. Titus Withanage, who revived English Drama at SBC in the mid 2000’s and brought SBC at least on three previous occasions within the first three in this prestigious competition. The boys were actively supported backstage and in the audience by the College Prefects, Choristers, Past Dramatists, Parents and enthusiastic Old Benedictines.

it was a quiet a heartwarming sight to see all young Benedictines enjoying this happy moment, hugging and kissing each other and shouting for joy, showing how important it is to encourage and support young children to actively engage in team activities, which bonds them into lasting friendships and loyalty towards each other and the school that gave them these opportunities. It was heard, the master in charge Mr. Withanage telling the boys, that he is the happiest teacher at SBC today, for making it possible to bring so much joy and happiness to the children and glory to the school. Well Done Mr. Withanage.
We are sure you are an inspiration to your colleagues in the staff and hopelessly they will lift themselves up and emulate you in the days and years to come.

The above was compiled by Mr. Felix Dias

Rgds,
Darrel

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OBITUARY -OLD BEN AUBREY BLAKE

From: Eric Motha

Sent: Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 10:44:56 PM MDT
Subject: OBITUARY -OLD BEN AUBREY BLAKE

It is with deep sadness that I inform members of the death of Aubrey Blake this morning (Sept 19) after battling a serious illness over several weeks.

Aubrey , son of late Kingsley & Esme Blake and brother of Christine Modder, was the founder Treasurer of our OBA in 1995 and his father a Vice President. Aubrey was self effacing and displayed total commitment as a loyal Old Ben “doing the duty that is do” never seeking kudos . We will miss dear Aubrey beyond what words could aptly describe as he has left a void that will be hard to fill.

A further email will be sent on receipt of news relating to viewing and Aubrey’s final journey.

Please remember him and his family in your prayers at this difficult time.

Eric

SBC OBU Annual dinner dance 2018

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Patrick Rodrigo <patrodrigo2015@gmail.com>
Sent: Saturday, August 25, 2018, 2:26:36 AM PDT
Subject: SBC OBU Annual dinner dance 2018
Dear Old Bens,
We are pleased to inform you that the 2018 Annual Dinner Dance of Old Bens will be as follows;
Chairman       Delly Fernando.     36th SBC OBU Dinner Dance 2018.
Date                22nd December 2018 ( Saturday )
Venue             Water’s Edge Battaramulla Grand Ballroom
Bands              Misty  and  Doctor
Ticket Price    Rs. 25,000/- per couple excluding Raffle tickets.
Those who wish to participate at this year’s dance are kindly requested to confirm the numbers to me by email to reserve your tickets.
Kind Regards
Patrick Rodrigo ( HP 0773172914 )
Secretary
OBU Dance 2018

Big Ben Night 2018

From: oldbensuk <oldbensuk@gmail.com>

Sent: Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 3:46:44 PM PDT
Subject: Big Ben Night 2018

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to share flyer of Old Bens UK Gala Dinner dance that’s happening on the 29th September at the Windsor Marriott. Please feel free share amongst your families, friends and well wishers,

Best Regards,

on Behalf of Old Bens in the United Kingdom,

Jerome Adams
Gen. Secretary

Big Ben Night 2018 Flyer.pdf

SGM Notice

From: Ashan Stanislaus

Date: Sat, Jul 21, 2018 at 7:08 AM
Subject: SGM Notice

ST BENEDICT’S COLLEGE OLD BOYS’ UNION

Notice of Special General Meeting

Notice is hereby given to all members of the St. Benedict’s College Old Boys’ Union that the Council of Management of St. Benedict’s College Old Boys’ Union has decided to hold a Special General Meeting in terms of Clause 11 of the Constitution of the said Union on Sunday, 19th August 2018 at College Premises commencing at 9.30AM.

The Business to be considered at the said Special General Meeting shall be:

Seek the endorsement of membership for the motions dealing with the future governance of St. Benedict’s College.

Copies of the aforesaid motions will made available at the College Premises from 13th August 2018 and on the aforesaid date of the Special General Meeting.

By order of the Council of Management of St. Benedict’s College Old Boys Union.

Hon. General Secretary,
St. Benedict’s College Old Boys’ Union,
St. Benedict’s College,
Colombo 13

SGM Press notice 2018.docx

OLD BENS BC – 22nd AGM

From: Eric Motha

Sent: Monday, June 18, 2018, 11:05:36 PM MDT
Subject: OLD BENS-BC 22nd AGM

The following were elected to office for 2018/2019 at the AGM held on June 10,2018

PATRON: Rev.Bro.Director,St.Benedict’s College, Colombo

PRESIDENT: Eric Motha

VICE PRESIDENT: Michael Ramanaden

SECRETARY: Desmond Anthonypillai

TREASURER: Peter Vethanayagam

ASST.SECRETARY /TREASURER: Ajith Seneviratne

ASST.SECRETARY SPORTS/SOCIAL: John A Fernando

COMMITTEE: Ranjit De Vaz, Eugene Motha & Prabath Pullay

AUDITOR: Shehan Salgadoe