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     Posted by webmaster on March 13 2017 01:02:43 · 0 Comments · 110 Reads Print
    The Saints Quadrangular – Sportsmanship at its best
    The Saints Quadrangular comprises of four leading Catholic schools of Sri Lanka, namely St. Anthony’s College Katugastota, established in 1854, St. Benedict’s College Kotahena, established in 1865, St. Joseph’s College Darley Road, established in 1896, and St. Peter’s College Bambalapitiya, established in 1927. These four schools were first nurtured by the French, Irish, and Italian Missionaries, Benedictine Monks and the De LaSalle Brothers who arrived in Ceylon at that time to propagate Catholicism and eventually setup these institutions that stand tall and proud in the annals of education and sports in our country.

    History tells us that the Quadrangular was mooted by the members of the Old Bens Sports Club. We are informed that the invitation was extended to many schools to participate, but it was St. Anthony’s, St Joseph’s and St. Peter’s that accepted the invitation. Since then it has grown in stature, competition, and friendship.

    The Saints Quadrangular goes back to 50 years of friendship and camaraderie where each school takes turn in hosting the event by playing cricket, basketball, soccer and rugby between the present boys and old boys.
    The four schools are known to have produced some of Sri Lanka’s best sporting talent, some of whom have gone on to perform at the national and international stage in the fields of cricket, rugby, soccer, basketball, and hockey. Here are four leading Catholic schools coming together in the spirit of sports to nurture talent to represent their respective alma maters and the country.

    The “Quad” Athletics Meet

    Athletics has always played a very important role in the history of the four schools and a great deal of prominence is given to nurture the sport and the track and field events. The four schools continue to make significant investments to athletics with coaches, techniques, nutrition, equipment, and scholarships for promising athletes. The Saints Athletics Quadrangular was revived after a lapse of almost 25 years by St. Peter’s College in 2015 during which year St Benedict’s College celebrated its sesquicentennial.

    The four leading Saints schools together has a student force of 10,000 or more. Over 200 of their best athletes participated in the 2017 Saints Quadrangular on the 25th and 26th of February. The event was a spectacular show where the four leading schools, came together with the spirit of camaraderie to compete with one another at the St. Peter’s College grounds. The event was hosted by St. Benedict’s College with the active and energetic support of the management and leadership of the four schools and their old boys. Spirited and competitive athletes in the sprints, relay teams, jumping events and throwing events participated to show off their individual and team skills.
    There were large numbers of old boys from the four schools cheering their athletes and participating in the old boy’s events. Rectors, Rev Fr Henry Bernard Wijetunge of St. Anthony’s College, Rev Fr Travis Gabriel of St Joseph’s College, Rev Fr Trevor Martin of St Peter’s College, and Rev Br Henry Dissanayake of St Benedict’s College graced the occasion. The Chief Guest of the event was Old Ben Luke De Silva, founder member of the Old Bens Alumni, New York, USA.


    Results
    The highlight and the best performance of the meet, the Rev Br Alexander Cyrillus Memorial Challenge Trophy was awarded to Surinda Jayawickrama of St Joseph’s College for his U20, 100M sprint clocking 11.3sec.

    The Mahesh Perera Challenge Trophy, Under 14 was awarded to St. Peter’s with 101 points followed by St Joseph’s with 89 points and St Benedict’s with 44 points.

    The W.B Bogahalanda Memorial Challenge Trophy, Under 16 was awarded to St Benedict’s College with 122 points followed by St Joseph’s with 83 points and St Peter’s with 77 points.

    The Hugh De Silva Challenge Trophy, Under 18 was awarded to St Benedict’s College with 172 points followed by St Peter’s with 81 points and St Anthony’s with 76 points.

    The J. C. W Obeysekere Memorial Challenge Trophy, Under 20 was awarded to St Benedict’s College with 116 points followed by St Peter’s with 113 points and St Joseph’s College with 63 points.

    The Dunstan Fernando Challenge Trophy for the overall relay champions was awarded to St Peter’s with 81 points followed by St Benedict’s College with 75 points and St Anthony’s and St Joseph’s with 48 points each.

    The Rev Fr Joe De Mel Memorial Challenge Trophy for the overall champions of the meet went to St. Benedict’s College with 454 points. The Ranjith Weerasena runners up trophy was awarded to St Peter’s with 372 points and St Joseph’s College with 255 points.

    The Quad is not only celebrated among present boys. Every year when the Quad is organized Old Boys too participate in several sports. This same gesture was extended to the athletics meet as well and we witnessed a very spirited Old Boys representation in some events. The Sergeant Commodore Samaranayake Memorial Trophy for the overall champions of the Old Boys events was won by St Peter’s College with 340 points and the Rev Fr Joe De Mel Memorial Challenge Trophy for the runners up was awarded to St Benedict’s College with 266 points and St Anthony’s College with 79 points.

    The collective efforts of the four schools in organizing this event is commended. The schools thank the Sri Lanka Athletics Federation officials, St. John Ambulance Cadet Services of St Benedict’s College, sponsors and well-wishers, coaches, parents, and all participating athletes for a fabulous show. St Anthony’s College will host next year’s athletics meet in the cooler climes of Katugastota, Kandy.

     Posted by DARREL LUDOWYKE on March 05 2017 12:45:58 · 0 Comments · 81 Reads Print
    Issuing of Grade 1 Application Forms for the year 2018 - on 11th & 18th March 2017
     Posted by DARREL LUDOWYKE on March 05 2017 12:30:09 · 0 Comments · 90 Reads Print
    LASALLIAN TROPHY 2017 - ST. BENEDICT'S COLLEGE VS DE MAZENOD COLLEGE
     Posted by DARREL LUDOWYKE on February 22 2017 12:55:33 · 0 Comments · 93 Reads Print
    OBU UK BRANCH SUPPORTS THE TENNIS DEVELOPMENT EFFORT AT ST.BENEDICT’S COLLEGE
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    Mr. Balraj Rajaratnam (former College Cricketer 1982/83) from OBU UK delivered a consignment of 20 Brand new Tennis Racquets donated by the members of the OBU UK Branch, in support of the effort to develop Tennis at college. Mr. Ranjit Fernando (former Tennis player & National Cricketer) initiated the project to have three hard courts at the college quadrangle to revive the sport. His brother Sunil Fernando (Cricket Captain in 1964) domiciled in UK and the members of the OBU UK Branch, readily responded to our request by donating these racquets for the Senior Tennis players at College.

    The Director Rev. Bro. Henry Dissanayake accepted the consignment of racquets in the presence of the Sports Coordinator Rev. Bro. Pravin Vaz, Tennis Master in Charge Mr. Shanthilal Perera & Kumar Sabaratnam from Old Bens Sports Club.

    The presentation was made on 14th February 2017.

    Special thanks to the members of the OBU – UK Branch, for their kind gesture to our Alma Mater.
     Posted by DARREL LUDOWYKE on February 21 2017 12:22:32 · 0 Comments · 93 Reads Print
    Saints' Quadrangular Athletic Meet 2017'
    SportThe joint organising committee of the Saints' Quadrangular Schools Cordially invites you all to the Annual Saints'Quadrangular Athletic Meet 2017 at St. Peter's College Grounds, Bambalapitiya on 25th and 26th February 2017 from 9.00 a.m. onwards.

    Chief Guests - Mr. luke De Silva (President, Bens Alumni Association, New York, USA) and Mrs. Rohini De Silva

    Guest of Honour - Mr. Samal Dissanaike, Director - Supply Chain, ANSELL LANKA

    The event is hosted by St. Benedict's College

    Your presence at this meet will be a great encouragement to the young athletes of our four schools.
     Posted by DARREL LUDOWYKE on February 19 2017 12:15:29 · 0 Comments · 187 Reads Print
    Camillus House Victorious at the Benedictine Inter – House Athletic Meet 2017
    CollegeThe St. Benedict’s College annual Inter- House Athletic Meet was concluded at the College grounds on 27th January 2017, with Camillus House Winning the Rev. Bro. Alexander Cyrillus Challenge Shield donated by his devoted pupil Mr. Saman Upasena, for the Overall Championship with 421 points, Cassian House coming second with 357 points ,followed by Luke House and Claude House.

    The standard of Athletics was of a very high level, with the most outstanding performances coming from Shalika Santhush Weerasinghe , winning the Best Performance Award for Track Events-Senior, for his timing of 21.80 secs in the Under 17- 200 meters and Mahela Heshan Jayatissa for Field events, leaping a distance of 13.76 meters in the Under 20 -Triple Jump. Pramuditha Mihirange and Sudev Mithakshara were the best performers among the Under 15 Juniors’ for Track –-100 meters Hurdles and for Field- Long Jump, respectively. The Relay Championship was won by Camillus House with Luke House coming in second place.

    The Champion Athletes in the Age Group Segments were : Under 12- Andrew Akesh Anthonyraj (Cassian House), Under 13- A.P. Adams (Camillus House) , Under 14 Hasitha Kaushalya (Claude House) ,Under -15- Pramuditha Weerasinghe (Claude House) , Under 16 (Joint)- Pasindu Madushan Senanayake (Claude House ) and Anuja Prabashwara (Cassian House), Under 17- Shalika Santhush Weerasinghe (Camillus House) ,Under 18- Sahan Thenuka Rajapaksha (Cassian House) and Under 20 – Shammi Lakshan (Luke House).

    A part of the Grand Finale was the magnificent Gymnastic Display by the College Gymnastic Squad followed by the March past by students of the respective Houses, Cadets & Scouts, led by the College Western Band.

    The Chief Guest, distinguished Old Benedictine Mr. Rohan Rodrigo, Chief Country Officer, Deutsche Bank, Sri Lanka, spoke with emotion about his school days from 1967 to 1981 and how the education he received at St. Benedict’s made it possible for him to reach the No. 1 position of a Global Bank in Sri Lanka. He congratulated Bro. Director Henry Dissanayake and the School Management for the phenomenal performances of the SBC Athletes in 2016 and wished the team all success in the future. Bro. Henry Dissanayake, mentioned that Mr. Rohan Rodrigo was a role model for young Bens.

    Mr. Rodrigo and Mrs. Renuka Rodrigo gave away the main awards and Master Ravintha Perera, Head Prefect, delivered the Vote of Thanks. The meet ended with the singing of the National Anthem.

     Posted by DARREL LUDOWYKE on January 30 2017 10:44:35 · 0 Comments · 190 Reads Print
    Primary Prefect's Investiture Ceremony 2017
    The Prefects investiture ceremony of St. Benedict’s College primary section was held 24th January 2017. Old Benedictine Aruna De Alwis graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Mr. De Alwis is currently the principal of Oxford Standard Tutors, London, U.K.

    In his advice to the prefects, Mr. De Alwis stressed the importance of being a responsive leader, fulfilling their duties and at the same time being able to win the admiration of their fellow students. He also advised the rest of the students to identify their own talents and strive to be leaders in the world, even though they were not selected to be prefects today.

    Rev. Bro. Bonaventure - Principal, in his address, stressed that in the journey of life, obstacles may arise, but the lessons learnt from this will help us move forward with courage.

    Rev Fr. Peter Subaraj blessed the badges before they were pinned on.

    Master K. M. Dihein mark Perera was appointed Head Prefect whilst Master Lesan Joel Kudaligama and Master Imaan Clovis Fernando were appointed Deputy Head prefects respectively.

     Posted by DARREL LUDOWYKE on January 25 2017 10:51:16 · 0 Comments · 162 Reads Print
    Investiture Ceremony of the Board of Prefects 2017
    CollegeChief 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.





































































    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


     Posted by DARREL LUDOWYKE on January 19 2017 13:39:58 · 0 Comments · 192 Reads Print
    G.C.E. A/L 2016 Results Analysis
    CollegeThe GCE A/L 2016 results analysis revealed that 90 students (56.3%) out of the 160 who sat for the examination have qualified to apply for admission to the University.

    Results Analysis are as follows:

     Posted by DARREL LUDOWYKE on January 18 2017 12:17:25 · 0 Comments · 188 Reads Print
    TENNIS takes a new turn at ST. BENEDICT’S COLLEGE
    SportTennis 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.
     Posted by DARREL LUDOWYKE on January 09 2017 12:59:48 · 0 Comments · 183 Reads Print
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