GALLERY OF EVENTS - Chapel Festival, Prize Giving and Ex-Co Meeting

 

Old Boys at Hotel Olympus On The way to Guru.- Mahen, Ananda & KK in the foreground.
Bandu, Wiswakula, Joe, MPD & Kryshantha in the foreground.
Ananda, Raj, Mahen, Palitha & Shervon.
Bandu, Wiswakula, Joe, & Others.
Dhayabaran & MPD
Bandu, Wiswakula & Joe.
Raj, Mahen & Palitha.
Shervon, Dayabaran & MPD
Old Boys at Dinner
Bandu, Raj & others at Dinner.
Old Boys in discussion with Mr.Nesaseelan (Overall Supervisor) and Mr.Dikumbara (Lower School Supervisor) in the Canteen.

The Plaque of Saint Thomas at the Main Entrance of the College

The Statue of St.Francis of Assissi Carved in Wood Outside the
Chapel Bell Tower
The Chapel from the College Gates(1)
The Chapel from the College Gates (2)
The Chapel from the College Gates (3)
The Pool (not being used now due to a breakdown in the plant) and the Chapel in the background
The Plaque outside the Hayman Foster, Memorabilia Museum
The National and College Flags outside Foster Hall (1)
The National and College Flags out side Foster Hall (2)
The Ven. Dhiloraj R.Canagasabay Archdeacon of N’Eliya delivering his sermon at the Service of the Patronal Festival of the Chapel
Teachers listen to the Preacher.
Mr.Jacques Huyghebaert and Dr.Frank Jayasinghe listen to the Preacher
Junior Boys queuing up for breakfast
Senior Boys doing likewise
Senior Boys seated at breakfast
Old Boys and Teachers at the Staff Table
The Head Master and Dr.Frank Jayasinghe at Breakfast
Mrs. Gunta Fairweather of Micklefield & Mrs. Billimoria and Mr.Percy Gunasena at Breakfast.
Senior boys putting the Final touches to the Hall before the Prize Giving
Trophies being taken in to the Hall (1)
Trophies being taken in to the Hall (2)
Kandyan Dancers ready to welcome the Chief Guest.
Bandu Wanigasekera and Percy Gunasena arriving at the Hall.
Senior Students arriving at the Hall
Fr.Goodchild makes his way to the Hall
Mounted Escort, The Band & the Guests arrive (01)
Mounted Escort, The Band & the Guests arrive (02)
The Prefects in attendance for the flag hoisting
The Kandyan Dancers escort the Chief Guest & Others.
The Band in attendance for the flag hoisting.
Up go the Flags.
The Staff ready to welcome the Chief Guest.
Some of the Trophies placed on the stage
A strong contingent of Thomian Girls awaiting the arrival of the Chief Guest
Montessori/Nursery boys and girls seated in the foreground of the Hall
The Chief Guest’s arrival and Welcome outside the Hall(1)
The Chief Guest’s arrival and Welcome outside the Hall(2)
The Headmaster leads the Chief Guest and the Staff to the Hall(1)
The Headmaster leads the Chief Guest and the Staff to the Hall(2)
The traditional heralding of the lighting of the Oil Lamp by the Chief Guest
The Chief Guest Lights the Oil Lamp
Fr.Canagasabay lights the Oil Lamp.(1)
Fr.Canagasabay lights the Oil Lamp.(2)
The Headmaster lights the Oil Lamp(1)
The Headmaster lights the Oil Lamp(2)
The Headmaster lights the Oil Lamp(3)
Fr.Goodchild lights the Oil Lamp
Jacques lights the Oil Lamp
Mahen Ranasinghe lights the Oil Lamp
Mrs.Sita Jayasekera – Senior Supervisor lights the Oil Lamp
All rise for Hymn for S/L
The music providers for the Hymn
A Section Of The Guests & The Audience.
Prayer By The Chaplain
Headmaster delivers his welcome address and presents his Report
Address By The Chief Guest
The Compere Mr.S Kaviharan an Old Boy, Member of the OBA Ex-Co and also on the present staff.
Dr.Frank Jayasinghe gives away the Prizes to students in the Junior School(1)
Dr.Frank Jayasinghe gives away the Prizes to students in the Junior School(2)
Dr.Frank Jayasinghe gives away the Prizes to students in the Junior School (3)
Dr.Frank Jayasinghe gives away the Prizes to students in the Junior School (4)
Mrs.Sita Jayasekera assisting the giving away of the Prizes
Mr.Nesaseelan doing likewise.
Mr.Dickumbura / Ms. Dinushi & Mr.Nesaseelana assisting in the giving away of the Prizes
Prize Winners All (1)
Prize Winners All (2)
Prize Winners All(3)
Prize Winners All(4)
Some of the Trophies to be given away
Dr.F.Jayasinghe gives away the Special Prizes and Trophies (1)
Dr.F.Jayasinghe gives away the Special Prizes and Trophies (2)
Dr.F.Jayasinghe gives away the Special Prizes and Trophies (3)
Dr.F.Jayasinghe gives away the Special Prizes and Trophies (4)
Dr.F.Jayasinghe gives away the Special Prizes and Trophies (5)
Some of the Old Boys in the Audience (1)
Some of the Old Boys in the Audience (2)
Some of the Old Boys in the Audience (3)
Some of the Old Boys in the Audience (4)
Some of the Old Boys in the Audience (5)
The Headmaster addresses the Gathering (1)
The Headmaster addresses the Gathering (2)
Proposing the vote of Thanks - Mahen Speaks
Buddhika ?????????????????????
Mahen continues
The Head Prefect R A D C Ranatunga Seconds the Vote
The College Song
3 Hearty Cheers for the Chief Guest
Excited Thomian Girls after the Prize Giving (1)
Excited Thomian Girls after the Prize Giving (2)
The Headmaster’s Wife whispers in his ear.
The Challenge Trophies etc being taken away and the guests departing after the Prize Giving
A Challenge Trophy back in the Headmaster’s Office.
The Head Master with Ananda Gallearachchi & N Visvakula (Old Boys)
The Headmaster with the Chief Guest and Staff
The Headmaster with the Prefects
The Headmaster and the Chief Guest with Old Boys
The Headmaster with Shervon
Fr.Goodchild with Old Boys
Fr.Goodchild with Kuru
Removing Sound Equipment from Foster Hall after the Event
Photograph of a painting of the STC Mt.Chapel in the Headmaster’s Bungalow
Lunch is served at the Headmaster’s Bungalow
Nihal makes his comments in the Visitors Book at the Headmaster’s Bungalow
The Headmaster and Mrs.Bilimoria with Old Boys – Ananda & Viswakula
The Headmaster with Old Boys – Joe Rajakaruna, MPD Perera, Kryshantha, Weerawardena, Palitha Rajapakse
The Headmaster with Old Boys MPD & Kryshantha
Old Boys out side the Headmaster's Bungalow
The Headmaster with Old Boys – Joe & Kryshantha
Headmaster with Milinda Hettiarachchi (Mt.Old Boy)
The Headmaster (1)
The Headmaster (2)
The Headmaster (3)
The Ex-Co meeting in progress – The Headmaster,Mahen Ranasinghe (Senior VP) Shervon – Secy, Nihal Wanniarachchi (Assistant Treasurer)
The Ex-Co meeting in progress – Nihal , Hermon , Kuru, Invitees Bandu & LJ
The Ex-Co meeting in progress – The Headmaster, Mahen ,Shervon , Nihal , Bandu, LJ & Brig.Bandu Munasinghe
The Ex-Co meeting in progress – The Headmaster,Mahen & Shervon
The Ex-Co meeting in progress – The Headmaster,Mahen,LJ,Brig B Muna, Raj ,Joe & Sandakalum
The Ex-Co meeting in progress – Raj & B.Muna
Old Boys ready to take off to Colombo (1)
The Headmaster bids Goodbye to Mahen and other Old Boys
One of the 03 horses in the Riding club(1)
One of the 03 horses in the Riding club(2)

The Land Master tractor which conveys food to Keble House.

 
HEADMASTER’S REPORT - OCTOBER 2007


The year under review has been one in which the primary goal has been the recovery and revival of the School. It is a well known fact that the Board of Governors had almost decided to close the School in 2006. In fact it was a decision that was only not implemented due to a timely intervention that saved the day. Words are insufficient to measure the debt all those associated with STC at Gurutalawa owe to Jacques Huyghebaert. As our Bishop often says Mr.Huyghebaert has certainly been a ‘Messenger from God’ to us, for had it not been for his intervention we would not be here today. It is interesting that often in Thomian history the most significant contribution to the continued existence and growth of our Schools has been made by non-Thomians and even non-Sri Lankans. Mr.Jacques Huyghebaert is yet another example of such a benefactor. All associated with this School will forever be in his debt. When the history of the School of this period is written his name must certainly go down in letters of gold.

We also owe our Visitor, the Bishop of Colombo, the Manager of the School, Mr.Christo Gonawala and the entire the Board of Governors a debt of gratitude for the immense contribution that they have made both monetarily and otherwise to the recovery of Guru over the past year. The Bishop and the Manager have been particular towers of strength and have made our job that much easier by their constant visits, phone calls and gestures of solidarity. We are confident that the Board will never again give step-motherly treatment to STCG!

It would not be out of place to record the thanks of us all at Guru to the STCG OBA, individual Old Boys both in Sri Lanka and abroad, the other three Schools of the Thomian Family, other Diocesan Schools, and numerous other well wishers both here and abroad whose support and goodwill and indeed in many cases financial support has been such a source of encouragement to us. Thanks are also due to the parents, students and of course all the Staff of the School for their patience and forbearance during the times of crisis and for having agreed to journey with us to the ‘Promised Land’!.

As it now stands the financial recovery and viability of the School seems to be assured. Numbers have risen. The standard of education and discipline is on the ascendancy and our goal must surely be to produce integrated persons of sound character, which is an intrinsic part of the Thomian system of education. Although there is still a great deal to be done in terms of developing infrastructure and sports facilities we can without any hesitation say that S.Thomas’ College at Gurutalawa is well and truly on its way! The support, solidarity and cooperation of all interest groups must now be forthcoming. The past must be laid to rest. It is history. While we must remind ourselves of history from time to time to avoid the pitfalls of repeating past mistakes we must now look to the present and the future however uncertain it may be. This is where the three pillars of Faith, Hope & Charity (the names also of our three new horses!) play their role. We must hold fast to the belief that there is no task or venture that is impossible if it is something noble, good and true. If God wills it and gives us God’s blessings this School, dedicated to God’s glory will live again.

We would do well to mark the words of our Founder, Bishop James Chapman, inspiring words preached at the laying of the foundation stone of S.Thomas’ College at Mutwal on St.Thomas’ Day 1849 ‘In building for God, in working, in spending for God, we run no venture, we hazard no loss, we cherish no vague or uncertain hopes. Though unseen, when founded on true faith, hope is never unreal. Enduring works are often of humble beginning.’ True to the Faith and Vision of our Fathers we can only go forward seeking God’s direction and praying as Cardinal J H Newman did:

‘Lead kindly light amid the encircling gloom, lead thou me on;
The night is dark and I am far from home; lead thou me on.
Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see
the distance scene; one step enough for me.’

A POINT TO PONDER

‘Education throughout the schools is now geared to the passing of examinations and the obtaining of credits, distinctions particularly at the GCE Ordinary and Advanced levels. Children are caught up in this rat race, and from an early age are made aware of the overriding importance of this aspect of school life, at the expense of other and equally important aspects of education the development of an integrated personality. While it is true that we cannot ignore the challenge of the modern competitive world in training students for life out of school, we cannot, without courting disaster, neglect the age old verities of education: right thinking, right action and right conduct. Academic success and prestige must never be allowed to become the only main aim of education, and must take a parallel or subordinate place to these.’

-M L C Illangakoon, 5th Headmaster-



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