ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – 1997
Report of the Honorary Secretary for the year
ended 31st December 1996.
I am pleased to present to you the report
of the Association for the period 1st January 1996 to 31st
OFFICE BEARERS AND MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL
PATRON: Warden S’ Thomas’ College
Mount Lavinia –
PRESIDENT: Mr. Colin Ratnayake- Headmaster
S’Thomas’ College Gurutalawa
VICE PRESIDENTS: Mr. C S Ratwatte- Senior
Mr. Lucien Fernando
Mr. Upali Gunaratne
Mr. Upali Panditharatne
Mr. Arthur Perera
SECRETARY: Mr. S.Rajatilekam
ASST. SECRETARY: Mr. C N Jayawardena
TREASURER: Mr. T D M Gnanaraj
Mr. Sisira Nanayakara
Mr. Janinda Welegama
Mr. P H P de Silva
Mr. Rizal Subian
Mr. S W Kaluarachchi
Mr. Delano Sally
Mr. Ranjith Gunaratne
Mr. M D M Vazeer
Mr. M P D Perera
Mr. T D S Jayasinghe
Mr. Rizwie Jaleel
Mr. Upali Abeywickrema
Mr. Buddhika Kurukularatne
Mr. Shervon Fernando
The Executive Committee met on eleven occasions
during the period under review. The Ex-Co as required by
the constitution convened a meeting immediately after prize
giving on the 14th of September 1996 at Headmaster’s
The Old Boys Reunion was scheduled for the
third week in February and the 36th Annual General Meeting
was convened on Saturday 24th February 1996 at 6.00 p.m.
at Foster Memorial Hall.
The following old boys of the College were
enrolled as members of the OBA during 1996.
Mr. U R B S Bandaranayake
Mr. C M Walisinghe
Mr. R M Walisinghe
Mr. R S Ahamed
Mr. M P Vedamanikkam
Mr. V Kumaravelu
Mr. K Rajendran
Mr. A C M Imtiyas
Mr B S R Fernando
Mr. M P D Perera
Mr. A R A Mawahib
Mr S K Kulasingham
We welcome them and look forward to their
active participation in the affairs of the OBA.
I record with deep sorrow the deaths of Mr.
M L J Wickremeratne, Mr. Arthur Gunasekera, Mr.Felitus Cooray
and Mr. W D Fonseka.
Old Boys Reunion
The Annual OBA Celebrations was held on 24th
& 25th February 1996. After breakfast on the 24th the
traditional cricket match was played against the present
boys. Hockey match against the present boys was worked off
in the evening. The 36th Annual General Meeting was held
on the 24th evening at 6.00 p.m. at Canon A J Foster Memorial
Hall followed by social and dinner.
The Programme for Sunday 25th February commenced with Holy
Communion Service. After breakfast the Volley Basll Match
against the domestic staff was played. Departure to Colombo
was around 10.30 a.m. with a stop at Ratnapura for lunch.
S’ THOMAS’ COLLEGE GURUTALAWA OBA ANNUAL FELLOWSHIP
The Annual Fellowship dinner was on Saturday
the 5th of October 1996 at the Empire Ball Room Mount Lavinia
Hotel. This event as in the past was a resounding success.
A profit of Rs.136,688.50 was realized. The Organising Committee
comprising of M/s Bandula Vithanage (Chairman), Upali Abeywickrema
(Secretary), Upali Panditharatne, C N Jayawardena, J P Pieris
and Rizal Subian should be congratulated for sparing no
effort to make this event once again a resounding success.
I take this opportunity to thank-
(a) Mr. Shervon Fernando for handling /printing
of tickets free of charge
(b) Mr. Srilal Wickremeratne for sponsoring the band.
(c) Those who helped in the collection of banner/donations
(d) Mr. Sisira Nanayakara for organizing the table decor.
(e) All others who helped in innumerable ways to make the
event a resounding success.
The members of the OBA made use of the opportunity
to felicitate Mr. J W Marasinghe for his long loyal and
dedicated service to College.
The New Pantry/Dining Hall and Administrative
Despite having spent todate a sum of Rs. 3,086,608/=
progress toward completion has been relatively slow. The
infrastructure of this three storeyed building has been
completed and the roof laid.
A letter of appeal giving details of funds
required to complete this project has been mailed to members
of S’ Thomas’ College Gurutalawa OBA. Contributions
however small would be greatfully accepted.
Dr. R L Heyman/Canon A J Foster Scholarship
During the course of the year Mr. Arthur Perera
in conjunction with Headmaster Mr. Colin Ratnayake worked
out the criteria for the award of above scholarships.
The criteria for award of these scholarships
are given below.
(1) To be awarded in the results of the Government
year five (V) scholarship examination to needy and deserving
(2) To students excelling in both studies
(3) Scholarship to include tution fees and
(4) Tenable for five years-from lower fourth
to upper sixth.
(5) Headmaster has the right to terminate
the scholarship if in his opinion the students work or conduct
(6) Funding by the OBA
Rs.50,000 per scholarship to be lodged in
a bank fixed deposit earning a reasonable return. Any short
fall on the cost to the subsidized by the school/any excess
to be added to the fund.
(7) Scholarship to commence on 1st June 1997 after the results
of the Government Grade V scholarship examination results
The above criteria for the award of scholarships
was considered at the Ex-Co meeting held on 31st October
1996 and unanimously accepted.
Grateful thanks to Headmaster, staff, present
boys, domestic staff and all others who helped us in numerous
ways to make the activities of OBA the success it has been.
My sincere thanks to Mr.N Y Cassie Chetty Headmaster S’Thomas’
Prep School Kollupitiya for allowing STCG-OBA Ex-Co meetings
to conduct its meetings in the College staff room and for
provision of refreshments. His assistance and co-operation
in this matter is deeply appreciated. I also record with
thanks the support of the members of the Executive Committee
which has enabled me to discharge my duties effectively
as Secretary of the OBA. I take this opportunity to thank
Mr. C S Ratwatte for providing refreshments, lunch at Balangoda
for members of the Ex-Co and OBA who traveled to Gurutalawa
by bus from Colombo for the Annual Old Boys Reunion.
In conclusion though the event does not come
under the period under review it is with regret I announce
the resignation of our Headmaster Mr.Colin Ratnayake. We
understand that he has taken up an appointment in the Maldive
Islands. We wish him well in his new appointment.
Proposed Arthur Perera
Seconded L W A Ferando