Report AGM 2000
The Report of the Hony. Secretary S.Thomas College
OBA 40th Annual General Meeting for the year ended December
I have the pleasure of presenting my report
on the activities of the Old Boys Association of Gurutalawa
for the period December 1999.
The Committee met on ten (10) occasions during
the period under review. The 39th Annual General Meeting
was held on 27th February 1999 at 7.00 p.m. at the Can on
A.J. Foster Memorial Hall.
The Meeting was attended by 73 members who
participated at the meeting.
Mr. Upalia Panditharatne Vice President deputised
for the senior Vice President Mr.C.S.Ratwatte as he could
not attend the meeting due to a family bereavement.
Office Bearers and Members of General Committee
Patron : Warden S.Thomas College Mt.Lavinia
President : Mr. L.A.M. Chandrasekera, Acting
Headmaster S.T.C. Gurutalawa (Ex Officio) from February
1999 to 30th July 1999.
Mr. I.S.Alburn Fernando, Head Master STC
Gurutalawa (Ex Officio) from August 1999.
Senior Vice President/ Manager : Mr. C.S.
Vice Presidents : Mr. Arthur Perera
Mr. Upali Panditharatne
Mr. Nihal Wanniarachchi
Mr. T.D.M. Gnanaraj
Hony Secretary : Mr. Uapli Jayawardene
Hony. Asst.Secretary : Mr. S.Rajathilakam
Hony.Treasurer : Mr. Sunil Hanthi
Asst. Manager : Mr. Leslie Habaragoda until
June ‘ 99 (Resigned)
Mr.Ananda Gallearachchi – Appointed with effect from
8th July 1999 as decided by the Exco and appointed by the
General Committee : Mr.L.W.A.Fernando
Mr. Buddhika Kurukularatne
Mr. Ananda Gallearachchi
Mr. J.J. Rajakaruna
Mr. Bandula Kodituwakku
Mr. C.N. Jayawardhana
Mr. Upali Abeywickrema
Mr. P.J. Fernando
Mr. S. Balakrishnan
Mr. Rizvi Jalil
Mr. M.C. Jayalal
Mr. T.Suresh Kumar
The main theme of the Meeting was to arrest
the declining discipline within the school, and the concern
of OBA Members as to the students leaving College, due to
the poor management of the School. The members were reiterating
the Exco members to take up the matter of getting a new
Head Master with Lord Bishop.
The following Old Boys of the College were
enrolled as members of the OBA during the year under review
Mr. Pubudu Wijesinghe
On behalf of the OBA I welcome our new members
and look forward to their active participation in the affairs
and to rally round the College.
It is with deep sorrow that I record the death
of members of the OBA.
Mr. Pandu Kodituwakku
Mr. J.E.M. Fernando
I also record the tragic death of Mr. Niel
Dahanayake a very active member of the OBA.
I note with sadness the death of Mr. A.K.Chapman
in Australia. A former Chemistry and Maths Master, House
Master of Garnier House and Acting Head Master of College
Old Boys Re-union
The Annual OBA Celebration was held on Friday
the 26th of February 1999 to Saturday 28th February 1999.
The traditional Old Boys Cricket Match was played against
the Present Boys on the 27th . The Hockey Match the Old
Boys versus Present Boys were played in the evening of 27th
The 39th Annual General Meeting was held on
the 27th evening at 6.30 p.m. at Canon A.J.Foster Memorial
Hall, followed by Old Boys re-union Dinner.
The programme for Sunday the 28th commenced
with the customary Holy Communion Service, followed by Breakfast.
The usual Volleyball Match between the Old Boys and the
Domestic Staff were played after Breakfast, saw to the conclusion
of the OBA Celebration after Lunch.
S.Thomas College Gurutalawa- OBA Annual Fellowship Dinner,
Raffle Ticket Draw
The Annual Fellowship Dinner was held on 9th
October 1999 at the Empire Ballroom of the Mt.Lavinia Hotel.
The raffle ticket draw was also held during the dinner.
Mr.Upali Abeywickrema and his team consisting of Mr.Upali
Panditharatne, Mr.Sunil Hanthi, Mr.P.J.Fernando, Mr.Mano
Gnanaraj, Mr. K.Rajendran, Mr.Shevon Fernando worked tirelessly
to make the Fellowship Dinner a success. Congratulation
to them. Mr. Nihal Wanniarachchi and his team consisting
Mr.Sunil Hanthi, Mr. Bandula Kodituwakku, Mr.M.C.Jayalal
and Mr. M.P.D.Perera are congratulated for the hard work.
A special word of thanks to Mr. Arthur Perera
for collecting Rs.35,000/= from Ten Banners and Rs. 41,500/=
by way of Donations the sale of 84 Dinner Tickets to the
value of Rs. 63,000/= for organizing the Floor Show and
obtaining 1st prize for the Raffle Ticket (Return Airline
Ticket to Singapore)
Mr. Upali Panditharatne for compeering the show
Mr.M.D.M.Vazeer for sponsoring the printing of Dinner Tickets
Mr.Saroj Perera for sponsoring the Band
Mr. P.I.Pieris for donating 1000 Blue, Black and Blue Balloons.
Mr.C.S.Ratwatte for organizing liquor and Table Décor
and Gifts for Raffle Draw.
Mr. Harry Jayawardene for donating liquor for the Fellowship
Mr.Pakiyanathan, Chairman, Palmyra Board for donating liquor
Mr. S.K.Wickremasinghe, Chairman, Sri Lanka Airways, A Return
Air Ticket to Singapore worth Rs.25,000/=
Mr. Prakash and Mr.Kishin Butani of Butani Exports for donating
a Singer V.C.R. Player worth Rs.15,000/=
Mr.Rajaseelan Gnanm, Managing Director St. Anthonys Group
for donating 4 Rice Cookers Rs.13,000/=
Mr.Abeysekera Director Singer, Sri Lanka for donating a
Rice Cooker worth Rs.5,000/=
Mr.Sanath Ranaweera of Saree Mandir for donating sarees
worth Rs. 5000/=
Mr.Aminudeen, General Manager, Furgesom Industries for donating
2 dresses worth Rs.7,000/=
Mrs. Gnanaraj of Bearfoot donating a Saree worth Rs. 5,000/=
Mr.Palitha and Mr. Lal Edirisinghe of Edna Group for donating
2 Table Fans worth Rs.7,000/=
Mr.Rizvi Jalil for donating 500 STC Car stickers worth Rs.10,000/=
A word of thanks to all Committee Members
who helped to make the Fellowship Dinner a success by getting
Banners, Selling Tickets and helping to arrange the Hall.
Mr.Ananda Gallearachchi Asst. Manager in selecting
a Contractor to complete the work in the Dinning Hall Project.
The Old Boys who helped the College by their
donation by way of cash and materials.
Mr. Shevon Fernando for printing the Raffle
ad Dinner Tickets
Mr. Tilak Jayasinghe for printing the Fund
Raising Circular, Re-union Notice and Programme.
Mr. Lucian Fernando for arranging his Hotel
to have the Committee Meeting and spending a weekend at
a very special rate in June.
Many thanks to Mr. N.Y. Casichetty, Headmaster
of STC Prep. School, Kollupitiya for making available the
staff Room for STC Gurutalawa OBA Eco Meetings and refreshments
provided. His co-operation and assistance is greatly appreciated.
Mr. Arthur Perera for arranging the Lunch Room of Chemanex
Ltd for meeting when STC Prep School was not available for
Mr.C.S. Ratwatte for making available the
Board Room of Sri Lanka Tea Board for meetings when needed
and for the Raffle Draw presentation.
Mr. Upali Panditharatne for granting permission
to use the Staff Room of Mansel Ltd for OBA meetings in
I would like to thank the Advisory Committee
consisting of Mr. Arthor Perera, Mr. Upali Panditharatne,
Mr. Sunil Hanthi and Mr. Mano Gnanaraj for their valuable
advice. Mr.K.Rajendran, Mr.P.J.Fernando, Mr. S.Balakirshnan,
Mr. Rizvi Jalil, Mr. Shevon Fernando and S.W. Kaluarachchi
for drawing in new members for the OBA.
I would like to thank Headmaster, Staff, Present
Boys, domestic Staff and all others who have helped in numerous
ways in making the activities of the OBA a success it has
Finally, I take this opportunity to say grateful
thanks to Mr. C.S.Ratwatte, Manager/ Member of the Board
of Governors and Mr. Ronnie Weerakoon representative of
the OBA at the Board of Governors who has always fought
for justice and fair play towards the S.Thomas College Gurutalawa
against many obstacles faced.