Vihares and Verandas: Barbara Sansoni’s Magnum Opus-by Michael Roberts Exif_JPEG_420 ………. “Lions from inner wall of PADENIYA TEMPLE” ….      Source:Thuppahis Most versions of this set of amateur reproductions are due to the work done by David Sansoni on amateur mobile-camera pictures taken by Michael Roberts; but the first ‘snap’ of the lion frieze is by Roberts at his Thuppahi worst. A short memo at the end of this production written by the late Laki Senanayake (who passed away on the 20th May 2021) indicates that Barbara’s etchings commenced in 1962 as one aspect of a larger work with Ulrich Plesner and Ismeth Raheem.  So it best to commence this set of limited illustrations by presenting tha MEMO because it is capped by a miniature sketch of the shrine room at Embekke Devale in Barbara’s hand.   ...

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eLanka Newsletter – 2nd February 2022 – 1st Edition – Sri Lankans In Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter Life is a short Journey – by Des Kelly Desmond Anaclitus Rajiva De Silva – Farewell Service – Thursday 3rd February @ 12:30 pm AEDT Roar into the Year of the Tiger 2022- by Lindy Ung Message on the occasion of the 74th Anniversary of the Independence of Sri Lanka I volunteered in Sri Lanka after being retired in Australia: Sri Lankan doctor and the Order of Australia Award recipient says to SBS Sinhala SRI LANKA NEWS (JANUARY 2022)Compiled by Victor Melder. Multicultural Ambassador Dee Brock shares all about National Backyard Cricket Apostolic Confession by Lakshman Navaratne Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens – by Shankari Chandran Brisbane 4EB Sri Lankan Newsletter – Dæhæna – February 2022 “THE LAND DOWN UNDER” – by Des ...

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Poetry in motion with more Teacher dedications by David Sansoni Source:stcobasydney.org About the author: David Sansoni, Christian, gentleman. STC Mt. Lavinia,1960-1971. Stone House. Familial ties to STC since 1860s. Thespian and chorister – under Rev. Roy H. Bowyer-Yin, 1961-1962. School Prefect. Rugby Colours. 15 years in Shipping in Colombo. In the music and theatre scene. Emigrated to Australia in 1987. 30 years in Shipping in Sydney. Choral music aficionado. Small- Combo leader: light jazz and easy-listening. Director, Choir/Orchestra, St. Paul’s Castle Hill NSW. Fund-raising Concerts for charities – COMPASSION AUSTRALIA. Nominated for the Order of Australia Medal (OAM), for service to the community of Baulkham Hills. OAM awarded in 2018. Retired. Staunch family man and adoring grandfather.   How, when and why this all came about is so important ; Our Dear Teachers, are part and parcel of that Thomian Ethos ; addendum follows. Thank you David and all others who ...

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  From poems to plays, more Teacher tributes by David Sansoni Source:stcobasydney.org “A retired Thomian, now ‘twice twenty five and seventeen’, reflects on his “English” experiences at STC (1960-1971) and the Teachers who enriched them…” ...

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Thomian Choir heralds the Advent Season, Christmas Jubilation, A thought provoking yet poignant Christmas message Source:stcobasydney.org Saturday, 18th December 2021 was a day unlike any other in the extended wet spring weather, it changed dramatically taking all by surprise by evening to a sweltering 29 degrees. But the faithful were undeterred albeit almost halved due to omicron cluster breakout over the preceding week. Preparation for this important event in the OBA calendar was in the making by mid-year by the trainer et conductor, Vasantha Weerakoon planning the carols with intent and focus to weave a pattern to the traditional nine lessons.  A change in the arrangement of the traditional “Once, in Royal David’s City” was preceded by an introit a fanfare-like Choral and Organ outburst, “Come Christians Join To Sing” was welcome introduction. Together with this carol there were six new carols introduced to the repertoire of 15 carols. “Come ...

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MR. D.N.PEREIRA – Profile of a Legend that has passed through the realms of St. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia – both as a student and later as a well respected Master on the Staff. D.N.Pereira – born 27th April 1915 & departed this life to eternal peace on 25th April 1993. by Mrs. Corinne King – (neé Pereira)  I am Corinne King – the only child of the late Mr. D.N.Pereira – (Douglas Noel), (D.N.P.), (D.N.) or otherwise known as “Bulto” to the many hundreds of students he taught during his long teaching career.  I am so honoured to have been requested to write an article about my Dad for the S.T.C. OBA (Sydney Branch) Dinner Dance Souvenir of 2013.  Thank you to Messrs: Milroy Berenger & David Sansoni for this opportunity. I will start this profile of Dad giving you some family background details which not many of you will ...

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  STC OBA NSW/ACT Carol Service Report 2019 THOMIAN CHOIR HERALDS THE ADVENT SEASON, CHRISTMAS JUBILATION, A SPURRING MESSAGE FROM REV. DULEEP FERNANDO All Saints Church Parramatta looked a picture, and the faithful gathered in great numbers, to herald the season of Advent and Christmas in true Thomian tradition. Months of preparation preceded the event. Vasantha Weerakoon’s skilful tutoring and direction made for an evening of inspiring choral music with the story and message of the Nativity clearly and powerfully delivered by Rev Duleep Fernando, a former President of the Methodist Church, Sri Lanka. 2019 | DECEMBER                                                          STC OBA NSW/ACT Godelieve Ghavalas was in her element on the Pipe Organ! Cherished memories of Mt. Lavinia…of Lucian Nethsingha, Simon, Rev. L.G.B. Fernando and ...

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Sri Lankan born David Sansoni awarded OAM – By Lawrence Machado, Hills Shire Times DAVID Sansoni, who has received an Medal of the Order for service to the community of Baulkham Hills, said he is very humbled to be recognised for his many years being active with the choir of St Paul’s Anglican Church, Castle Hill.  Mr Sansoni, who retired last year from his shipping job, said he was surprised when he was informed of OAM, saying there are many more deserving people than him. The Sri Lankan-born has been singing in choirs since he was six. “Todate, it is still sinking because there are others much more deserving of this kind of recognition, including some of my acquaintances,” said Mr Sansoni, 65, who is a tenor and light baritone in the choir. “I am really surprised because I never imagined that what I would consider a pleasant contribution via ...

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