Royal College Colombo, religious extravagance and human values – By Niranjan Selvadurai Source : ft “Asare saramatino sare casaradassino te saram nadhigacchanti micchasankappagocara.” In the unessential we see the essential, in the essential we see the unessential, anyone who entertains such wrong thoughts will never realise the truth.  – Dhammapada (Verse 11)  Royal College, Colombo is planning to have a pirith chanting ceremony on 1 March this year. The intention is to do it in style with an accompanying perahera and an open invitation to the entire school community involving students, parents, and teachers. The required funds are being collected from the school students. The event is promoted as a collaborative religious program. Perhaps recent discussions in public forums that the school needs to be secular has some bearing on this repackaged message.  This letter does not aim to discuss the pros and cons of this event. The focus is to ...

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100 YEARS AT REID AVENUE – By Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam (58 group) In 1923, Royal College moved to the present location at Reid Avenue from its previous one  at Thurstan Road, which was handed over to the University. On 10th October, Governor Sir William Manning declared open the new buildings making a permanent abode for the school a reality. Plans for a new school was drawn up in 1918 approved by government and the building when completed, was to serve as a model for a fully organised secondary school. Construction commenced in August 1919, and at the beginning of second term in 1923, nine classes were moved into the new site. From the inception, school has directed itself in producing people capable of spearheading advancement. The secular principle and multicultural environment, fosters free exchange of ideas and recognition of diverse identities, maintaining a rich history of tradition being passed down ...

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BURGHER RECREATION CLUB’S GREATEST SON DESHABANDU MAJOR GENERAL BERTRAM RUSSELL HEYN (Born October 1, 1912) – A COLOSSUS AMONG LEGENDS – By Dennis de Rosayro ROYAL COLLEGE, COLOMBO Educated at Royal College, Colombo, and passed the Cambridge Junior Examination   in 1927. Represented Royal College at Cricket in the 1929 and 1930 Annual Royal-Thomian big matches, and also in Rugby Football and Athletics. He coached the Cricket Team from 1945 to 1947. GOVERNMENT TRAINING COLLEGE, MAHARAGAMA Successfully completed his studies and training for Teachers. PETER’S COLLEGE, COLOMBO He coached the Cricket team in 1946 who beat St. Joseph’s College in the big match for the 1st time, and again in 1947. He also served as a Teacher for a period of time.  BURGHER RECREATION CLUB I first met this legend when I joined the Burgher Recreation Club as a Benedictine schoolboy, 2 days before my 17th birthday on 8th March 1954. ...

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Inspired by his parents’ noble commitment to community service, Singha transformed their sprawling ancestral Dambuwa Walawwa, into Peter Weerasekera Children’s Home – By Charmaine Fernando Inspired by his parents’ noble commitment to community service, Singha transformed their sprawling ancestral Dambuwa Walawwa, into Peter Weerasekera Children’s Home Source : dailymirror.lk Born on August 1, 1930 to the affluent family of Mudaliyar Peter Paul Weerasekera and Dona Francina Jayakody, of Dambuwa Walawwa, in Yakkala, Gampaha, the baby boy was named Jagathsingha Chandrawansa Weerasekera, by the first global Buddhist missionary Anagarika Dharmapala.  Growing up in an elite and influential, crème de la crème of high society, he shaped into an erudite intellectual and spirited business leader. He was fondly called ‘Singha,’ a name that became synonymous with magnanimity and philanthropy. He travelled the globe and lived a full, contented life, and passed away on May 26, 2021, aged 91 years. Commemorating his 92nd Birth ...

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              TWO GREAT SPORTSMEN OF A BYGONE ERA – by Quintus de Zylva SHANE WARNE met EDDIE GRAY and I at the Tullamarine airport many years ago. Shane was on his way to Sri Lanka to play cricket  and we travelled on the same plane that day. SHANE was amazed at Eddie’s sporting achievements and he was fascinated with Eddie’s blazer. He was also interested in the fact that Aidan and Ryan ( my grandsons) attended Mentone Grammar – a school that Shane attended in his formative years. EDWARD IAN GRAY (21 December 1918 – 21 September2004) was educated at Royal College Colombo where he was a Senior Prefect and Captain of the Athletics Team, Boxing Team and Rugby Team. He joined the Ceylon Police Force and his first duty station was in Kandy. When World War 11 broke out Eddie was the OIC at the Koggala Police Station where the RAF ...

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Former Antonian and Royal Cricketer Kevin Balthazaar dies By Hafiz Marikar Source:www.dailynews.lk Kevin Balthazar, who was regarded as one of the top cricketers,passed away on 4th Thursday and his cremation will be held today at 9.30 a.m. at the Talahena Cemetery. He was a former St. Anthony’s College and Royal College cricketer. He started his cricket at St Anthony’s College and led all the junior teams and was a live wire of the senior side and completion of his ordinary level qualified for A/L’s and entered Royal College Colombo. He was a cricket coloursman of St. Anthony’s College in 1973and 1974. He won the Antonian highest award the Eagle in 1974. He was the vice captain of the Central Province school cricket team and they emerged zonal trophy champions. He was an excellent wicket keeper and did his job in the correct way behind the wickets. He was a talented ...

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Royal College Colombo – REPAYING THE DEBT WE OWED – by Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam (58 Group)   “That we had accumulated within the shade of your features and beneath the sway of our teachers”   Trod the path of fathers           Race Course Avenue Boake Gate   West Wing Lobby   Old Class Room Hall – Front View Hall – Stage   Hall – Balcony Hall – Name Boards    Arriving on the first day by travelling down Race Course Avenue and assembling in west wing lobby to be allocated their respective classes, marks the beginning of a long journey. When entering through Boake gates for the first time, one is destined to be groomed to join the elite of the country.    Learnt of books and men       Lecture Theatre Chemistry Lab Biology Lab Library Art Room Music Room Little Theatre Cadet March  Unlike the motto ...

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Wijetunge completes fifty years as a sportsman-BY TB RAHAMAN Rajiva Wijetunga Source:Sundayobserver Very few people will know that sportsman Rajiva Wijetunge has completed fifty years in sporting activities this year. This is because he is an unassuming person who continued to do what he loved most and did not look for wide publicity. Neither did he shine in one particular sport to be the cynosure of all eyes and be under the spotlight in the media. He continued to be involved actively and as an administrator for table tennis. He attended Royal College Colombo where he did athletics, cricket and table tennis with much success. His pet events in athletics were the shot putt and discus throw and emerged as champion in the under-14, 15, 16, 17 and 19 categories from 1972 to ’79. He also represented Royal at the Public Schools meets, Ceylon Junior Schools Games and National Schools ...

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  Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter The Voluntary Outreach Club presents “Fill a Bowl” (Melbourne event) The Voluntary Outreach Club presents – Eastern Elegance – Charity dinner dance (Melbourne event) Dinner with Drama Songs The Old Boys of Royal College Colombo in NSW & ACT Inc presents Mustangs 2019 – Boys Night Out OFF THE BEATEN TRACK – SYDNEY 2019 3rd General Meeting on Sunday (25 August 2019 – Sydney event) Click below for events ...

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