Ode to St. Thomas’ College – Sesquicentennial Birthday Source:Thomiana – S. Thomas’ College Old Boys Association Australia OBA Melbourne – Newsletter – May 2021 Great Mother of stalwart Thomians dear, we hail you with joyous Birthday greetings and wish you many years of success great. Old Time has not marred your beauteous looks with tell-tale lines that baffle Loreal’s skills. Strong and agile, you defy the local GP’s fears, as you in sport, sprightly triumph, winning coveted trophies, creating records, the price and joy of alumni everywhere. Darling of Bishop Chapman, pioneer great who with consecrated, learned scholars dear, fostered values he learnt at hoary Eton. “Esto perpetua,” motto from his school: Was it a longing nostalgic, loving wish or a Classical scholar’s imperative? ...

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The Import Of Sri Lankan Muslim Names Source:Groundviews My name is Mohamed Qadri Ismail. Mohamed Qadri Ismail is not my name. The statements may prompt a wtf. (The acronym, btw, of the World Taekwondo Federation.) Surely one cannot affirm a position and its contradiction. Yet I do.  The second sentence doesn’t necessarily negate the first. Mohamed Qadri Ismail, an impeccably Sri Lankan Muslim male nomination. Mohamed: the name of the prophet; Qadri: a Pakistani pir authorized it; Ismail: my father’s surname, his father’s before that, of Abraham/Ibrahim’s son well before that. (According to the Bible, Abraham, who lived for 175 years, begat Ishmael at 86.) ...

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Kamal Samarasinghe, “Guest of Honour at RoyTho 2021, ‘ A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, A TRUE GENTLEMAN, NATURALLY A THOMIAN” — S. Thomas’ College – Old Boys Association – NSW/ACT Source:-stcobasydney “A near fifty-year-old friendship with a kind, gentle and intelligent Thomian to his boot laces, has been a silver lining in my life “ I met Kamal Samarasinghe in 1970 when he played first XI cricket at S.Thomas’ College against St Benedicts. I myself had been at S.Thomas” Prep, for five years and had fond memories of my time there. St Thomas’ to me was a second home. Kamal was a wicketkeeper and a batsman of no mean repute. Our paths did not cross till we matched wits against each other at cricket. He with the bat and I with the ball. Memory fades but some remain despite the advent of time. Thomian openers in 1970 were Ravi Sathasivam ...

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Bliss beyond the boundary lines-by Dishan Joseph Source:Dailynews The most significant event for the month of March in my calendar for the past three decades has been the spectacular cricket encounter between Royal College and S. Thomas’ College, known globally as the Royal-Thomian. This magnificent match is laden with so much sporting history and decorum, and has produced versatile players to our national cricket team for decades. Needless to say, since the advent of Whatsapp class groups, the month of March begins with classmates sharing photos of bygone school memories loaded with equal parts of sentiment and fun. Since we left school, so much has changed, obviously. ...

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Sundar Niranjan the athletic and rugby star-by Althaf Nawaz Source:Dailynews S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia is a leading Christian school with a proud history of producing several sportsmen who stood out in their academic career while becoming renowned players in various sporting disciplines locally and internationally. Niranjan Sundaranathan was one of them who excelled in his studies while turning out as a quality rugby player who brought honour and fame to his school and country. ...

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Rugby star Muthuthanthri has mesmerized many opponents by Indika Welagedara   Source:-dailynews Today we go Off the Field with this highly talented, dedicated and hard working former S.Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia rugby player , only Sri Lankan rugby player thus far to represent a New Zealand ‘A’ Division rugby club (Auckland Sevens team), former Sri Lanka national Sevens and XV a side captain, present CH and FC rugby captain cum champion rugby player Sudarshana Muthuthanthri, who has mesmerized many opponents with his fierce brand of rugby all around the world.   *Full Name -Sudharshana Muthuthanthri *Hometown -Colombo *Birthday -August 25th *Passions – Rugby *Favourite Colour – Black and white Q: What made you enter the world of sports? I like being active and being among friends so that made me get into sports Q: Who has supported you the most? Family Q: What do you do for fun? Surfing, watch movies, cycling ...

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Ajit Jayasekera’s fond recollection of David Ponniah With photos of David’s visit to Sydney as Warden STC ( 2001 – 2008 )   Source:-stcobasydney Dr. David Arijunan Ponniah, Warden S.Thomas’ College, my friend, colleague and partner. I have been inundated with requests for speeches, articles and insights into my association with this magnificent cricketer and scholar, from the day he took over as the Warden of our great school. At least now, when some young Thomian stops me on the street and asks “hey, old man, what did you do at S.Thomas’?” I can proudly say, “I batted with David Ponniah”! David and I grew up at S.Thomas’ in the late ‘50s and ‘60s, when our school was churning out some of the best cricketing talent ever produced in its history. As little boys, we would watch in awe and admire the feats of the likes of Michael Tissera, Ronnie ...

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The De Lanerolle Brothers “Novel Christmas Concert” Sunday 20th Dec 5.30 PM (Sri Lanka time) The De Lanerolle Brothers “Novel Christmas Concert” ALL FUNDS WILL GO TO WARDEN’S SPECIAL COVID-19 FUND The De Lanerolle Brothers are happy to welcome you to a very novel idea of their “Premier” – a virtual Christmas concert in the new normal. To REGISTER for the premier, simply follow the steps below… ...

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LPL rocked by corruption scandal – By Rex Clementine Source:Island A former Sri Lanka cricketer is under probe after his alleged attempt to entice a player into corrupt practice in the inaugural Lanka Premier League tournament that will get underway today at Hambantota.  The former player – an off-spinner with a dodgy action – had represented Sri Lanka frequently from 2012 to 2016 before being discarded after being reported for a suspect action. He has featured in various T-20 leagues since losing his spot in the Sri Lankan side. Cricket officials said that he had been under the spotlight for corrupt activities but had escaped punishment due to lack of evidence.  ...

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