ST. JOSEPH’S COLLEGE DURING WORLD WAR II – PART 2-By Avishka Mario Senewiratne Source:ST. JOSEPH’S COLLEGE DURING WORLD WAR II The British occupy the College Given the extraordinary circumstances the country was facing due to the tense Japanese intervention during World War II, we discussed in the first segment that St. Joseph’s College had to be given over to the British so that they could station their Royal Navy in the school premises. It was they who occupied the College during 1942-1946. Part 1 of this series gave a glimpse of how the College functioned in exile at distant branches in Borella, Homagama, Kelaniya and Gampaha.  Therefore, discussing what the College ‘premises’ went through during this time is equally important. Young ladies (Wrens) from the lands of our colonists, who had joined the British Royal Navy, had to come to Ceylon, one of their best-known colonies, at the height of the worst ...

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CHIEF GUEST – SCHOOLS RUGBY LEAGUE – By Dr Gamini Goonetilleke Source : drgamini.org It was a great pleasure for me to be invited by the Rector Rev. Fr Ranjith Andradi and the Rugby Committee of St Joseph’s College as the Chief Guest for the Schools Rugby League encounter between St Joseph’s College and Royal College, played at the Havelock Park on 22nd July 2022. It definitely brought back memories of my Rugby playing days for my Alma mater, St Joseph’s College, Colombo in the ’60s (1966 /67) Royal College won the match 17 points to 3 Congratulations to the Royal College Rugby team !   ...

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On the Couch with ………… Davenal Flanderka (an interview with Denis Anthonisz) Source:Silverscene Official Newsletter of the Silver Fawn Club Inc – Issue: July/August 2022 Brief Bio Davenal was a student at St Joseph’s College and Aquinas University College, Sri Lanka. He met Margot, a Speech and Drama Teacher, when he was taking part in plays for the Wendy Whatmore School. (The makings of a beautiful rom.com movie plot!) Margot and Davenal were married in December 1971 at St Lawrence’s Church, Wellawatte, Sri Lanka. Three months later, in February 1972, they migrated to Brisbane, Australia. Davenal and Margot are immensely proud of their three children, Michael, Simone, and Jaan and their nine grand children. Davenal began his working life in Australia as an Accounts Clerk in Steelmark. His long years of part-time study at the University of Queensland saw him achieve a degree in accounting and the status of CPA. ...

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Rs. 800 ticket for schoolboy match Source:Sundayobserver School rugby followers could be in for a rude shock this season with ticket prices shooting up alarmingly. In one of the opening matches on Friday, the lowest tickets were priced at Rs. 800 at Havelock Park where St. Joseph’s College hosted Kingswood College. Asked why the price of tickets for a school match was high compared to previous years, an official of the Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Football Association said it was beyond their control. The schools rugby season, one of the most looked forward to events, commenced after a lapse of two years. ...

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Maxwell’s words of wisdom to find of Aussie tour Wellalage-BY DHAMMIKA RATNAWEERA Wellalage does a lap of honour with the Sri Lanka team that won the ODI series 3-2 against Australia at the Premadasa Stadium Source:Sundayobserver The find of the Sri Lanka-Australia ODI series 19 year-old left arm spinner Dunith Wellalage bowed out with a tally of nine wickets the highest from either side during the five matches. After he made his debut against Australia, Glenn Maxwell, one of the best all rounders in world cricket, gave his blessings to young Wellalage. His father Suranga Wellalage, the former Prince of Wales skipper, said: “My son remembers Maxwell’ s words. ‘Hey young boy you played your debut game against a top side and that’ s a very rare chance for a young cricketer. You started with a good performance and you have good future and all the best.” ...

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Tribute to Dr. Gamini Goonetilleke Source:ft.lk The launch of the second book about a dedicated surgeon’s experiences in the war zone took place at the auditorium of the College of Surgeons at Torrington Place before a packed audience on 7 April. Guest Speaker was former High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Australia S. Skandakumar. Here are excerpts from his speech. When my Sandhurst-trained brother-in-law Maj. Gen. Balaratnarajah, one-time Commander of the Volunteers, and Chief of Staff, of the Army said to me that there was a Sri Lankan doctor doing some amazing work with their injured soldiers, I could not have imagined that 30 years later, I would be speaking at the launch of that surgeon’s second book, the “Extra Mile”. I am both humbled and honoured Gamini, that you invited me to speak today, and thank you for the opportunity. In an extraordinary journey of a never-ending mile, surrounded ...

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More Accolades on The Story of St Joseph’s College “Till the Mountain Disappear” by Avishka Mario Senewiratne A fine example of modern historiography Source:FB Avishka Mario Seneviratne Book Review – Prof. Marie Perera Till The Mountains Disappear: The Story of St. Joseph’s College Avishka Mario Senewiratne and Rev. Dr. Stanley Abeysekera Much has already been written about this book which was first published in December, 2020, and gone for two prints in 2021 January and April. Most of the write ups and comments have been positive. The book, which has been referred to as a “historical narrative,” had been initiated by the late Rev. Fr. Stanley Abeysekera and compiled and completed by a young Josephian referred to as “the youngest historian, researcher of his school” (p. 245) by Dr. Sheila Fernando. I am not an authority on Josephian history nor connected at all with St. Josephs College like the reviewers before ...

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Laudetur Franciscus A Book Felicitating the Life and Works of Francis D’Almeida is Out – by Nimal Victoria Source:dailymirror.lk We live in an era where the word gratitude is eroding from society especially, the young. This book has been carefully curated by young Avishka Mario Senewiratne to felicitate a legend of our time, Francis D’Almeida on his 75th birthday, which fell on February 10. Francis is generally known for his prowess in coaching basketball and training choirs. However, as this book has been rightfully subtitled, Francis has always been “a man for others”. Avishka Senewiratne is a very rare gem who took upon himself to obtain testimonies and words of appreciation from many people who had experienced or shared the life and works of Francis D’Almeida. Avishka Senewiratne is known to research and write on history and other facets of Sri Lanka. Last year, he had put out his well-received magnum ...

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‘Josephian Carols’ renewed hope for a community in distress St. Cecilia’s Choir of St. Joseph’s College   Source:dailymirror.lk Undaunted by Covid restrictions and undeterred by intermittent closure of schools, St. Cecilia’s Choir of St. Joseph’s College went on to conduct the annual Carols Service in all its splendour, whilst adhering to all mandatory health regulations. Aptly titled “Verbum Caro” (and the Word was made Flesh), the central theme of the sacred event focused on the stupendous Christian mystery of the Son of God coming to Earth as a fragile babe in order to endure the pangs of our human existence. Held in the evening of December 18, at the vast Rev. Dr. Abeysekere Auditorium, as the solemn entrance procession made its way in, bearing the statue of the Infant Jesus, the Choir chanted the traditional Christmas antiphon, “Jesu Redemptor Omnium”, enhancing the rendition with a four-part chorus.  After the Opening ...

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Cinemas in Sri Lanka then and now-By H. M. Nissanka Warakaulle Regal Cinema, Colombo (Picture courtesy Cinema Treasures: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/26186 ) Source:Island Tracing the history of cinemas in Sri Lanka brings back nostalgic memories to the older folks who were regular filmgoers. Whilst many of the old cinema halls in the city of Colombo are still in existent some of them have disappeared from the scene. Regal theatre was and still is an outstanding cinema hall, constructed in the style of an opera house with balconies on the sides. This is situated in the heart of Colombo and accessible from all parts of the city. This cinema belonged to the Ceylon Theatres circuit. The Regal screened English films, except whenever they used it for the premier screening of an important Sinhala film of a reputed Director or Producer. The next important cinema in Colombo was the Savoy cinema in Wellawatte. This ...

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