Stephen De Niese, former Peterite cricketer has penned his memories of life at his alma mater – St. Peter’s College. Quite interesting essay that I am sure most Peterites will enjoy reading. The story about Mr. Hoffman is particularly interesting as I knew him and also Everard. The Hoffman’s lived in ‘F’ Block and I was opposite in ‘E’ Block. Grew up with the Bamba Flatters – as they were called then!
No sooner had the month of February in 2019 begun than St. Peter’s College, Colombo, made history. A sprawling sports pavilion had encircled the grounds. It was the matchless moment of its historic opening. Rev. Fr. Trevor Martin, the loved-by-all Rector and the priestly community of the College received in the wink of an eye a thundering ovation. The ‘Master Builder’ and his team deserved it unarguably, we felt being among the crowds, for their colossal work and unabated commitment.
This thundering prolonged applause erupted from the crowds not only for the priests’ indefatigable efforts, but also for their sense of gratitude, a noble human quality of highest degree. St. Peter’s never forgets its glorious past. Hence the Pavilion came to be dedicated as a fitting and ‘immortal’ tribute to an illustrious Rector who rendered an invaluable service to the College in the capacity of a renowned educationist for sixteen long years. The round of applause was the unstoppable and inevitable outcome. This write-up is, however, a ridiculously low and inadequate tribute to this brilliant academic and amazing Rector, who steered St. Peter’s to its ‘Golden Era’ or ‘The Renaissance.’…
Rev. Fr. Trevor Gerald Martin was appointed to St. Peter’s College five years ago. I knew him at All Saints Church as an Assistant Parish Priest. From there, he was appointed Parish Priest of Koralawella, Moratuwa. He later joined the staff of St. Joseph’s College, where I was the Vice-Rector.
I noticed in him the characteristics of a good administrator as he was looking after the Middle School. He came and asked me how to go about the discipline of the students and I advised him to punish one boy at the beginning of the year; that it would keep the rest of the boys well-disciplined right through the year. Whatever way we punish, we should do it out of love for the students.…
a proud quote that could describe my College in Colombo.
Seems difficult to believe that St.Peter’s College, in the Suburb of Bambalapitiya, is just two short years from “hitting a century”(in cricket language), talking of which, is, even now, on the top rungs of the “Gentlemen’s Game”, as we know it. Everybody loves cricket in Sri Lanka, and we have to remember that the Sport’s World Cup, just a few years ago saw our tiny ex-homeland beat the “huge” Australian team to take this cup home. In the same breath, I have to remind my readers that, while St.Joseph’s College in Maradana (I think), was the much larger School (plus Sister- College), to St.Peter’s, the Peterite Eleven always seemed to beat the Josephian Eleven, in what was the main cricket match of the Schools in general, going back 60 years or more. Well, St.Joseph’s did win a few, in very close games, as I remember them.
Getting away from cricket, I remember my Alma Mater as a magnificent set of buildings, which happened to be a hospital during WW2, spacious class-rooms along wide corridors, the Rector at the time, Rev.Fr.Basil Wiratunga (or maybe it was Wijetunga, but his first name was Basil), did a great job of keeping us all in control. Of course, we also scored a very good looking dude (Priest), as the Prefect of Discipline, young, but “watch out”, if you didn’t behave. He could wield a rattan cane as good as anyone, unfortunately,
I cannot remember all their names, but we also had some excellent “Masters” to teach us, if we cared to learn.
We used a rectangular area in the centre of the classrooms in which to play games during the intervals, we also boasted a little Chapel, a superb main hall, and one of the largest cricket grounds at the rear of the College, where we would run around, at leisure, play cricket and watch our Senior cricket team beat many other Colleges including you know who !. Our Captain, at the time was H.I.K.Fernando, quite certainly the best Wicket-Keeper/Captain around.
In class with me, was Clive Inman, the batsman who had a
“Guinness book of Records” entry claiming that he scored the fastest half century in cricket, of that particular era.
I am still very proud of my Alma Mater, and would like to congratulate her on reaching this grand old age.
St. Peter’s College, Colombo 4, as a premier Catholic school which focuses on producing integral, holistic and all-round personalities completes its 98th anniversary today (18). The college, while focusing on a teaching-learning culture that is inclusive and is driven by the principle ‘every child matter’ emphasizes on value education, character formation and personality development where every child is respected, recognized through an environment that enables him to realize his dreams and aspiration as well as develop his talents and potentials to the fullest that will empower him to bloom and blossom wherever he is planted.
The College derives its vision and mission from the vision of Catholic education i.e. integral education. It has produced a countless number of Peterites who have rendered a yeomen service to humanity in many a field such as politics, academics, judiciary, defence, sports, literary and entertainment to name a few with many going on to head their respective areas. They have kept the Blue, White and Gold flag fluttering high in the sky ever reverberating the Peterite spirit enshrined in the College Motto ‘Virtus et Veritas’.
It was established on January 18, 1922. The College has slowly and steadily established a brand name for itself nationally and internationally. It has left an indelible imprint in the annals of the history of education in Sri Lanka. St. Peter’s College continues to excel in academics, co-curricular, extra-curricular and sports activities. It has carved out a niche for itself as a global leader and a trendsetter in education.
St. Peter’s College, today, has numerous state-of-the-art facilities that offer the best opportunities to the Peterites. However, being primarily a Catholic school, its chief role is to contextualize every aim and objective of its mission within the larger picture of the Catholic education that focuses on nurturing and nourishing the spiritual growth of the Peterites so that they will not only be loyal Peterites and patriotic citizens, but also be faithful servants of the Holy Mother Church.
St. Peter’s College, Colombo 4 looks back with gratitude towards God our loving Father, Mary our Blessed Mother and St. Peter her Patron Saint for the countless blessing they have showered upon this hallowed institution through numerous individuals and organizations to establish it as what it is today. As it looks forward to the centenary celebrations to be inaugurated in 2022, it expresses its deepest sense of appreciation and overwhelming gratitude to the Old Boys Union branches in different parts of the world who have already rallied round to make this historic event a momentous occasion. Rev. Fr. Rohitha Rodrigo, the Rector of St. Peter’s College has launched a project to construct a Chapel, which is a replica of the St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, to mark this gigantic occasion. Numerous other projects are lined up to make the Centenary Jubilee Year Celebrations a memorable and unforgettable event.
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Articles – offprints: . Ceylon: The Continuing Crisis by Robert N. Kearney, Asian Survey, Vol 111, No 2, February 1963, pp 123- 127.
Ceylon: A Year of Consolidation by Robert N. Kearney, Asian Survey, Vol Iv, No 2, February 1964, pp 729 – 734.
Ceylon: A Time of Troubles by A. Jeyaratnam Wilson, Asian Survey, Vol Xii, No 2, February 1972, pp 109 – 115.
The April Revolt in Ceylon by ‘Politicus’, Asian Survey, Vol XII, No 3, March 1972, pp 259 – 274.
Sri Lanka in 1972: Tension and Change by W. A. Wiswa Warnapala, Asian Survey, Vol XIII, No 2, February 1973, pp 217 – 230.
Major Trends in Sri Lanka’s Non-Alignment Policy after 1956 by S.U. Kodikara, Asian Survey, Vol XIII, No 12, Dec 1973, pp 1121 – 1136.
The Management of External & Internal Finances in Sri Lanka: problems & policies by B. Hewavitharana, A. S., Vol XIII, No 12, Dec 1973, pp
1137 – 1154
The Five Year Plan & Development Policy in Sri Lanka: Socio-Political Perspectives & the Plan by N. Balakrishnan, A.S., Vol XIII, No 12, Dec
1973, pp 1155- 1168.
Education” An Era of Reform by D. D. de Saram, Asian Survey, Vol XIII, No 12, December 1973, pp 1169 – 1178.
The New Constitution of Sri Lanka by W. A.Wiswa Warnapala, Asian Survey, Vol XIII, No 12, December 1973, pp 1179 – 1192.
Sri Lanka in 1973: A test for Both the Rules & the Ruled by W.A.Wiswa Warnapala, A.S, Vol XIV, No 2, Feb 1974, pp 148 – 156.
Sri Lanka in 1975: Political Crisis and Split in the Coalition by N. Balakrishnan, Asian Survey, Vol XVI, No 2, February 1976, pp 130 – 139.
An Overview of Settlement Schemes in Sri Lanka by Nihal Amerasinghe, Asian Survey, Vol XVI, No 7, July 1976, pp 620 – 636.
Sri Lanka in 1976: Changing Strategies and Confrontation by P. V. J. Jayasekera, Asian Survey, Vol XVII, No 2, February 1977, pp 208 – 217.
Sri Lanka’s 1977 General Election: The Resurgence of the UNP by Vijaya Samaraweera,, A.S, Vol XVII, No 12, Dec 1977, pp 1195 – 1206.
Sri Lanka.1976: Reversal of Policies and Strategies by W. A. Wiswa Warnapala, Asian Survey, Vol XIX, No 2, February 1979, pp 178 – 190.
Language and the Rise of Tamil Separatism in Sri Lanka by Robert N. Kearney, Asian Survey, Vol XVII, No 5, May 1978, pp 521 – 634.
Sri Lanka in 1979: New Stresses in the Economy and the Polity by W.A. Wiswa Warnapala, A. S. Vol XX, No 2, Feb 1980, pp 206 – 216.
Continuity & Change in Sri Lanka;’ Foreign policy: 1974 – 1979 by S.U. Kodikara, Asian Survey, Vol XX, No 9, Sept 1980, pp 879 – 890.
Economic Policies & Trends in Sri Lanka by N. Balakrishnan, Asian Survey, Vol XX, No 9, September 1980, pp 891 – 902.
Recent Developments in Sinhala-Tamil Relations by W. I. Siriweera, Asian Survey, Vol XX, No 9, Sept 1980, pp 903 – 913.
Sri Lanka’s New Constitution by W. A. Wiswa Warnapala, Asian Survey, Vol XX, No 9, September 1980, pp 915 – 930.
Sri Lanka in 1980: The Year of Constraints by W. Howard Wriggins, Asian Survey, Vol XXI, No 2, February 1981, pp 203 – 211.
The Green Revolution in Rice: The Role of the Risk Factor with Special Reference to Sri Lanka by H. M. Gamini Herath, Asian Survey, Vol
XXI, No 6. June 1981, pp 664 – 675.
Women in Politics by Robert. N. Keraney, Asian Survey, Vol XXI, No 7, July 1981, pp 729 – 746.
The Cultural Dimension in Tamil Separatism in Sri Lanka by Bryan Pfaffenberger, Asian Survey, Vol XXI, No 11, Nov 1981, pp 1154 – 1157.
Sri Lanka in 1981: Year of Austerity, Development Councils & Communal Disorders by W. Howard Wriggins, A.S, Vol XXII, No 2, Feb 1982,
Pp 171 – 179.
District development Councils in Sri Lanka by Bruce Matthews, Asian Survey, Vol XXII, No 11, November 1982, pp 1117 – 1134.
Sri Lanka in 1982: A Year of Elections by S.W.R. De A Samarasinghe, Asian Survey, Vol XXIII, No 2, February 1983, pp 158 – 164.
The Private Sector in Sri Lanka Since 1977 by John Stuart Blackton, Asian Survey, Vol XXIII, No 6, June 1983, pp 736 – 751.
Sri Lanka in 1983: Ethnic Conflict & the Search for a Solution by S.W.R.De A. Samarasinghe, A. S., Vol XXIV, No 2, Feb 1984, pp 250 – 256.
Islamic Revivalism in Harmony & Conflict: The Experience in Sri Lanka & Malaysia by A. Ameer Ali, A.S., Vol XXIV, No 3, Mar 1984, pp 296
Ethnic Conflict & the Tamil Separatist Movement in Sri Lanka by Robert N. Kearney, Asian Survey, Vol XXV, No 9, Sept 1985, pp 898 – 917. 36. Sri Lanka in 1985: The Persistence of Conflict by Robert N. Kearney, Asian Survey, Vol XXVI, No 2, February 1986, pp 219 – 223.
The Economic Impact of the Recent Ethnic Disturbances in Sri Lanka by Lee Ann Ross & Tilak Samaranayake, A.S. Vol XXVI, No 11, Nov
1985, pp 1240 – 1255.
Sri Lanka in 1986: A Nation at the Crossroads by Bryan Pfaffenberger, Asian Survey, Vol XXVII, No 2, February 1987, pp 155 – 162.
Policing a Communal Society: The Case of Sri Lanka by Angela S. Burger, Asian Survey, Vol XXVII, No7, July 1987, pp 822 – 833.
The Devolution of Power in Sri Lanka: A Solution to the Separatist Movement ?, by L. Kenneth Hubel, Asian Survey, Vol XXVII, No
11, November 1987, pp 1176 – 1187.
Sri Lanka in 1987: Indian Intervention & Resurgence of the JVP by Bryan Pfaffenberger, Asian Survey, Vol XXVIII, No 2, February 1988, pp 137 – 147.
Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka: India’s Role & Perception by P. Venkateshwar Rao, Asian Survey, Vol XXVIII, No 4, April 1988, pp 419 – 436.
Sri Lanka’s Ethnic Conflict: The Indo Lanka Peace Accord by Ralph R. Premdas & S.W.R.De A Samarasinghe, Asian Survey, Vol XXVIII, No 6, June 1988, pp 676 – 690.
Sri Lanka in 1988: Seeds of the Accord by Bruce Matthews, Asian Survey, Vol XXIX, No 2, February 1989, pp 229 – 235.
The Peace Accord & the Tamilsin Sri Lanka by Shantha K. Hennayake, Asian Survy, Vol XXIX, No 4, April 1989, pp 410 – 415.
The Continuing Crisis in Sri Lanka: The JVP, Indian Troops & Tamil Politics by Shelton U. Kodikara,, Asian Survey, Vol XXIX, No 7,July 1989, pp 716 – 724.
Sri Lanka in 1989: Peril & Good Luck by Bruce Matthews, Asian Survey, Vol XXX, No 2, February 1990, pp 144 – 149.
New Realities in Sri Lankan Politics by Marshall R. Singer, Asian Survey, Vol XXX, No 4, April 1990, pp 409 – 425.
Sri Lanka in 1990: The Ethnic Strife Continues by Marshall R. Singer, Asian Survey , Vol XXXI, No 2, February 991, pp 140 – 145.
Economic Liberalization & the development of Manufacturing in Sri Lanka by Sriyani Dias, Asian Survey, Vol XXXI, No7. July 1991, pp 613 – 629.
Sri Lanka in 1991: Some Surprising Twists by Marshall. R. Singer, Vol XXXII, No 2, February 1992, pp 168 – 174.
Changing Civil-Military Relations in Sri Lanka by Angela S. Burger, Asian Survey, Vol XXXII, No 8, August 1992, pp 744 – 756.
Sri Lanka in 1992: Opportunity Missed in the Ethno-Nationalist Crisis, by Shantha K. Hennanayake, Asian Survey, Vol XXXIII, No 2, February 1993, pp 157 – 164.
Sri Lanka in 1993: Eruptions & Flow by Gamini Keerawella & Rohan Samarajiva, Asian Survey, Vol XXXIV, No 2, February 1994, pp168 – 174
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Sri Lanka in 1994: A Mandate for Peace, by Gamini Keerawella & Rohan Samarajiva, Asian Survey, Vol XXXV, No 2, February 1995, pp 153 – 159
Sri Lanka in 1995: A Difficult & Disappointing Year by Howard B. Schaffer, Asian Survey, Vol XXXVI, No 2, February 1996, pp 216 – 223.
Sri Lanka’s Ethnic Conflict: Have Bombs Shattered Hopes for Peace ?, by Marshall S. Singer, Asian Survey, Vol XXXVI, No 11, November 1996, pp 1146 – 1155.
Sri Lanka in 1996: Promise & Disappointment, by Howard B. Schaffer, Asian Survey, Vol XXXVII, No 2, February 1997, pp 143 – 148.
Immediately brings to mind, the old “Veralu-achcharu” woman, seated just outside the main gate of St.Peter’s College, Bambalapitiya, selling little parcels of her delicious achcharu to us schoolboys, both, at the morning tea interval and lunch interval, a snack that was always welcome, at about 20 cents a serve, if I remember it correctly. Each
achcharu pack contained about three veralus, less the large seed, of course, amalgamated in a spicy mix of other little berries, ginger & garlic, ground into a small, thick mixture that got the taste-buds going, like nothing else could.
If you are Sri Lankan, and have not tried Veralu-achcharu, you have missed out on a delicacy too good to be true.
Now, from the old, to the new,, comes this very interesting piece on the Veralu (out of the blue), nothing to do with Vera, it’s true, but it rhymes beautifully, too. Please read and enjoy something that is endemic to Sri Lanka.
The Veralu/Ceylon Olive is an astonishing doppelganger of its Mediterranean namesake, Institute of Indigenous Medicine, Department of Dravyaguna Vignana, Senior Lecturer, Dr. S. D. Hapuarachchi. Green Thumbs speaks to Hapuarachchi about the fruit.
Globally, more and more people are switching to personal care products that are alcohol and SLES free that is made with natural ingredients. Veralu is one such product that is completely natural.
“Veralu is an indigenous tree and commonly found in Sri Lanka. The plant is commonly grown in the dry zone of Sri Lanka. It is an Asian tropical fruit. The Ceylon olive trees are naturally grown in home gardens across the country. The tree usually measures from 8 to 15 meters in height and 5 to 10 meters in width. The plant is commonly grown in the dry zone of Sri Lanka. This sun loving tree grows on Loam soil and requires low maintenance,” said Hapuarachchi.
Hapuarachchi also pointed out that you can use the Veralu as a vegetable as well as a fruit. You can use it to make Veralu achcharu, veralu malu, veralu sambol. Veralu juice too is in high demand. It is prepared by slicing the Veralu into pieces, mix it with water and blend it to get the juice. Then all you need to do is to add sugar and salt. Nuts, pea nuts can be eaten alongside Veralu juice. You can add Veralu to smoothies, ice cream and jelly. Ice cream made out of Veralu is also increasing in popularity particularly among the local youth. The Whole fruits are combined with diced shallots to make a mixture called country mustard.
“It is packed with antioxidants and research has revealed that the Veralu fruit is rich in minerals, vitamins, fiber and valuable antioxidants. Due to its nutritional content, Veralu has been used in traditional Sri Lankan medicine for centuries,” said Hapuarachchi.
For a fruit so little it is one of the giants when it comes to health benefits. The Ceylon olives possess anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, anti-anxiety, analgesic, antidepressant and antihypertensive properties. Elaeocarpus serratus/ Veralu is used in rheumatism and is an antidote for poison.
“The bark of the Ceylon olive tree is used to treat hemorrhages and gastric disorders. The paste of the leaves has been known to be a cure for ulcers. The fruits are used in the treatment of dysentery and diarrhea. It is also used to treat abscess, fungal infection, joint swelling and Eczema,” said Hapuarachchi.
One reason why Veralu is so marketable is because it solves a lot of lifestyle issues like looking good and looking dapper. With the very appearance conscious youth, the fruit is high in demand.
Hapuarachchi added that the Veralu is highly useful for someone in the public eye as they need to be well groomed. A natural form of hair care Sri Lankans have been using the fruit as a natural form of hair care for generations. The mashed Veralu leaves are applied on the hair before a bath to make hair smooth and glossy. It protects the natural moisture of the hair while making it bright and silky. Ceylon olives are a natural anti-dandruff agent and protect hair from lice and dirt. It helps to maintain healthy hair while repairing damaged hair. Many personal care manufactures are currently using extracts of Veralu to formulate anti-dandruff shampoos.
“As I stated above Veralu is for your pride and confidence as well. Numerous personal care and food companies have begun to promote value added products made out of Veralu.
Sri Lanka can benefit from this increasing global trend by supplying high quality personal care products that are made from herbal ingredients such as Veralu.
In addition to providing health benefits Veralu is a fruit/vegetable that can bring economic and financial benefits. When you take the international market there is potential for Sri Lankans when it comes to exporting Veralu. Sri Lankans are not the only ones who want to look good!!!
Currently, Sri Lankan Ayurveda herbal shampoo and conditioners made out of Veralu are sold in the local and international markets.
However, the long term health benefits of such products need to be communicated to the local and international consumers.
* It is packed with antioxidants.
* The Veralu fruit is rich in minerals, vitamins, fiber and valuable antioxidants.
* The Ceylon olives possess anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, anti-anxiety, analgesic, antidepressant and antihypertensive properties. Elaeocarpus serratus/ Veralu is used in rheumatism and is an antidote for poison.
* The fruits are used in the treatment of dysentery and diarrhea. It is also used to treat abscess, fungal infection, joint swelling and Eczema,”
The Veralu leaf extracts can be utilized to produce effective ointments to treat ulcers, Eczema and fungal infections of the skin. More research can also be conducted on the manufacture of anti-bacterial and anti-depressant medicines using Veralu as a key ingredient. The constipating effect of the fruit can be made to use by manufacturing capsules that are effective against diarrhoea.
Possess anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, anti-anxiety, analgesic, antidepressant and antihypertensive properties
The bark of the Ceylon olive tree is used to treat hemorrhages and gastric disorders.
This true story has made my day. Sent via Facebook to me, by my good friend of many years past, Alan Panambalana, if I remember correctly, we were both Students at St.Peter’s College, Bambalapitiya, who went our own ways, only to meet again via FB, very recently.
I would like to take this chance to thank Alan very much, for this amazing true love story, which I now “share” with many thousands of eLanka readers, all over this Planet of ours.
Far too often, the present World News-Media in general, seem to revel in stories that do anything BUT, make our day. In times where there is so much tragedy, from Global wars, right down to wars raged on our own roads, correctly called “road rage”, it is rare indeed to read “True Love-Stories”, so, once again, Alan, thank you for this beautiful contribution.