“GOLDEN GLORIES” – by Des Kelly A fast arriving Centennial of my Alma Mater has also produced this superb Choral rendition of a song for St.Peter’s College, Bambalapitiya, and it is with pride that I present it on e’Lanka, right now. The orchestration of Golden Glories also bring back precious memories of the College I attended, and this is why I have decided to publish it under my banner of “KELLY-KLASSICS” in E’LANKA. Here it is, Ladies & Gentlemen GOLDEN GLORIES, just for you. Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief)  e’Lanka. COUNTDOWN TO THE PETERITE CENTENARY   To help all our Peterites to celebrate with great joy the centenary we have all been looking forward to, today we publish the Peterite Centenary Jubilee Song “Golden Glories of Our Days” by the Peterite Chorale. Their message reads “Commemorating the Centenary of St. Peter’s College Colombo, this song is a tribute to our beloved Alma ...

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“MUSIC, ART & DRAMA” – by Des Kelly How can I forget. At St.Peter’s College, Bambalapitiya, in Colombo, Ceylon (at the time), during the late 1940s, this writer was introduced to a very young Rev.Fr.Noel Cruz, who happened to be the founder of the Music, Art & Drama Society, as it was called, where young schoolboys with any singing or acting talent were encouraged by this young, handsome Priest, to further their talents, by organizing concerts and/or musical shows to be proudly presented to the public. Fr.Cruz accepted me into this group.on the recommendation of our Art Master of the era, who was fondly referred to, as Papa deNiese who had heard me sing in the Church Choir and reckoned that I didn’t do too bad a job, with all the Latin Hymns I had taught myself, as an Altar-server who sang anything quite naturally, for the love of doing ...

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Wimaladasa – proud Peterite captain who brought back the knock-out trophy-by Indika Welagedara Kenneth Wimaladasa making a break Source:Dailynews Kenneth Wimaladasa played school rugby as a fly half cum centre three quarter and captained his alma mater St. Peters College, Bambalapitiya in the inter schools rugby championship. Then he went on to represent the Sri Lanka junior national fifteen a side as well as seven a side rugby team as well. Speaking to Daily News Kenneth said “Ever since I started my school career it was my parents that supported me, but along the way my coaches were of great support too. Hence I am grateful to all of them, especially my family and coaches”. ...

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Peterites showcase new jersey, ready for re-entry into rugby arena The Peterite Sevens squad preparing for next week’s inter-school Provincial tournament models the new jersey Source:Sundayobserver St. Peter’s College, one of the oldest rugby playing schools in the country with a history of over 80 years, has groomed its team ready to re-enter the inter-school arena armed with a new jersey that also promotes and pays tribute to their four financial partners. With its reputation as a crowd pulling team, the Peterites have been successful in enticing and continuing their partnership with Gold sponsor Kotmale for all age groups besides signing deals with Trip A Deal and 3Pl EFL as Silver sponsor and Principal sponsor TDM International United Kingdom, a freight forwarding company whose managing director is Themiya de Mel, a distinguished old boy of St. Peter’s College. The Peterites are currently gearing for an inter-school Provincial Sevens tournament scheduled ...

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RIP – DESHABANDU DR. LAKSHMAN WEERASENA DISTINGUISHED PRE-70S PETERITE SOURCE: JOSEPHIAN-PETERITE NEWS NETWORK HTTPS://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/GROUPS/PETERITESINCANADA/POSTS/4330780057048688/?NOTIF_ID=1637504021326837&NOTIF_T=PAGE_GROUP_POST&REF=NOTIF It is with much sadness we learn the demise of Dr. Lakshman Weerasena today (23 Nov). As our former cricket captain Bernard Wijetunge says, “A Life Serving Others is truly a Life Well-Lived”. Lakshman was an all-round brilliant student at his alma mater St. Peter’s College. Some of his classmates in the higher classes include Prof. Willie Mendis, Kevin Ruberu (Australia), Rontjen Perera (USA), Basil Gurusinghe (Canada), the late Dr. Lucian Perera, and many others. In sports, Lakshman was overshadowed by his older brother Ranjit Weerasena who shone in the ‘throws’ at college meets, group meets and Public Schools Championships. Lakshman also did the ‘throws’ while in school. Lakshman entered medical college from St. Peter’s and built a roaring private practice in Colombo. Recipient of Deshabandu Award in 2017 A renowned social and community worker, Dr. Lakshman ...

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eLanka Newsletter – 21st November 2021 – 6th Edition – Sri Lankans In Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter “I LOVE MY PUSSYCAT” – by Des Kelly (A KELLY-KLASSIC) Charity Walk organised by the Old Ananda Assoc. Qld on Sunday the 14th Nov 2021 Tim Paine announces his decision to “stand down” as Australian Test captain on the eve of the Ashes at a press conference – by Sunil Thenabadu (Sports editor -eLanka) Sithara Madushani proficient in aesthetic splendour – By Sunil Thenabadu Yohani to perform in Dubai on UAE National Day https://www.elanka.com.au/melbourne-erupts-with-a-frenzied-rush-to-22-by-trevine-rodrigo-2/ The Time-Tested Landmarks Of Maradana-by Shannine Daniel Erandi Madushika possesses a tonal adorned tone – BY Sunil Thenabadu Sri Lanka will be a force to be reckoned with next year – Darren Sammy – Sunil Thenabadu (Sports Editor – eLanka) Sir Joe PERERA (Economics Guru) – Mass at SJC ...

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FR. JOSEPH BENEDICT FERNANDO: A LIFE WELL SPENT-by Avishka Mario Senewiratne Source:Dailymirror A few days ago, we lost a pious presbyter who dedicated his entire life for the service of his Creator and the Creator’s greatest creation. Though being quite unassuming, humble, and modest ‘Fr. Joe Ben’, as we affectionately called him, was a man of our times, who generations now and tomorrow, will look as a figure of holiness, in its complete sense. Born in 1938 to a very respected family, which produced two other religious sisters, Fr. Joe Ben, received his first formation from home. His father was one of the initial teachers and later headmaster of St. Peter’s College, Bambalapitiya. Since his ordination as a presbyter some 59 years ago, Fr. Joe Ben has served some of the well-known institutions and Parishes of the Archdiocese of Colombo. This includes St. Aloysius’ Minor Seminary, St. Peter’s College and ...

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Ex-Peterites in USA raise funds for school branch-BY BERNARD PERERA The Organising Committee before the commencement of the proceedings Source:Sundayobserver Old boys of St. Peter’s College in the USA conducted their eighth annual cricket carnival last weekend in Maryland where DC Lanka Lions recorded a hard fought win over Maryland Titans. This year the championship attracted 18 teams from New York, Maryland, Virginia and DC States. Though the Championship was conducted in a carnival atmosphere, previously the organisers had to maintain strict health guidelines during the day due to the Covid-19 pandemic. ...

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PETERITE ANNIVERSERIES IN SEPTEMBER– by Algi Wijewickrema         Eleven Reverend Priests have held the august position of Rectorship at St. Peter’s College since the first, Rev. Fr. Nicholas Perera. But regrettably I missed recording the anniversary of his handing over the batten to Rev. Fr. Basil A Wiratunga when I recalled another anniversary on 9th September. Although the date is the same the two anniversaries fall three years apart from each other. Fr. Nicholas Perera, after his long and successful tenure as Rector at College (since 29th June 1927 or even before as Manager from 18th January 1922 and as Principal from 1926), handed over the Rectorship to the obvious choice at the time, Fr. Basil Wiratunga, on 9th September 1943. Since the farewell happened to be during the war years and while College was operating from three different locations, the farewell was not as elaborate as it could have ...

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