Archive | November, 2013

Battle of the saints II


2014: “Battle of the Saints” at the Oval on March 7th & 8th

Posted on 29 November 2013 by admin

Battle of the saints II



Due to the restoration work being carried out at the College Grounds, this year all 1st XI home games will be played at different other venues as indicated below.


3rd-4th – Vs. Ananda College – Moratuwa Tyronne Fernando Stadium
10th-11th – Vs. Maristella College – Negambo
13th-14th – Vs. D.S. Senanayaka College – Moratuwa Tyronne Fernando Stadium
17th-18th – Vs. St. Sebastians College – SC College Grounds
24th-25th – Vs. Prince of Wales College – POW College Grounds
31st-1st FEB – Vs. St. Thomas College – Mt. Lavinia


07th-08th – Vs. Royal College – Reid Avenue
14th-15th – Vs. St. Benedicts College – Kotahena
21st-22nd – Vs. St. Anthony's College – Katugasthota
26th-27th – Vs. Gurukulla College – Venue not Confirmed

28th-01st March – JOE-PETE Mini Battle – Venue not Confirmed


07th – 08th – JOE – PETE BIG MATCH – OVAL

15th – – JOE – PETE Limited Overs – Keththarama

Come in numbers to cheer our boys.

Go Peters.

Algi Wijewickrema
Editor (SPC – OBU)

Comments Off on 2014: “Battle of the Saints” at the Oval on March 7th & 8th

Library 3


The ANDRADI LIBRARY for St. Peter’s College

Posted on 27 November 2013 by admin

Library 2 Library 1 Library 3
A Noble Gift for St.Peter’s College – The Andradi Library at St. Peter’s
Courtesy of Sunday Times of February 5, 2012

As the CEO of one of the largest educational groups, Mr. Andradi’s vision is to ensure that high quality education is accessible to a global community of students. The construction of the Andradi Library at St. Peter’s, his alma mater, is very much in keeping with this vision. In the opening ceremony, Mr. Andradi commented “Education is a gift that should be shared with the wider community”. He was particularly pleased that the Andradi Library at St. Peter’s would have certain dedicated hours, when it could be accessed by staff and students of other schools.

On the first of February 2012, the students and community of St.Peter’s College – Colombo-04 received a gift beyond measure. The school received a four-storied library complex which was constructed by the London School of Commerce (LSC), United Kingdom.

The LSC has its headquarters based in London and has several campuses located in Belgrade, Nairobi, Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi and of course in Colombo. The Sri-Lankan campus is named the British School of Commerce and is located in Colombo -04. The British School of Commerce specialises in offering students courses in a range of subjects such as finance, management, information technology and business leading to internationally recognised MBA, bachelor’s and master’s degrees and other professional qualifications.

The library was opened under the patronage of Mr.Timothy Ashantha Andradi, Group CEO of the London School of Commerce Group of Colleges (LSC). Mr.Andradi, an alumnus of St.Peter’s College, was the main donor for the construction of this complex. The library complex is host to a range of facilities such as lecture halls, and an IT centre in addition to the library facilities.

The St.Peter’s College community felicitated Mr. Andradi for being an outstanding old boy of the school. Mr.Andradi was the chief donor towards this project with a donation sum of 45 million rupees for this project, which is the highest contribution by an old boy towards the school, thus far. Along with this several individuals who had made a significant contribution to the school were also appreciated with the presentation of memorial plaques.

The Chief Guest, His Excellency Most Reverend Dr.Joseph Spitteri, Apostolic Annuncio highlighted the importance of books in establishment of knowledge and relationships. “every book opens a new horizon for us, every page connect us with the past and helps us, in the present, to build a better future” “solidarity is what we need in the world, that we would all learn to share the gifts we receive, we too should imitate and be ready to share the gifts received”

Mr.Timothy Andradi had these words to speak at this special occasion, “The teachers should realise that when you educate little boys and transform them in to well rounded young men, you are spreading little ripples across the globe that changes countless lives for the better. These ripples would gather further momentum with the education of the young Peterites here today”. In keeping with the spirit of sharing, Mr.Andradi went on to say, “the construction of the library is a potent symbol of the powerful gift of education. I have no doubt that this gift should not be constrained just in the boundaries of this school but to be shared with deserving students of other schools too.” Thus it was declared that the school library will serve other students too during specified hours of the day. The school library is named after Mr.Andradi in honour of his contribution to the school community.

Rev.Fr. Travis Gabriel rector of St.Peter’s College had these words to say in addressing the gathering “This is the best gift the school has received in the last 90 years. Knowledge in any sphere can be gained by reading, it is important that students understand the value of the new library so that they may begin the habit of reading. This is important for your life; someday you need to leave the college as a fully integrated student, and you can become an integrated student by reading. Because today’s readers are tomorrow’s leaders”.

The opening ceremony saw the appreciation of all involved in the construction of this blessing towards the community. In keeping with the religious traditions a special prayer service was conducted to shower blessings on the resource center. It was evident that the entire school community had rallied around, as one family, to make this project a resounding success with the cooperation of past pupils and parents of students at St.Peter’s College.

Congratulations to St.Peter’s College on the latest addition to the school campus, may the new resource center inspire students to become wholesome individuals who are appreciative of their alma mater and conscious of their duty to share their gifts to uplift the lives of those around them.

Comments Off on The ANDRADI LIBRARY for St. Peter’s College

Peterites born II


“Legends” organize the Annual Teacher’s Day at SPC

Posted on 25 November 2013 by admin

Peterites born II~~The Old Peterites Group of 87-92 of St. Peter’s College OBU the “Legends” as they are known organized the Annual Teachers’ day on the 12th of October for the 13th consecutive year to coincide with the World Teachers day celebrated globally.

This year, to raise the required funds for the Teachers’ Day and spice up the event, they first organised “The Old Peterites group of 87-92 with Marians” which was a musical evening with a difference where entire families including children were part of it. This was held at the Empire Ball Room of the Mount Lavinia Hotel on 13th September 2013 under Chairmanship of Dinesh Rodrigo.

The Teachers’ Day 2013 was held on 12th October and the exiting day for the tutorial staff began at the Ratmalana Air Force Base with a flight to see the harbor, twin towers and the city of Colombo and thereafter along the coastal line they were taken up to Kalutara and back to Ratmalana. This was followed by a guided tour of the Air Force Museum and a traditional breakfast at the Air Force restaurant. The day’s activities then continued at Vinrich Lake Resort Bolgoda with a day filled with fun, creative games and competitions and a sumptuous buffet lunch.

Shamal Perera, Project Chairman of Teachers day 2013 stated that committee was encouraged by the commendations from the both the Priest Community & the Tutorial staff for an excellent day organised by the Old Peterites of 87-92.

Revd. Fr.Travis Gabriel, Rector of St .Peter’s College thanked the committee for a truly memorable day. Following which both the OBU President Dr. Nicholas Jayasekera and the Vice President of the Teachers Guild Mr. Canisius Ranasinghe also thanked the committee.

Commenting on the Teachers Day 2103, the President of Old Peteries Group of 87-92 Lindsay Melder stated that by the Grace of God the support of the committee they were able conclude the event successfully and show their gratitude the Tutorial staff of St. Peter’s College. Further he thanked Shan Jaleel the Immediate Past President of the Batch for handling the coordination of the Air Force activities and the committee for the commitment and unity to make the event truly memorable.

(A report by the President of the 87-92 Group, Lindsay Melder)

Comments Off on “Legends” organize the Annual Teacher’s Day at SPC


Peterite Randev Athukorala wins two medals at Karate Championship

Posted on 22 November 2013 by admin

The 4th Nepal Open Karate International staged at Dhangadhi, Nepal attracted 480 competitors from eight SAARC countries under
the auspices of the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Nepal. 12 year old Sri Lankan Randev Athukorala of St. Peter College representing
the Sri Lankan Schools Karate Team won two medals for the country – Silver for the Katha event and Bronze for the Kumitae, beating
the number one in Nepal but losing to the agile Bhutan Karateka in the final.

Commenting on his win young Athukorala said, “I have been doing Karate since the age of six and now, it is part of my life. Karate is
not about winning medals but perfecting the art and extending the discipline to studies and life. My father also reminds me before
competition that I am representing Sri Lanka and not my school or dojo, which motivates me,” quipped Randev.

Randev is being trained by Shihan Hiroshi Ota (Japan), Sensei Allan Campbell (Great Britain) and in Sri Lanka by Sensei D.M. Nimal
(5th Dan Black Belt) and his father Rohantha Athukorala (2nd Dan Black Belt). Young Athukorala is a Gold Medallion at the Sri Lanka
Schools Karate Championships, Shito – Ryu Sri Lanka Championships, Kenshinkai Do Federation and Schools Karate Federation.
Internationally he is a Silver Medallion at the Karate Cup Malaysia when he was 10 years old and Japan Karate Cup Gold Medallion.
Randev is a 2nd year member of the Sri Lanka Schools Karate Team in 2011-2013.


Comments Off on Peterite Randev Athukorala wins two medals at Karate Championship


JPAA Canada – Networking & Bringing Old Boys Together!

Posted on 20 November 2013 by admin

The Josephian-Peterite Alumni Association – Canada a.k.a. "JPAA Canada" provides a forum for the alumni who attended St. Joseph's College, Colombo and St. Peter's College, Colombo to meet and greet each other in Toronto, Canada. "Networking & Brining Old Boys Together" is the precise mandate of the 29-year old alumni association that was formed in 1984. Besides this specific mandate, JPAA Canada is also mandated to assist the Alma Mater with regular monetary contributions towards infrastructure improvements, new developments, purchase of furniture and fixtures. SJC & SPC are two of the finest schools in Colombo, Sri Lanka and in our student days the Alma Mater strived to empower all its young men to develop to their full potential, attaining the wisdom, values, character and self confidence to thrive in the world. Our excellent academic, sports and cultural offerings afford every individual the opportunity to find their place in the sun. Lifelong friendships are forged as the boys are encouraged and guided to be all they can be. The aim of the Alma Mater has always been to send boys out into the world equipped to become valuable members of society and to make a positive contribution to our country and the world at large.

Comments Off on JPAA Canada – Networking & Bringing Old Boys Together!


Peterite Reunion in October 2014 – Message from Brisbane

Posted on 20 November 2013 by admin

~~Greetings from Brisbane

A group of old Peterites in Australia are making plans for a mega reunion in October 2014.
We have just launched a website to keep all old boys informed of the plans.
The website is chock-full of news, articles and photo galleries, and you will be entertained.
Please check out the website and pass the word among all old Peterites, and old Joes, in JPAA.

You can click on the link below and it will take you straight to the website. 

We also are on Twitter, with the handle @PeteriteReunion
Thanks in advance.

Best regards
Lawrence Heyn

Comments Off on Peterite Reunion in October 2014 – Message from Brisbane



SCHOOLS RUGBY: Peterites retain Under-16 title

Posted on 17 November 2013 by admin

November 9, 2013, 7:13 pm

St. Peter’s College Under-16 rugby team did well to maintain their supremacy in the Western Province rugby tournament when they retained the Cup Championship of the Western Province Inter-Schools Under-16, Fifteen-a-side Invitation Tournament for the record third consecutive year and take the Asian Finance Trophy at CR&FC grounds, Colombo on Wednesday.

The promising Diyath Fernando, the skipper of Bambalapitiya team was at his best and scored a hat-trick of tries while Angelo Mendis and Stephan Sivaraj too contributed with tries to their 33-7 victory against the second-time cup runners-up Mahanama College, Colombo.

Coached by D. P. Udayasiri, St. Peter’s beat Science College in the cup final in 2011 and defeated Mahanama College after a close 3-0 battle to keep the custody of the cup in 2012.

Lakmali Wickremesooriya, CEO, Asian Finance Ltd, Rizly Illyas, President, WPRFU and Nazeem Mohamed, Deputy President, WPRFU graced the occasion

Final round results:

Cup Final – St. Peter’s College bt Mahanama College 33 (5T,4C) – 7 (1T,1C)

Plate Final – St. John’s College, Nugegoda bt C.W.W. Kannangara MV 19 (3T,2C) – 5 (1T)

Bowl Final – Piliyandala MMV bt Lalith Athulathmudali College, Mt. Lavinia 14 (2T,2C0 – 7 (1T,1C)

Shield Final – Thurstan College bt S. De S. Jayasinghe MMV, Dehiwala 19 (3T,2C) – 12 (2T,1C).

Comments Off on SCHOOLS RUGBY: Peterites retain Under-16 title


Bill Devanayagam captained St. Joseph’s College in the early years

Posted on 17 November 2013 by admin

Courtesy: Premasara Epasinghe – Daily News

Kanapathipillai William Devanayagam, popularly known as (Bill) Devanayagam, was an outstanding, versatile sportsman, produced by St. Josephs' College, Maradana during the period 1927-1930. He captained the college cricket and Football teams with distinction. Further, he was a fine tennis player.

Devanayagam was a Roman Catholic, who hailed from a respectable family from Kalkudah, Batticaloa. He joined St. Joseph's College, during the time of the great educationist, French Catholic priest, Professor Maurice J. Legoc. He was the last foreigner to hold this highly prestigious position of Rector at St. Joseph's College.

Devanayagam was a born leader of men. He was a Hosteller. Under his captaincy, he made St. Josephs College, one of the best schoolboy outfits in the island in 1930. Some of his contemporary players were D.S. Jayasundera, supposed to be the Fastest bowler Sri Lanka produced.

Some of the other leading players were Bobby Fernando, Johnpulle, Claude Wijesinghe, K.C. Visvanathan, V.C. Samaraweera who played with him.

Under the astute leadership of Devanayagam the Maradana school, won all their inter-school matches, except St. Anthony's College, Katugastota.

In a low scoring affair, St. Anthonys scored 59 and 108 and St. Josephs replied with 72 and 94 respectively. Antonians beat then in a thriller, by one run. On the following day, the leading English Daily in Sri Lanka "Daily News" reported it with a fine headline. "Eagles shoot down high riding blue white".

In 1930, St. Josephs drew with Trinity in a rain marred match. SJC scored 220, skipper Devanayagam contributed 93. They defeated Wesley by an innings Joes scored 339. Wesky replied with 79 and 151. Skipper Devanayagam scored a swashbuckling 63. St. Josephs defeated Royal. They drew against S. Thomas College, Mount Lavinia. Josephians faced the Royal bowlers H.E. Poulier, N. Kandiah, S.S. Jayawickrama and F.C. De Saram with confidence.

Josephians could not beat the school by the sea, due to the fine bowling of two brothers Dudley Senanayake and Robert Senanayake and A.J.D.N. Selvadurai.

Bill Devanayagam had an exemplary stance, easy, and upright. The hall-mark of him was that he always saw the ball early. Further he played the ball, both off front and back foot. He was stylish bat who occupied the centre stage during 1928 to 1930.

During the season, no bowler could be blamed, because, Devanayagam batted magnificently, majestically and defended correctly. Further, he led the Darley Road Side in a text book style of captaincy. He was a shrewd captain. Cricket enthusiasts at that time had a great admiration, since he had some charm. He was very fortunate that he possessed a Deadly Weapon D.S. Jayasundera a terrific fast bowler under his wings. The Royalist F.C. De Saram, a legend in Sri Lanka cricket called this fast bowler, Jayasundera, as the "Jaya the menace".

A highly distinguished "Old Joe", my beloved cricket coach at Nalanda late Gerry Gooneratne, has told me that Jayasundera was the fastest bowler he had ever faced in his memorable cherished cricket career. He played for St. Josephs and Ceylon with that brilliant pace bowler, who played for Ceylon with another Josephian Malcolm Spittel.

The other renowned players were Fairlie Dalpathado and Hector Perera who are considered as two of the best produced by St. Joseph's College.

Not only in cricket, Devanayagam excelled in athletics too. He was a fine short distance runner, who brought credit and honour to college in many publics school athletic competitions. He was a superb athlete and a member of the Relay quartet that won the public school championship.

He was great team man. After leaving school, this unassuming sportsman joined law College, and passed out as a proctor. He represented law college cricket team and was also a prolific scorer.

Bill Devanayagam practiced as a lawyer at the Batticaloa courts. In 1947 he contested Kalkudah seat and was defeated.

As a time sportsman, he had a true fighting spirit. He was a man of honesty and integrity.

In 1960 parliamentary elections he won the Kalkudah seat. He retained this seat in 1965, 1970 and 1977. the charming charismatic sports personality K.W. (Bill) Devanayagam always stood for fair play and justice, which he learned in the playing fields. He served as the Minister of Justice in J.R. Jayewardene's Government from 1977 to 1988.






Comments Off on Bill Devanayagam captained St. Joseph’s College in the early years


Combined Joe-Pete team wins Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Sevens Tournament in Toronto

Posted on 17 November 2013 by admin

A combined Joe-Pete team led by Dominick de Kauwe trounced the Antonians 44-0 to win the "Quintin Israel Memorial Trophy" at the picturesque Oakville Crusaders Rugby Grounds. S. Thomas' College OBA hosted the tournament this year which is called "Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Sevens Tournament – 2013". Chief Organiser for the Thomians was D.R. (Ranjan) Weerasinghe – former Thomian, CR&FC and skipper of the Colombo Schools team. Other teams that took part in this year's tournament were the Thomians, Royalists, Trinitians and a combined Dharmarajah/Wesley team.

It was a full day tournament with a few preliminary rounds worked out before the finals. The Joe-Pete team, under the auspices of JPAA Canada was coached by Duminda Perera, assisted by Viraj Fernando (Peterite rugby skipper of 1984). In the preliminary rounds, the Joe-Pete team outplayed the Trinitians and Antonians and met the latter in the finals again. The Antonians failed to cross the Joe-Pete line even once in the finals.

A high standard of rugby football was maintained throughout the tournament.


Duminda Perera who was Manager/Coach, Joe-Pete Team sends in the following report

Finally the ultimate reached after many years of close finishes, including the inaugural year at this tournament, which still an achievement to be proud of.
A proud day indeed for the Saints led by our Captain Dominic de Kauwe and co-captain Gail Ragel. 
I am not sure where to begin, with this team except that we were all with level heads.  Not only were we blessed with an awesome core of leaders in Dominic, Gail, Theeraka and young Ryan, but also some great young speed in Dwayne, Aaron and Hurricane Tuani.
The morning game started off slow and we took a little time to settle in and gel.  Our rookies only needed a half a game or so to understand the rules and get into the flow, but once we got going there was no looking back until the championship was won with a resounding 42-0 score.
The quickness was such that on defense, we were not scored upon throughout the tournament. 
This group was all about putting the team first.
Stephen Koch – A true leader that encouraged the youngsters at practice, pulled everyone together and yet gave up a regular spot in the team.
Nadine Koch – our courageous young female member with great quickness
Dwayne and Aaron Perera– you two were new to the team but simply awesome with your speed and how you adapted through the tournament.
Ryan Anthony – You showed great leadership at Scrum-half and some nifty plays.  We are so glad that you chose to play the tournament in lieu of the U of T game.
Tuan Cassim – Hurricane Tuani, we know you’re in it just for show-boating and glory but we still love you for the speed and the tries that you score ;)
Theeraka – You selflessly gave up your regular position as a back and took over the pack, to lead the kids and yet was so versatile that you played sweeper to neutralize the Thomians ever so easily. 
Gail Ragel (co captain) –  Another un-sung hero.  Most of all what I personally value is your team spirit and the will to win.  You led by example and played with passion..a true leader again.
Dominic – What can I say?…you brought in the experience and again led by example with some beautiful plays to draw the opponents.  Those were my highlights for you.
As for Angelo, Roshan Anthony, Peter, Thomas, Viraj and myself, we proudly enjoyed watching all of you bring home the cup in grand fashion.

A big Thank you to the Rajans for lending us the lucky Jerseys!
Thank you to the Anandians that drove from New York and Washington, hopefully some of us will get a chance to play with you in DC next May.
Thank you Upali for the support!
And Many thanks to our supporters.

Comments Off on Combined Joe-Pete team wins Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Sevens Tournament in Toronto


The “Saints go Marching” in Toronto on a high note

Posted on 17 November 2013 by admin

Joe-Pete Dance 2013 - IJoe-Pete Dance 2013 - XIt was a night, but what a night it was!

The Josephian-Peterite Annual Dinner Dance was held last Saturday (October 5th) at the brand new Markham Convention Centre. The task of arranging the interior decor was left entirely in the hands of the creative mind of our Chair, Dance Committee/Social Secretary Anslem Perera. He came up with this backdrop curtain or screen of the two school colours – Blue, White & Gold and Blue & White. The backdrop was exceptional and the digital effect of the spots falling on the screen gave the decor to the hall an amazing look and feeling. With this backdrop, the JPAA Dance kicked off its Annual Dinner Dance for 2013. Popular local band ZEROX started the music sharp on time – 8:00 pm and within minutes the dance hall was half packed. Within an hour it was fully packed. The momentum picked up signalling another splendid dinner dance presented by JPAA Canada. Door prizes were drawn on time with gifts of overnight stays at Hilton Hotel, LCBO Vouchers and other gifts over $100 worth won by a few lucky patrons. A sumptuous buffet dinner prepared by veteran caterer Giri was enjoyed by all.

Then started the fireworks. Ray Pereira, Old Joe living in Richmond, Virginia, USA also came down for the dance and made a guest appearance by getting the crowd engaged with MATILDA – popularised by Harry Belafonte. He made a cameo appearance that was enjoyed by all. To cap it all, another visitor from the U.S. Winston Visser teamed up with the band to sing a few "baila" songs. These surprise performances added to the enjoyment as they were all done very tastefully. However, ZEROX and DJ-Shiwanka kept the floor crowded from start to end.

One of the highlights of the evening was the splendid recital of the two school anthems – sung with such passion never seen and heard in recent times. Larry Landers for the Peterites and Benito de Silva for the Josephians led the anthems for the two schools.

The dance went on till 2:00 am and the guests enjoyed with the saints as they went marching in! Vice Chair, Dance Committee Jerome Fernandez produced a super Souvenir that captured the year's social and sports events.

Popular monthly tabloid – The SriLankan Anchorman has captured the following photo gallery at the dance. Many thanks to its editor Dirk Tissera (Old Boy of St. Mary's College, Dehiwala).

Please download the link. GRAPHIC



Comments Off on The “Saints go Marching” in Toronto on a high note

Advertise Here
Advertise Here
%d bloggers like this: