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St. Peter’s College complete another remarkable year in Tennis

Posted on 26 December 2013 by admin

SPC-LOGO SITEBy: Dinith Pathiraja, SPC Coach

St. Peter’s college, Colombo 4 had another extremely successful year in 2013 continuing their golden era in the sport of tennis which the College has been enjoying in the recent past. Since the sport recommenced at St. Peter’s College in January 1998, it has been an unparalleled success story in this sport for the Peterites.

St. Peter’s College won the All Island Inter-schools Tennis Championship’s overall trophy for the 6th time in 7 years, regaining it after they had lost it in 2012, after winning it for 5 consecutive years from 2007-11. Thus in the recent Inter-school tennis history, St. Peter’s have won it 7 times in 9 years. This is a great achievement considering the tough competition which is prevalent in the schools tennis. This domination of one sport by one school has not been seen in any sport in the recent past because of the depth of competition among the schools in sports. This year the overall trophy was decided over 3 age groups, namely the Under-15, Under-17 and Under-19 championships.

The main architects behind this success are Rector Rev. Fr. Travis Gabriel who has always been there for the tennis team of St. Peter’s and Sports Coordinator Rev. Fr. Lakmin Silva. The quiet but effective work of their Master-in-charge Bernard Jesuthasan, supported by the assistant coaches P. Thizant and Delwar Hossain, the Peterites were fortunate to retain the schools’ tennis crown.

Their long-standing coach Dinith Pathiraja is the main architect of this success. He has been at St. Peter’s College since the inauguration of their tennis programme, in January 1998. And for the past 16 years, his vision, commitment and dedication towards improving tennis in every age category is exemplary. By producing so many National champions, winners of age categories, Sri Lanka players and performers at the international level, he has shown that he has got the right formula and system working for him. St. Peter’s College owes much to their long-serving coach for the overwhelming success of Peterite tennis. (RSS)


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SPC-OBU Newsletter

Posted on 23 December 2013 by admin

Algi Wijewickrema, Editor of the SPC-OBU has crafted a Newsletter that we are pleased to post on our website. A job well done. Congratulations go out to Algi and his team for the hard work and commitment to successfully produce the newsletter from St. Peter's College Old Boys Union. It is in pdf format and may be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

OBU Newsletter

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Obituary: Lalith Wiratunga (1939-2013)

Posted on 14 December 2013 by admin

LALITH WJPAA CANADA is saddened with news of the sudden passing of LALITH WIRATUNGA in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Lalith was at St. Peter's College, Bambalapitiya in the 40s & 50s. A brilliant student at college, Lalith entered the Law Faculty passing out as a Barrister & Solicitor. He enjoyed top legal positions in the private sector prior to emigrating to Canada over 20 years back and lived first in Montreal, Quebec before making Kitchener, Ontario his home. Lalith is a nephew of Rev. Fr.Basil Wiratunga, former Rector of St. Peter's College.

Lalith leaves behind his beloved wife Dilanee and two adoring children Shanila and Sheran and two brothers in Sri Lanka Nihal and Asoka who were both Peterites. Lalith was born on April 24, 1939 and passed away on Thursday, December 12, 2013. Lalith also had two 1st cousins at St. Peter's College – Lal Wiratunga (Pre-Seventies Group) and Lyn Wiratunga (Pre-Seventies Group).

Funeral Home:

Erb & Good Family Funeral Home           

171 King Street South, Waterloo, Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA N2J 1P7



Passed away on Thursday December 12, 2013, age 74. Son of the late Alec and Vivian Wiratunga. Husband of Dilanee nee Perera. Father of Shanila and Sheran. Brother of Nihal and Asoka, wife Shirani. Morning Prayers and visitation will be held at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo, on Monday December 16, 2013 from 11–12:30 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi RC Church, 49 Blueridge Ave, Kitchener on Monday December 16, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. with the Rev. Jim Valk, CR as Celebrant. Interment to follow at Williamsburg Cemetery, Kitchener. Condolences for the family may be arranged through the funeral home at or 519.745.8445.

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SPC-Pre-Seventies Batch get-together at Raja Bojun

Posted on 13 December 2013 by admin

Pre-Seventies 2013 Get Together






The Pre-Seventies group led by Major Jayantha Atapattu (Retd) is a vibrant group that carries the flag flying high by many fellowship and other events that bring the old boys and their families together. Just last month the group organised its annual get together details of which are captured in the news item posted below. Courtesy: Hony. Editor of SPC-OBU Algi Wijewickrema and General Secretary Stanlery Lumanauf for the following:


~~The Pre Seventies Batch of the OBU held its annual get together on 30th November 2013 at Raja Bojun and what a night it was.That there was entertainment is not something special in a night like this so what was special? Well read on and you'll see.

To begin with the Chief Guest was none other than Mr. Ashantha Andradi (Tim Andradi), CEO of the prestigious London School of Commerce (LSC) who was the donor of the Andradi Library to St. Peter's. Then there was the Guest of Honour, Doric Atton who has been helping the batch every year. The President of the OBU, Dr.  Nicholas Jayasekera was also present with no less than 3 past Presidents in attendance, namely Suranga Seneviratne, Gerry de Mel and Mano Chanmugam, Need I say more? O yes there was a 92 year old Peterite, Mr. Ahmed Kuthdus who also graced the occasion.

The President of the Batch Group, Jayantha Atapattu in his welcome speech thanked the participants and elaborated on the activities of the group. While welcoming the chief guest and thanking him for his generous support, he invited Algi Wijewickrema to introduce the chief guest. In his introduction Algi spoke of the school days of the chief guest, Neville Jayalath, Erajh Balasuriya, Michael Rodrigo (who were all present at the function) and himself and the contributions Ashantha has made not only to College but also to other charities.

In his address Ashantha Andradi spoke of the fact that the base for his success in education and business was laid at St. Peter's and stressed on the value of education which, he added was why he was in the business of education. Having learnt of the donation of scholarships to students of St. Peter's by the batch group, he made a spontaneous gesture by offering to sponsor 3 students to follow Degree programmes at the British School of Commerce, the Sri Lankan branch of the LSC plus a staggering 1 million rupees to add to the scholarship fund of the Pre Seventies batch group. Now is that special or what.

There was more. The 92 year old Mr. Kuthdoos surprised everyone there with his singing of 2 songs, May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You and Sentimental Me. Mr. Kuthdoos (I can't bring myself to call him by his first name) says that though a Muslim he sings the song May the Good Lord Bless …. as it transcends religious  barriers and his singing would have put a younger man to shame.

The evening also saw the charming Mrs. Kay Andradi presenting 10 lucky entrance ticket draw winners with gem studded pendants and there was of course the raffle draw with prizes galore. Then there was a sumptuous dinner and dancing and carol singing to complete a fine night for all who were lucky to be there.

Hope those who missed it this year will be there next year.

Algi Wijewickrema
Hony. Editor/OBU SPC

~~Album of photos are shown in the following link.

See pics of the event by downloading the following google link – sent by Stanley Lumanauf of Pre-Seventies Group:



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Peterites win U-15 Division-1 Inter-School Cricket title

Posted on 12 December 2013 by admin

Champion Peterite cricketers richly rewarded. The Under 15 division one schools cricket champions St. Peter's College have been granted a tour of Malaysia by the school authorities under the guidance Rev. Fr. Trevis Gabriel, St. Peter's Rector. The team led by Chathura Obeysekara leave the country today (12). Wasantha Haputhanthri, master-in-charge, and L.H. Sunil, head coach, will accompany the cricketers. St. Peter's Under 15 will play two matches against Malaysian sides during the tour.

~~Superb bowling performance by Manelka de Silva (two for 27), Gishan Rodrigo (two for 11), Chathura Obeysekara (two for 34) enabled St.Peter's College, Colombo to prove their supremacy once again when they beat Richmond College Galle by a run in the inter-schools under 15 division one cricket final played at P. Sara Oval yesterday.

This is St.Peter's College's fourth win in the tournament having won three out of the last five editions since 2008.

The Peterites who bat first, scored 194 at the end of the 50 overs. Ranul Perera (45), Anishka Perera (58) Dinuja Peiris (39) top scored for Colombo lads. Avindu Theekshana(two for 14) and Kamindu Mendis (two for 32) captured two wickets each.

Richmond College, who were chasing a target of 195, barely missed the championship as they were all out in 193 runs. The sparkling knock of 84 runs by Hasaru Chamikara was in vain as Richmondite innings started to collapse after they missed their fifth wicket at 146.

Duvin Kalansuriya (26) and Avindu Theekshana (20) was a bit consolation for the lads from Galle. Silva, Rodrigo and Obeysekara were the most impressive amongthe Peterite bowlers.

St.Peter's : 194 in 50 overs (Ranul Perera 45, Anishka Perera 58, Dinuja Peiris 39, Avindu Theekshana 2/14, Kamindu Mendis 2/32)

Richmond : 193 in 49.1 overs (Hasaru Chamikara 84, Duvin Kalansuriya 26, Avindu Theekshana 20, Manelka de Silva 2/27, Gishan Rodrigo 2/11, Chathura Obeysekara 2/34)

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Grotto at St. Peter’s College gets a new look

Posted on 04 December 2013 by admin

A place where many a Peterite prayed to Our Lady, the Grotto at St. Peter’s College, refurbished and looking beautiful was blessed and declared open this morning (4th December 2013) by His Eminence Rev. Dr. Norbert Andradi OMI, Bishop of Anuradhapura in a simple ceremony. The College premises was decked in blue and white flags and was in festive mood for the occasion.

Bishop Andradi was welcomed by the Rector, Rev. Fr. Travis Gabriel and the priest community at the College. The Old Boys Union which funded the project was represented by the President and several members of the Committee of Management.
Mr. Bernard Jesudasan welcomed the staff, students and everyone present on behalf Fr. Rector and invited Rev. Fr. Crispin Leo to lead the gathering in prayer. The Gospel was read by Fr. Vincent Ashley thereafter, and Bishop Andradi then addressed the students and all present. In his homily aimed primarily at the students of the A/L classes, he highlighted the dangers faced by the younger generation and exhorted the students to always seek the protection of Our Lady and have a deep devotion to her.
He then blessed the grotto and after the recitation of a decade of the Rosary, Fr. Rector thanked the Bishop for his presence and prayers and also thanked everyone who worked hard to make this a reality. He invited the staff and students to say a prayer however short it may be as they pass the grotto.
After the gathering was blessed Bishop Andradi, Dr. Nicholas Jayasekera, the President of the OBU thanked the committee that worked hard to ensure that the project was carried out and completed in time.

Algi Wijewickrema
Hony. Editor (SPC – OBU)

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