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Message from SPC Old Boys Social Club Australia Inc.

Posted on 29 September 2013 by admin


27th September 2013SPC LOGO SITE 2

Dear Valued Member of the Club

It is my pleasure to inform you that this year the Seniors Lunch will be held in early December, a beautiful time of the year where the climate is perfect and the atmosphere is full of fun and frolic.

The ‘Seniors Christmas Lunch’ will be held on Sunday the 8th of December 2013 from 11am to 5pm at the Oakleigh Hall. The hall has a beautiful ambience, ample parking and only five minutes’ walk from the Oakleigh Train Station.

Last year was a sell-out and we expect the 120 tickets available this year to be booked out within weeks.

Johann Gunasekara

St Peters College Old Boys Social Club Australia Inc.
ABN 87 812 074 480
8 Wattle Street, Thomastown VIC 3074

President: Johann Gunasekara, Vice President: Chanaka Perera, Past President: Patrick Fernando, Secretary: Kevin Joseph, Treasurer: Dhanushka Perera, Social Secretary: Priyantha de Silva, Editor: Kevin Gomez, Membership Sec: Keith Bennett, Sports Sec: Jerome Chandrasekera,
Asst. Treasurer: Rohan Samaranayake, Asst. Memb. Sec: Len de Silva,  Asst. Sports Sec: Michael van Langenberg, Asst. Editor: Jerome Bartholomeusz,
Asst. Social Sec: Russell Pereira Auditor : Winston Foenander,  Secretary:






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Old Peterite Angelo Karunaratne wins “Best Doctoral Thesis” Award

Posted on 26 September 2013 by admin

A Sri Lankan scientist, Angelo Karunaratne, in London, United Kingdom has been awarded the best doctoral thesis award in Biomechanics for his doctoral research work on ANALYSIS OF ALTERATIONS IN MATRIX QUALITY AT NANOSCALE IN METABOLIC BONE DISEASES USING SYNCHROTRON X-RAY DIFFRACTION at an international conference in Patras, Greece.

The Best Doctoral Thesis in Biomechanics is an award with which the European Society of Biomechanics (ESB) recognizes the development of an outstanding doctoral final thesis that has contributed to the advancement of the theory and/or applications of Biomechanics.

Angelo Karunaratne, Queen Mary University of London, became the first Sri Lankan to win this award. The Award committee chairman Prof. Peter Zioupos said: "The committee after scrutinised the award applications, CV, thesis, letters of support that applicants have provided, and Angelo has been chosen as the winner of Best doctoral thesis award with a large majority for his commendable achievements during the PhD". Angelo gave an award keynote lecture at the ESB Congress 2013, where his work was highly appreciated by the research audience.

Angelo, aged 28, came to UK in 2005 for his undergraduate studies after completing his advanced level studies in Biology at St. Peter's College, Colombo 04. During his period in St. Peter's College he was good in studies, sports and conduct. Where sports concerned, he wore the cap of the College Athletic Captain for the year 2003. Once he arrived in London he has started his undergraduate studies in Medical Engineering at Queen Mary University of London where he graduated with a 1st class honours degree in Masters of Engineering in July, 2009. Then Angelo spent three months at Depuy Orthopeadics International as an intern research assistant performing lab based experiments.

Subsequently in October 2009, Angelo commenced work on a joint PhD studentship funded by QMUL and Diamond Light Source (DLS) at Harwell, UK. The research of his thesis was the application of in situ X-ray imaging techniques to understand the nanoscale origins of structure-function relations in metabolic bone diseases. Angelo explained".The main focus of my PhD was to develop a nano-mechanical imaging technique to detect nano-structural and mechanical alterations in bone during metabolic diseases, such as osteoporosis and rickets. I was able to break new ground in our understanding of bone nano-structural and biomechanical alterations in disease conditions, using various imaging techniques and how they could be used as a diagnostic marker in bone pathology."

His primary PhD supervisor, Dr. Himadri Gupta said "There is an increasing awareness in the field of clinical bone biomechanics that increased fracture risk and deformability in metabolic bone diseases cannot be explained by changes in bone quantity (Bone mineral density) alone, but that changes in the bone matrix quality at the nano- and microscale must be taken into account. However, the nature of these changes is far from clear. Angelo has made a major contribution in his PhD thesis toward clarifying this question, by demonstrating how high-brilliance synchrotron X-ray scattering combined with in situ mechanical testing can be used to detect the precise, disease-specific changes in the bone nanostructure leading to lowered mechanics in clinically important conditions like osteoporosis and osteoarthritis".

Angelo's external examiner, Dr. Sandra Shefelbine for his PhD thesis mentioned "The impact of this PhD work is not only insight into nano-mechanics of bone, but also development of protocols to probe the nanomechanics of bone in healthy, aged and diseased bone. The quantity and the quality of work achieved is obvious by the four publications in high impact factor journals that Dr. Karunaratne has published as first author, and likely more to come". At present Angelo is working as a research associate at the Centre for Blast Injury studies, Imperial College London and his academic advisor is Prof. Anthony Bull (head of department and the director of the Blast centre). He is enjoying his research at Bioengineering department, Imperial College and he said: "The aim of my current research at Imperial is to investigate the effects of high strain rate loading scenarios on the bone and cartilage, such as those seen in explosions and inform improvements needed for mitigation techniques and better clinical interventions on skeletal fixations for injured service men and women. I am glad that I have chosen this career path as I want to work in a medical environment that is also socially responsible and has the same belief and passions as I do. My future intention is to return back to Sri Lanka and provide a service to my country with the knowledge and the experience that I gained during my stay in UK".

Finally Angelo added few words by acknowledging his supervisors, colleagues and family. "First and foremost, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my PhD supervisors for their guidance throughout the three year period of my PhD. Last but not least, my loving wife – Romanie, daughter – Riyana and son – Adithya who always with me during my work and putting a smile on my face. You are my strength, without you this holds no value."


Courtesy of as reported by Algi Wijewickrema on PEN

Angelo Karunaratne
Knowledge transfer researcher, I22,
Diamond Light Source Ltd. Oxfordshire,
Ph.D. candidate, School of Engineering and Material Sciences,
Queen Mary University of London,
E1 4NS, UK
Angelo Karuanaratne is a final year PhD student at the Queen Mary University of London and he is intending to submit his PhD thesis in the end of September. Angelo’s research interests are investigating the bone nano structural and mechanical alterations during the metabolic bone diseases using in-situ micromechanical testing with synchrotron small angle X-Ray scattering. These nano mechanical and structural data is complemented by microscale mineralization parameters measured by quantitative backscattered scanning electron microscopy and micro computer tomography. He has gained lot of expertise in the biomechanical behavior of the bone from nano to macro length scales.
Angelo was awarded  ImpactQM scholarship in April 2012 to work in the UK Synchrotron facility Diamond Light Source Ltd. as a short term research assistant on a knowledge transfer project. He is working with a motion team and GDA programmers in order to integrate the in-situ nanomechanical testing machine to the beam line and manual writing in preparation for making the tester environments available to other user groups.
He also published and submitted his scientific work in JBMR, Bone and Biomaterials and he was an author for 8 peer-reviewed conference abstracts. Angelo was awarded several poster prizes at national conferences and two Young investigator travel awards to attend for international conferences; American Society of Bone and Mineral research society annual meeting 2011 at San Francisco and European Society of Biomechanics annual congress 2012 at Portugal.













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23rd Joe-Pete Cricket Encounter in Washington D.C. USA

Posted on 15 September 2013 by admin

A gentle and refreshing breeze greeted spectators and players to the 23rd Annual Josephian-Peterite Cricket Encounter played on Saturday, September 14, at the Robertson Park, Gaitheds of both alumni, many of whrsburg, Maryland. As in past years, this event was also well attended by family and friends of both alumni, many of whom had come from different States. This encounter was dedicated to Mr. Cecil Perera – a founder member of St. Peter's College OBU Washington (SPCOBUWDC) – who passed away earlier this month. The Peterite team wore black arm bands, in appreciation and respect for the many years Mr. Cecil Perera served the OBU. Two minutes of silence was observed before the commencement of the game. The Alumni of both schools decided that from year onwards, would be re-named the Cecil Perera Memorial Trophy. St. Josephs won the toss and invited St. Peters to bat first. The bowling was tight, wickets fell at regular intervals and the Peterites were all out for 118 runs in 21.1 overs. Milroy Romesh and Shehan Francisco bowled well for the Joes. Priyan had three catches behind the stumps.

The Peterites hosting this year's event offered an ample supply of finger food and lunch was contracted to Ramani's Kitchen to provide all visitors with a spicy array of rice and curries. DJ Ranjen provided entertaining music throughout the game with the 'papara' theme and songs from Peterite Desmond Kelly.

After lunch, St. Peters had two quick wickets but a steady and important partnership between Aruna Amirthanayagam 23 runs and Deshan Cooray 20 runs consolidated the osephian innings and their middle order cruised to victory for the loss of only 4-wickets with few overs to spare.

The Josephian cricketers swept all the awards.

Best Batsman – Aruna Amirthanayagam

Best Bowler – Romesh Dias

Best Fielder – Priyan Perera

Man of the Match (Ranjith Weeratunga Memorial Trophy)- Don Milroy

The awards presentations ended with Dr. Chandru Mirchandani, Dr. Greg Fernandopulle and Dakshi de Silva speaking a few words on Cecil Perera and the singing of the two college anthems. Mr. Prasanth Cherubim also thanked the Peterites for organizing the event.



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6th Annual reunion of Pre-Seventies Group (SPC)

Posted on 08 September 2013 by admin

The Old Peterites Group of Pre-1970 batch affiliated to the OBU of St. Peter's College, Bambalapitiya are organizing their annual get-together (Dinner/Dance) to raise much needed funds to provide scholarships to needy students of the college. This is to be one of its projects of social responsibility to theSPC LOGO SITE 2 "Alma Mater". The Annual get together will be held on Saturday 30th November 2013 at Raja Bojun, Colpetty.

Please read an appeal from the Pre-1970 group below:

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Peterite cricketer excels in Athletics

Posted on 01 September 2013 by admin

SPC LOGO SITE 2Supun Randeniya of Ranabima Royal College, Gannoruwa came up with a stupendous performance by breaking the 19-year-old 110m hurdles record on the third day of the All Island Schools Games held at the Sugathadasa Stadium, Colombo recently. With Randeniya's 110m hurdles record, three new meet records were set up on the third day with boys under-19 5000m record and girls under-21 100m relay record.

Randeniya, who won the bronze medal at the Asian Junior Athletics Meet in 110m hurdles, clocked 14.50 seconds breaking the previous record of 14.60 set up by Mahesh Perera of St Peter's College, Bambalapitiya in 1994.

Later on Mahesh Perera, who won gold medals for Sri Lanka at South Asian level, went onto set the national record when he ran in 14.00 seconds at Kuang, Malaysia in 1997.

DM Samarakoon of Anuruddha Kumara National School, Nawalapitiya established the under-19 boys 5000m record with a time of 15 minutes 23.53 seconds breaking the previous record of 15:27.10 set by Tharindu Madushan of Lunuwatte MMV, Welimada last year. KA Chandradas holds the current national record of 14:08.05 set in Colombo in 2004.

In the day's penultimate event, St Joseph's College, Kegalle girls 100m relay quartet set a new meet record with a remarkable 51.10 seconds. The Sabaragamuwa team erased the previous record of 51.21 held by the quartet of Sumana Balika Vidyalaya, Ratnapura in 2003.

Emerging women's thrower of Sri Lanka, Amanthi Silva of St Bridget's Convent, Colombo 7 won the gold medal of the under-19 shot putt event recording 11.93 metres. Silva had earlier set a new meet record in her discus throw event yesterday.

As usual Notherners are good at leaping with the pole. Representing Mahajana College, Jaffna, S Dilakshana won the gold medal with a leap of 3.80 metres in the boys under-17 pole vault event.

AM Dilshan of Ananda College, Colombo threw 37.65 metres to win the gold medal in the boys under-21 discus throw event.

Both boys and girls 1,500m events were held in the evening and St Peter's College, Bambalapitya's cricketer Dushan Hemantha won the gold medal clocking 4:01.32 while Wijaya Pathirana of Vijaya Vidyalaya Kalawewa timed 50:69.00 seconds to win gold in the girls under-21 1500m event.

Finals of 30 events will be held today (Saturday) starting with the boys under-17 putt shot at 8.30 am. 400m, 100m and 110m hurdles finals will be held in the evening session from 1pm on the fourth day of the five-day meet.

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