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St. Peter’s complete rare double in inter-school tennis

Posted on 25 September 2014 by admin


article_imageThe victorious St. Peter’s College tennis team which won the Gold Medal at the National Schools Tennis Championship yesterday at the SLTA, Colombo. Also in the picture are their Tennis Master-in-charge Bernard Jesuthasan and coach Dinith Pathiraja. St. Peter’s completed a grand double this year by winning main titles at both the All Island Inter Schools and the National Schools Tennis Championships.

St. Peter’s College, Bambalapitiya tennis team completed a rare ‘double’ when they won the National Schools Tennis Championship’s Gold Medal at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association (SLTA), Colombo on Wednesday, Sept. 25. They had won the overall title of the All Island Inter-school Tennis, for the 8th time in 10 years, only last July thus completed a rare double in the national school circuit on Wednesday. The school has made the same achievement in year 2007 too.

 Before the National Schools Championships, the Peterites were considered only the third favourites, behind Royal College and defending champions S. Thomas’, Mount Lavinia.

In the first round of the tournament, they beat S. Thomas’ Prep School, Colpetty and then beat St. Sebastian’s College, Moratuwa. In the semi-finals, they beat fancied Royal 2-0 to meet S. Thomas’, who had beaten Ananda in the other semis.

In the finals, Nishangan Nadaraja got off to a fine start beating Anarga Peiris. Then the Peterite pair of Davishka Ranasinghe and Sanjeev Mohanakumar won a pulsating Doubles against Venuka Hulangamuwa and Avindra Perera 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 to win the final 2-0 to clinch the title. St. Peter’s also completed a remarkable record by winning the Gold Medal without losing a single match.

 Last month Peterite rep, Nadaraja, became the Under-18 (junior) National champion and then partnered team-mate Chehan Fernando to win the Under-18 National Doubles as well.

Their team comprised Senel Rohana (Capt.), Nishangan Nadaraja, Chehan Fernando, Davishka Ranasinghe, Sanjeev Mohanakumar and Nabeel Sabri.

Encouraged by the Rector Fr. Trevor Martin, Sports Coordinator Fr. Shyam Dasanayaka and the Sports Secretary Troy Bartlett, the Peterite tennis continues to dominate under their Master-in-charge, Bernard Jesuthasan, and their renowned coach Dinith Pathiraja, who has been there with St. Peter’s for 17 years.


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Demise of Old Peterite Dr. Thomas Crusz in the U.K.

Posted on 24 September 2014 by admin

Thomas Crusz attended St. Peter's College from 1952-1964, and was a brilliant student besides serving as Senior Prefect. He was the eldest son of (Late) Prof. Hilary Crusz & Decima Crusz. and nephew of Noel Crusz (formerly Rev. Fr. Noel Crusz). A pre-70s Peterite, Thomas was a good Tennis player at college and also sang in the choir. He entered medical college from SPC and upon receiving his medical degree left for the U.K. in the late sixties or early seventies. He has lived in the U.K. ever since.

He was a Consultant Haematologist and worked in the NHS Blood Transfusion Service until retirement a few years ago.

CRUSZ – DR THOMAS AQUINAS. Passed away in Essex (UK), beloved husband of Srimathie (nee Perera), loving father of Shanika (and Nick), Samanthi and Shanthini (and Mark), grandfather of Orlando and Luke, beloved son of (late), Prof. Hilary and Decima Crusz, brother of Frances (and Kamal), Robert (and Neloufer) and Marie (and Fred), son-in-law of (late), Ashley and Miriam, brother-in-law of Priyani, Sharmala and Niranjan. 

What people have to say:

Brian Ratnayaka, former President and live wire of the SPC OBU in the U.K. says, "Thomas was a was a Life member of our SPC OBU UK Branch and a member of the Committee last year. He was an active member of our parish – St. Thomas of Canterbury (Franciscans) – and sang in the Church Choir. A couple of months ago he was taken ill with a Brain Tumour, and was operated on, but did not survive. His home was very close to mine,

Upali Obeyesekere – President, Josephian-Peterite Alumni Association of Canada says, "Thomas and I were classmates from Senior Prep., through to HSC-I. A brilliant student, he was always among the top five in class – the others been Indra Cumaranatunga, Lalith Dabera, Harindra Sirisena, David de Kretser and V. Thuraisingham (now a medical doctor).
After securing his medical degree, Thomas left for the U.K. for his post-graduate studies in the late sixties or early seventies and lived in the U.K. ever after. "Thomma" and I became quite close when we were in the Senior Prep. and lived close to each other – he at Melbourne Avenue and I, at Bamba Flats. I waited for him at the top of Galle Road and along with Lester Weinman (Hildon Place) all three of us trekked on Galle Road to college and back. He visited me often at the flats and in turn I was a regular visitor to his home. Though I have visited England many times, never did meet him. I tracked him down once about 10 years back, and called him from Heathrow Airport (as I was waiting for my flight out) and reached him. He was so upset that I called him on my way back to Toronto. However, we exchanged addresses and e-mails and have been in touch ever since. He always sends a Christmas card, one of the first I receive. Not only was Thomas a brilliant student at college, he was a lovely person and full of humour. He loved music and had a good voice and played a mean game of tennis. MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE.“

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Grand Melbourne reunion of Peterites on October 4th

Posted on 19 September 2014 by admin

Many past Cricket Captains at Melbourne reunion.SPC MELBOURNE III


The Blue That Crowns the World reunion in Melbourne on October 4 is gathering momentum, with a number of past cricket captains confirming their attendance.

Captains from the 1970s, Rohan Buultjens, Charinde Perera, Michael Elias and Bernard Wijetunge, are arriving from overseas to join other previous skippers such as Tyrone Le Mercier, Ranjan Perera, Gamini Goonasena, Ruwan Jayaweera and Denham Juriansz. Also attending are a host of former cricketers and ruggerites, travelling from other states in Australia.

The reunion at the Springvale Town Hall, Melbourne, is expected to attract a large gathering. The two previous reunions in 2008 and 2011, organised by a group of old boys from Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, were well attended and happy memories were shared.

The organisers have promised a night packed with fun and surprises, in addition to unique entertainment and a menu designed for the Peterite palate.

Conrad de Silva, of Jetliners fame, will be a guest artist along with other Peterites on parade. Music will be provided by popular duo Chris and Lozaine.

While there will be activity on the dance floor, there also will be plenty of time to meet and chat with schoolmates and recall the good old times.

The organisers have added value by planning some unique gifts for those attending the function.

There also is also a special tie on sale for $20.

Malcolm Schokman, from the organising committee said: “We are committed to giving Peterites an event that will help them recall and go some way to re-create our glorious school days – as our anthem says, ‘while in boyhood here we linger … when such joys were ours’.

“So look forward to another great night to remember. Bring your school mates along to enjoy their company and relate all those school yarns.”

Tickets are $65 a head and can be bought from any member of the organising committee.

The reunion committee would like to see many of our past cricketers, rugby players and other sportsmen attend this reunion to make this a memorable event of reminiscing and renewal of friendships.



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Humphrey Solomons – Old Peterite visits Sri Lanka after 40 years in the U.K.

Posted on 19 September 2014 by admin

Back in country of their birth in search of roots

Humphrey and Aloma Solomans at the ‘Lake House’ Library

Family histories and genealogy are important records for us as families. They give us an appreciation of where we've come from and thus, a fuller picture of who we are says Humphrey Solomons(a famous name in the automotive industry and horse racing in UK) who is back in Sri Lanka after 40 years in search of his roots. Solomons who migrated to UK 40 years ago with his family, in search of greener pastures today is recognized as one of the leading racehorse owners in UK. He has also been the Director of Lustre Cars, Euro Cars, Global Motors and Continental Motors in UK.

Now semi-retired, Solomons with his wife Aloma is back in the country of his birth, both in search of his past as well as with the intention of giving back something to the country of his birth. Recently Solomons with Aloma visited 'Lake House' where his grand father Donovan Andree worked as a Journalist for the 'Daily News' in the 1940's.

In an interview with 'Daily News' Solomons said that he plans to join the automobile business in Sri Lanka in a big way. In the long term he proposes to set up a joint venture in the automobile sector between Sri Lanka and the UK.

Solomons is also very much interested in the local history 'by learning something of local history, cultural and religious customs of the day we can gain an insight into the rich history that shaped our ancestors' lives' he says.

Solomons studied in the St.Peters College from 1945 – 1951 and has very fond memories of his days at School.

Back after 40 years Solomons says that Sri Lanka has made remarkable progress during the period specially in the development of infrastructure.

According to him since the end of conflict Sri Lanka has become one of the most popular destinations for UK tourists. He plans to further develop this image with propaganda through his various business ventures.

The Solomons have three daughters residing in the UK. Their eldest Melissa is a very popular singer in the UK and has her own band 'Triple 6 Drums'. They have six grandchildren.

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Calling all Old Joes & Old Peterites in Canada & USA

Posted on 15 September 2014 by admin

Join the Saints as they go marching in!

This is the appeal made to the alumni of St. Joseph's College and St. Peter's College who are now domiciled in Canada and USA. The only joint alumni association for the Joes and Peterites is based in Toronto and had its humble beginnings in 1984. Thirty long years have gone by – but the association still stands firm held by the strength, commitment and loyalty of Old Boys who attended the two schools.

JPAA Canada President Upali Obeyesekere has this message to all Old Boys of the two schools:

"We warmly invite you to join the Saints as we go Marching In on Saturday, October 4th to celebrate our 30th anniversary year. With the music of ZEROX and dynamic DJ – GROOVE all the way from USA – the Joes and Peterites will make this celebration, a memorable occasion. So, please join us to celebrate this momentous event. We started this association in 1984 with all sincerity with one objective in mind – to foster the bonds of fellowship and camaraderie amongst us. To this end, we have done just that and has acted as a catalyst in creating new friendships built on fundamental values we learn in the hallways and corridors of our Alma Mater. Shed aside any misconceptions you may have about the association or the people who run it. We are only trying very hard to keep the association alive so that we can continue our good work and help our Alma Mater in our own small way.

Warmest regards and on behalf of Dance Committee Chair Jerome Fernandez and our team we wish you well."

For tickets call Jerome – 416-616-7283 or Upali 416-445-5390.

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SPC Basketball Court


St. Peter’s College gets new digital basketball scoreboard

Posted on 15 September 2014 by admin

One of the dreams of The Basketball Foundation of St. Peter’s College
came true on the 23rd Of August 2014.
First and only Digital Score board in Sri Lanka.

Note from Algi Wijewickrema: "The newly erected electronic basketball scoreboard at St. Peter's College that was declared open yesterday. The one and only such in a school basketball court in Sri Lanka and I'm told is the largest electronic scoreboard anywhere in Sri Lanka."

SPC Basketball Court

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Demise – Bhagwandas (Buggy) Surtani

Posted on 03 September 2014 by admin


With great sorrow, we announce the sad demise of Mr. B.H Surtani, the Chairman of our Group who passed away while on vacation in Australia on the 30th of August 2014.

A husband, Father, Brother, Uncle and Friend; He was a loving and caring human being who lived and exemplary life.

He is survived by his beloved Wife, Children, Brothers and their families; and will be dearly missed by and forever remembered by Family, Friends & Relatives.

Funeral Services will take place at 5:30 PM, on the 4th of September 2014 at:

Service Hall No. 1
Mandai Crematorium & Columbarium,
300 Mandai Road,
Singapore 779393

Email address for Condolences:

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