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Old 29-06-12, 10:19 AM
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Default History of Royal College launched: Blue and gold memories live on

History of Royal College launched:
Blue and gold memories live on

The launch of History of Royal College – 1985-2010 took place among a distinguished gathering.

History repeated itself at Royal College with the launch of its second history book, capturing many milestones and facets of the college for the present generation and also the future generation of Royalists to cherish their school. 177 years have passed since the school, which is now known as Royal College from its genesis as Hill Street Academy was established. The journey has not yet seen its conclusion.

The History of Royal College from 1835-1985 was previously chronicled by S. S. Perera and in the recent past M.L Perera set out to complete the legend from 1985-2010. S.S. Perera’s research and dedication of four years resulted in the 603 page history book launched in 1986 with the Royal College Union (RCU) initiating the chronicled recording of 150 years of priceless history.

The sequel to the legacy is a culmination of a two year research by M.L. Perera and records all academic, sports, notable events and numerous other activities worth recording for posterity during the period August 1985 to December 2010. It has by no means been an easy task and his efforts were praised and appreciated by all who understood the difficulty to complete such a task with dedication and pride.

The event at Navarangahala was graced by Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Chief Editor, Sunday Island, Manik De Silva, Editor-in-Chief Sunday Observer, Dinesh Weerawansa, Editor in Chief of The Nation, Malinda Senavirathne, the Principal of Royal College, Upali Gunasekara and the RCU Secretary Manju Ariyaratne.

The senior deputy principal, deputy principals, past principals, vice presidents, trustees and past secretaries of the RCU along with faculty members and students attended the historic launch.

The occasion itself was a rare moment of history in the making when four outstanding Royalists who created history for Royal College by reaching the highest echelons of the profession they all belong to, were in attendance on one platform. Specifically the senior most officer in the Sri Lankan Administrative Service and three distinguished gentlemen holding the highest office in the print media representing three national English newspapers, unveiled the history that all Royalists treasure. “This is the only time in the college history that we have four old Royalists simultaneously heading their respective newspapers” stated Manju Ariyaratne, RCU Secretary.

Speaking at the event the Royal College Principal Upali Gunasekara expressed his pleasure in participating in this event.

“History has to be rewritten in every generation, because although the past does not change the present does.

“Each generation asks new questions of the past and finds new areas of sympathy as it re-lives different aspects of the experiences of its predecessors.”

He said Royal College was an exceptional institution that had witnessed a long journey of ups and downs, adding to its character, resilience and longevity.

He thanked the editor for undertaking a task of great magnitude and stated that history serves to enhance one’s self-consciousness while offering a new way to look at things.

Manju Ariyaratne, expressed his gratitude and pride to be present on this day.

He re-iterated the history of Royal College and said Royal College was the first public school among equals and the RCU was an institution that exists to serve its alma-mater and ensure that it remains what it is, it was nothing but prudent for RCU to document its history.

He thanked the author for the dedication and effort in producing a volume of this magnitude, which spoke of the rich history, culture and heritage of Royal College.

De Silva speaking on behalf of the three guests of honour, commended the RCU on taking interest in fulfilling the task of concluding this project. Lalith Weeratunge, complimented the efforts by RCU in completing this mammoth task of enriching history.

He touched on topics such as education and skills development together with the importance of emotional intelligence in task-making and instilling a pride in the country.

A golden leaf in the annals of history has been turned with the launch of “The History of Royal College” which has been tinged in memories of Blue and Gold, which will be of value for the Royal fraternity at large, as they recall moments that created milestones and made history come alive for the present and future Royalists to uphold their rich culture and traditions with pride.

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Old 03-04-13, 10:29 AM
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Subject: The oldest annual cricket match in the world....the 134th encounter of 2013

Sending this to you as an old Thomian myself.....to give you a little insight into the passion that drives the game in Sri Lanka.

St Thomas College, Mount Lavinia, (by the sea just outside Colombo) was founded in 1851, and early into the video you will get a brief view of my school, the one with the grey classical buildings. The first building is the laboratory block and the second is the chapel, diametrically across the main quadrangle. The Royal College main building follows and has the college colours draped across the frontage for the occasion. During WWll the STC buildings were taken over by the Allied Far East Command and used as the main recuperation hospital for injured personnel, and was included in the film, Bridge over River Kwai. During a Japanese attack on Ceylon, a Jap aircraft shot down crashed into one of the smaller school buildings on the periphery. Enjoy.....

The 2013,134th Royal Thomian match.

A New Zealand Sky tv production...

>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwuxkRkfTRs
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