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Welcome to Royal College, Induction & Competency Enhancement 04 Day Workshop for New Teachers

Welcome to Royal College;  A Four Day workshop on “Induction & Competency Enhancement”

 

This four day workshop was organized for the new teachers, who joined the College on or after 01st January 2016, by the Old Royalists’ HR Professionals’ Association (ORHRPA), in collaboration with the Royal College Union. There has been  159 new additions to the College during the past  two and half year period which is over  40% of its total teacher population.

 

The main objective of this session was to unleash the potential  of the new teachers and to inculcate the Culture, Values and Traditions of the College in them,  for a better delivery and  to be better projected  amongst the Royal fraternity.

 

The topics covered  during this session, along with the respective resource persons were as follows  ;

  • Critical role of a teacher & expected standard of a Royal Teacher from a student’s (Old Boy’s) perspective : Mr. Ishan Dantanarayana – Chief People Officer, Brandix Group
  • Is teaching a difficult task? Psychological aspects of teaching : Mr. Ajith Jayawardane – Education, Career & Psychological Counsellor, Writer, Lecturer, Speaker & Lawyer
  • Leadership Lessons for Teachers : Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe – Former Navy Commander & Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Australia
  • Royal Culture & Values : Mr. Abhaya Amaradasa – Former RCU Secretary, Former Deputy Chairman of ORGACO, General Manager -ANCL
  • Teachers as Leaders : Prof. Ajantha Dharmasiri – Professor in Management, Director and Chairman of the Board of Management of PIM, Immediate Past President of IPM
  • Planning Organizing and Communication Skills : Mr. Mifaz Ahamed – Senior Manager  – Human Resource Development, Hemas Consumer Brands
  • Profile of a Royal Teacher : Mr. Kottahewa Amaradasa, Former Assistant Principal of Royal College
  • How to earn Respect : Mr. Rukmal de Silva (Ruki), Pathfinder & Chief Visionary Officer of 361 Degrees/Wild Drift
  • Profile of a Royal Teacher : Dayaratne Hennayaka, Former Assistant Principal of Royal College

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Defining your Legacy 2018 : Together we mentor future kings – 01 Day workshop for the academic staff of Royal College

Defining your Legacy 2018 : Together we mentor future kings, 01 Day workshop for the entire academic staff of Royal College  was organized by the Old Royalists’ HR Professionals’ Association (ORHRPA) in collaboration with the Royal College Union (RCU), the Old Royalists’ Association in UK (ORAUK) and Old Royalists in Qatar (ORQ) at the Waters Edge, Battaramulla on 29th May 2018.

 

In his welcome address, Prabhash Hettiarachchi the President of ORHRPA stated  that this would undoubtedly  create a new  dimension in the human capital development in Royal College under the leadership of the Principal and Mr Athula Munasinghe Secretary of RCU. Further, he stated  that the main objective of this program was to inspire the team, to promote collaboration, as there are many new teachers who have joined inthe recent past and to help them to be role models as “Royal Teachers”, rather than being just another team of teachers.

 

Addressing over 265 teachers who were present on that day, the Principal and the RCU Secretary emphasized  the importance of continuous learning & development and getting updated with the latest knowledge

 

The main sessions of the workshop were as follows:-

 

  • “Aligning your personal vision with organizational vision” by Dhammika Kalapuge,
  • “Maintaining the students’ discipline within the legal framework of Sri Lanka” by Dr Prathiba Mahanamahewa
  • “Mindfulness : for enhanced effectiveness in personal and professional life” by Dr Tara de Mel   Thereafter, there was a very impactful panel discussion moderated by Janaka Kumarasinghe, the Executive Director of Kent Ridge with an elite panel comprised of  Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe, Former Navy Commander & High Commissioner to Australia, Prof Ajantha Dharmasiri, Professor in Management, Director and the Chairman of the Board of Management of PIM, Ishan Dantanarayana, the Chief People Officer, Brandix Group and Prasath Nanayakkara, the Chairman and CEO, Auxenta Inc..
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05 Day Royal College Primary Section Swimming Carnival 2018

The Primary Section of Royal College had its first ever five day Swimming Carnival from 07th to 11th May 2018 at the College Swimming Pool

 

The main objective of this  event was to promote sports, amongst children in the junior grades especially  promote swimming . Throughout the Carnival, there were ample opportunities for the youngsters to take part in some kind of an aquatic  game, even for those  who are unable  to swim at all.. As swimming is mostly considered  an individual game, these activities were included also in order to promote the team spirit amongst the children.

 

This was a magnificent event with a participation of approximately 69% of the total student population  in the Primary Section. As this was held for the first time in the history of Royal College  with no any benchmarks to follow, the process facilitation had to be  done by the Old Royalists’ HR Professionals’ Association (ORHRPA) on a request of the College Authorities. “This would be just a start of a long journey for swimming  at Royal College. A well-structured approach resulted in this remarkable success with the support of the College senior leadership team and the parent groups, appointed with varying responsibilities, as the organizing committee”  stated Prabhash Hettiarachchi,  President  –  ORHRPA. Furthermore, he appreciated the leadership support given by the senior leadership of the College,  Secretary of the RCU, Mrs. Subhodha Samarasinghe,  Teacher-in-charge of Swimming of the Primary Section and Mr. Nishantha de Costa, the Head Coach and his team.

 

A separate solemn award ceremony was held in the presence of Director of Sports  in the Ministry of Education, Col. Manjula Kariyawasam as the Chief Guest and Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe  former Navy Commander  & High Commissioner to Australia as the Guest of Honour at Navarangahala, on 31st May 2018.

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Royal College Union SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING

Notice is hereby given that a Special General Meeting of the Royal College Union (RCU) will be held on Saturday, 21st July 2018 at 4:30 p.m. at the Royal College Main Hall.

 

The Agenda will be to present the proposed amendments to the constitution.

 

Entry to the meeting will be on production of the Royal College Union Membership Card and National Identity Card, except in the case of new members whose Membership Cards have not been issued. They should produce the original payment receipt for membership issued by the Union with the National Identity Card.

 

The Dress Code for the Meeting is Office attire with College Tie.

 

Athula Munasinghe

 

Secretary

Royal College Union

 

17th June 2018

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Royal College Union ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2018

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Royal College Union (RCU) will be held on Saturday, 21st July 2018 at 4:45 p.m. at the Royal College Main Hall.

 

The Agenda and the nomination forms for Age Groups will be available from 20th June 2018 for members to download and print from the RCU website. (Please visit www.rcu.lk/downloads/).

 

Nominations for age Groups should be submitted in hardcopy, to reach the undersigned on or before 12:00 noon on 11th July 2018 at the RCU office.

 

Minutes, reports and accounts will be made available to members at the Royal College Union office from 06th July 2018.

 

Voting for the Age Group representatives will commence at 1:00 p.m. and conclude at 4:00 p.m. on 21st July 2018. Polling Cards will not be issued after 3:45 p.m.

 

Members seeking election to statutory bodies of the Council, who are unable to be present at the Annual General Meeting should intimate to the undersigned in writing their willingness to serve in such bodies in the event they are elected.  Such intimations should reach the undersigned by 16th July 2018.

 

Any resolutions to be tabled at the Annual General Meeting should also be received by the undersigned in writing, at the Royal College Union office not later than 01st July 2018.

 

Entry to the meeting and eligibility to vote will be on production of the Royal College Union Membership Card and National Identity Card, except in the case of new members whose Membership Cards have not been issued.  They should produce the original payment receipt for membership issued by the Union with the National Identity Card.

 

The Dress Code for the Meeting is Office attire with College Tie.

 

Athula Munasinghe

 

Secretary

Royal College Union

 

17th June 2018

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Royal Rugby Rally

Rally for Royal Rugby

The “Royal Rugby Rally” in support of Royal Rugby for the 2018 season was held on Sunday the 17th of December 2017. The event started off with breakfast and a briefing at the college hall before the fist vehicle was flagged off by Mr Athula Munasinghe at around 9.00 am.  A number of Royalists as well as a few Thomians participated in the event.

The course was roughly 70km long and took the participants approximately 2.5 hours to complete. Apart from driving to the allotted time for each segment, participants had to complete a number of challenges at the 10 check points on the route. The results of each challenge and the driver’s ability to stick to the assigned time for each segment counted towards the vehicles score.

The winners of the inaugural “Royal Rugby Rally” was Ashhar Hameem and Ayaan Hameem. Rehab Mahamoor and Rameez Mahamoor came in in second and Sahan Bakmiwewa and Sarinda Malavige took out the second runner up trophy. In true Thomian fashion, Charitha Gunaratne and Maithri Gunaratne were awarded the wooden spoon.

A big thank you goes out to the main sponsors of the event, the Automobile Association, Jaguar Land Rover (SML Frontier Automotive (Pvt) Ltd), The Senaratne Group of Companies, Maharaja Pvt Ltd and Asia Securities.

Mr Athula Munasinghe flagging off the first car at the inaugural Royal Rugby Rally held on the 17th of December 2017
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Grade 6 Medical Screening Programme-2018

 

The annual medical screening programme for the students of grade 6 was conducted for the 16th consecutive year, on the 8th of May 2018, from 7.30 am to 10.30 am at the grade 6 building premises. This programme was organized by the Royal College Doctors Association (RCDA) in collaboration with Loyalty Pledge(LP). Principal, deputy principals, vice principals, senior games master of Royal College and assistant secretary of the RCU graced the occasion. Dr Sandacan Waduge and Dr Nayanajith Komasaru were the chief organizers of the event and Miss Sharlene de Chickera was the coordinator of Loyalty Pledge. 15 RCDA members were assigned as coordinators for each class. The programme was conducted with the participation of 60 doctors including Dr Ajith Tennakoon (President-RCDA), senior office bearers of the Loyalty Pledge including Mr Abhaya Amaradasa (Chairman-LP) and Edex and 45 prefects/stewards.

Of the 698 students of grade 6, 654 students participated in the screening program that featured symptoms analysis, BMI (body mass index) assessment, hearing and vision checks and general medical examinations. 305 students were identified as having medical problems and of these students 42 had multiple problems. The following is a summary of the medical problems identified.

Problem Number
1 Impaired Vision 87
2 Dental 78
3 Over weight 76
4 Under weight 60
5 Psychological 13
6 Dermatological 11
7 Respiratory 07
8 ENT 02
9 Developmental 02
10 Speech 01
11 Cardiological 01
12 Urological 01
13 Paediatric Surgical Issues 01
14 Other 15

 

 

All eye referrals were taken over by Dr Hiranya Abeysekera (Consultant Paediatric Eye Surgeon) and all nutritional referrals were taken over by Dr SBT Weerasekara and Dr Ahmad Rushdie (medical nutritionists). Dr Lakmal Kulasekara, Dr Sandaruwan Rajapaksha and Dr Nilanga Peiris arranged follow up for all dental cases. The remaining children with medical issues were referred to relevant specialists of the Lady Ridgeway Hospital, Borella. The screening programme will be followed up by onsite nutritional and ophthalmological interventional programmes and long-term monitoring.

The organizers would like to convey their sincere gratitude to all RCDA members for their professional assistance, to Loyalty Pledge for funding and guiding the programme, to the Master in charge of prefects and all prefects and stewards for timely participation, to the grade head and all teaching staff of grade 6 for their cooperation and to all the students for their participation.

Compiled by: Dr.Sandacan Waduge,Dr.Nayanajith Komasaru

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Royal Shuttle Service Successfully Concludes its ‘Three-Day Journey’ for 2018

The 2018 edition of the Royal Shuttle Service, successfully concluded its ‘three-day journey’ for the second consecutive year, with a record number of travelers using the service.

The Royal Shuttle Service offered a FREE & EXCLUSIVE transport service to the students and the teachers of  Royal College Boys Tent at the 139th Battle of the Blues, covering three routes; SSC to Panadura (along the Galle Road), SSC to Kadawatha (along Baseline & Kandy Roads) & SSC to Homagama (along the High Level Road).

The Royal Shuttle Service was deployed along the aforesaid  routes, after the day’s play on the 9th, 10th and 11th March, assuring a safe journey home, to almost 400 students and teachers of the  College.

In addition, a group of approximately 50 students of  St Thomas’ College Boys Tent also used the Royal Shuttle Service to reach home after the day’s play. This was a key highlight of the project in 2018 and a true occasion of keeping up with the real Roy-Tho spirit.

This exclusive service is a proud project of the Royal College Group of 2008, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, this year.

 

Sri Lanka Insurance was the Co-sponsor for the 2018 edition of the Royal Shuttle

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