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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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15th Anniversary Loyalty Pledge Scholarship Awards Ceremony 2017

The Royal College Union Skills Centre Auditorium was the venue for the 15th Loyalty Pledge Scholarship Awards ceremony, on 30th June 2017, to award 200 scholarships.

Donors, who were past Royalists and non-Royalists as well, were pinned Purple Orchids on their shirt lapels. Parents who had travelled from afar sat in the hall anticipating the event, and the students and undergraduates, proud recipients of the awards, crowded the ceremony, symbolic of transformation, progress and a journey of incessant love.

The 15th Anniversary of the Loyalty Pledge Ceremony also epitomised the vision of its founders, to empower young Royalists to become high achievers at Royal College, with a plan to succeed in the future, in a chosen career.

The event was presided over by the patron of Royal College Union (RCU), the Principal of Royal College, Mr. B.A. Abeyrathne. The selected recipients received their accolades from the Principal of Royal College, Vice-Principals, Past Royalists and Committee Members of Loyalty Pledge, at the ceremony.

Donors who had generously given, took time off to attend the ceremony. Non-Royalist well-wishers sent messages while foreign donors expressed positive sentiments about the programme. ‘Re-paying the debt’ to one’s beloved alma mater had influenced others to give as well, permeating to the society at large.

This year, 185 school students and 12 undergraduates who were short-listed for the awards ceremony were privileged to be part of the ceremony. The Loyalty Pledge Committee had spent weeks on assessing the details of the students to ensure that the benchmarks of 60 marks and participation in a sport and society were met. The 12 undergraduates that were present were also selected on merit and economic need.

The recipients were exposed to the experience, insights and wisdom of their senior Royalists on this special day.

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Annual Teachers’ Health Screening Programme –2018

On the 25th of February, marked the annual health camp successfully organised for the 19th consecutive year, by the Royal College Doctors’ Association for the present and past teachers of the College and their spouses.

Principal of Royal College Mr.B.A. Abeyrathna graced the occasion as the chief guest, while, former principals of Royal College Mr.B. Sooriarachchi & Mr. S.H. Kumarasinghe were present as guests of honour.

Rev sister Siyaguna, Secretary of Royal College past teachers’ association Mrs. Ramya Dharmavardene  , Vice Principal of the senior school Mr. P.Wickramasinghe,  Senior Games Master Mr. M.A.M Riyas,  assistant secretary of the RCU Mr.Mithila Mendis,  president of the RCDA Dr.Ajith Thennakoon and the secretary of the RCDA Dr.Dineth Jayawardhana were among the distinguished guests, present at the occation.

Over 450 teachers, both past and present, attended the screening programme.  Nearly 200 doctors, all being old Royalist, from diverse areas of specialisation gathered to offer their services as a mark of gratitude to the teachers of their almamater, as a means of repaying their debt.

The RCDA applauds, the chief organizer of the teachers clinic 2018 Dr. Manola Nanayakkara, and  his assistant organizers Dr Krishantha Peiris and Dr Dinesh Ranasinghe, for a  job well done; while acknowledging the effort of the sedulous and efficient  team of doctors who worked tirelessly with them for the past three months up to the run up of the event, in order to make this event, a roaring success.

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Alles – Gunasekara Cup: Inaugural Royal – Gateway Annual Basketball Encounter.

The glittering Alles-Gunasekera Cup made its inaugural journey to Reid Avenue to take shelter at Royal College when their Under-19 cagers scored a calculated win over Gateway College at the Henry Pedris Basketball Complex on Saturday, 17th Feb 2018.

The game got off at a terrific pace as both sides made speedy invasions into each other’s territory, with brave attempts to score.

Royal went ahead in the first quarter 18-11. Gateway tried to come back to the game in the second quarter adding 15 shoots, but Royal playing a more organised game closed with a 30-26 lead at half-time.

Both sides tried to dominate during the third quarter and the spectators witnessed a superb game of basketball, with some electrifying movements, with each school trying to improve their respective tallies.

Both sides missed some opportunities, but Royal never stopped from where they started and ended the third quarter with a lead of 40-34.

It was a ding dong battle in the final quarter, but Royal lived up to their reputation of National Schools Basketball champion and ended the game with a close 46-43 score, the proud winners of the inaugural encounter.

Chavaan De Costa of Gateway College was adjudged the Best Offensive Player while the Best Defensive Player award was won by Royal skipper Tharindu Balasuriya.

Rukshan Athapaththu of Royal College walked away with the Most Valuable Player of the Match award.

 

Inaugural Dinner

Royal College Basketball Advisory and Management Committee hosted a dinner at Royal College MAS Arena on 15th February 2018, to mark the inaugural Royal – Gateway Annual Basketball Encounter played for the Alles – Gunasekera Cup.

Players and support staff of both teams, Principal of Royal College and Chairman of Gateway College with their key school officials, members of the Joint Organising Committee, dignitaries of the RCU together with the members of the Royal College Basketball Advisory and Management Committee were present at this momentous occasion.

This dinner was aimed at building and developing camaraderie between both the teams and institutions to pave the way for a rich set of lasting traditions revolving around this prestigious encounter.

 

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IDC and RC Group of ’70 collaborate

Senior Games Master’s Room and Counselling Room re-furbished.

The Infrastructure Development Committee (IDC) of Royal College Union has been instrumental in preserving, re-furbishing and beautifying selected buildings and rooms of their majestic alma mater, so that present day Royalists, enjoy facilities on par with the best standards of a premier public school.

Adding another feather to their cap, the IDC collaborated with RC Group of ‘70 and spearheaded the re-furbishment of the Senior Games’ Master’s Room and Counselling Room. This is the 19th project undertaken by the IDC.

The two rooms were ceremoniously opened by the Principal of Royal College on February 14th, 2018.

The Principal of Royal College, Mr. B.A. Abeyrathna commended the efforts taken by the IDC, in supporting two critical facets of a student’s life; the necessity for counselling and participation in sports.

The Secretary, Royal College Union, Mr. Athula Munasinghe stated that he was pleased to wear two ‘hats’ on the occasion.

He cited Major H.L. Reed’s ethos of being an exemplary Old Boy Union, and sharing time, talent and resources for the benefit of Royal College and its students, as being paramount.

Orchestrating the projects and seeing to every minute detail, together with the expertise of the IDC, Mr. Mahinda Galagedera, Chairman, said he was pleased that his Committee was instrumental in giving back to their beloved alma mater, and preserving the aesthetic beauty of College.

Members of the IDC, RC group of ’70, Principal, the Senior Games Master, Mr. M.M. Riyaz, Royal College Counsellor, Mr. Ajith Herath, Chief Architect, Mr. Nalin Jayasinghe, senior masters and representatives from the Royal College Union, were present on the occasion.

 

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Injury Prevention and Sports Nutrition programs for volleyball players

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RCU Volleyball Advisory and Management committee organized two lectures on Injury prevention and Sports Nutrition for the Volleyball players and coaches of Royal College on 29th January at RCU skills center. The lectures were conducted by Dr. Rangana Hettige and Dr. Manoji Gamage with the presence of  Principal, staff and members of Volleyball Advisory and Management Committee.

Thank you,

Nermala Sarathchandra,

Chairman – Volleyball Advisory and management Committee

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Royalist Aabid Ismail wins World Youth Scrabble Title

In a Right Royal competition, Sri Lanka produced its first World Youth Scrabble Champion! Sixteen year-old Royalist Aabid Ismail won the WESPA Youth Cup 2017, edging out 15-year-old fellow Royalist Janul de Silva by ½ a point. Vignesh Pirapaharan (15 years) of LIS, Panadura was 8th. The victories secured by Aabid (20.5), Janul (20) and Vignesh (16) also enabled Sri Lanka to annex its third consecutive World Team Title at this event, which was conducted for players in the Under 18 age group by the World English Language Scrabble Players Association (WESPA). This year’s WESPA Youth Cup (formerly known as World Youth Scrabble Championship) was held in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, from 27 – 29 November and was the largest ever, attracting 178 players from 15 countries.

Janul also emerged as the Under 16 Champion, whilst Adheesha Dissanayake (Willesden International College) emerged as the Under 10 Champion.

Royal had the distinction of having 4 members in the National Team this year, with Qays Sangani (15 years) and Pasindu Mallawarachchi (16 years) being placed 20th and 45th respectively.

Royal is the only school that has produced at least one representative throughout the 12 years of this Championship. Royalists have been consistent performers at successive World Youth Scrabble Championships, with Aabid being the 2nd runner-up, Under 16 Champion and winner of the high word score in 2016, Janul emerged 4th, as well as Under 14 Champion in 2015 and Qays was placed 8th in 2016.

Janul also represented Sri Lanka at WESPAC 2017 (formerly known as World Scrabble Championship). He was the youngest player at the Championship and secured 16 wins out of 32 games.

Aabid’s and Janul’s performances capped an excellent year for Royal Scrabblers where the following individual titles were secured, in addition to all major team titles.

 

National Scrabble Championship – Aabid Ismail

Scrabbler of the Year – Janul de Silva

Premier Players’ Tournament – Janul de Silva

Astar Scrabble Challenge International (Under 15) – Janul de Silva

Highest Rated Junior Scrabbler – Janul de Silva

Most Improved Scrabbler – Qays Sangani

School Scrabbler of the Year – Aabid Ismail

Sri Lanka Schools Scrabble Association (Under 18) – Aabid Ismail

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Royal Rugby Rally 2017

The “Royal Rugby Rally” has been organised with the aim of building up the Player Development Fund which has been setup to provide assistance in the form of clothing, equipment, meals, accommodation and transport where necessary. The Rally will commence at the Boake gates at 8.30am on the morning of the 17th of December 2017. The total number of participants has been restricted to 50 vehicles consisting of a driver and a navigator in each. The route has been mapped out and will take roughly three and a half hours to complete. The finish line will be at the Orient Club where participants and well-wishers will gather for lunch and refreshments followed by an auction of Royal Rugby memorabilia. Entertainment will be provided and the organising committee hopes to see a large number of old Royalists attending the event.

 

Participatory cost per vehicle is Rs25,000 & the cut-off date for registrations has been extended to the 10th of December 2017. You may also support the cause through a donation or provision of a banner for Rs.10,000.

 

If you wish to contribute towards the Player Development Fund, please find the account details below.

 

Bank Name : Seylan Bank

Address : Millennium Branch , Colombo , Sri Lanka

Account Name : Royal College Rugby Development Fund

Account Number : 0860-00041373-001

 

SWIFT : SEYBLKLX

 

For any clarification /assistance, please contact any of the following.

Ajita Pasqual               +94 777 364 635

Dilshan Hettiarachchi  +94 773 021 555

Dev Wijewardane        +94 776 627 701

Awais Rashid              +94 773 830 391

Rajiv Wijethunga         +94 766 260 022

Click here to download Rugby Rally Invite

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