The St. Peter’s College Old Boys’ Union in its 90th year has organised a reunion of the Old Boys of their Alma Mater to be held from 2nd to 11th March 2017. A first in the history of the Union, this event also coincides with the 95th anniversary of St. Peter’s College.


The organisers have arranged for several events during the 10 days the programme lasts and these include the annual Stag Night on 2nd March, the Big Match against St. Joseph’s College more popularly known as the Battle of the Saints on 3rd and 4th March, a Back to School event on 5th March (Sunday), a formal meeting with the Committee of Management for the visiting Old Boys on 9th, a gala get together on 10th and the Joe-Pete rugby match to be played on 11th at the Peterite grounds.


With many Old Peterites domiciled abroad joining the Peterite alumni in Sri Lanka the event is bound to be a roaring success.


Those who have still not booked their places in the different events are directed to the OBU’s friendly FB page (click here) for details.


Back to School 03

Dear Gentlemen,
Back to Skool 3 hosted by Group of 93/94 along with SPC OBU to celebrate the Global Peterite Reunion will be held on 5th March from 9.30 a.m onward at College premises.
The event line up will include
  • 09.30a.m – Sunday morning mass at College Chapel
  • 10.30a.m – Assembly at Quadrangle
  • 11.00a.m – Interval with Maalu Paan & Tea (Fish Buns)
  • 11.30a.m – Back to Classrooms (if we can grab all in)
  • 01.00p.m – Lunch & Social and Peterite Lounge (if we can accommodate all)
  • 04.00p.m – St.Peter’s College Vs Royal College Rugger match at College Grounds (if too sober, can watch it from the Lounge too)
Tickets – Rs.1500 per person (to be paid at the entrance or Batch/Branch Presidents to collect and settle. This does not include rugger match ticket)
Dress code – Blue Shorts & White Shirts
As requested by OBU President Romeish De Mel, GPRU Project Chairman Roshan Dharmaratne and as the Back to Skool project chair myself, we would appreciate if you can promote this among your respective members, batch mates and colleagues and get us confirmations on the participation on or before 25th Feb’2017 so we can make all arrangements to ensure this year’s event too runs smoothly and brings back plenty of wonderful memories to all Peterites.
Your spouses and kids can come (to witness your frolics and rags), there won’t be any charge levied on them. However, they will have to purchase their snacks and lunch.
We have limited number of Blue Shorts available and for those who doesn’t’ have, ask them to get in touch with us or write to backtoskool@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook.

AGM of the Football Foundation

The 2nd Annual General Meeting of the Football Foundation will be held on the 5th October 2016 at 6.30 p.m. at the Sr. Flora Memorial Lecture Room of St. Peters College, Colombo 4.


The agenda for the AGM will be as follows:


* Opening Prayer
* Reading of the Notice of the Annual General Meeting
* Address by Patron, Rev. Fr. Rector
* Address by Vice Patron, the OBU President
* Address by the President of the Football Foundation
* Presentation on the Annual Report period under review by the President
* Adoption of the Audited Statement of Accounts
* Election of Office Bearers for 2016/2017
* College Anthem

* Fellowship

* Conclusion


by order of the Executive Committee
Gehan de Silva


The Garry Melder Trophy

The cricketers of yesteryear from the two leading Catholic institutions, St. Joseph’s and St. Peter’s will battle it out for the Garry Melder Memorial Trophy in a 25 over match to be played on October 2nd (Sunday) at the St. Peter’s College grounds, starting at 9.30 a.m.



Mr. Ranmore Martinez an ICC elite panel umpire who is an Old Peterite will be the Chief Guest and interestingly in a departure from the norm, he will also figure in the Peterite veterans team to take the field.



The two Rectors, Rev. Fr. Trevor Martin (SPC) and Rev. Fr. Travis Gabriel (SJC) will grace the occasion as the Guests of Honour.



Gary Melder a genial cricketer who captained the Josephians in 1973 met with an untimely death and Sri Lanka lost a fine schoolboy cricketer. This trophy was inaugurated in 2001 and the organisers hope that the present boys would improve their skills by witnessing top class past cricketers in action.



This is the 15th match in the series with the Peterites leading the tally 8-6 and there will be special awards for the best batsman, best bowler, best fielder, batsman scoring the most number of boundaries, best all-rounder and the man of the match.



The following will represent the two traditional rivals:

Old Petes from – Indunil Anthony, Asanga Perera, Dinesh Kakulthota, Niranjan Dabare, Riaz Farouk, Anjelo Rajarathnam, Renuka Nonis, Dishan Fernando, Priyan De Silva, Susan Bandara, Damian Tissarachchi, Ranmore Martinez, Roshan Ekanayake, Sanjaya Rajapakshe, Duleep Gunasekara, Sujeewa Dhahanayake

Old Joes from – Krishan Tillekeratne, Prasann Leanage, Chaminda Vaas, Oril de Mel, Asela Pathirana, Namal Samarawickrema,Denham Cramer, Shehan Daniel, Rohitha Tillekeratne, Sanjeev Rasiah, Angeo Ranasinghe, Viran Perera, Murray Fernandesz, Jebendran Indran, Prasad Jayaprakash & Hari de S Wijeyeratne.


Ravika de Silva.
Chairman – OPSC



Great news. St Peters just won the Inter School Shakespeare Competition.


The actor who played the role of Casca in the Pete’s production of Julius Caesar got the Best Supporting Actor and St. Peters also got the award for Stage Craft.


Congratulations Jehan Bastiansz, Neidra, caste and crew!


St. Peters has won this trophy 5 times in its history:


1983 – Antony & Cleopatra

1996 – The Tempest

1997 – A MidSummer Night’s Dream

1999 – A MidSummer Night’s Dream

2006 – The Merchant of Venice


We have been in the finals, many times and put on good performances to be placed 2nd or 3rd 10 times in the last 20 years, which makes this win phenomenal…


Images courtesy of the Peterite Media unit are available at this link.


1ST XI CRICKET: St. Peter’s record first outright win

Images & Content courtesy of the ThePapare. You can view the original article here.



The joint-defending league champions in the U19 Schools Cricket arena, St. Peter’s College, Bambalapitiya registered their first victory in the current 2016/17 season when they annihilated St. Anthony’s College, Wattala by an innings and 131 runs in their group ‘A’ encounter at Bambalapitiya.


After posting a mammoth first-innings score of 339, the Peterites clinically wiped off the Anthonians with a fine bowling performance. Fast-bowler Santhush Gunathilake was the star for the hosts’ with the ball taking a 7-wicket match bag while off-spinner Chathura Obeysekara and left-arm spinner Miflal Ameen contributed immensely to the cause.


St. Peter’s College – 339/6 declared in 53 overs: Lakshina Rodrigo 82, Manelkar De Silva 71, Ranmith Jayasena 69*, Anishka Perera 58, Arinda Chathuranga 2/63.

St. Anthony’s College – 114 all out in 78.1 overs: Rukshan Rodrigo 54*, Santhush Gunathilake 4/02, Chathura Obeysekara 4/23.

St. Anthony’s College (2nd Inn F/O) – 94 all out in 46.3 overs: Avishka Tharindu 37, Santhush Gunathilake 3/10, Miflal Ameen 4/42, Manelkar De Silva 2/12.


First Holy Communion 2016

The day a Catholic child receives Holy Communion for the first time in his life is a memorable event. And to make it even more memorable St. Peter’s College had prepared well, not only the children but also the College.



Since the chapel can no longer accommodate the large number of children to receive First Holy Communion, 255 in all, Fr. Samith Rangana Fernando, the Principal of the Primary section and the team of teachers and parents had prepared the hall beautifully for the “Heavenly Banquet”. Not only was the decor appropriate and tasteful but also the hall was air conditioned so that the children and all inside the hall were comfortable.



The Chief celebrent was Fr. Sharm Dassanayake, now at St. Joseph’s College but as a former Vice Rector and Bursar at St. Peter’s was no stranger to College. Fr. Lukshman Anthony preached the sermon in both English and Sinhala while a priest having come all the way from Jaffna also delivered a homily in Tamil.



The children were hosted to refreshments after Mass and the traditional group photograph.



As the celebrant prayed for in his final prayer, we too hope that the children who received the Lord for the first time will be continue to do so regularly and be exemplary Christians.



RUGBY: Announcement of 2017 Captain

It’s with great pleasure I announce, the College authorities have nominated the following to lead the rugby team for the ensuing year, 2017.
Master Diyath Fernando (Captain)
Master Stephen Sivaraj (Vice Captain)
Master Anjelo Mendis (Vice Captain)
Our congratulations to them and the team.
With best regards,
Dilshan Perera.
SPC Rugby Foundation.

AGM of the Cricket Foundation Postponed

Please note the AGM of the Cricket Foundation had to be postponed due to unavoidable circumstances.

New date will be notified in due course.



I suppose those who know it know that there were three girls from HFC Bamba (where else?) who studied at St. Peter’s College during the years 1966 and 1967. Frances Nicholas, Jeane Ekanayake and Lilani de Silva were the three who created this record which thoug a novelty never got repeated.


After 50 long years of that frist foray into the hallowed precints at the School by the canal, the trio, now called the Peterines, decided to meet again at that school that gave them the finishing touch.


Though unfortunately no class mates could make it to a reunion, I was privileged to escort them on their rounds at the College on 24th September and the day finished at the Lounge where it was the Retro Nite.


Of the three, Frances is married to a Peterite (Alslem Perera) making them the one and only Peterite couple and that surely is a record that is unlikely to be broken.


There’s an interesting story about what happened at HFC after they came to St. Peter’s.


Frances, Jeane and Lilani had come to SPC to study mathematics for their A/Ls as they had been the only 3 from HFC to qaulify that year and the nuns being practical creatures had decided that they wouldn’t employ staff for just 3 students. However, the following year many wanting to follow in the footsteps of these 3 pioneers opted to do maths hoping to study at St. Peter’s. But the wise nuns who saw through the girls plans and since there were enough numbers, employed teachers for mathematics at HFC which put paid to the dreams of a few more who would have added to the Peterine numberes. But it was never to be and the record stays with Frances, Jeane and Lilani.


Frances and Lilani have promised to join us for the Global Peterite Reunion in March next year.


Here’s wishing them a lovely holiday and a safe trip back.
Algi Wijewickrema