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Seventh Principal

THURSTAN COLLEGE
12 Mill House, Oxford Road New Denham
Uxbridge, Buckinghamshire UB9 4DQ
United Kingdom

Company Description: Founded in 1950, Thurstan College is one of the leading schools in the country with a student population exceeding 2000. Situated in Colombo 7, heart of the...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Captain
    THURSTAN COLLEGE
  • President of the Tharunyata Hetak Organization
    Thurstan Park
  • President
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My Rugby days at Thurstan by - Vernon Caldera
www.thurstancollege.net, 30 Dec 2011 [cached]
However, I developed a liking to Rugby and this was not surprising as most cricketers were in the Rugby team too.
I was also inspired by two pioneers of Thurstan Rugby from my neighborhood Surath Wickremasighe (Our first Captain 1957 & 58) and Jeff Rutnam (who skippered
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. As T M K Samat another of the pioneers & one of the greatest scribes once wrote Thurstan was then an "L" shaped school and the going was not easy. Not very well known in the rugby circles sans a play ground or old boy support every thing was tough from practicing in the corner of the old Racecourse and obtaining fixtures, and personalities like Surath will be hard to forget for their courage, determination and leadership that paved the way for us to recognition..
My first big year in Rugby was in 1962 when I got in to the 1 st XV under Rajah Wirasekera (now domiciled in Germany) and ourhappiest moment was when we surprisedColombo with a superb win over St Peters and this did give us lot of encouragement.
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Being a rainy day, in front of a large crowd neither side has scored when almost at the long whistle in semi darkness yours truly dived through the legs of Thomian scrum half Tony Sirimanne (who later on coached Thurstan) for a try, but to our disappointment try was disallowed and the referee who was our coach called off the match stating the lines were not visible and the crowd was encroaching the field.
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VERNON CALDERA represented Thurstan in Rugby, Cricket and Table Tennis and on leaving school joined NCC representing them in Cricket,
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Rugby Tennis & Hockey. Latterly he played for Nomads & CCC. On retiring from active sports
Thurstan College
www.thurstancollege.net, 17 Nov 2007 [cached]
This time the committee decided to give a part of the funds to the Rugby Development Fund, this also coincides the Jubilee year for Thurstan Rugby.
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27/October-NEWS: Mr R M Jayasekara bade goodbye to Thurstan after 35 years of dedicated service in August 2007.
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Mr R M Jayasekara bade goodbye to Thurstan after 35 years of dedicated service in August 2007.
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Mr Jayasekara's appointment to Thurstan was to a give a boost to the Commerce section which has just commenced at Thurstan.
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The one aspect of Mr Jayasekara's departure will create is his uncanny ability to remember names of say 80 % of the students who have gone through the portals of Thurstan during his tenure.
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Sir! Thank you for all you have done for Thurstan.
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Earlier Thurstan took a good first innings lead thanks to three half centuries from Geeth Kumara, Umesh Karunaratne and Chaminda Perera.
St. Anthony's: 135 and 141 (G. Dissanayake 52, K Ekanayake 19, B. Samarawickrema 4 for 10, R. Wijeratne 3 for 28, C. Gamage 2 for 28).
Thurstan: 269 for 6 decl (G. Kumara 61, U. Karunaratne 61, C. Perera 61, K. Ekanayake 4 for 84) and 10 for no loss
11/October-NEWS: Thurstan retains the Greatian Gunawardana Challenge trophy.
Thurstan retains the Greatian Gunawardana Challenge trophy for another year beating D.S. Semnanayaka College 12 (One goal & One try) to 6 points (One penalty & One drop goal) at CR&FC yesterday.
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Thurstan Rugby Update DATE 15/MAR/2007 Thurstan to celebrate rugby Golden Jubilee with schools sevens contest
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Thurstan began playing Rugby in 1956/57 but took part in active inter school matches only in 1958.
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Thurstan can also be proud of their contribution to national rugby coming from Harsha Mayadunne Dusyantha Samarasekera and Sunil Karunanayake serving as President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively in the SLRFU.
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It is also noteworthy to mention that two of countrys leading rugby scribes T. M. K. Samat and Lal Gunasekera too represented Thurstan at rugby.
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1963 was a memorable season for Thurstan where they lost only to Trinity and scored glorious victories over two of the strongest sides Royal and Zahira with Ranjit Jayawardena scoring two match winning tries in both these games.
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Thurstan continued this trend and produced a rich crop of players like CR & FC stalwart Chula Dharmadasa, S. Karunathileke, Tissa Nanayakkara, Upul Pieris Kokum Seneviratne all of whom donned the national jersey with distinction.
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Thurstan did well to clinch the Presidents trophy in 1998 under Nuwan Kumara who became a youth national cap and 2005 under Amila Eranga beat Isipathana to wrest the Jabar trophy for the first time in 38 years.
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Thurstan Rugby Update DATE30/OCT/2006 Thurstan clinch schools U-20 Rugby Sevens title
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RUGBY: Thurstan College came up with a stupendous performance to score a sensational 12 points (one goal, one try) to 10 (two tries) win over traditional rivals Isipatana College in the final of the Cup Championship of the Singer Trophy Schools under 20 Seven-A-Side Rugby Tournament played at Havelock Park yesterday. At the breather Thurstan led 12-5.
Isipatana opened scoring in the second minute when centre Ashan de Costa scored under the posts after a superb 40 metre run. He missed the conversion. Two minutes later, Thurstan snatched the lead when off a five metre scrum their scrum half Lahiru Dasun scampered through to touch down under the posts. Sanoj Nanayakkara made no mistake with the conversion.
In the sixth minute Thurstan increased the lead when Sanoj Nanayakkara made a break in midfield but was brought down a few metres from the goal line but fly half N. P. Nonis who was backing up picked up the ball and scored mid left. Sanoj Nanayakkara failed to add the extra points and Thurstan led 12-5 at 'lemons'. In the fourth minute, after resumption Isipatana's winger Kasun Gamage scored mid left after a powerful 40 metre run but Ashan de Costa missed the conversion much to the dismay of their supporters and Thurstan ran out worthy winners by 12 points to 10.
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Mr R.D.M.P. Weeratunga has relinquished his duties as the 7th Principal of Thurstan on August 31st, 2006 after almost 14 years guiding the destinies of the School. In recognition of his service, the OBU is organizing a felicitation dinner on Sunday 30th September at Ceylon Continental Hotel at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Swimming Pool Office. Tel: 2675693
28/SEP-NEWS: Thurstan Vs DSS for the Greatian Gunawardana Trophy
Thurstan made a clean sweep by winning all three matches U14, U16 & 1st XV defeating D.S. Senanayake College at the DS grounds on the 20th September.
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Mr R D M P Weerathunga has relinquished his duties as the 7th Principal of Thurstan on August 31st, 2006 after almost 14 years guiding the destinies of the School. He has gone on Promotion as a Senior Assistant Secretary of the Ministry of Education and to enhance his career development in the Educational field.
In recognition of his service, the OBU is organizing a felicitation dinner on SUNDAY 30TH SEPTMEBER @ CEYLON CONTINENTAL HOTEL AT 7.30 PM.
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The most happiest person on the ground could have well being the Chief Guest, Thurstan Old Boy Noel Joseph who was mainly instrumental in arranging the Sponsorship from the Orange Group of Companies for RS 1 Million for Thurstan Rugby for 2005 & 6.
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Thurstan OBU handed the destinies of Thurstan Rugby to the Junior OBU and they formed Junior OBU Rugby Development Committee headed by Sujeewa Perera with the Rugby Captain of 1993 Suranga Kulawickrama as the secretary.
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Their credo was to " Honour & Glory " and the Vision was to revive Rugby at Thurstan and thus be among the best in schools & their Primary Mission was to win the Abdul Jabbar Trophy. This they have been successful in the first year itself.
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This match for the trophy was played continuously except in 1972 when Isipathana did not play Rugby due to a ruling by the SLRFU. Thus in 38 outings, Isipathana has won 36 times, one being drawn and the loss this year.
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Buddhi Samarawickrama cracked an unbeaten 46 runs to be adjudged the Man of the Match as Thurstan coasted to a 22-run victory against St. Joseph's in the St. Joseph's Twenty 20 Knockout Cricket Tournament finals at Darley Road on Sunday.
Thurstan taking the first lease of the wicket made 173 runs in their allotted 20 overs.
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The champions Thurstan was awarded a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 along with the Challenge Trophy.
Thurstan entered the final after routing Nalanda in the semi-final played in the morning. In the rain curtailed semi-final, Thurstan reached a massive 133 runs in 12 overs mainly on the back of a fine 72 runs by Praneeth Jayasinghe.
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Thurstan begins the rugby season with a sensational win DATE 22/JULY/2005
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Thurstan opened their scoring with a try from third row-Sasanka Ariyaratne but
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Fly half N P Nonis crossed the opponents' line to score another try for Thurstan
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Thurstan will meet another school from Kandy-St Anthony's College in their next game scheduled on July 27 at the Havelock Park.
Thurstan Rugby won Sponsors worth of 1,425,000/= Rupees. DATE 11/JULY/2005
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Thurstan Rugby to be Developed by Thurstan Junior OBU DATE 03/JUNE/2005
Thurstan Rugby for "Honor & Glory"
The Principal having taken serious notes of the achievements of the Junior Old Boys Union and our efforts in all our projects and any task whatever we have engaged in handed over all activities of College Rugby development of both the Junior (Under 13 & 15) & Senior (Under 17 & 19) to the Junior O.B.U. This decision was taken because of the urgent need to identify speedy avenues for the growth and prosperity of College Rugby. As of 2005 the Junior O.B.U of the college has been entrusted with the task infusing a new drive & fresh outlook to bring back the "Honor & Glory" that rugby once brought to Thurstan. Under the Junior OBU a special committee has been appointed for this task.
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With the vision to bring back the "Honor & Glory" of Thurstan Rugby, the Junior Old Boys Union Rugby Development Committee (Junior OBU RDC) took over the project. It was the view of the committee that if we are to develop rugby we need to provide the boys more than a coach and a Jersey. Maintaining the professionalism even in schoolboy rugby is today a costly affair.
With a Rs. 1,000,000.00 estimated annual budget for both the Junior (Under 13 & 15) and Senior (Under 17 & 19) Teams, the fundraising was initiated with the launch of the "Thurstan Rugby Contribution Card" As the first stage 500 PVC cards were completed and each card will be sold at Rs.1,000.00. We have received Rs.75,000.00 from the college for Rugby this year and have
Thurstan Rugby Stadium Project launched
www.thurstan.net [cached]
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Thurstan Rugby Stadium Project launched
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It was day of great joy and historical significance for Thurstan when they launched their Rugby development project at a colourful ceremony attended by Minister of Sports and Recreation Gamini Lokuge and Namal Rajapaksa, President of the Tharunyata Hetak Organization at the Thurstan Park, Prof. Stanley Wijesundera Mawatha on Friday Dec 4th 2009.
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It was a dream comes true for this intrepid school that was badly hampered due to lack of their own grounds for Rugby. As quoted by veteran scribe T.M.K. Samat better known in boxing circles the beginning was in 1957 when some boys got together and played around sans participation in official tournaments.
The year 1957 was the first official year of Thurstan Rugby and the honour of being the first Captain went to Surath Wickremasinghe who also captained the team in 1958, fitting Surath was a distinguished invitee and had the privilege of cutting the first sod along with other distinguished guests.
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Namal Rajapaksa in his speech tracing his Rugby roots elaborated his commitment to Rugby and expressed his satisfaction on the manner the recent Carlton Sevens tournament was conducted.
He also recalled that his father President Mahinda Rajapaksa's involvement in Rugby during his school days at Thurstan.
President Rajapaksa was a leading member of Thurstan's champion school athletic team in 1960/61 and also had a brief stint with Rugby but continued to concentrate on athletics that was close to his heart.
With the development of the proposed Rugby ground Thurstan is bound to be a force to be reckoned with as they no longer will have to do nomadic rounds seeking venues for practices and matches.
Despite the handicap of not having grounds Thurstan over the last half a century had produced an array of eminent Rugby players and administrators at the highest level making a noble contribution to the game.
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The architect behind the Rugby development and Revival DIG (Rtd) Upali Hewage also a member of the Rugby Interim Committee who has been a tower of strength behind Thurstan Rugby for nearly three decades.
In his vote of thanks he expressed his gratitude to the President for initiating to provide a block of land for the ground and also paid a glowing tribute to the Minister of Sports Gamini Lokuge in helping the proposed development.
Even though large number of schools have taken up to Rugby in the last few years there has not been any increase of Rugby grounds in Colombo for past several decades. This is a major dilemma faced by the schools as well as emerging smaller clubs.
Hence the entry of Thurstan Rugby ground will be a significance boost to the development of Rugby in Sri Lanka, close proximity to the Rugby Union Headquarters too will be a positive factor.
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Thurstan Rugby Stadium Project launched
It was day of great joy and historical significance for Thurstan when they launched their Rugby development project at a colourful ceremony attended by Minister of Sports and Recreation Gamini Lokuge and Namal Rajapaksa, President of the Tharunyat...
Thurstan won The Abdul Jabar ...
www.thurstancollege.net, 19 Sept 2005 [cached]
Thurstan won The Abdul Jabar trophy ( 15 - 6 ) against Isipathana
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The closest that Thurstan had come was a draw in 1975 under Tissa Wickramanayaka, but Thurstan had twice beaten Isipathana in 1998 & 2000 at the President's Trophy and also in 1963 in the infancy of rugby at both colleges when it was not played for a trophy.
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Thurstan opened scoring within the first 5 minutes when they worked the three quarter line and drawing the Isipathana defense and a perfectly timed grubber kick was chased by the two Thurstanite centres and Thilina Lakmal scored mid right towards the CR hockey ground end. Thurstan place kicker Dilan Perera's kick just veered out of the left upright and Thurstan was leading 5 points to Nil.
Next 20 minutes saw play between the 25 meter mark of the two halves, each team trying to probe the defenses of the other but not successful in penetrating it. Almost on the stroke of half time, Isipathana were awarded a penalty for an infringement 30 meters out almost at the centre which the Full back Reza Mubarak duly obliged. At the breather Thurstan were leading 5 points to 3.
Soon after resumption, Thurstan missed a golden chance to increase the lead when Dilan Perera fluffed an under the post penalty 30 meters out much to the disappointed of the Thurstanites.
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This try was converted for Thurstan to lead 15 Points to 6.
Within a few minutes after the Kick off, full time was blown and throngs of Thurstanites both old & young swamped the ground to hug the 15 lads who all made this possible.
Thurstan fully deserved the victory as they looked the side always on the look out for tries as Isipathana cut a sorry figure with their outside backs playing senseless rugby much to the disappointment to their supporters and the two coaches Hisham Abdeen & Champika Nishantha.
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The most happiest person on the ground could have well being the Chief Guest, Thurstan Old Boy Noel Joseph who was mainly instrumental in arranging the Sponsorship from the Orange Group of Companies for RS 1 Million for Thurstan Rugby for 2005 & 6.
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Thurstan OBU handed the destinies of Thurstan Rugby to the Junior OBU and they formed Junior OBU Rugby Development Committee headed by Sujeewa Perera with the Rugby Captain of 1993 Suranga Kulawickrama as the secretary.
Their credo was to " Honour & Glory " and the Vision was to revive Rugby at Thurstan and thus be among the best in schools & their Primary Mission was to win the Abdul Jabbar Trophy. This they have been successful in the first year itself.
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This match for the trophy was played continuously except in 1972 when Isipathana did not play Rugby due to a ruling by the SLRFU. Thus in 38 outings, Isipathana has won 36 times, one being drawn and the loss this year.
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