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Dharmaraja College OBA
Australia








NEWS

Scholars' Cup 2013 - Dubai
An appeal from the Principal
Rajans ' achievements at the Dubai Regional round:
Dharmaraja team comprising of Bharatha Rankothge, Rahal Medawattge and Janith Weerakkody participated at the Dubai Regional round from 31st May to 1st June and were able to bring glory to school and motherland by winning the Third place at the overall completion after competing with 200 other teams from 12 different nations. Furthermore, Bharatha Rankothge was awarded the Best Scholar award from among 600 students. Altogether, they won 14 medals and 4 trophies, astounding the audience and the organizing committee and gaining special recognition as the best performance in the Scholar' s Cup history from a rookie team.
They won awards in following categories.
1. Collaborative writing- Individual- Gold Medal- Bharatha Rankothge
2. Collaborative writing- Team- Silver Medal
3. Scholar's Challenge- Individual- Bronze Medal- Bharatha Rankothge
4. Scholar's Challenge- Team- Silver Medal
5. Debate- Individual- 5th place- Bharatha Rankothge
6. Champion students- Gold Medal (Best Scholar)- Bharatha Rankothge
7. Top Teams- Bronze Medal
The 3 students in the team were selected by myself and the teacher in charge by considering their qualities and abilities. They had already won honor and national and international glory for the school and the motherland in many previous occasions and are a part of the elite community of students working hard in academic and extra-curricular fields to uplift the standards of the school.
World Scholar's Cup is an international competition organized by the World Scholar's Cup foundation with the aim of celebrating the spirit of studying. It had the attendance of 39 countries and consists of 3 stages. ( http://new.scholarscup.org/ )
1. Regional rounds: Rounds are held in 12 countries around the world and the best performing teams are selected to the next round.
2. Global round: Winners from the regional rounds will meet and compete for the World Scholars Cup.
3. Tournament of the Champions: This is held at Yale University and only 100 teams will be invited.
At every stage of the competition a team of 3 students have to compete with others in the following rounds using the knowledge they have gained by researching the given theme in 7 subjects.
1. Debates.
2. Collaborative Writing.
3. Scholar's Challenge.
4. Scholar's Bowl .
This year's theme is "a world in motion."
Global Round II is scheduled to be held at Dubai from 19th toAnd n 23rd June 2013. The airfare for 3 students is estimated to be around 3000 USD and the registration fee is 1200 USD which are the major obstacles shadowing their path to glory.
Dear Old Rajans, we appreciate the concern and support you are rendering to the school in all its endeavors. The School makes all these achievements through the collective effort of all of us.
We invite you to extend a helping hand once again to these students to ensure their victory at the Global Round and to win glory and recognition to our school and the country.
Principal.


Committee Meeting
A committee meeting will be held on Saturday, 01st June at 6.30pm.
All members are welcome.
Venue: 34 Third Street, Parkdale Vic 3195 Melway Ref: 87 7C
Please confirm your participation. We need numbers for food. Aruna Herath 0408397004
General Secretary: Tilak Wijewardene.

Rear Admiral Illangakoon
Rajans old boy Rear Admiral Illangakone is invited as the chief guest for this year's college aletic meet. Below is about a heroic act performed by Rear Admiral Illangakone in the war front.
Saving troops under siege at Mullativu
LTTE takes upper hand in Vanni
Although the army managed to save Batticaloa, the situation in the Northern Province remained extremely dicey, with the LTTE stepping up attacks on Kokavil, Mankulam, Kilinochchi and Elephant Pass detachments, which had been inaccessible overland along with the Mullaitivu detachment since the onset of eelam war II. It would be pertinent to discuss LTTE attempt to overrun the army detachment at Mullaitivu in early August. The LTTE would have easily succeeded if not for a sea borne rescue mission launched by the army.
Operation Sea Breeze
The then Lieutenant Commander Lakshman Illangakoon, Commanding officer of the SLNS Kandula (Landing Craft Medium) had been tasked with landing troops required for the rescue mission. Illangakoon, currently navy's eastern commander recalled the circumstances under which the rescue mission was launched. Having arrived in Trincomalee to take stock of the situation, Maj. Gen. Denzil Kobbekaduwa had summoned a meeting at the Plantain Point, Trincomalee to explore ways and means of launching a rescue mission. The navy had been represented at the conference by the then eastern commander Rear Admiral F. N. Q. Wickremaratne and Lieutenant Commander Illangakoon. Dashing Illangakoon was there in his capacity as the Commanding Officer of the Landing Craft. Illangakoon said: "As we had never attempted a large scale sea borne assault under similar conditions, Major General Kobbekaduwa wanted to engage close air reconnaissance of the targeted area before the troops moved in." Having excused himself from air surveillance mission, Rear Admiral Wickremaratne instructed Illangakoon to accompany Major General Kobbekaduwa on the reconnaissance mission. Shortly thereafter they were airborne from the nearby China Bay airfield. Having flown over the besieged Mullaitivu base in the afternoon, those conducting the operation had decided on a spot south of Mullaitivu to land troops. The army had agreed with Illangakoon's suggestion to carry out a mock landing north of Mullaitivu to facilitate the actual landing at first light. The navy had been seriously concerned about the operation as it lacked any experience in conducting amphibious assault on the Mullaitivu beach. Illangakoon said: "I felt a mock landing could give us the much required time and space to secure a beachhead. We monitored LTTE units, particularly those equipped with rocket propelled grenades rushing towards the beach when the ship deployed to carry out the mock attack advanced towards the beach. But soon they realised it was nothing but a deceptive maneuver and turned towards the direction of Kandula carrying troops. We were soon being fired upon. On the instructions of the army, navy gunners opened fire, though initially the navy was reluctant. The navy felt that the battle between the raiding party and the LTTE was too close for comfort. But the army insisted we fired at those resisting the beach landing." The sea borne troops comprised Special Forces and Sri Lanka Light Infantry (SLLI). The senior officer in charge of the operation was Major General Kobbekaduwa. Some of the country's elite officers and veterans of many battles throughout the war, namely Gamini Hettiarachchi and Jayavi Fernando were on the ground. They were joined by Major General Kobbekaduwa and Janaka Perera. Special Forces and SLLI fought a series of battles before they reached those under siege at Mullaitivu.
by Shamindra Ferdinando
The Island:15.03.2013

Battle of the Marrons
Dharmaraja - Kingwood Nala Hewawissa memorial cricket match to be held on March 17, 2013.
Date: Sunday 17th of March 2013
Time: 10:30am - 4:30pm
Venue: L.S. Reid Oval, Doveton VIC
Melway ref: 91K 10
Please contact Chamila: 0433 125 891 or Eranda: 0406 918 155
Aruna Herath
President - Dharmaraja OBU Melbourne

Committee Meeting
A committee meeting will be held on Saturday, 02nd March at 6.30pm to discuss some urgent matters.
All members are welcome.
Venue: 34 Third Street, Parkdale Vic 3195 Melway Ref: 87 7C
Please confirm your participation. We need numbers for food.
General Secretary: Tilak Wijewardene.

Are you interested in helping Medical Research
If you are a woman born in Sri Lanka, having a child/ children less than 2 years old who gave birth in Australia, you can help this study.
The Jean Hailes Women's Mental Health Group, Monash University are looking for participants for the study on Understanding the needs of women born in Sri Lanka giving birth in Australia. The aim of the study is to identify the experiences of these mothers during pregnancy, child birth and the period after child birth there by assisting to develop more effective services for these group of mothers in Australia.
Help us to help you by completing our survey instrument, over the phone or e-mailed to you.
You can choose English OR Sinhala.
Confidentiality of the information will be ensured.
Please contact: Dr. Irosha Nilaweera at 99030298 or at irosha.nilaweera@monash.edu OR leave a message: Karin Smith 99030291.

ExCom Meeting 2012
A committee meeting is scheduled to be held on 1st of December 2012. There are few urgent matters to be discussed. All members are welcome.
Place: 34 Third Street, Parkdale Vic 3195 Melway Ref: 87 7C.

New Office Bearers for the year 2012
President: Mr.Aruna Herath.
Vice President: Mr.Shehan Wijewardana.
Joint Secretaries: Tilak Wijewardene and Nimal Ekanayake.
Treasurer: Saman Kularatne.
Assistant Treasurer: Nishantha Samarakoon.
Sports Secretary: Janaka Kodituwakku.
Special Events: Manju Jayakody, Susantha Jayawickrama, Sasreeka Konara.
Public Officer: Romesh Kapukotuwa.
General Committee and membership: Muditha Dasanayake, Eranga Kulasekera, Sajith Pasqual, Sampath Dissanayake, Nanda Herath, Gamunu Seneviratne ,Mohan Herath, Rohitha Dissanayake, Ruwan Abeysekera, Dinesh Uduwela, Moditha Sumanasekera, Amal Herath.
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Annual General Meeting 2012
The Annual General Meeting will be held at the Mordialloc Court House on 28th October 2012. All are welcome. Please confim your attendance to Aruna on 0408397004.
Lunch provided. BYO.
Time: 10:30AM to 3:00PM
Place: Albert Street, Mordialloc - 3195
Melway Ref: 87E12[map]
General Secretary: Tilak Wijewardena.

Pirith Ceremony
Dharmaraja college old boys union in Melbourne has organised a Pirith ceremony to commemorate the founder's day and to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the school.
Place: Dandenong Temple
Date: 30th June 2012
Time: 7:30pm - 10:00pm
A Pirith Manadapaya (Designed and constructed according to Kandyan Art styles) is constructed by our dedicated team led by Susantha and Manju. It will be donated to the temple.
Old boys and their families are kindly requested to attend and please bring other devotees as well.
After thePirith ceremony tea and shorteats will be served. People who would like to contribute items for this please contact Aruna (0408397004) or Nimal (0403484870).
The Committee has decided on cash donations instead of usual Pirikara items.
Any one who likes to contribute, please contact Aruna (0408397004) or Nimal (0403484870).
Tilak Wijewardene
General Secretary.

Rajans in seven wicket win over Kingswood
Upananda Jayasundara, Kandy Sports Special Corr.
Dharmaraja College, Kandy recorded a seven wickets victory over Kingswood College, Kandy in their 106th Big Match concluded at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium yesterday. In reply to the total of 216 by Kingswood, Dharmaraja scored 221 for the loss of seven wickets, left-hander Sasith Gunasekara scored 54 with six fours and one six while Nuwan Karunaratne scored 57 with four fours and three sixes. The pair was associated in a partnership of fifty four runs for the fifth wicket.
Left-arm spinner of Dharmaraja Arawinda Withanachchi claimed hundred wickets for the season when he got the wicket of Kingswood skipper Nishita Weerakoon in the second innings. Kingswood College managed to get only 71 runs in their second innings when Rajans paceman Nuwan Karunaratne captured four wickets for only foruteen runs.
Rajans had to score sixty eight runs in 17 overs and they reached the target losing only three wickets. With this win Rajans have recorded 33 wins against 19 by Kingswood in the series. Victorious Rajans team was led by their mainstay in the batting order Viraj Karaputugala.
KINGSWOOD COLLEGE 1ST INNINGS 216
DHARMARAJA COLLEGE 1ST INNINGS 221
KINGSWOOD COLLEGE 2ND INNINGS 71
DHARMARAJA COLLEGE 2ND INNINGS
Deneth Lanka c S.M. Bandara b Monerawila 13
Sasith Gunasekara Not Out25
Nuwan Karunaratne Run Out14
Lakshan de Silva c K. Bandara b Monarawila 12
Extras (lb-2, w-3)05
Total (for 3 wkts in 8.3 overs) 69


DRC OBU oldest old boy Nala Hewawissa passes away
Our oldest old boy of the DRC OBU Melbourne Nala Hewawissa passed away on 08th of August afternoon. The family has requested the OBU to conduct the funeral according to Buddhist rights. The funeral will be held on 11th of August 2011 in Mulgrave at 3:00 pm. The seventh day pinkama will be held on monday the 15th august at keysborough temple at 7:00 pm. For more information contact Tilak or Susantha.


Pirith Ceremony 2011

Change of Venue
Dharmaraja Kingswood - Battle of the Maroons
New Venue: Trinity Cricket grounds, Scotchmans Run Reserve, Oakleigh. Mel.Ref: 69 J6


The Inaugural Meeting of the DRC OBU in Melbourne ? December 1990
The inaugural meeting was held at the Springvale Temple. The chief Incumbent of the Springvale Temple Rev. Gangodavila Soma Thero started the proceedings with a short sermon.
This was initiated by Jayantha Samaraweera who invited the handful of Rajans who were present in Melbourne at that time.
Keerthi Pasquel happened to be in town at the moment and he graciously accepted our invitation to chair the first meeting.
In his speech, he emphasised the role played by Dharmaraja College in our education and our present status of the society. He urged the members to help the old school and at the same time help each other with good fellowship etc.
The first President elect was Tilak Wijewardene and Hon. Secretary was Jayantha Samaraweera.
Above is a remarkable photograph. Some of the members can be identified-Nimal Ekanayake, Thusitha Kulasekera, Palitha Ratnayake,Amal Liyanaarachi, Jayantha Samaraweera, Tilak Wijewardene, Keerthi Pasquel and Rev. Soma Thero.
This photograph will spearhead our celebrations of twenty years of existence as an OBU in Melbourne and the services we have done for the old school and the Sri Lankan Community.



Rajans - U18 Rugby Champs
On 22nd August 2010 Rajans U18 rugger team showed the world what Rajans are capable of. Rajans beat Trinity in the quater finals 29points to 5. In semi finals, Rajans beat Royal 15 points to 5 and In the cup finals Rajans were able to beat St. Peters 12 point to 7.
Rajans played amazing rugby. Lots of rugby fans who witnessed the match was talking about Rajans Rugby and they were appreciating our game and discipline. Most of the them were happy since they could watch a good rugby match played in true sprit of the game after a long time.

Upcoming Events
Founders Day Dana - 25th July 2010 at Keysborough Temple.
AGM - 18th September 2010 at Mordialloc Court House.
Get Together - Dinner Dance - 23rd October 2010 at Glen Waverley Community Centre.

Old Rajans Sangeetha Saadaya

Dharamaraja Kingswood Big Match 2010 (Australia)
Date/Time: 21st March 2010-9.30 AM
Venue: SCOTCHMAN RUN RESERVE, Estelle Street, Oakleigh
Melway Ref: 69 J6
The big match has usual celebrations this time, bbq lunch (Gold coin donation), papara papara band in attendance, beer and soft drinks, short eats at the Club House. All are welcome, come with the family and friends. Have fun.
Please contact Manju - 0430 212 562 or Chamila - 0433 125 891 if you would like to play.

Nala Hewawissa was born in the year 1921 in Kandy. His schooling started at the Good Sheppards Convent at Katukelle and then at Dharmaraja in 1933. While at school he played cricket and a good long distance runner.After leaving school he joined the Caltex oil company as a purchasing manager. Migrated to Australia in 1970. He has been an active member of the DRCOBU Melbourne from the inception. Today is his 89th birthday. Still hale and hearty, recently he fell down from a table, climbing there to adjust the window curtain. now at home recuperating, but does every thing except climbing on tables and standing up.We wish him well, good innings at 89, keep on batting from the ground level.
Cheers Nala.
FELLOW RAJANS

Annual BBQ
Date: 30th January 2010
Venue: Roth Hetherington Reserve, Kingsclere Avenue, KEYSBOROUGH
Melways Ref: 89,D7
This is a family event. Please contact Thilak - 9580 3169 or Manju - 0430 212 562 to confirm your attendence for food preperation.
BYO Drinks and and GOLD coin donationation appreciated.

Commitee Meeting
Commitee meeting to be held on the 9th January (Saturday) at 34 Third Street Parkdale 3195.
Time: 5:30pm
Agenda:
1. Rafflel Ticket distribution ' This is important-it is the only source of our income. Membership dues to be collected by the Treasurer.
2. Sports fixtures for the summer 2010-cricket and rugby.
3. Social activities-Family bbq.
4. Any other bussiness-discussions.
5. Fellowship - dinner and drinks, (BYO Drinks) - Songs of yesteryears.
All are welcome. Your attendance is important.
Please let us know for catering purposes-phone Tilak 9580 3169 or Susantha-0402084251 or Aruna-0408397004 .
Tilak Gen. Secretary .

Dharmaraja - Kingswood Get- Together 2009

"Rajans" honour War Heroes
The duty of the next generation of the country is to preserve the freedom won by the valiant war heroes for the motherland, said Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa addressing a group of schoolchildren at Dharmaraja College, Kandy on Friday (Jul 31). Speaking at a ceremony organized by the college to honour the "Rajans" in the Armed Forces and Police, he said that the greatest tribute the country can pay for the war heroes would be this.
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Annual General Meeting 2009
The Annual General Meeting will be held at the Mordialloc Court House on 09th August 2009.
Time: 10:30AM to 4:00PM
Place: Albert Street, Mordialloc - 3195
Melway Ref: 87E12[map]
Lunch provided, BYO
Please confirm the participation:
Aruna - 0408397004
Thilak - 95803169
Susantha - 97111029
Tilak joint Sec.

Founders Day Dana
To commorate our schools founder-Wadugodapitiya Nilame- we offer a Dana at the Berwick Temple on the 20th June 2009.
We will discuss more on this event when we meet at Aruna's place on 13th Saturday.
Tilak joint Sec.

Meeting
Meeting at Aruna Herath's place on 13th June (This Saturday). Please ring Aruna regarding your attendence for food preparation.
Please bring money for the tickets you have sold and any remainig tickets or where abouts of the tickets. Those who are unable to attend please ring or email Gamunu. This is essential because we have arranged a radio program to thank people and disclose the amount of money collected and the approximate date of sending the socks to the army.
Need to discuss about founder's (Wadugodapitiya Nilame) day dana.
Tilak joint Sec.

Hopper Night - In Aid of Disabled Soldiers
Tickets available now. Please ring Tilak (9580 3169), Aruna (0408397004) or Susantha (0402084251).

Commitee Meeting
A commitee meeting to be held at 34 Third Street,Parkdale 3195 on the 2nd Saturday May 2009 @6.30 PM. School Cricket Ground project, Appa night and other relevant topics will be discussed. Meeting followed by fellowship and dinner.
Tilak joint Sec.

Dharamaraja Kingswood Big Match 2009 (Australia)
The annual Dharmaraja - Kingswood big match will be played on 28th March 2009.
Please contact Chamila Kaduruwewa on 0433125891 or cbk_kad@hotmail.com if you would like to play.
All welcome with family, friends etc. BBQ SUPPLIED, please confirm your attendance with Tilak Wijewardana on 9580 3169 for food preparation.
Match starts at 10:00 AM.
Place: W.J Turner Reserve[map]


Senkadagala donates Rs. 10m to Dharmaraja
Senkadagala Finance Company Limited (SFCL) has donated Rs. 10 million to the Dharmaraja Swimming Club for the construction of a public swimming pool in Kandy. This is as part of the company�s vision of viewing Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. The project was initiated in 2001 by the Colombo branch of the Dharmaraja College Old Boys� Union with contributions made by many donors.

Goodbye - Chandra Herath‏
One of the veterans of our Melbourne OBA branch Chandra Herath has decided to relocate to sunny Adelaide. As most of you know Chandra was instrumental in building our OBA branch and organising many activities we had over the years. We certainly going to miss his contribution and companionship. We like to take this opportunity to thank Chandra for his dedication and wish Chandra, Priyadarshini and Mathisha all the very best in their future endeavours.

Rajans - Under-19 Soccer Champions
Dharmaraja College, Kandy, became Central Province Schools Under-19 soccer champions when they scored a thrilling 1-0 win over Zahira College, Gampola in the finals of the soccer tournament organised by the Ministry of Education - Central Province and played at Weeguluwete grounds, Gampola. At half time there was no scoring.
Mid way in the second half, the Rajans took play into their opponents� territory and a well directed cross kick by right extreme and skipper L.D. Thanthrige saw centre forward Kanishka Kumara collecting the ball and brush past two defenders to lob the ball into the net to put them in the lead.
A fierce battle followed with the Zahirians making a determined effort to obtain the equaliser to keep themselves in the game but the Rajans put up a wall-like defence to stop their opponents.

Founders day Bana
Date: 29th Sunday, June 2008
Time:7:00pm
Place:Dharma Dveepa Meditation Centre, 43 Hemming Street, Dandenong 3175, VIC. [map]

DRC OBU Australia Ex.com. Meeting
Date: 21st June 2008
Time: 5:30PM
Place: 34, Third Street, Parkdale VIC 3195
Fellowship after the meeting. All are invited.
Tilak - Joint Secretary

Arjuna assures assistance to Rajans� turf and grounds
By Upananda Jayasundera - Kandy Sports Special Corr - Sunday Observer 25/05/08.
Arjuna Ranatunga - the Chairman of the Interim Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket, is a �no nonsense� man and he has made himself clear in all the issues that he has faced after taking the high-profile seat. Seeing is believing.... This is a famous saying and the Chairman of the Interim Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket Arjuna Ranatunga accompanied by the Principal of Dharmaraja S.M. Keerthiratne, KDCA President Tilina Tennakoon and officials of the OBA of Dharmaraja College take a close look at the renovated turf wicket and grounds, (below): Sprinklers at work getting the ground ready for cricket. Pictures by Upananda Jayasundera - Kandy Sports Special Corr. It is an accepted fact that one has to put one�s �house in order� before going into other details regarding the game of cricket and Ranatunga - the World Cup winning captain of Sri Lanka, had made his intentions clear about cleaning up the administration where he has assumed �office�.
He made a trip to Kandy to inspect the work in progress at the Dharmaraja College new lay-out of the turf wicket and Ranatunga agreed to look into the possibilities of giving the �final touches� to the playground and the turf strips. Asked as to why took the extreme rigid decisions of removing some officials when he assumed duties as Chairman of the Sri Lanka Cricket Interim Committee, Ranatunga assured justice will be done to all and he said that everything will be made known as he will call up a press conference to expose all those who have misuse funds of the Board and all the shortcomings of the Board�s activities. Ranatunga was somewhat surprised that cricket being very popular in the country that only two girl schools in Kandy are playing the hard ball game - that�s Pushpadana and Mahamaya. He said that in India in almost all the districts and provinces, the game of cricket is being played and that�s why the standard of cricket in India is at a high level. The Principal of Dharmaraja College S.M. Keerthiratne, former President of the OBA Dharmaraja Jagath Samarasinghe, KDCA President Tilina Tennakoon and other officials of the Dharmaraja OBA were present at the occasion.

Sinhala Movie: Soduru Wasanthaya
This film will be shown in aid of DRC OBU fund. Please do come with families, partners etc. Interview with the producer Ajani Perera on Ch 31 on Sunday the 25th May at 11AM. Interviews on 3ZZZ and 3SER radios on Sunday.
Director : Roy De Silva
Producer : Ajani Perera
Actors/ Actresses: Chathurika Pieris, Roy De Silva, Arjun Kamalanath
Date: 31st May 2008
At : 4:30pm & 6:30pm
Place: Clayton, Monash University Campus Centre cinema
Tickets available at Sri Lankan Shops or Tilak 9580 3169 or 0433 375 848

-:Warm Birthday Wishes to Mr. A. P. Gunaratne:-
The old boys union in Australia wishes all the very best to Mr. A. P. Gunaratne who will be 73 on 18th of April. Mr. Gunaratne was the principal at Dharmaraja College from 1973-1987 before serving as the vice principal for a considerable amount of years.
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OBA - Australia

A Cricket match and a family gathering-BBQ have been organized by the old boys union in Melbourne. All members of both schools are welcome with their families. Cost of the BBQ-one gold coin donation.
Cricket matches between old and young,Ladies etc.
Date: 29/03/2008
Time: 10:00 AM
Venue: Heatherhill Secondary College-Noble Park (Melway ref: 89B2)
Food provided, Drinks BYO
RSVP on or before 21st March 2008 to Aruna Herath - 0408 397 004 or Chandra Herath - 0439 936 800.

DRC OBU Australia Ex.com. Meeting
Date: 02nd February 2008
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: 34, Third Street, Parkdale VIC 3195
Please sell at least two raffle ticket books. This is the only fund raising event we have at the moment. College has made many requests for funds for the Cricket ground, Swimming pool, Computer lab etc...
We have to decide on these mattres soon.
Tilak - Joint Secretary

Year End Celebrations - 2007

Next Meeting
A meeting and fellowship arranged for DRC old boys on the 18th November 2007 at 34, Third Street, Parkdale 3195. Time 5:00 pm. Meeting and afterwards some drinks and bites.
All are welcome.
Tlak annd Upendra
Joint Secretaries

New Officials
The AGM was held on Sunday the 14th at the Court House,Mordialloc. The attendance was 26, which is very good, and thanks for all the people who turned up.The president Nimal Ekanayake delivered the Presidential address and stressed the fact that the younger generations take over the pruning of the Melbourne OBA.With a positive reference to that statement new officials were elected.
President: Chandana Ekanayake
Joint Secretaries: Upendra Navaratne and Tilak Wijewardene
Joint Treasurers: Gamunu Seneviratne and Rohitha Dissanayake
Sub Committees:
Fund raising: Manju jayakodi, Malaka Jayasundara, Nilantha Herath, Nanda Herath and Nishantha
Sports: Chandra Herath, Mohan Herath, Chamila Kaduruwewa,Shehan Wiewardene, Hasantha Weerasekera, Kalinga Ratnaweera (swimming)
Publicity and Media- Muditha Dasanayake, Ruwan Abeysekera, Kawindra Bandara Hippola, Nimal Ekanayake, Tlak Wijewardene
Membership and Social Events:Susantha Jayawickrema, Aruna Herath,Lalith Amunugama, Rohitha Bandara
Computer Project;Chandana Ekanayake, Chandra Herath, Nilantha Herath, Susantha Jayawickrama,Nimal Ekanayake, Muditha Dasanayake
After the meeting the participants enjoyed the lunch and the drinks graciously provided by some members.

Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting will be held at the Mordialloc Court House on 14th October 2007
Time: 10AM to 3PM
Place: Albert Street, Mordialloc - 3195
Melway Ref: 87E12
Lunch provided, BYO
Agenda:
Annual Report
Presidents address
Treasures Financial Statement
Election of New Office Bearers
Any other business
Lunch and fellowship
Please confirm the participation:
Aruna - 0408397004
Thilak - 95803169
Susantha - 97111029
or by e-mailing Aruna Herath
Tilak - Gen. Sec.
DRC OBU-Melbourne.

Rajans Rugby - 2007

Founders Day - Dana
30th June 2007
We completed the Founders Day dana today. We are pleased with the outcome, there were 5 monks and about 150 devotees, not all Rajans but a fair number, plenty of food and all were fed Thanks for the Rajans and their wives who who provided dana and the pirikara and attended the ceremony.

Pictures - Dharmaraja History
Sanjeewa Gamagedara has uploaded a rare collection of pictures of Dharmaraja College to YouTube. It's worth having a look since most of us haven't seen these pictures...
It's Great work Sanjeewa!
YouTube

Get-Together & Future Events
Dinner dance get together was completed successfully. Thanks to all who turned up and the "toilig workers" who did a magnificient job, and the band was a great hit. Bravo chaps. The next item will be the Founders Day Dane 30th June at the Keysborough Temple.
We expect about 30 people to turn up.
We have to divide dane menu items among ourselves. The list is given below. Please indicate your choise and the quantity.
1. Rice (plain or brown only)
2. Dhall
3. Potato - theldala
4. Fish curry
5. Vegetable curry
6. Melung
7. Salad
9. Papadum and halmasso fried
10. Sweets
11. Fruit salad & Ice cream
12. Any other item
Please let us know as soon as possible -Aruna or Tilak.
Next Project - A DRC Scout on Everest (may be not this year but eventually one will go up there) Swimming Project- We have to form a swimming group to learn swimming. More details later.


Fifth successive win for Rajans
S.M. Jiffrey Abdeen - Kandy Sports Corr.
Dharmaraja College, Kandy recorded their fifth successive win for the season when they swamped St. Aloysius College, Galle by 50 points (5 goals, 3 tries) to nil in their more...

Urgent Meeting - 26th May 2007
There is an urgent commitee meeting regarding the dinner dance to be held on the 16th June. We are inviting some Kingswoodians as well. Your presence is appriciated. Place- Aruna Heraths residence- 12, Nursury Crt. Rowile-phone-9755 7116-Date 26th May-time 7.00pm.

Founders Day Alms Giving
Founders day alms giving will be at the Keysborough Temple on the 30th of June. Monks from all the temples in Melbourne are participating. A list of food items for the dane is being prepaired. Please contact Tilak 9580 3169 regarding the contributions of the dane-(food) items.

Ibrahim to coach Dharmaraja
Sa'adi Thawfeeq
Sri Lanka and Kandy Sports Clubs utility player and Old Kingswoodian Nilufer Ibrahim will coach Dharmaraja College during the current inter-school rugby season. more...

Rajans Win
The first ever cricket match between Dharmaraja college OBU Melbourne and Kingswood college OBU Melbourne took place on 5th April 2007 at Police paddocks , Dandenong. DRC team was captain by Chamila Kaduruwewa and KCK was captain by Rizan Mowsoon. Chamila won the toss and put KCK in to bat. KCK made 155 for the loss of 7 wickets in 30 overs.Waruna 32, Gihan Ekanayake 37 and Ruwan 24 N.O. made runs for KCK. Eranda Ekanayake 3 wickets and Anura Thilakkaratna 2 wickets bowled well for DRC. In reply DRC made a bright start with the Opening pair Marapana 41 & Jayamal 18 putting on 65 runs. Then wickets started to fall However Chamila Kaduruwewa with 47 N.O. guided DRC to victory in 29.3 overs with seven wickets down. For KCK Shrimantha Fernando bowled tightly conceding only 14 runs in his 5 overs. Old Rajans Thilak Wijewardena, Nala Hewavissa & Lalith Amunugama cooked us a nice BBQ Lunch for the large gathering of around 75 people from both schools.

Construction of ground in Kandy
Buddhist school builds international ground.
Sa'adi Thawfeeq
One of the oldest Buddhist schools in Sri Lanka, Dharmaraja College in Kandy, is building a new international cricket stadium at Lake View. Sri Lanka Cricket are helping out: they have already funded them Rs. 750,000 for the preparation of five centre pitches. SLC also promised two sightscreens and a scoreboard, they are not forthcoming, according to Yasas Chandrasekera, the vice-president of the Dharmaraja Old Boys Association and secretary of the Lake View Development Project under whose aegis the stadium is being built. "We have been told that it is not possible because SLC does not have the funds," he said. "We will have to look elsewhere." more...


Cricket Match - Dharmaraja vs Kingswood
There is a cricket match arranged between the old boys of Dharmaraja college and Kingswood College. Anyone who wants to play, please contact Chandra Herath- 9807 1479.
Date: 06th of April 2007
Match Starts at 9.30am
Venue: Police Paddock, Brady Road, Dandenong North
Mel Ref: 81J11


09/03/2007.
Next Meeting - At Thilak Wijewardana's Place
A meeting has ben arranged -17th March Saturday @ 7pm, at Thilak's place ,34 Third Street, Parkdale-9580 3169- usual talk, Maiocca (Susantha) and Urumas, BYO drinks.Maiocca/Urumas/whiskey/beer seems to be the standard food and drink items in the DRC OBU gatherings.

Family BBQ 2007 - Another Successful Event
A total of 60 old boys and family members attended the family BBQ on 10th of February 2007. It was one of the successful events organised by old boys union in Melbourne. The membership forms were distributed on the day and more forms are available with Aruna Herath.

BBQ in February
A family BBQ and a fun day have been arranged by the old boys union in Melbourne. This was discussed at the last meeting held at Aruna Herath�s residence on 13/01/2007. Please keep the below date free.
Date: 10/02/2007
Time: 10:00 AM
Venue: Churchill National Park, Rowville (Melway ref: 82 C11)
Food provided, Drinks BYO
RSVP on or before 04th February 2007 to Aruna Herath, 0408 397 004


Fifth successive win for Rajans
S.M. Jiffrey Abdeen - Kandy Sports Corr.
Dharmaraja College, Kandy recorded their fifth successive win for the season when they swamped St. Aloysius College, Galle by 50 points (5 goals, 3 tries) to nil in their more...

Urgent Meeting - 26th May 2007
There is an urgent commitee meeting regarding the dinner dance to be held on the 16th June. We are inviting some Kingswoodians as well. Your presence is appriciated. Place- Aruna Heraths residence- 12, Nursury Crt. Rowile-phone-9755 7116-Date 26th May-time 7.00pm.

Founders Day Alms Giving
Founders day alms giving will be at the Keysborough Temple on the 30th of June. Monks from all the temples in Melbourne are participating. A list of food items for the dane is being prepaired. Please contact Tilak 9580 3169 regarding the contributions of the dane-(food) items.

Ibrahim to coach Dharmaraja
Sa'adi Thawfeeq
Sri Lanka and Kandy Sports Clubs utility player and Old Kingswoodian Nilufer Ibrahim will coach Dharmaraja College during the current inter-school rugby season. more...

Rajans Win
The first ever cricket match between Dharmaraja college OBU Melbourne and Kingswood college OBU Melbourne took place on 5th April 2007 at Police paddocks , Dandenong.
DRC team was captain by Chamila Kaduruwewa and KCK was captain by Rizan Mowsoon. Chamila won the toss and put KCK in to bat.
KCK made 155 for the loss of 7 wickets in 30 overs.Waruna 32, Gihan Ekanayake 37 and Ruwan 24 N.O. made runs for KCK. Eranda Ekanayake 3 wickets and Anura Thilakkaratna 2 wickets bowled well for DRC.
In reply DRC made a bright start with the Opening pair Marapana 41 & Jayamal 18 putting on 65 runs. Then wickets started to fall However Chamila Kaduruwewa with 47 N.O. guided DRC to victory in 29.3 overs with seven wickets down. For KCK Shrimantha Fernando bowled tightly conceding only 14 runs in his 5 overs.
Old Rajans Thilak Wijewardena, Nala Hewavissa & Lalith Amunugama cooked us a nice BBQ Lunch for the large gathering of around 75 people from both schools.

Construction of ground in Kandy
Buddhist school builds international ground.
Sa'adi Thawfeeq
One of the oldest Buddhist schools in Sri Lanka, Dharmaraja College in Kandy, is building a new international cricket stadium at Lake View. Sri Lanka Cricket are helping out: they have already funded them Rs. 750,000 for the preparation of five centre pitches. SLC also promised two sightscreens and a scoreboard, they are not forthcoming, according to Yasas Chandrasekera, the vice-president of the Dharmaraja Old Boys Association and secretary of the Lake View Development Project under whose aegis the stadium is being built. "We have been told that it is not possible because SLC does not have the funds," he said. "We will have to look elsewhere." more...


Cricket Match - Dharmaraja vs Kingswood
There is a cricket match arranged between the old boys of Dharmaraja college and Kingswood College. Anyone who wants to play, please contact Chandra Herath- 9807 1479.
Date: 06th of April 2007
Match Starts at 9.30am
Venue: Police Paddock, Brady Road, Dandenong North
Mel Ref: 81J11


09/03/2007.
Next Meeting - At Thilak Wijewardana's Place
A meeting has ben arranged -17th March Saturday @ 7pm, at Thilak's place ,34 Third Street, Parkdale-9580 3169- usual talk, Maiocca (Susantha) and Urumas, BYO drinks.Maiocca/Urumas/whiskey/beer seems to be the standard food and drink items in the DRC OBU gatherings.

Family BBQ 2007 - Another Successful Event
A total of 60 old boys and family members attended the family BBQ on 10th of February 2007. It was one of the successful events organised by old boys union in Melbourne. The membership forms were distributed on the day and more forms are available with Aruna Herath.

BBQ in February
A family BBQ and a fun day have been arranged by the old boys union in Melbourne. This was discussed at the last meeting held at Aruna Herath�s residence on 13/01/2007. Please keep the below date free.
Date: 10/02/2007
Time: 10:00 AM
Venue: Churchill National Park, Rowville (Melway ref: 82 C11)
Food provided, Drinks BYO
RSVP on or before 04th February 2007 to Aruna Herath, 0408 397 004

Wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

31/12/2006.
Next Meeting
A meeting has been arranged at No.12, Nursury Crt, Rowille 3178 on the 13th Saturaday (Jan. 2007). This is the residence of Mr Aruna Herath, the usual agenda,-talk, eat,drinks, songs, if any.Tel. no.9755 7116, 0439936800. Please collect and bring the Raffel Ticket Books.

11/11/2006.
Next Meeting
A meeting to discuss the futue projects, to be held on the 17th Friday of this month, at Thilak's place. Please confirm. Meeting, drinks and eats and a singsong, a must for married and hasseled individual old boys, a time to unwind.

11/11/2006.
Raffel Tickets
It is raffel ticket time again. We have received raffle tickets from Rotary Club of Ballarat south. Each ticket is $2.00 and a book costs $20.00. We expect help of the members to sell these tickets as it is the only fund raising project for the OBU.
more...

07/10/2006.
Rajans Dinner Dance in UK
Old Rajans in UK have organized there annual dinner dance. It will be held at C & L Country club crystal hall on 28th of October 2006.
Please visit www.dharmaraja.co.uk for more details.

24/09/2006.
�LEN DORA PIPUNA PREMAYA�
Perhaps you may be already aware, that the writer Chandraratne Bandara was a contemporary of ours at Dharmaraja College in late seventies/early eighties. He was one of the pioneers of "Sineru Kala Sansadaya" and did a tremendous service to promote an awareness of literature, arts, drama, cinema, etc. at our school. He continues to be involved in helping such endeavors at Dharmaraja College. Recently he published a collection of short stories based on his studies, discussions, experiences and recollections while living in Toronto during the years 2005 and 2006, �LEN DORA PIPUNA PREMAYA� more...

23/09/2006.
Pinkama held on 20th September 2006.
The 'pinkama' held at the Keysborough temple was very successful and well attended. The Sri Lankan community in Australia appriciated what we did towards the Sri Lankans afected by the war at home. Our secretary, Mr. Thilak Wijewardena received many phone calls from all over the Australia appreciating the event. He wants to thank all who participated and helped in numerous ways.

09/09/2006.
Pinkama for old Rajans and others who lost their lives defending Mother Lanka.
A Pinkama- puja and Bana Sermon will be held on Wednesday 20th of Sept. at the Keysborough Temple.Time 7.30 PM. Tea and short eats afterwards. Please keep the date free and attend the event with the family.Please bring children and friends. Please note that we are first OBA to remember and offer merit to our brothers who sacrificed their lives.

30/08/2006.
Death of Nipuna Wickramasooriya.
Nipuna Wickramasooriya who left the school in 1991 has died in an accident in Colombo last night. He lived at Lewella and for further information please contact Eranga Kulasekara.

Fallen Heroes Memorial.
A fallen heros memorial page will soon be added to the site. It will appear under History menu. We envisage to include all the Dharmaraja College old boys who died in action during the period of 1983 - 2006.

SSP Upul Senveratne killed.
Dharmaraja College old boy Mr. Upul Seneviratne, Training director of STF was caught in a Claymore attack carried out by Wanni Tigers in Kandy on 07th August morning at 5:00am. He was seriously injured and was admitted to Kandy hospital. He succumbed to his injuries at 6:00am.
Please visit Ministry of Defence or Colombo Page for more details here.

Chamara Kapugedera excels.
Chamara Kapugedara scored an elegant 63 to become the second highest scorer of the Sri lankan first innings against South Africa.
Please visit cricinfo for more details.

Dharmaraja - Kingswood Get Together 06.
The first Dharmaraja - Kingswood get together was held on 18th of March 2006.
Photos

Chamara Kapugedara - The first RAJANS test cricketer.
Chamara Kapugedara became the first test cricketer to be produced by Dharmaraja College. Chamara was very lucky to start his test cricket career at Lords, the home of cricket.
Please visit his page on cricinfo site.