NEWS IN BRIEF FOR THE PAST PUPILS OF ST.MICHAELíS COLLEGE, BATTICALOA (North America)
DATE:††† †††††† SATURDAY, AUGUST 2nd, 2003.
VENUE:†††††††† CENTENNIAL PARK, ETOBICOKE
†††††††††††††††††††† PICNIC AREA # 5
(North of Green-House with wash-room & shelter - Parking at the end of Elmcrest Road)
Please inform your friends & teachers from St.Michaelís College and Batticaloa be present, to share the good-old hometown memories.
Hot-dogs, hamburgers, short-eats and pop will be provided at a nominal price.
The highlight of this yearís picnic would be the ĎCricket Festivalí
Matches between the Old-boys of St.Michaelís / Central college / Shivananda & Government College
DONATION OF BASKETBALLS AND SPORTS EQUIPMENT TO COLLEGE
We are proud to announce that our association is in the process of donating 30 tournament quality Basketballs, 10 B.Ball nets, 50 Cricket balls (Leather) to St. Michaelís College. On top of the equipment we subsidize the allowance given to the coaches, to provide night practices, in light of the busy evening tutorial engagements the current students are having, to upgrade their educational skills. This is part of our annual donation program to equip and train the college teams to be in the forefront of the All Island Championships, which provide substantial employment and leadership to the youth of Batticaloa.
In order to boost the encouragement and morale our Association has offered Rs.50,000 to any one of the three basketball teams from College, if they win the All-Island Championships. Our association strongly feels that the Legacy left by Fr.Eugine Herbert should continue, as St.Michaelís being the formidable force and basketball frontrunners in the whole Island.
CASH AWARDS TO STUDENTS WITH BEST RESULTS
We are pleased to announce that our association has donated cash awards, which were given at the College Annual Prize Giving, held last month, to the best students qualified for the four university faculties. This award was a great motivation to the students and was endorsed and appreciated by the staff and the school development council.
A total of 33 students entered the Universities with a record 13 entering the Engineering Faculty.
DONATION OF WIND-BLOWER & MAINTAINANCE OF THE BASKETBALL COURTS
Our association has donated a wind-blower as part of our undertaking towards maintaining the basketball courts at College. This gift will eliminate the necessity of brooms and many hours of labor before the daily practices and matches. We have also made arrangements to upgrade the courts with fresh painting and filling.
To commemorate this undertaking we have requested the Principal to make arrangements to erect a Granite-slab inscribing our intention by the courts. Beside our Associationís name the following also would be inscribed Ė Ď In honor of Late Rev.Fr.Eugine Herbertís dedication and service to the game of Basket-ball at College.í†
ESTABLISHMENT OF MICHAELEAN OF THE YEAR
The principal and staff of St.Michaelís College have established ďThe Michaelean of the YearĒ for the student who has contributed exceptionally, his time & skills towards the upliftment of the welfare among the students and community at large, at our request. This was established, to commemorate the services of the recently deceased, long-time teacher and Vice. Principal Mr.Rasiah.
This award was given at the Prize giving in which our Old boy and MP for Batticaloa Mr.Joseph Pararajasingam assisted in bringing the Hon. Minister for Education Mr.K.Kodiththuvaku as Chief Guest.††††
DONATION OF BOOKS TO THE COLLEGE LIBRARY
Our Association has shipped a record 1500 books and magazines to the College Library. Most of the textbooks are in the field of Science/Maths/Technology and Literature. We have requested the Principal to sort the books and send the more advanced books that cannot be useful to the students, to the Batticaloa Public Library.
We feel that this contribution of ours would benefit the entire student population, especially to the recently established Grade 6 and Advanced level English medium.
DEVELOPMENT OF BATTICALOA PUBLIC LIBRARY
Our association in collaboration with all the Batticaloa Old Schools Associations in Canada, is taking an active part in upgrading the Batticaloa Public Library. In this regard we commend the donation of books given by the Past students of Bt/Govt.College which is already been shipped. While the world at large has embraced the power of knowledge to harmonize and uplift their standard of living, we felt that itís time that we do our duty on the same direction towards our homeland.
At the request of the Commissioner, Municipal Council-Batticaloa, we have instructed him to obtain a list of books that are urgently needed towards the benefit of the students from the University, Nursing College, Technical Institutes and High schools in the region. These donated books would be placed in the newly constructed wing of the Library facing the lake.†
Donation of Washing Machine by Mr.Stanislaus Aloysius
We thank our Committee Member Mr.Stanislaus Aloysius, to have donated a washing machine to College for the purpose of washing the College jerseys. The coaches did this manually in the past. He also has donated 22 pairs of Shin-Guards to be used by the College Soccer teams.
MEETING WITH FR.PAUL SATKUNANAYAGAM
Our association has feted Fr.Paul Satkunanayagam with a dinner during his recent visit to Toronto. He applauded and commended our many activities over the years while stressing the strong bond and impact that it has created among the students and public at large. He also has offered, to clear the consignments that we have shipped to College.
We invite all past pupils and teachers living in North America to get involved in our associationís plans and activities through their suggestions and contributions. Your membership of $20/- would make our association stronger and would also keep you informed of all our activities through our News Letter, not to mention the large impact it would make in the lives of many living in Batticaloa.
Please send your membership payable to PAST PUPILS OF ST. MICHAELíS addressed to:
350 Alton Tower Circle, Suite 609, Toronto, Ont. M1V 5E3.