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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