‘Premaya’; a musical extravaganza bridging eastern classical music of the 70’s, 80’s and the present was brought to stage at Nelum Pokuna, by the Royal College Group of 1999.  The second such extravaganza presented by the Group, was organized as a part of their magnanimous effort to raise funds to purchase a luxury coach for College.  The event was held on 20th August 2017 featuring pioneer artists: maestro Victor Rathnayaka, multilingual award winner Nirosha Virajini and talented next generation musician Kasun Kalhara. Adding to the glamour of the evening was the novel composition of music by Suresh Maliyadda and compering by legendary Saman Athawuddahetti, proud products of our great alma mater. ‘Premaya’ was graced by chief guest Hon. Gayantha Karunathilaka and a full house audience of music loving fans.

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Royal SLAMJAM 3X3 Inter Batch Basketball Tournament 2017

Royal SLAMJAM 3X3 Inter Batch Basketball Tournament 2017 was held on 12th August 2017 at the Henry Pedris basketball court, Colombo 5. This event was organized by the Royal College Basketball Advisory & Management Committee together with the Royal College Group of 2002. The tournament was played under four categories: 20-30, 31-40, 41-50 and 51 years and above. It was a fun-filled family event with a children’s play area filled with games and events.

The main objective of this event was to bring together past Royal Basketball players to showcase their skills, revive their school memories and motivate them to give back to Royal College Basketball. The event was patronized by a large number of past and present Royalists and turned out to be a day that showcased a number of competitive games. Furthermore, equipment for the betterment of Royal Basketball was donated by the organizers, at the event.

All in all, Royal SLAMJAM 3X3 Inter-batch Basketball Tournament 2017 was a great success.



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Royalist Minul Doluweera secures crown in Game of Kings

Seventeen year old Royalist Minul Doluweera was crowned National Chess Champion on Thursday, 17 August 2017 at the Royal College Skills Centre.

Doluweera ended on 9.5 points, followed by Udith Jayasundara of the University of Colombo on 8.0 points, and four other players who ended on 7.5 points in the 13-round all-play-all tournament organized by the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka.

He is the fourth Royalist to win the Sri Lanka Chess Nationals after Chris Parakrama who won it in the inaugural year of 1973, followed by Muditha Hettigama, the present Royal College coach, in 1994 and Nirosh de Silva in 1999, 2001 and 2002.

Doluweera was awarded College Colours for Chess in 2015. He is the Vice Captain of the College Chess team and has been awarded the Maalyn Dias Scholarship by the college, for the most outstanding emerging player in 2014. In addition to chess, he has also excelled in other extra-curricular activities, including debating and is the Chairman of the English Debaters’ Council of the College. He also obtained 9 A’s at the GCE O/L examination in 2016.

Another outstanding achievement of Doluweera, is that he is the first Royalist to be awarded the international title ‘FIDE Master’ by the World Chess Federation, in 2016

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Discovery of Principal Harward’s final resting place

It is with a great sense of achievement that we announce the discovery of Principal Harward’s place of final rest.  A collaborative investigative effort by the QORA (Queensland Old Royalists Association) and RCOBAA (Victoria-based Royal College Old Boys Australia Association) has succeeded in locating Principal Harward’s grave in the cemetery of the Queensland country town of Warwick.

John Henry Harward was Principal, Royal College from 1892 to 1902. In retirement he moved to Australia, settling in the country town of Warwick, Queensland.

Early attempts by George Fernando, a resident of Victoria and a long standing member of RCOBAA, to locate the principal’s grave in Warwick were unsuccessful, despite a visit to the cemetery some years ago. Earlier this year, Inji Wijegunaratne (President) and George Fernando from RCOBAA alerted Rohan Jayaratne (Founder President, QORA).


QORA, having contacted the Warwick cemetery authorities, then organised a three-man expedition (Rohan Jayaratne, Shan Attygalle, Kalum de Silva) on 14th July to locate the grave, which, we are proud to announce, was successful.

RCOBAA and QORA plan to erect a small plaque on the grave.

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Non-academic staff members are a group of individuals who renders their contribution to our Alma Mater, without much of prominence. For their benefit, a medical clinic was conducted by the Royal College Doctors’ Association (RCDA) in collaboration with the College Interact Club on 07th April.

The intention of the clinic was to ensure the non-academic staff stay healthy,  to perform their day to day functions, effectively.
A medical team comprised of over twenty general practitioners and specialist physicians and surgeons, all of them being old Royalists serving in different parts of the country, volunteered their valuable services at no cost to the school and non-academic staff. The Senior Deputy Principal Mr. P. Wickramasinghe, Assistant Principal Mr. Ashoka Galahitiyawa, President,  – Royal College Doctors’ Association Dr. Ajith Tennakoon, and Secretary – Royal College Union Mr. Athula Munasinghe, were present at the occasion.

A Total of over 100 non-academic staff members were screened.

As a result of the intensive screening, the medical team was able to detect three persons suffering from Haemorrhoids and three persons afflicted with Varicose veins. In addition, it was detected that two others had enlarged goitres requiring treatment

It was very salutary that apart from physical ailments, persons who were found obese with a high body mass index (BMI), potentially at a health hazard stage were given medical advice regarding dietary habits to be followed and appropriate referrals were made to Healthy Lifestyle Centres for follow up processes to ameliorate the typical situations and conditions.

As far as the problems connected with the eye care of the staff the ophthalmologists had found staff requiring vision corrections, and those needing spectacles were donated such on the 09th of May 2017. The Spectacles were donated by Dr. Manilka Sumanatilake, Consultant Endocrinologist.


This event was organised by Dr. Charitha Wijesiriwardana and Dr. Pubudu Jayasara.

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Workshop on Learning Difficulties in Primary School Children and Relevant Management

Learning difficulties amongst the school children, particularly those who are in the primary grades, is becoming a serious concern. To effectively address this the Royal College Doctors’ Association (RCDA) conducted a workshop on learning difficulties in primary school children, identification & management of such problems, for the teachers of the Primary section of Royal College, on 4th June.

Dr (Mrs) Swarna Wijethunge and Dr (Mrs) Sudarshi Senevirathne, consultants in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, participated as resource personnel, while Dr. Miyuru Chandradasa, senior lecturer in Psychiatry conducted the programme.

Over 60 Teachers from the primary section of Royal College participated, actively shared their experiences on students with learning disabilities and discussed with resource personnel the ways of managing such problems.

The RCDA extend their sincere thanks to the Principal of Royal College Mr B A Abeyrathne, Deputy Principal of the Primary section Sister Disna Siyaguna for their courtesy and Dr Miyura Chandradasa who coordinated and organized this workshop on behalf of the RCDA.

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We had joy and we had fun and the best Avurudhu Kreeda under the Sun!

April 22. 2016. The inaugural Royal College Union Staff Avurudhu Day went off with a bang!

Sparked off by a simple thought in order to strengthen bonds of friendship, whilst enacting the traditional “Avurudhu Kreeda”, symbolising the dawn of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, held at the Royal College Junior Grounds on Friday 22nd April, the event was a tremendous success.

Bonds of friendships were made much stronger by events such as the tug of war (‘kambha adheema’) which were team events. The ‘laughing’ and the ‘crying’ competitions, were symbolic of real tears of joy and pain we experience at times. Food and drink is always an integral part of the RCU culture, for host and guest alike, and this was ever present.

All the participants at the RCU Skills Centre, Merchandise Shop, RCU Office, MAS Arena, LPMC, EDEX Secretariat, Janitorial staff and Security staff were all engaged with the events worked for the day from 1.00 – 5.00 p.m., which witnessed excellent team spirit, individual talent, sportsmanship and much camaraderie, with maximum joy under the Sun.

The thrills, spills of Yoghurt and water and the breaking of pots, plastic chairs and opening of gifts at the end all contributed to be a memorable day, with each event worked off created spontaneity, a healthy competitive spirit, fun and laughter, for each participant.

The live organ music, the fun-compering and children’s cheering added to the day’s ethos of friends’ and family togetherness.

A significant aspect of the event was that everyone was a “winner”, and went home with a gift.

The day’s events were concluded with giving away of the gifts at the grounds, amidst applause, with the presence the RCU Asst. Treasurer, EDEX Treasurer, Skills Centre Chairman and a committee member. This was followed by an evening fellowship of Kiribath and the traditional sweetmeats in abundance in the RCU Board-room.

May the spirit of “Avurudhu” Bless each and every one and their families at RCU, in the New Year!

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Thomians drowned in Royal roar, as Underdogs became Topdogs cruising to victory

Royal College produced a stunning fight-back to turn the tide and reverse fortunes against S. Thomas’ College who might take some time to comprehend what caused them to lose their 137th big match Battle of the Blues cricket encounter on the third day at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground in Colombo. The Reid Avenue boys scored a seemingly impossible four wicket win.

This is Royal’s second victory in four years after Devin Padmanathan’s side beat them in 2013.

The Thomians and their supporters from all counts may go through some sleepless nights over the next couple of days, as they try to figure out how and why they lost their stranglehold of the match after declaring their first innings at 350 for 5 and then crashing for a paltry 127 in the second innings with a little airy-fairy batting, as Royal like the dark horse came from behind to shatter the party hopes of their arch rival.

Royal needed just 150 for victory which they had no difficulty in reaching as Malith Kariyawasam (38 n.o) held the stage after his team lost four wickets in pursuit of the target.

With both teams scoring over 300 plus in the first innings, the match may have been destined for a draw. However, the poor batting display by the Thomians in their second inning opened the floodgates for an interesting tussle and Royal made certain not to miss the opportunity.

When Royal continued their overnight total of 280 for 7, the main focus was on Pasindu Sooriyabandara (97 not out) and whether he could get that elusive century. He did so unnerved before he was bowled by Kodituwakku for 123 with seventeen fours. Sooriyabandara was engaged in two useful stands first with Kariyawasam adding 139 for the sixth wicket and later another 59 runs with Helitha Vithanage. Royal declared with a deficit of 22 runs.

Royal College batsman Malith Kariyawasam celebrates taking his team to victory over S. Thomas’ College at the SSC ground yesterday (Picture by Saman Mendis)

The Thomians got off to a disastrous start in their second inning losing the first inning centurion Rashmika Opatha for 8 as paceman Himesh Ramanayake was able to extract some life off the pitch and kept the Thomian batsmen guessing. None of the Thomian batsmen could really settle down and they lost wickets at regular intervals.

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Royalists retain the Bradby Shield for another year!

In the second leg of the 72nd Bradby Shield Rugby encounter played on the 14th May at the Trinity Sports Complex in Pallekelle, Kandy, Royal College staged a spectacular fight back in a wonderfully exiting game, where their 16-year-old full back Ovin Askey put over a spectacular 30-metre corner flag penalty, to help them retain the Bradby Shield for another year.

First leg:- The Royalists, despite the sky above the Royal College Sports Complex growing darker and losing in terms of territory and possession, made maximum use of their strengths – the forwards and the rolling maul and more importantly the spectacular try in the 36th minute of the second half by hooker Azmir Fajudeen, to edge out the Trinitians in securing a 22-17 victory, at the Royal College sports complex on 30th April, in a neck to neck battle for supremacy, under rainy climatic conditions. It was the Royal pack and rolling maul that emerged the decisive factor in handling the wet ball following a heavy shower. The match was graced by the Hon. Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickramasinge and Mr. Rohantha Peiris as the Chief Guest. The highest capped Australian ruggerite and influential skipper, George Gregan too honoured the match with his presence.

In just over 20 seconds a surprise interception by Janidu Dilshan, led Royal College to their first try of the game. This went down in history, as the fastest try of the series. Royal’s star kicker Ovin Askey added the extras to set the score at 7-0. After close to 15 minutes Trinity made the much needed breakthrough as they secured their first try to level the scores at 7 – 7. However, Trinity’s hopes were short-lived as Ovin Askey converted a penalty from just over 22 metres out, regaining the lead and setting the score at 10 – 7. With about 10 minutes left to the end of the 1st half, the Reid Avenue boys gave the boys from Kandy, a taste of the infamous ‘Royal Maul’, which resulted in hooker Azmir Fajudeen going over the line to score Royal’s second try. Ovin Askey made no mistake in the conversion, bringing the score up to 17 – 7 before the halftime whistle.

Trinity was more dominant in the second half. Substitution of the acting skipper Thusila Perera proved to be a wise decision, as Lashan Wijesuriya who took his position, scored a penalty no sooner he came in to lift their score to 17 – 10. Despite the attempt by the Royal defence, Trinity College was awarded their second try by the Television Match Official (TMO), used for the first time in a Sri Lankan Rugby encounter. In the 64th minute, they bounced back to score ten more points. Despite their efforts, the Reid Avenue boys pounced at the opportunity to score a try in the 76th minute of the game.

In addition to winning the Leg, Royal College also managed to finish in 2nd place in Division 1A of the Singer Schools Rugby League.

Second leg:- Askey, put the Royalists on top by scoring a simple conversion, in the ninth minute. Royal’s prop forward Ayesh Maduranga barged over for a brilliant try. Askey made the conversion to take the lead 7-0. Soon after, Royal increased their lead to 10-0 with a 30-metre penalty, put over by Askey.

Having led 10-05 at the break, the rolling maul of the Royalists was blocked by the strong Trinity forwards, as such Royal changed their strategy to get their backs a bit more involved.

A penalty taken by the Trinity full back Sanushka Abeywickrama cut the deficit to 10 – 08. This was followed by another penalty in the 18th minute which was nicely angled in by fly half Lashan Wijesuriya to put the lions in the lead for the first time, 11-10. Fly half Wijesuriya put over another penalty and Trinity went further ahead and the score read 18-10 in favour of Trinity.

Royal’s persistence in the vital last few minutes paid off when Trinity was penalized.

Before the final whistle was blown, Royal was awarded a difficult 30-metre corner flag penalty and Askey, not showing any nerves, took on the pressure and sent the ball sailing over the cross bar much to the relief of the Royalists to lift the score to 18 – 13, with an aggregate score levelled at 35 all.

What happened post the match did not bring any credit to either school. When Royal captain Nikila Gunadheera was presented with the Bradby Shield at the end of the second leg at Pallekele, members of the Trinity College team it is alleged had tried to grab the shield from him.

However, members of the Royal team came to the aid of their captain and prevented the Trinitians from doing so. In the ensuing melee a fight broke out amongst the two schools and it later spread to some spectators as well.

It was later learnt from a reliable source present at the scene that in the event, the aggregate score was tied, the “Bradby Shield” remained with the present holders, as in 1992 when the aggregate scores were 3 all and Trinity retained the trophy as they won in 1991. In this case, it was Royal who had won it last year. It seemed that the Trinity boys were not educated on the rules of the Bradby and thought the shield was to be shared by both schools.

The annual Rugby encounter between Royal College and Trinity College commenced on the 31st of July 1920. In 1945, the principal of Royal College, E.L. Bradby, put forward the idea of playing an annual two-match series and since then the encounter has been played for the Bradby Shield.

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Repaying the debt owed & keeping thy fame inviolate by Amalean brothers!

The state of the art sports complex “Royal-MAS Arena” was ceremonially declared opened by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe, amidst a gathering of distinguished guests comprising of the minister of education Hon. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Colombo Mayor, His Lordship A.J.M. Mussammil, Chairman of MAS Holdings Deshamanya Mahesh Amalean, Deputy Chairman Sharad Amalean & the Managing Director Ajay Amalean, Principal of Royal College, B.A. Abeyratne, Secretary & the trustees of the RCU, on the 28th March 2016. Time taken in constructing this state of the art sports complex has been less than 1,000 days (999 days & 7 hours & 58 minutes to be precise.)

Fully funded by the MAS group at a cost of over LKR 150 million (equivalent to USD 1 million), the Arena a first of its kind, provides facilities for a number sports such as boxing, wushu, fensing, wrestling, chess etc… for the present and future Royalists.

Nanadana Karunasena, an alumnus was the architect of this magnificent building as well, which conforms to both local and international standards,

Welcome address was delivered by the Secretary of the Royal College Union, Athula Munasinghe stated that this is the largest donation given by a single individual or a family in the history of Royal College, spanning over 181 years. He thanked MAS group for sponsoring and Nandana for providing his services for an artistic design free of charge, Maj. Gen. Channa Goonatilake & his team for volunteering the construction in a cost effective manner, the past principal & the past secretaries of the RCU, Manju Ariyaratne in particular, under whose tenure the project initiated.

Principal, B.A. Abeyratne, briefly explained what ‘Arena’ means & how this word was derived from a latin word. He thanked all those who contributed in making this complex a success including the past Principal Upali Gunasekara, for initiating the ground work on 3rd July 2014 and the past and present Army commanders. He also commended of having old Royalists of this nature & urged the present Royalists to preserve the facilities to the future Royalists as well, while making the maximum use of it.

Prime Minister began his speech saying that ‘March – 2016’ has been a great month for Royal College with the big match victory, followed by this milestone of opening the Royal-MAS arena. While thanking the Amalean brothers for their generous contribution in making this sports complex a reality which all of us can be proud of, requested them not to close the books thinking they have repaid the debt they owed, as it’ll come back to them again, with a smile in his face……

He recalled named of some eminent old Royalists who have repaid their debts owed to this great institution (established as “The Colombo Academy” by Governor Robert Wilmen) in their own spheres, be it civil, political or military.

He quoted a saying of former US President George W Bush “No child be left behind” He further stated that the greatest gift you can give to a nation is to “Educate the young”, as the development depends on the education system of a country and pledged that the government will develop National & Zonal schools to a level of post-secondary education, mandating 13 years of school (Primary & secondary) education with subjects such as English & Science made compulsory, with the introduction of novel education techniques to schools in suburbs as well.

Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam stated that his ministry will present the proposed education reforms to the parliament in May and develop other schools by providing the required facilities, under the able leadership of the Prime Minister.

Tokens of appreciation to the three Amalean brothers were handed over by the Hon. Prime Minister, while the architect Nandana Karunasena was felicitated by three of them for his free architectural services provided.

Deshamanya Mahesh Amalean recalling his past memories as a school boy at Royal primary, stated that the idea of a gym was proposed in 2010 at the commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the College, which the MAS group committed to support, even after the scope got expanded to  an ‘Arena’. This, in his view will create new memories in young Royalists while being competitive, disciplined and most importantly developing good sportsmanship to be valued citizens.

The boxing ring was declared open by having an exhibit bout between the current boxing captain of Royal College & the immediate past captain, which was the inaugural bout of the Arena.



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