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Passing away of Dr. Neville Fernando

It is with profound sadness we announce the demise of a distinguished old boy, former Member of Parliament, Founder of the Dr. Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital, and Honorary Patron of Old Boys’ Association of Sri Sumangala College, Dr. Neville Fernando.

Dr. Fernando is a great Sumangalian who put his heart and soul to serve our Alma Mater and SSCOBA. At the time of his departure, he was a Patron of SSCOBA. His benevolence towards the college would run into volumes, since brevity is the soul of wit, let us be brief.

He was elected to Panadura in the 8th parliamentary election in 1977. He is notable for having moved for a controversial Motion of no confidence against then Leader of the opposition A. Amirthalingam, the first motion of no confidence against a leader of opposition in the world.

He founded the Dr. Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital in 2013, a hi-tech multi-specialty tertiary care teaching hospital.

He is a person who won the love of everyone. Though he departed from us his legacy will remain forever. No doubt that his departure will create an unfathomable void, not only at the SSCOBA but in the society at large.

May he attain the supreme bliss of nirvana!

We would like to thank Sumangalian, Mr. Chaturanga Madura Kumara Perera for donating Rs 60,000/- for the SSCOBA School Development Fund.

The donation was made at the recently held SSCOBA monthly Exco meeting to the Treasurer Mr. Dinesh Ketipearachchi.

Thank you so much for your generosity!

We would like to thank Sumangalian, Exco Member of SSCOBA, Mr. Rasika Prabhashan for donating Rs 30,948/- worth of Chemicals, Lab Accessories, First Aid Accessories, and Cleaning Accessories to College Labs.

The donation was made through SSCOBA to the Principal Lt. Colonel L. G. P. B. Liyangaskumbura at a small ceremony held at the College recently.

Officials from the College and SSCOBA attended the ceremony.

Thank you so much for your generosity!

We are extremely happy to announce Sumangalian Kumudu Sandaruwan Perera of Sri Lanka Navy recently passed out as an Acting Sub Lieutenant at the 35th intake with flying colours. Kumudu won the award of ‘Sward of Honour’ – the Best Midshipman of 35th  intake of Kotelawala Defense University bringing glory to our Alma Mater, which is the most valuable award that a naval person can receive.

He has also received the awards for ‘Highest Marks in Overall Subjects’ and ‘Highest Marks in Professional Subjects’.

We wish Acting Sub Lieutenant Kumudu Sanadaruwan Perera all the very best in his naval career.

9 න් 10 ට… From Grade 9 to Grade 10

The SSCOBA in collaborations with the Principal organized an online session for Grade 9 students who are going to be in Grade 10 next year. This was open to our college students as well as students from other colleges and their parents.

Speakers of the program were,

Lt. Colonel L. G. P. B. Liyangaskubura
Principal – Sri Sumangala College

Sumangalian Sumedha Perera
Attorney At Law

The session was well attended by students and parents. There were more than 400 students and parents from around the country who joined the online session through different channels we offered including Microsoft Teams and Facebook Live Streaming through SSCOBA Official Facebook Page.

Watch the recorded session on YouTube:

We would like to thank everyone who got involved in this program.

The SSCOBA in collaborations with the Principal and the teachers of the college organized an online Career Guidance Program for 2020 A/L students for the second consecutive time. This was open to our college students as well as students from other colleges and parents.

Speakers of the program were,

Our Distinguished Old Boy, Mr. Tilak De Silva
Former Chief Business Innovation Officer – Sri Lanka Telecom
Chairman – Engineering Council Sri Lanka

Dr. T. A. Piyasiri
Former Vice-Chancellor – University of Vocational Technology (UNIVOTEC)Vice-Chairman (Planning) – National Education Commission (NEC)

The session was well attended by students and parents. There were more than 500 students and parents from around the country joined the online session through different channels we offered including Microsoft Teams, Facebook Live Streaming, and YouTube Live Streaming.

With this online session, SSCOBA introduced it’s YouTube Channel as well.

Watch the recorded session:

We would like to thank everyone who got involved in this program.

රටේ පවතින COVID-19 වසංගත තත්වය හමුවේ පාසල් නිවාඩුව දීර්ඝ කර ඇති අතර, පාසල් ආරම්භ වීමට නියමිතව තිබූ නොවැම්බර් මස 09 වන දින සිට අප පාසලේ ළමුන් සඳහා පමණක් අන්තර්ජාලය හරහා අධ්‍යාපනය කටයුතු නැවත ආරම්භ කිරීමට, ශ්‍රී සුමංගල විද්‍යාලයීය විදුහල්පති සහ ආචාර්ය මණ්ඩලය, ශ්‍රී සුමංගල විද්‍යාලයීය ආදී ශිෂ්‍ය සංගමය හා එක්ව අවශ්‍ය සියලු කටයුතු සූදානම් කර ඇත.

මේ අනුව 06, 07, 08, 09, 10 වසර වලට අදාල සිංහල මාධ්‍යය සහ Enaglish Medium කාලසටහන් පහත දක්වා ඇත.සියළුම සිසුන් තමන්ගේ Microsoft Teams ගිණුම් මගින් මේ සඳහා සම්බන්ධ විය යුතු අතර ඔබට ඔබගේ ගිණුමේ විස්තර නැවත අවශ්‍ය නම් ඔබගේ පංති භාර ගුරුතුමිය හෝ ගුරුතුමා අමතන්න.

06 වසර කාලසටහන – සිංහල මාධ්‍යය

සඳුදා – නොවැම්බර් 09

08:30 Am – 09.30 Am : ඉංග්‍රීසි
10:30 Am – 11.30 Am : තොරතුරු තාක්ෂණය

අඟහරුවාදා – නොවැම්බර් 10

08:30 Am – 09.30 Am : සිංහල
10:30 Am – 11.30 Am : ඉතිහාසය

බදාදා – නොවැම්බර් 11

08:30 Am – 09.30 Am : බුද්ධ ධර්මය
10:30 Am – 11.30 Am : භූගෝල විද්‍යාව

බ්‍රහස්පතින්දා – නොවැම්බර් 12

08:30 Am – 09.30 Am : විද්‍යාව
10:30 Am – 11.30 Am : දෙමළ

සිකුරාදා – නොවැම්බර් 13

08:30 Am – 09.30 Am : ගණිතය
10:30 Am – 11.30 Am : සෞඛ්‍යය

07 වසර කාලසටහන – සිංහල මාධ්‍යය

සඳුදා – නොවැම්බර් 09

09:30 Am – 10.30 Am : බුද්ධ ධර්මය
11:30 Am – 12.30 Pm : සෞඛ්‍යය

අඟහරුවාදා – නොවැම්බර් 10

09:30 Am – 10.30 Am : විද්‍යාව
11:30 Am – 12.30 Pm : තොරතුරු තාක්ෂණය

බදාදා – නොවැම්බර් 11

09:30 Am – 10.30 Am : සිංහල
11:30 Am – 12.30 Pm : දෙමළ

බ්‍රහස්පතින්දා – නොවැම්බර් 12

09:30 Am – 10.30 Am : ගණිතය
11:30 Am – 12.30 Pm : භූගෝල විද්‍යාව

සිකුරාදා – නොවැම්බර් 13

09:30 Am – 10.30 Am : ඉංග්‍රීසි
11:30 Am – 12.30 Pm : ඉතිහාසය

08 වසර කාලසටහන – සිංහල මාධ්‍යය

සඳුදා – නොවැම්බර් 09

09:30 Am – 10.30 Am : විද්‍යාව
11:30 Am – 12.30 Pm : භූගෝල විද්‍යාව

අඟහරුවාදා – නොවැම්බර් 10

09:30 Am – 10.30 Am : ඉංග්‍රීසි
11:30 Am – 12.30 Pm : ඉතිහාසය

බදාදා – නොවැම්බර් 11

09:30 Am – 10.30 Am : ගණිතය
11:30 Am – 12.30 Pm : සෞඛ්‍යය

බ්‍රහස්පතින්දා – නොවැම්බර් 12

09:30 Am – 10.30 Am : බුද්ධ ධර්මය
11:30 Am – 12.30 Pm : තොරතුරු තාක්ෂණය

සිකුරාදා – නොවැම්බර් 13

09:30 Am – 10.30 Am : සිංහල
11:30 Am – 12.30 Pm : දෙමළ

09 වසර කාලසටහන – සිංහල මාධ්‍යය

සඳුදා – නොවැම්බර් 09

08:30 Am – 09.30 Am : ඉංග්‍රීසි
10:30 Am – 11.30 Am : තොරතුරු තාක්ෂණය

අඟහරුවාදා – නොවැම්බර් 10

08:30 Am – 09.30 Am : ගණිතය
10:30 Am – 11.30 Am : සෞඛ්‍යය

බදාදා – නොවැම්බර් 11

08:30 Am – 09.30 Am : සිංහල

බ්‍රහස්පතින්දා – නොවැම්බර් 12

08:30 Am – 09.30 Am : බුද්ධ ධර්මය

සිකුරාදා – නොවැම්බර් 13

08:30 Am – 09.30 Am : විද්‍යාව
10:30 Am – 11.30 Am : ඉතිහාසය

10 වසර කාලසටහන – සිංහල මාධ්‍යය

සඳුදා – නොවැම්බර් 09

08:30 Am – 09.30 Am : ගණිතය
10:30 Am – 11.30 Am : ඉතිහාසය

අඟහරුවාදා – නොවැම්බර් 10

08:30 Am – 09.30 Am : සිංහල
10:30 Am – 11.30 Am : කාණ්ඩ 1

බදාදා – නොවැම්බර් 11

08:30 Am – 09.30 Am : විද්‍යාව
10:30 Am – 11.30 Am : කාණ්ඩ 2

බ්‍රහස්පතින්දා – නොවැම්බර් 12

08:30 Am – 09.30 Am : බුද්ධ ධර්මය
10:30 Am – 11.30 Am : කාණ්ඩ 3

සිකුරාදා – නොවැම්බර් 13

08:30 Am – 09.30 Am : ඉංග්‍රීසි

Grade 06 Time Table – English Medium

Thursday – November 12

08:30 Am – 09.30 Am : Science

Friday – November 13

08:30 Am – 09.30 Am : Maths
10:30 Am – 11.30 Am : Health

Grade 07 Time Table – English Medium

Monday – November 09

11:30 Am – 12.30 Pm : Health

Tuesday – November 10

09:30 Am – 10.30 Am : Science

Thursday – November 12

09:30 Am – 10.30 Am : Maths

Grade 08 Time Table – English Medium

Monday – November 09

09:30 Am – 10.30 Am : Science

Wednesday – November 11

09:30 Am – 10.30 Am : Maths
11:30 Am – 12.30 Pm : Health

Grade 09 Time Table – English Medium

Tuesday – November 10

08:30 Am – 09.30 Am : Maths
10:30 Am – 11.30 Am : Health

Friday – November 13

08:30 Am – 09.30 Am : Science

Grade 10 Time Table – English Medium

Monday – November 09

08:30 Am – 09.30 Am : Maths

Wednesday – November 11

08:30 Am – 09.30 Am : Science

This is to inform all the members that the 98th Annual Get Together, the Dinner Dance of Sri Sumangala College Old Boys’ Association scheduled for 21st November 2020 at Jie Jie Beach by Jetwing Panadura has been postponed as per the instructions of the Health Authorities.

If you have already purchased a ticket, please talk to the Exco member who sold you the ticket and he will guide you on what needs to be done.

We will definitely host the event when the situation falls back to normal after getting the nod from the Health Authorities.

Thank you for your understanding and appreciate your support.

The 98th Anniversary of the Old Boys’ Day of Sri Sumangala College, is today, October 28, 2020.

The Sri Sumangala College Old Boy’s Association (SSCOBA) was inaugurated on October 28th 1922 by Mr. Abeyseela Ginige, a past principal of Sri Sumangala College. He was the first President of Sri Sumangala College Old Boy’s Association. Up-to-date as the official alumni of the College, the SSCOBA embarked on variety of activities to support the development of its Alma Mater and its student population.

Sri Sumangala College was formally established on March 3rd, 1909 by founder members, Philanthropists of Panadura, late Mudliyer Thomas Rodrigo, M. Mathes Salgado, P. Lewis Dias, P. Domingo Dias, P.C.H. Dias, and M. Coranelis Perera under the patronage of Chief incumbent of Rankoth Viharaya Most Ven. Walpita Gunarathanatissa Thero who suggested that the new college in the temple premises be named after his teacher, most Ven. Sasanawansha Kavidhaja Weligama Sri Sumangala Nayaka Thero to immortalize the name of his teacher. Mr. Thomas Gunaratne was the first Principal of the College and the classes were conducted at the Dhamma sermon hall of the historical Rankoth Viharaya Panadura. Later few buildings were constructed to meet the demand of the increasing number of students to the College.

As the time went on with the increase of the student population, Sri Sumangala was in need of expansion and was required to move out its secondary classes due to limited land space at the Rankoth Vihara temple. The OBA was instrumental and took the initiative to establish Sri Sumangala College at Nalluruwa in 1942 in a land donated by the first student of the College, Mr. Walter Salgado. The College was later expanded with the donation of block of land by Mrs. Sicilyn Perera, the wife of one of the founders.

In December 2004, Tsunami destroyed most of the buildings of the College facing the sea and it had a direct impact on some of the parents and students, tutorial staff, and there was a unanimous request to relocate the College to a safer location. Accordingly, a decision was taken by the Government with the sponsorship of the Japanese Government to relocate the College to a more secure and suitable land at Wekada, Panadura. Despite resistance by a few, with the leadership of the Principal and with the able support of the SSCOBA, it was possible to overcome all these obstacles to realize the dream of a brand new college but with the same blend of the Sumangala to become the beacon of the Kalutara District. It is the desire of the SSCOBA to see that Sri Sumangala College is one of the leading pioneering educational institutions in Sri Lanka.

Sri Sumangala College, with over 100 years of history, is a pioneering institute of learning in Sri Lanka which continues to produce a wide array of outstanding Sri Lankans. Among them, there are professionals of high caliber, in Engineering, Medical, Technical, IT fields, Public Administrators, Accountants, Scientists, outstanding Sportsmen, Businessmen, Entrepreneurs, Media personalities, Artists, and Politicians. It could be easily recognized Sri Sumangala College as an institution that has contributed directly and widely towards the well-being and development of our country and it stands out as one of the leading National Schools in Sri Lanka.

The SSCOBA is growing day by day with many branches and associate groups are being founded. As of now, there are several branches established, namely Junior OBA, Colombo Branch, Kandy Branch, Australian Branch, Italy Branch, UAE Branch, etc. In addition, several other associate groups have been formed for the betterment of the Alma mater, such as Old Sumangalian Medical Association, Past Cricketers’ Association, Past Cadets’ Association, Past Scouts’ Association, etc. It is the common objective to work towards a better tomorrow for the College and for students.

2009 was a memorable year for both SSCOBA and the College since the centenary of the College was celebrated with the ceremonial opening of the re-constructed Sri Sumangala College by H.E. President Mahinda Rajapaksha on April 23rd, 2009 and with a series of events including All night pirith ceremony, almsgiving for 100 priests, centenary exhibition, Inter-school Contests in various fields, etc. Simultaneously a commemorative stamp and a first-day cover were presented to H.E. the President by Mr. M. S. Sellasamy then the Deputy Minister of Postal Services to mark the centenary of the College. The distinguished old boy, Dr. Neville Fernando donated 17 brand new computers to upgrade the computer lab. The OBA head-quarter at the new college premises was opened on March 15th, 2009, by the late Mr. K. Thilak Peiris who was the oldest living member of the OBA at that time.

A much-needed necessity of a swimming pool was constructed to the international standard and was presented to the Alma Mater by another distinguished old boy, a former Lion’s Governor, Deshabimannya Mr. Rohantha De Fonseka where he donated a sum of Rs. 6.4 million towards the construction of the swimming pool. The balance cost of Rs. 5 million was raised from several donors of the OBA and was ceremonially opened and dedicated to the student community on June 28, 2009.

In the year 2011, the SSCOBA along with Junior OBA has embarked on several projects for the benefit and development of Alma Mater and the student population. These include the establishment of special fund schemes which enable the donor to select the field through which the donor would help the students / College, scholarships for students who excelled in their studies, library development, sports development, development scouting and cadetting, establishment of IT resource centre, counseling and arrangement of medical aid to the needy students etc.

This year, 2020, with the COVID-19 pandemic situation, college administration and SSCOBA started online classes for college students. Microsoft Teams and Office 365 were implemented at the college with email access to every student at the college. This project was carried out with the collaboration of Microsoft and Sanji (Pvt) Ltd and our old boy Mr. Nirodha Goonawardena was instrumental in coordinating this project.

Owing to the dedication, unblemished service of past and present leadership, along with the strength and co-operation of the members, the present membership of OBA has surpassed the 4000 members. With the affiliation of the Junior OBA and Colombo, Kandy, Australian, Italy Branches, the Sri Sumangala Old Boy’s Medical Association, Past Cricketers’ Association, and other associate bodies have made SSCOBA a very powerful organization of its class to become one of the strongest OBAs in the Island.

All the above achievements have proved that SSCOBA is able to face any challenge successfully to overcome all the obstacles to reach the objectives.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, SSCOBA had to cancel the Old Boys’ Day Celebrations this year but managed to do the below activities to celebrate the 98th Old Boys’ day, and presenting scholarships and awards will be done in a future date.

  • Almsgiving to five elderly homes and children’s homes in the area as in the past years.
  • Handing over of scholarship to over 50 students who have been selected to Universities for higher studies.
  • Awarding of Medals and Certificates to the College students who excelled in “Do You Know contest” and “Oratory” contests.

The OBA expresses its sincere appreciation to everyone for their excellent support and assistance extended for the successful completion of the OBA day activities.

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