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  1. DINNER DANCE On 18 December 2004
  2. Update from St.Antony's College, Kayts 01/12/04 08:48 PM
  3. SACKAAEU is a Registered Charity in England and Wales
  4. St Antony's College Won Championship
  5. Special General Meeting - 25 SEPTEMBER 2004
  6. Rememberance Mass - Date & Venue TBA
  7. Antonians Reunion- 18 DECEMBER 2004
  8. News From The College
  9. The prize day
  10. Farewell To Our Former Principal
  11. Antonian of The Year
  12. Special General Meeting - 10 JULY 2004
  13. Demise of our former Principal Mr S A E Ratnarajah
  14. Visit to my old School

ST Antony's College Kayts Alumini
Association of Europe

DINNER DANCE

On 18 December 2004
At the Roe Green Junior School
Princes Avenue, Kingsbury, London NW9 9LJ

Please click above to get the venue map

6.30 PM

6.40 PM

College Anthem

6.40 pm

6.55pm

Bharata Natyam (Part 1)

Miss Rukshy Tibutious

6.55pm

7.05 pm

Alaipayuthey (Tamil Song)

Miss Sinthuja Subashkaran

7.05 pm

7.15 pm

Veerapandiya Kattabomman (Play)

Byron Ramesh & Dylan Ramesh

7.15 pm

7.30 pm

Karnatic Music

Miss Arani Charvanathan
Miss Arabi Charvanathan
Miss Arrica Charvanathan
Miss Cucani Charvanathan

7.30 pm

7.40 pm

Bharata Natyam (Part 2)

Miss Rukshy Tibutious

7.40 pm

7.50 pm

Welcome address

by the President Renton Aloysius

7.50 pm

8.15 pm

Lighting of the oil lamp & address

by the Chief Guest Chevalier Adaikalmuthu

8.15 pm

8.30 pm

Santas Appearance

8.30 pm

9.00 pm

Live Band - Music

9.00 pm

9.05 pm

Vote of Thanks

by the Hon Secretary Gerard Timothy

9.05 pm

10.05 pm

Dinner Served

10.05pm

Onwards

Music & Dance continues………….

Please click here to download the Programme in WORD format.
In addition there will be a raffle drawn in the evening, cash prizes are awarded

1st £50,

2nd £30,

3rd £20,

4th £15,

5th £10

Live Music and Popular "DJ" at the Desk

Tickets (including buffet dinner): Adults £12.00, Children (6 - 12 Yrs): £6.00
Only Limited tickets are available
.

Strictly No Jeans or Trainers allowed.


Get your tickets from:

Mr Renton G aloysius
renton_a@hotmail.com
Mr Manoraj Antonipillai
angelo@ecosse.net
Mr Kandiah Ariyaratnam
sackaaeu@yahoo.co.uk
Mr Denis S David
jude@david6815.fsnet.co.uk
Mr Nalliah Gnanasegaram
gnanams@hotmail.com
Mr Alfred Francis
francis_a@btconnect.com
Mr Emmanuel Mahendran
mahendranb@hotmail.com
Mr Jothyrajan Nicholas
johnnicholasuk@yahoo.co.uk
Mr Newton Nicholas
gerard.timothy1@btinternet.com
Mr Wilfred Nicholas
wilfred@wnicholas.freeserve.co.uk
Mr John Nirmalanayagam
johnnicholasuk@yahoo.co.uk
Mr Ramesh Vethanayagam
Vethanayagam.Ramesh@dixons.co.uk

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Update from St.Antony's College, Kayts 01/12/04 08:48 PM

Greetings and wishes to all Antonians and well-wishers!

Please visit http://www.kayts.org to get the most current status of St.Antony's College, Kayts.

Before going into what our Rector has emailed to us from Kayts, please be informed that in the UK, SACKAAEU is having an Antonians reunion dinner dance on December 18th, 2004. For more details visit http://www.kayts.org.

The SAC division in Canada had a very successful 'fundraising' Cultural Program called "Kalai Maalai Polzuthu' in September 2004, and of course a Summer Gettogether in July 2004.

Now, here's what the Rector has written to us:

Rector's note from St.Antony's College, Kayts (by email)

November 24, 2004

Dear Students and Staff around the world,

The College activities are going smoothly. The demise of two eminent persons in our education circle has caused shock waves in our College society. One is the untimely death of our Island Zonal Education Director late Mr.Venugobala Vanithasan in a road accident and the other was our former Principal late Mr.K.Ratnasingam.

Late Mr.K.Ratnasingam was the principal of our College at a crucial time of resettlement and reconstruction from 1995 to 2000. During his tenure he took all the trouble to bring back the displaced school from Ushan, Mirusuvil to its own soil in Kayts in 1996. Later he put his heart and sole to reconstruct the college to its original state with all its architectural values with the aid from the GTZ and the co-operation of the College community in 1998/99. It was not an easy task then because the A-9 was kept closed and the skill workmen were hardly available in the hometown.

In addition to the infrastructure development, he kept the college going with the available resources. In year 2000 following the persuasions of the educational community, he took up the responsibility of the Kayts Divisional Education office and served there until he retired in May 2004.

Following his demise on the 03.11.2004, his remain was brought to the College on the funeral day to enable the College community to pay its last respect to the leader who took immense trouble to rebuild the College. A tribute meeting was held at the College main hall. The Vice principal, Mr.P.W.Navarajah, presided the meeting since I was away from the college on a weeklong educational tour to the south with 40 advanced Level students. Following the tribute meeting the body was taken to Karampon for the cremation.

Now we are at the tail end of the year and the students are preparing for the term end examination. We are closing on the 10th December 2004 and celebrating the Oli Vila on the same day.

The "Christ Hall" Hostel construction work is completed for the time being and 60 students and myself are staying there. There is some more work to be carried out but we are managing with available resources due to financial constrains. Though we have shifted to this new building one-month back, it was ceremonially opened on Sunday the 21st November and celebrated our Patron's Day - Christ the King.

After coming here the hostellers are enjoying the stay at the hostel and they have electricity and other study hall facilities. It will be very useful for the students as well as the College in the future.

Yours in Christ,

Rev.Fr.Jesuthas
Rector - SAC

Please visit http://www.kayts.org to learn a lot about SACKAAEU.

We wish you all a very safe and prosperous holiday season!

December 01, 2004.

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SACKAAEU is a Registered Charity in England and Wales

Our Alumni Association (SACKAAEU) has been registered as a charity in England & Wales (Registration Number: 1106466). SACKAAEU will function as a charity which is a non-profit making voluntary organisation with the welfare of the past pupils and their families of St Antony's College Kayts as its primary aim. To be specific, the objects of the charity are:

  1. To advance the education of students attending St Antony's College (SAC) Kayts, Sri Lanka by:
    1. Assisting in the provision of facilities, equipment, premises and other items at the college which would not otherwise be provided out of statutory funds; and
    2. Award scholarships to students as the trustees in their discretion decide.
  2. To relieve orphaned, physically handicapped and other students in need at the college by the provision of financial assistance.

The trustees of the SACKAAEU will operate in accordance with the guidelines of the Charity Commission. For details please visit http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/

Kandiah Ariyaratnam
Hon Treasurer


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St Antony's College Won Championship

sports (92K)
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Special General Meeting - 25th September 2004


Dear Fellow Members,

A Special General Meeting has been called to discuss some of the urgent and importnat issues pertaining to the association and all the members are invited to attend.
Date: 25th September 2004
Time: 2PM
Venue: 32 Elm Grove, North Harrow, Middlesex HA2 7JE


Gerard TIMOTHY
Hon Secretary

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Rememberance Mass - Date & Venue TBA


Dear Friends,

A mass to remeber the demise of our longest serving Principal of our school Late Mr S A E Ratnarajah (Ratnakilli Master) is to be held in London. The date and venue will be advised as soon as possible.

Gerard TIMOTHY
Hon Secretary

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Antonians Reunion - 18th December 2004


Dear Friends,

The annual reunion of the Kayts Antonians will be held on the 18th December 2004. For more details watch this space.
Date: 18th December 2004
Time: 6.30PM
Venue: Roe Green Junior School, Princes Avenue, Kingsbury, London NW9 9LJ

Gerard TIMOTHY
Hon Secretary


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News From The College


Dear Ari Ariyaratnam,
I am writing from Kayts and Rev.Fr. Jesuthas, Rector, St,Anthony's college, asked me to send the following message to you.

I happened to read the letter send by you to the Old boys living abroad calling them to meet you on 6th June or to contact you to discuss about the development of the college with reference to your visit to our college.

I wish to send you greetings from here for your initiatives and endeavours in the direction of developing our college. I hope the OBA there will give you full support and encourage you. I wish you all success. May God bless You.

Rev.Fr.J.A.Jesuthas

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The prize day


05/06/04 08:37 AM

Dear Ari Ariyaratnam, I received your mails. I usually send mails from Jaffna, as we don't have this facility in Kayts. So excuse the delays. And I also bring these emails to the notice of Fr.Jesuthas. I usually don't send attachments.

The prize day was celebrated on 7.7.04. It was celebrated well. Rev.Dr.Justin B.Gnanapiragasam was the Chief Guest. We don't have founder prizes but some old boys like Mr.B.Anchelo helped us to give some simple prizes to students. We would like to organise them next year. Please encourage the old students to cerate founder prizes.

I will inform about the challenge set by Stanley to the students. Usually we work out the Athletic meet in February. So we will be able to do it next year and there are talented students in the College. Four of them are going to participate in the Provincial level meet shortly.

Thank you for your effort.
Winston Navarajah

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Farewell To Our Former Principal


It was with full of sadness we bid farewell to our former principal late Mr.S.A.E.Ratnarajah on the 24th May 2004. On hearing the message of his demise, Fr.Rector and I were the first to be there. The college was closed half day on the 22nd may 2004 as a mark of respect and Rector , staff and students went to his house and paid their last respect. The old boys and people of Kayts wanted to bring the remains of the departed principal to the College, for which he devoted most of his life time, on the funeral day to pay their last respect. Rector agreed to their request and made necessary arrangements to enable the college community and the people Kayts to pay their last respect at College main hall. The students in a cycle par! ade brought the remains to the college.
The College band received it at college entrance. Rector and students paid tributes. Later the body was taken to the Karampon St.Sebatian's Church, where rest of the life was spent. The remains was kept at the Grotto and a tribute meeting was held and Mr. B.Angelo presided it. Later it was laid in rest at St.Sebastian's cemetery after the mass at the Church. The College band led the funeral to the cemetery from the church.

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Antonian of The Year


The college is preparing to celebrate the College day on the 13th June 2004. The OBA at Kayts is organizing its function at low profile in memory of the departed former principal. The Prize Day is scheduled to be held on 7th July 2004. An all rounder will be selected soon as the "Antonian of the year" on the basis of his achievement on Studies, sports, involvement in other co-curricular activities and his services towards the College.

Last year except the gold medal given by the South Ceylon branch, no other cash prizes were given to the students. They were given certificates, medals and cups only.

But this time we are trying to give prizes worth minimum five hundred rupees. Then only the students would be motivated towards their studies. As in other schools, we don't have founder prizes and we are planning to start one this time. Your support on this matter is very much appreciated. If you happen to meet Old boys who wish to donate funds in memory of someone whom they loved very much, please encourage them to contribute to this fund.

It can be organized in many ways. One is to make a fixed deposit in a local bank and instruct the bank to pay the interest to a saving account operated by the school. Then it could be given every year in the name of the benefactors or his nominee.

The district level P.T. Competition is to be held on the 9th June 2004. Our team is coached by Mr. Thambithurai, a former P.T.coach from Illavalai St.Henry's. Rector has taken immense trouble in organizing the practices. He is very optimistic that we will get a place in Provincial Level which we lost last time due to some trivial matters. Zonal level athletic meet was worked out on 3rd & 4th June and we are the champion this year scoring 181 points and Nainativu Ganesha in second place scoring only 106 points. We are the relay champions and earned 56 points which gave us a strong position.

Putting up of a semi-permanent building for the "Christhu illam" in the Bishops land adjoining the College is in progress. It is not an easy task for the Rector to shoulder many responsibilities but he is managing with the assistance of the Priest given by the Bishop to assist him. Rev.Fr. S.Rajitharaj who was serving at our college has been transferred to St.Henry's College and Rev.Fr. Soban is appointed to his place. In district level our under 19 volley ball team won 3 rd place and in badminton under 19 team also got 3rd place and this is the first time we entered the Badminton tournament in district level.

It is speculated that the college community may not have the privilege to enjoy services of the present Rector for too many years in the future. Hence it is better to expedite the foundation work of rebuilding the College for its former fame and glory. In achieving this goal, support of the people like you is very important.

Teacher shortage still exists in our college and we are pressing the department to appoint new teachers. In the meantime, we are managing with volunteer teachers. We will get an Audi visual room this year. The department has selected a classroom and will modify the room into an audio visual room. Equipments like a multimedia projector would be ideal for this room to enable the poor children to get access to new teaching materials available in CD form. Rector might have told you about it when you visited the school in March 2004 and please give importance to this matter.

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Special General Meeting - 10th July 2004


Dear Friends,

A Special General Meeting has been called to discuss some of the urgent and importnat issues pertaining to the association and all the members are invited to attend.
Date: 10th July 2004
Time: 2PM
Venue: 32 Elm Grove, North Harrow, Middlesex HA2 7JE


Gerard TIMOTHY
Hon Secretary

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Demise of our former Principal Mr S A E Ratnarajah

Dear Friends,

"It is with great sadness we break the news of the demise of our former Principal Mr S A E Ratnarajah. Our heart felt condolences to his family andfriends. He is at rest with Lord Jesus. May his soul rest in peace. Thefuneral will be held in the family crematorium and the date will benotified later."



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Visit to my old School

Dear Friends,

On 23rd March 2004, I had the opportunity to visit my old school, St Antony’s College, Kayts, Sri Lanka, after 23 years!

The college was founded in 1872 by Rev. Fr. Boisseau, who had a vision for the children in this northern village of Sri Lanka. His work received the blessing of his episcopal superior, the vicar apostolic of Jaffna, the Rev. Fr. Christopher Bonjean.

On my visit, I learned of devastating hardships that the school had undergone during the civil war in Sri Lanka (1983 – 2003). The school was bombed in 1990. In 1997, temporary repairs were made to the badly damaged buildings, and St Anthony’s College put its foot back on its soil to celebrate its 125th anniversary with pride. Many people, including a large number of children, have lost limbs due to landmines. Many children are orphans. Many are psychologically scarred.

The new Rector of the school, Rev.Fr. J. A. Jesuthas has a vision for the future of the school. He also runs an orphanage in this war torn area, which houses 54 children. They currently live in temporary accommodation. They require a place to sleep at night. With that in mind Rev. Fr. Jesuthas has a plan to build a hall of residence for the orphans, with basic facilities.

For the last year or so, the LTTE and the government have agreed to have a cease-fire, and the people in that area are beginning to rebuild their shattered lives.

The following are some of the projects and appeals outlined by Rev. Fr. Jesuthas:

  • Hostel facilities for 100 students
  • Electric water pump
  • Underground tank for drinking water
  • Furniture
    1. A Type tables
    2. A Type chairs
    3. Classroom cupboards
    4. blackboards
  • Payments for six volunteer teachers, an illustration - (£25.00/month/teacher)
  • Volunteer teachers from abroad to teach English
  • Laboratory facilities for A level science students
  • Mathematics facilities & equipment
  • Recreation facilities e.g. basketball court
  • Quarters for staff
  • First Aid facilities
  • Computer & IT facilities & Books for the library

Rev. Fr. Jesuthas told me that any support for any of these projects would be greatly appreciated.

Since visiting my old school after a spell of 23 years, I have made a conscious decision to help in the efforts of the school in supporting Rev Fr Jesuthas. I would like to share the following biblical quote with you:

“ You can tell what they are by what they do...” Mathew 7:16 CEV

Real servants make themselves available! They don’t get tied down to pointless stuff that limits their availability. They are ready to jump into service when called on.

Are you? Can God mess up your plans without you becoming resentful? As a servant you don’t get to pick and choose where or when you will serve.

You need to remind yourself at the start of each day that you are first and foremost God’s servant; that way interruptions won’t frustrate you because your agenda will be whatever God wants. Listen; “As we have opportunity, let us do good… especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:10 NIV). Did you notice these two things: 1) Unmet needs you see are blatant opportunities to grow in servant hood 2) God says the needs of your spiritual family are to be given preference, not put at the bottom of your “to do” list.

A great servant is both sensitive and spontaneous, having a real sense for what to do and a real understanding that great opportunities pass quickly, sometimes never to return. Listen: “Never tell your neighbours to wait until tomorrow if you can help them now” (Proverbs 3:28 TEV). John Wesley said, “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can”. Look out for small tasks that nobody is doing. Do these little things as if they were great things – because God is watching!

Bible-in-a-year: 2 Chronicles 27-28 ACTS 12

I have been in communication with the present SAC Old Boys Association’s President and the secretary (Philamin and Basil) and I am told that they would be interested in meeting on the 6th June 2004 in London. I have taken the liberty to arrange a venue for the 6th June 2004. The name of the venue is Trinity United Reformed Church, Hindes Road, Harrow HA1 1RX (http://www.trinityharrow.org.uk/find.htm ). The meeting will start at 2:00pm sharp and hopefully finished by 4:00pm. I would appreciate if you could attend the meeting as this is an opportunity to organise a St Anthony’s College Alumni Association in the UK (SACKAAUK) to help the school in its endeavours.

If you are interested in supporting or interested in discussing any of the issues, please contact me via email: sackaauk@yahoo.co.uk

Look forward to your support in this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Ari K Ariyaratnam

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St Antony's College Kayts Alumni Association of Europe (SACKAAEU)
EMAIL: sackaaeu@yahoo.co.uk

Registered as a Charity in England and Wales
Registered Charity Number: 1106466