The Old Boys
Association (OBA, UK branch), of Batticaloa,
Methodist Central College celebrated their
School's 202 Years' Anniversary Dinner and
Dance 2016 at Oakington Manor Primary
School, on Saturday the 22nd of October
2016. The UK branch of this Old Boys'
Association was established in 2014, during
the Bicentenary Anniversary of their Alma
Mater. Since then, the OBA has helped their
school in numerous projects.
The celebration was
exceptionally successful with over 250
people attending; which included former
teachers, past pupils, friends, families and
well wishers. The Chief Guest for the event
was Mr. Pankajachelvan( Managing Director of
Regent Group and a former student of MCC ),
who proudly attended and inaugurated the
ceremony with the lighting of the
traditional oil lamp. He enlightened the
minds of all those who were present, through
his truly inspirational speech. Many other
guests came from all around the country to
participate in this eventful evening.
Ramakirisna (Former Teacher of MCC ), Mrs.
Thevakirupa Lewis Sinnaiah (Former Teacher
of MCC ), Mrs. Suneethra Ketheeswararajah
(Former Teacher of MCC ), and Mr. Kokul
Kumaraswamy (President of MCC OBA, North
America) were some of the notable guests to
grace the occasion. The Executive Committee
members delightfully welcomed the guests and
offered hospitality. The OBA, UK branch's
President Mr. Senduran Sampanthamoorthy, in
his thought-provoking speech, acknowledged
the importance of the past pupils' gathering
and being united to invest in the future
development of our children's educational
and co-educational activities.
Central College was founded by Rev. William
Ault in 1814. Mr. Simon Sawyers, the
Collector of Revenue at that time, welcomed
Rev. W. Ault and encouraged him to open this
English school in Sri Lanka. A large store
room, which had probably been one of the
Customs' Warehouses in the town, was
granted for this purpose by Mr. Sawyers.
There were just five students at the
inception, out of which three were orphan
sons of two British soldiers, who had died
from an epidemic of fever, while the other
two were boys of the locality - namely, one
of them was Rajakarier Daniel Somanader, who
is the great grandfather of Dr. S. V. O.
Somanader who later went on to become the
first Sri Lankan Principal of Batticaloa
Methodist Central College. At the time of
Rev. Ault's demise, on the 1st of April
1815, there were forty students in the first
school he founded. Prior to his decease, he
wrote a hymn which is sung on the 29th of
June every year, to mark the early years of
the Methodist Mission. His Excellency, the
President of Sri Lanka, Honourable Mr.
Maithripala Sirisena, had visited the
College in order to be a part of the
celebrations in August 2016 and unveiled the
Rev. Ault memento, which was remarkable.
Today, the college has
produced numerous doctors, engineers,
politicians, accountants, film stars,
entrepreneurs, directors and many others who
work nationally and internationally.
Methodist Central College Old Boys
Association's secretary, Mr. Nanthacumar
Sivaganeshar, concluded the celebrations
with a sincere Vote of Thanks, which
highlighted gratitude and appreciation to
each and everyone who was gathered,
supported unconditionally through their time
and effort and have generously sponsored
and contributed financially to their beloved