34th Annual General Meeting of Matale Old Thomians' Association - Colombo Branch (MOTA Colombo) and Press Conference Unveils Exciting Plans for 150th Anniversary Celebrations

Colombo, June 24th, 2023 – The Grand Oriental Hotel in Colombo set the stage for the 34th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Matale Old Thomians’ Association – Colombo Branch (MOTA Colombo) on June 24th, 2023. The event saw the re-election of the incumbent President, Prof. Chaminda Rathnayake, and the appointment of Mr. Ranjith Anthik as the honorary Secretary. Mr. Nalin Wijerathne took on the role of Treasurer. Distinguished guests graced the occasion, including General Shevendra Silva, Rear Admiral Pradeep Rathnayake, President of the Bar Association Kaushlya Nawarathne, Sujeewa Godaliyadda (Treasurer of Sri Lanka Cricket), and other notable figures. Chief Guest for the event was the Schools incumbent Principal Mr. Dhammika Hewawasam. 

The AGM was followed by an engaging press conference where MOTA Colombo unveiled its ambitious plans for the upcoming 150th Anniversary of their esteemed school. The association’s leadership, led by President Prof. Chaminda Rathnayake, expressed their commitment to organizing a series of events that would not only celebrate the rich legacy of their alma mater but also contribute to its future growth and development.

The key highlights of the planned events for the 150th Anniversary include:

Higher Education Exhibition: A comprehensive exhibition showcasing various higher education opportunities and pathways for current students, aiming to guide them in making informed choices for their future careers.

Hockey Premier League: A thrilling hockey tournament that will bring together talented teams, providing a platform for young athletes to showcase their skills and foster sportsmanship.

Renovation of School Pavilion Building: Undertaking the refurbishment of the school pavilion building to enhance its facilities and create a conducive environment for extracurricular activities.

Thomians’ Nite 150 Anniversary Edition: An unforgettable evening of celebration and entertainment, featuring a special edition of Thomians’ Nite, a grand social event that will bring together past and present Thomians in a spirit of camaraderie.

Anniversary Song by Keenth de Silva: The collaboration between the renowned musician and Old Boy, Keenth de Silva, in composing a special song that will capture the essence and spirit of the school’s 150-year journey.

History Book Compilation by Mr. Lalith Karunadasa: A meticulously researched and comprehensive book chronicling the history and heritage of the school, preserving the remarkable stories and achievements of generations of Thomians.

School Masterplan Development with Architects Anil Kumarage and Lakshman Senevirratne: A strategic masterplan for the future development and expansion of the school’s infrastructure, ensuring a conducive environment for quality education and holistic growth.

These are just a few of the many exciting initiatives planned by MOTA Colombo to mark the momentous occasion of their school’s 150th anniversary. The association is dedicated to fostering a strong bond among the Thomian community and working towards the continuous progress of their beloved alma mater.

President Prof. Chaminda Rathnayake expressed his gratitude to all the attendees and reiterated the commitment of MOTA Colombo to uphold the values and traditions of the school while embracing the future with enthusiasm and determination.As the countdown to the 150th Anniversary celebrations begins, MOTA Colombo invites all Thomians, past and present, to join hands and make this milestone event a resounding success, honoring their shared heritage and setting the stage for a bright future.

For media inquiries and further information, please contact:  Prof. Chaminda Rathnayake 077 779 1667