As the oldest Catholic institute in Colombo among a vast number of schools, stands St. Benedict's College, one of the leading Catholic Colleges of the Colombo Archdiocese. Founded in 1865, St. Benedict's has always maintained its reputation for the sound education it imparts to its pupils. The year 1866 in which the college had the pleasure of welcoming the Christian Brothers, St. Benedict's College was opened under their care and formed an epoch in the history of Catholic education in Ceylon.
Guided by the Benedictine motto 'Religio, Mores, Cultura', the college over the centuries has operated with a vision 'to help students develop spiritually, academically and in multiple skills to gain higher levels of excellence, continuously'. This prestigious institute boasts of many an achievement. The vision has become a reality with Benedictines continuing to shine in various fields both locally and internationally.
Renowned for its musical abilities, the Western Band and the College Choir have performed exceptionally well over the years while award winning old Benedictine Choirs in the calibre of VoicePrint and Choro Benedicte being rated the best in the industry.
St. Benedict's College, since its inception has been in the forefront of sport in the island. The College produced the All-Island Champion Cricket team in 1964/65, became All-Island Athletic Champions in 2008, All-Island Football Champions in 2006, 2007 and 2008, All-Island Basketball Champions in 2006, 2009 and 2010 and All-Island Hockey Champions in 2007and 2010. The College continues to perform well in every sports tournament reflecting the talent, dedication and courage of the Benedictines.
The green and white power, which currently functions under the visionary leadership of Rev. Bro. Granville Perera, Director of St. Benedict's College, together with the staff and the Benedictine fraternity have decided to pave the way for young Bens to showcase their talent through an exhibition, covering diverse areas of Science, Information Technology and other segments of academic importance.
Rev. Bro. Granville Perera, Director of St. Benedict's College addressing a media briefing held to announce the event said 'Organized with the objective of helping students transform theoretical knowledge into day to day empirical realities, the event will be held at the St. Benedict's College premises on September 15, 16 and 17 from 9.00am to 9.30pm and will showcase the creative abilities and sprouting potentialities of the students'. He added 'the student's efforts will be backed up by guidance and expertise of reputed institutions, organizations and Government bodies such as the Central Bank, Archaeological Department, Medical faculty of the University of Kelaniya, The Zoological section of the Ministry of Health, NARA, Sri Lanka Telecom, The Army, The Navy, The Air Force, to name a few'.
Innovation plus, plus! The event will also see the introduction and launching of a generator, and a display of modules of vehicles all powered by water and fuel, by construction trade award winner 1990 and Electrical Olympic gold medallist, Mr. W. A. Keerthi R. De Silva (Founder and patent of Water Fuel System). The Chairman of the Organizing Committee Mr. Tony Ganlath revealed that 'Unique exhibits, such as "Money Museum" by Central Bank of Sri Lanka, modules of Harbour, Highways, Bridges by Road Development Authority and stalls designed especially for School exhibits by the Sri Lanka Army, Navy and Air Force will be on display and are expected to be crowd pullers'.
During the media briefing Mr. Sunesh Rodrigo, a member of the organizing committee and a journalist himself, declared the renaming of the St. Benedict's College media unit as the 'Lasantha Wicrematunge Media Unit', in memory of the veteran journalist and loyal old Ben. The official letter in this regard was handed over to Mr. Lal Wickrematunge, brother of late Lasantha Wickrematunge, by Rev. Bro. Granville Perera, Director of St. Benedict's College.
Wrapping up, the Chairman of the Organizing Committee Mr. Tony Ganlath announced a musical evening organized at the college quadrangle on the final day of the exhibition, Saturday September 17, from 7 pm onwards, featuring popular old Benedictine bands, 'Mirage' with Donald and Benjy and 'Rebels'.
The organisers call on all Benedictines, both young and old, their families and well wishers to receive and share the knowledge not forgetting to have some pure fun, the Benedictine way.