THE COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT OF THE COLOMBO ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OF ST. PATRICK’S COLLEGE, JAFFNA, SALUTES “CHELVANITHTHILAN” FOR HIS GREAT PERFORMANCE
Anyone will admit that the most popular television show this year was “Spellmaster 2010” on Sirasa TV. All viewers throughout the island watched this episode each Saturday at 6.00 pm. The ‘Grand Finale’ was held on 26th June 2010.
If to qualify to the Top 20, from 2000 contestants, participating from 400 schools islandwide, could be termed as achievement, reaching the Top 4 Finalists, by a contestant from the war torn North, could be described as extra-ordinary, unimaginable and brilliant. Yes, the young lad involved is none other than Chelvan, a student from our beloved Alma Mater, St. Patrick’s College, Jaffna.
Chelvaniththilan is the eldest of two children born to parents who are both attached to Education. His father is a lecturer in chemistry at the University of Jaffna, whilst his mother is a lecturer in literature. Chelvan qualifying for the finals, coming from a district that has little or no facilities, undoubtedly brought pride, not only to his parents and the people of the North, but also to all Patricians living throughout the world, and specially, to his Alma Mater. Although Chelvan lost in the finals, it is pertinent to mention what the winner Sarith Bandara from Trinity College, Kandy said. He said “All four finalists were equal. It was mere luck that made me the winner.”! Great comment!!
The Committee of Management of the Alumni Association of St. Patrick’s College, Jaffna, takes this opportunity to congratulate Chelvan and his parents for making the Patrician Hearts brim with pride. Greater congratulations goes to the Rector Rev. Fr. Jero Selvanayagam and the Tutorial Staff who made it possible. Let more ‘Chelvans’ emerge from St. Patrick’s Collge, Jaffna.
Note by the Editor : Those Patricians who were at College during Fr. Long’s and Fr. Arulnesan’s era will remember the “Dictation Class” which was conducted when we entered Middle School from the Lower School. It was one full period to improve the spelling of the words of the English Language. The teacher would read out a passage whilst the students wrote down in an exercise book. After corrections were made by the teacher, each word mis-spelt had to be re-written ten times at a ‘Detention Class’ after school. May be it was harsh…..but we sure learnt to spell correctly! Father Rector, I believe, will take a cue from this information!