Chief of staff Major General ChannaGoonatilleke Visits his alma mater St.Benedict’s College.
The Recently appointed Chief of Staff of Sri Lanka Army, Major General ChannaGoonatilleke andMrs.Goonatilleke were felicitated by the Staff ,Students, Old Boys and Parents of St. Benedict’s College at a moving ceremony at the College Quadrangle on Thursday 19th January 2017.He also presided over the investiture ceremony of the board of prefects 2017 where the prefects took their oath and the prefects’ badges were pinned on them by the chief guest.
Rev.Bro.HenryDissanayake, director St.Benedict’s College welcomed Major General Goonatilleke as a distinguished product of St.Benedict’s College. He stated the high positions he has held so far in the Sri Lanka Army and the honors bestowed on him for his laurels as an exemplary officer and held him as a role model for all young Benedictines to follow.
Mr.Kennedy Machado speaking on behalf of his classmates from the Kindergarten onwards, recalled the happy events together during their school days and the close association he still maintains with his childhood friends. He described Major General Goonatilleke as a brave Officer and a true Gentleman
who rose up the ranks through sheer dedication, commitment, hard work and strength of character. He wished him a great future in the service of the country.
Major general Goonatilleke started his address saying that his friend Kennedy left out the important part, that he was quite a “Cry baby” in school and that his teachers were surprised when he joined the Army. However 35 years’ service in the Sri Lanka Army, where he achieved many academic and military honors, with extensive training and education in several Asianand Western countries and his combat experience throughout his career has made him proud Benedictine today. His words of wisdom which were expressed with total conviction where he stressed the importance of Leadership and Team work, Knowledge, Empathy, Hard work and Sacrifice, Patience and Perseverance, Discipline. He held St.Benedict’s as a model for perfect harmony among a multi religious, multi ethnic and multi-cultural student population. The entire student body listened to his address in total silence and concentration indicating the deep meaning and value of his advice to the young generation.
Master RavinthaPerera was appointed Head prefect 2017. Masters AakashRayen and RanulPerera were appointed Deputy Head Prefects. The Outgoing Head Prefect thanked his Board members and assured their continued loyalty and support for their Alma Mater in the many years to come.
The New Head Prefect delivered the vote of thanks to conclude this memorable event with the singing of the national anthem.