The Second Annual Football Encounter between S.Thomas’ College and Gateway College

The stage is set for the second annual football encounter between S. Thomas’ College and Gateway College, with both teams vying for the prestigious Neville De Alwis – Ralph Alles Challenge Trophy. Named after two renowned educators, this trophy is a reminder of everything they stood for; camaraderie, sportsmanship and equal opportunity.

The late Mr. Neville de Alwis served as the 15 th Warden of S. Thomas’ College from 1983 to 1998 and during his tenure the school witnessed growth and development in all spheres including academic, extra-curricular activities and infrastructure. His visionary leadership and outstanding qualities as an educator were well ahead of his time. Similarly, the late Mr. Ralph Alles, commenced his journey as a teacher of Royal College where he served for over 10 years. Having served as Founder Principal of D.S. Senanayake College and Gateway College as well as State Secretary of Education he is remembered by many as one of the finest educators the country has produced.

Both S. Thomas’ College and Gateway College continuously strive towards the development of sports in this country. What these two schools invest in their sportsmen will not only benefit the individuals themselves, but also the schools they come from and the country they so proudly represent.

The inaugural encounter played in January, 2019 saw the team from Gateway College emerge victorious with a remarkable display of skillful maneuvering and excellent teamwork. This year too spectators can be guaranteed an exciting game as both teams are equally matched, each having had a series of wins in the last year.

The second annual encounter is scheduled for 25 th  January, 2020 at 6.00pm at the Race Course Grounds, Colombo. The main Under 20 match will be preceded by matches between the Under 12, 14 and 16 teams as well as a girls’ game between the teams of Gateway College and the Overseas School of Colombo.

Organized by S. Thomas’ College in collaboration with the Football Federation of Sri Lanka it is the hope of all that this annual encounter and the resources provided by the two schools will encourage players to learn not just how to play the game, but to take it to a higher level which will one day bring honour to our great nation.

Lifetime Achievement Awards for Senior Directors of Gateway College

Mrs. Rohini Alles and Mr. Asoka Herath, Senior Directors of Gateway College, were awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by The International Schools of Sri Lanka (TISSL) for their outstanding service in education. TISSL initiated the Life Time Achievement Awards to recognise dedicated educators who have altered the course of education in Sri Lanka.

Mrs. Rohini Alles

Mrs. Rohini Alles is an inspirational leader of education for succeeding in different roles in different settings. She started her career as a teacher of the largest school in the country, Royal College Colombo, became the Deputy Principal of a co-ed government school, President’s College, and finally supported her husband, late Mr. R.I.T.Alles to establish one of the best international schools, Gateway College, from bottom up within a span of only twenty years.

Being an active teacher and administrator, Mrs. Alles focused on the discipline and the holistic development of the students. This dual focus was instrumental in elevating the standard of the schools she was involved in. Mrs. Alles also concentrated on developing leadership skills of the students as well as the usage of English Language in the school environment. This focus made the students more confident and engaged in school activities. Concentrating on these areas of pastoral care, Mrs. Alles ensured that the students were independent, confident and ready to take on higher challenges.

Elegantly and impeccably dressed at all times, Mrs. Alles, has the ability to walk with kings yet not lose the common touch. She is equally comfortable talking to a Head of State as well as the school gardener. Her ‘firm, friendly and fair’ principle that supersedes every action taken by her made it possible for her to be respected even by those who opposed her.

Especially in an era where female empowerment is encouraged and celebrated, Mrs. Alles’ experience during her lifetime, is an inspiration to all teachers and educators.

Mr. Asoka Banda Herath

Mr. Asoka Banda Herath has over 50 years of practical experience in education in Sri Lanka. He started his teaching profession as a special trained teacher in Mathematics and retired as the Principal of Dharmaraja College, Kandy, which he elevated into becoming the most sought-after Government boys’ school outside Colombo.

Mr. Herath served Dharmaraja College for over 30 years in various roles, as an Advanced Level teacher, sub warden of the hostel, coach and master in charge of cricket, Deputy Principal and finally as the Principal, even beyond retirement, at the request of the Parents and the Old Boys Association of the school.

As the founding Principal of Gateway College Kandy, Mr. Herath was instrumental in transforming the school into the most prestigious English medium private school in Kandy. When he took over the school in 2001, it was a little-known school having less than 400 students on its roll. The school is lauded today for excellent academic and curricular record, with student enrolment exceeding 1300. It is Mr. Herath’s sound, down-to-earth practical wisdom, loyalty and unremitting hard work which made that transformation.

Mr. Herath is held in high esteem as a “father figure” in view of the width and the depth of his experience in the field of Education and Educational Administration. He also has won great respect for the way in which Gateway College Kandy has won recognition and prestige during the years of his stewardship. Mr. Herath’s gift for resolving problems of parents, teachers, students and support staff without the flaring-up of open acrimony is an invaluable gift in a head of an institution, and therefore is highly admired by all who work with him.

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