Present Committee Projects
Silicon Valley Code Camp Awards Ceremony
To motivate the participants and others an awards ceremony was held on 11th November 2021 in the dining hall where 8 iPad and certificates were awarded by the principal in front of the parents of the students. The online keynote address ‘Ride the next tech revolution-A Silicon Valley Perspective’ was delivered by MIT Graduate Mr. Ishantha Lokuge who has been the global president of a leading global IT Company and hostel students were able to view it.
Membership development committee headed compiled a data base of past hostellers which can be used for future communications. It is being further added with more member information.
The Webinar on ‘Walking through the Pandemic Positively’
The above webinar was conducted by the ROCOHA, along with the website relaunch on 18th September 2021, with the participation of an eminent panel of past hostellers. At a time when the world is going through a pandemic and many a people have been stressed, the valuable insights shared by the panel was highly appreciated by the participants through their feedback. Also, the webinar was well attended by local and international participants. The panel consisted of Dr. Saman Weerawardene, Consultant General Adult Psychiatrist, National Institute of Mental Health and Dr. Miyuru Chandradasa, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Ragama Teaching Hospital and was moderated by Prof. Ranjan Premaratne - Honorary Consultant Physician, Ragama Teaching Hospital. Also Dr. Pushpa Ranasinghe, Senior Consultant Psychiatrist on Prevention of Suicide, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) added value by sharing her insights.
Re-launch of ROCOHA Website
The project is carried out by a sub-committee of ROCOHA, to relaunch the website which has been short-lived due to content and technical limitations.
Painting of Dormitory
According to a request made by acting Warden Mr. Janaka Jayasinghe, a senior dormitory that has been in a dilapidated condition has been repaired and painted.
Principal - Royal College, Mr.M.V.S.Gunathilaka inspecting the recent dormitory renovation project supported by ROCOHA thanks to the financial assistance extended by a group of Australian past hostellers lead by ROCOHA past president Mr. Nishantha Sugunapala.
This has been the second dormitory renovation project implemented in coordination with the acting Warden Mr. Janaka Jayasinghe, supported by ROCOHA in addition to their human resource development and network development projects during the pandemic.
'A Hostel Student to USA'
Dr. Priyantha Ranaweera, a Medical Consultant residing in the USA has agreed to sponsor a hostel student for a month visit to the USA. This has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ROCOHA has introduced an E-newsletter to build camaraderie among past hostellers residing all over the world. Three volumes have been already published and the project will continue in the future.
Hostel Fee Support
We have continued to support needy hostellers by paying hostel fees, a project continued since 2012 and during the year, with the support of the Royal College Old Boys Association of Australia (ROCOBA).
Networking through Social Media
Social media has been used to get the hostellers living around the world to network and cherish their memories. There are some Whtsapp groups created for the purpose are very active at current.
Webinar on ‘Internet Safety for Children’
When many things are done online including education; making students, parents and teachers aware of the safety and security issues of the internet is vital. Therefore, at the request of the hostel warden, a webinar on ‘Internet Safety for Children’ was conducted on Sunday, 3rd October 2021 by the past hosteller Mr. Nermala Sarathchandra, Associate Tech Lead at CMS (Pvt.) Ltd. The interactive and well engaged session was well attended by teachers, parents and children.
'Creating the future during a Pandemic'
A webinar with three past-hostellers was held on the 12th of June 2021, for the hostel students and their parents. This was held with the participation of the following three past Hosteller Vice Chancellors.
The panelists have been;
Professor. Rohana P. Mahaliyanaarachchi (Vice-Chancellor - University of Visual and Performing Arts, former Vice-Chancellor - University of Sabaragamuwa)
Professor. Sujeewa Amarasena (Vice-Chancellor - University of Ruhuna)
Professor. Udith Jayasinghe (Vice-Chancellor - Wayamba University, Secretary - Ministry of Agriculture)
Moderated by Janaka Kumarasinghe - President ROCOHA
Silicon-Valley Code Camp
With the intention of introducing ICT industry to young hostellers while they are at home during the
Pandemic, an eight-module Code Camp has been facilitated from Silicon Valley USA. Subsequently,
learning evaluation has shown positive outcomes. Eight iPads will be awarded along with the
certificates at a ceremony to the participants, sponsored by 1 Billion Tech Chairman/CEO Mr. Prasath
Nanayakkara and his Associate in the US.
The award ceremony which was to be held on 30th April 2021 has been postponed due to the pandemic.
Extension of the Hostel Fee scholarships
ln order to promote hostel students to ‘learn of books and men, and learn to play the game’ a scholarship scheme has been designed. So far funds have been received to sponsor 8 children with annual scholarships once the hostel is reopened after the pandemic.
Hostel New Building Project
Royal Millennium March organized by ROCOHA as a fund raiser for the Hostel New Building. 75% of the profit was given for ROCOHA building and balance 25% for the sports complex.
Laying the foundation for hostel new building.
Opening of new building for Hostel in 2005.
A replica of the new building taken to Kandy Dalada Maligawa for blessings. Holding the replica is Dil Warnakulasuriya.