At the all island relay carnival, Trinity were runners-up. Heshan Unambuwa was the only male swimmer
selected to represent Sri Lanka at the world swimming championship held in Manchester UK.
The GCE O/L (December 2007) results were released during April. In the Sinhala medium, 86% qualified for
A/Ls, 90% in the English medium and 54% in the Tamil medium. A total of 249 students sat for this exam. 207
students qualified for AL (83%). In the Sinhala medium D.C. Bandara obtained ten ‘A’s and in the English
medium, S.A. Ratnam, A.T.D. Samarasekara, S.V. Senanayake, L.S.C. Perera, P.C.B Rambukwella and R.S.
Samaraweera also obtained ten ‘A’s.
A GREAT LOVER OF CEYLON
SUNDAY ISLAND – AUG 7, 2005
Archival notes: We reprint this inspirational piece by H. A. J. Hulugalle written on the 25th of February 1938 about Rev. W. 8. Senior. This was
Hulugalle's tribute to his teacher at Trinity College Kandy. W. S. Senior had been the Vice Principal of Trinity College. Recently, the old boys of
Trinity College are forming a Trust to maintain the graveyard of 81. Andrew's Church Haputale where the ashes of W. S. Senior, his wife and son
The Rev. W. S. Senior, spent the greater part of his life in the service of this country and his comparatively early
death was due to rigorous tropical conditions undermining a not very robust frame.
One of his greatest desires, namely, to see Ceylon and some of his numerous friends before his death, was
gratified when he was able to spend a short holiday in the Island two years before his death, (in 1936) already
a very sick man who knew that the end was not far off.
Walter Stanley Senior was the son of a clergyman. He had his early education at Marlborough, a school to
which he was deeply attached and about which he wrote both in prose and verse. From Marlborough he won a
scholarship at Balliol College, Oxford. He took a First Class in Classical Honour Moderations (Ed. Intermediate
examination) and a Second Class in Greats (Ed. classics or philosophy).
One of a Brilliant Band
When the Rev. A. G. Fraser was looking round for talent in the English Universities which he could enlist into
service at Trinity College, Kandy, he came across Senior who formed one of a brilliant set of men, including the
late Dr. Kenneth Saunders from Emmanuel College, Cambridge, N. P. Campbell, also a Balliol man, who was
recognized as a great scientist, and J. P. S. R. Gibson, later Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge.
Senior was a fine classical scholar with a remarkable gift for conveying his own enthusiasm for the best in
literature to those who were privileged to be his students. Of course he was a poet, in the opinion of good
judges the best English poet Ceylon has produced - for though he wrote when at Marlborough and Balliol, his
best work was done in Ceylon and for Ceylon. A book of his verse was published in Ceylon under the title 'Vita
Made Trinity's Reputation
Trinity emerged as a Ceylon public school with a scholastic reputation with the appointment of Mr. Senior. His
earliest students included two University Scholars, Mr. L. M. D. de Silva, K.C., and Mr. J. L. C. Rodrigo, who
succeeded him as Classical Lecturer at the University College. Many of his pupils adorned various walks of life
but several times that number cherishes the memory of a beautiful character.
During a short period as Vicar of Christ Church, Galle Face, his gifts were at the disposal of a wide public. Not
only was he a great scholar and moulder of youth, but he was also an arresting preacher. The spirituality of his
countenance and the beauty of his voice with its cultured tones enhanced the appeal of able thoughts and
striking utterance. He was one of the pioneer slum-workers and carried on a mission in Slave Island for many
Mr. Senior's interest in educational work prompted him to accept the post of first Registrar of the University
College and lecturer in Classics, but the material aspects of office and security had no appeal whatever to a
man of his fine sensibilities.
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