Teachers – Long Service
Major A. F. de Saa Bandaranaike, E.D. (1916 — 1947)
He joined the staff of Richmond in 1916 and remained there till 1947. An old Trinitian under Fraser, he started teaching at the early age of 17. He was for many years supervisor of the lower School of Richmond, and raised it to a high state of efficiency, but he took a prominent part in almost all departments of the College life. He was an Officer in the Cadet Corps with Major Adhihetty from 1923, and largely took charge during its last years, being given the rank of Captain in 1935. After Cadetting was discontinued in 1935 he took charge of the Physical Training, First Aid, Swimming etc., which were organised to replace Cadetting. He had a fine voice, and was Choirmaster of the College Choir, and also President of the Apollo Club, which encouraged Music and Drama, in both of which he took a leading part as a teacher as well as a participant of dramas. As Editor of the College Magazine he edited the 1926 Souvenir, and continued to be Editor till 1934. He was appointed Headmaster of the College in January 1947. Altogether he made a great contribution to Richmond College. He left Richmond to become Principal of Royal Prep in the mid 1947, where he did good work till his early death.
Except for two years at the Government Training College he served Richmond for 31 years.
Mr. S. I. Perera (1917 — 1945)
Mr. S. I. Perera joined Richmond from Prince of Wales’. An outstanding tennis player he served for twenty eight years. On the occasion of his completing 25 years service celebrations the Principal referred to him “as a man in whom is no guile, and referred to his ‘simple and unsophisticated devotion to the ideals for which Richmond stands’“.
Miss. Alice Goonewardena (1916 — 1949)
She was associated from the beginning with the Kindergarten, started by Mrs. Small and carried on by Miss Gurusinghe with the help of Miss Goonewardena. From 1919 she was assistant to Miss Kale. Altogether she served Richmond for 33 years.
Incidentally her nephew J. Vincent M. Goonewardena was on the staff since 1951 having completed his entire education at Richmond.
Miss. I. Rita Kale (1919 — 1955)
Several generations of Richmondites will remember Miss. Kale as their first teacher at Richmond. They learnt their Nursery rhymes, the ‘ABC’ from her. She was very particular how the boys and girls should conduct themselves and trained those generations to be upright men and women. She joined the Staff in January 1919, and continued to be in charge of the Kindergarten for 36 years. Under her able management it greatly increased in size and efficiency, and many of her old pupils who have long since left school still regard her as a friend, and remember her with affection.
Lt. R. V. Jansz, E. D. (1923 — 1939)
Mr. Janz was a cadet officer and the College First Aid Instructor, as well as a teacher. He left after 26 years’ service on reaching retiring age, and is no more.