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Bertie Fernando an inspiration for Ananda cadets

Bertie Fernando joined Ananda in 1961 and gave his invaluable service for 12 years. He had been a very good Mathematics and Physics teacher for GCE Ordinary Level and we can still remember certain Physics theorems in magnetism he had thought us. In addition to his teaching Mr. Fernando held three responsible positions in School, i.e., Prefect of Games - head of all sports activities, Hostel Warden, and Officer in charge Contingent (in charge of Senior Cadet team, two junior Cadet teams and the Band).

This had been a very responsible task and only G. W. Rajapaksa had held these three positions before. In 1967, under his guidance the Ananda Cadet Team won the prestigious Herman Loos award. Further, he had trained eight cadet platoons during his tenure at Ananda.

During Fernando's time Sarath Fonseka became the Cadet Platoon Sergeant in 1969, and Sarath Weerasekara was a cadet and also became the Junior Cadet Sergeant in 1968. Sarath Weerasekara captained the Junior Soccer team in 1970.

Fernando still remembers the well mannered behaviour of three Karannagoda brothers and Wasantha as the Captain of Swimming and Water Polo teams. Wasantha became a Queens Scout in his period.

Fernando mentions Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and Dr. Udaya Kumarasinghe as two students who were with smiling faces all the time.

Fernando had disciplined us and also developed our leadership qualities and we all wish him long life and good health.

 

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