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Hartley College PPA-NSW Won the Tennis Match - 2016

[01 July 2016]

Hartley PPA-NSW won the tennis matches against Jaffna Hindu Old Boys Sydney in consecutive years with big margins. Here are the details:

Overall Results

Hartley PPA-NSW Jaffna Hindu OBA Sydney
Team Match Score      113      87

Click here for photos.

Kalaizh Chuwei 2015 DVDs are available for purchase

[01 Feb 2016]

Compilation of Kalaizh Chuwei 2015 DVDs are available for purchase. This is a good opportunity to reflect on the Kalaizh Chuwei 2015 event many years to come.

Cost: Only $10 for a pack of 2 DVDs with cover for the whole program.

Refer to the pdf document for the image.

Please contact Kris if you wish to purchase a set.

Kris Krishnakumaran
Immediate Past President HCPPA-NSW
(m) 0425 280 826

Kalaizh Chuwei 2015 Videos

[03 Jan 2016]

We are proud to publish the videos of Kalaizh Chuwei 2015. We hope you will be enjoying this another mega hit show.

Welcome speech and Dance

Live music part 1

Live Music part 2

Live Music part 3

Awards and Honoring sponsors

Kalaizh Chuwei 2015 - Sat,24th Oct 2015

Kalaizh Chuwei 2015 photos link.

We are pleased inform you that our annual cultural program "Kalaizh Chuwei" will take place on Saturday, 24th October 2015 at Bowman Hall, Blacktown, NSW. Please reserve the date for this event.

We would like to get This year's event will be even bigger than last year and will come with the following programs:

(1) Welcome Dance by Youth - The opening cultural dance is back. Youth will be organising and directing this short dance performance to welcome all.

(2) Live music by "Arumbu" - As you all aware that last year we had Niroshan's band from Melbourne with the support of talented youths from Sydney. This year Sydney will take the lead role lead by Gana Arulneswaran who performed in last year's event as well. Talented artists from Niroshan's band will also join. So, do not miss this excellent opportunity of Sydney and Melbourne youths coming together again.

(3) The third item will be "Comedy Time". This new format will come with two comedy acts by talented people in Sydney. Every act will be around 15 minutes and will come in between the live music show.

(4) We will also honour talented young Tamil students through awards program.

So, do not miss, come and enjoy. Food and a soft drink are included part of the ticket cost.

We are also copying a youtube link here to give a taste of the live music group "Arumbu".

It shows the talent these guys have - A tribute to A. R. Rahman by Gana feat.
Arjun (Dil Se Re/Yun Hi Chala)

Hopper Night 2015

[28 July 2015]

HCPPA-NSW hosted the inaugural Hopper Night on Saturday 4th July 2015 at West Pennant Hills Valley Community Centre, 42A Hill Road, West Pennant Hills.

The event was well attended by members and family with a total of 170 adults and children. Kids entertainment and Disco was also provided.

Please visit the photo gallery on the following link for the event coverage.
HCPPA-NSW Hopper Night 2015 photo gallery

Hartley College PPA-NSW Won the Tennis Match 2015

[24 May 2015]

Hartley PPA-NSW won the tennis matches against Jaffna Hindu Old Boys Sydney on both, Team and Doubles after 4 years. Here are the details:

Date & Time: Sunday 10th May 2015: 8am
Venue: Barton Park, North Parramatta, NSW
Captain: Ram Baskaran
Sports Secretary: S.Janakan

Overall Results

Hartley PPA-NSW Jaffna Hindu OBA Sydney
Team Match Score      111      89
Doubles Match Score      8      7

Click here for more details and here for photos.

HCPPA-NSW Hopper Night 2015

[02 May 2015]

Due to popular request, for the first time we are hosting a Hopper Night in Sydney. It has been a long time since we hosted a dinner program (since our annual Kalaizh Chuwei launch in 2010). This will be a good opportunity to catch up with friends and family and reminisce the good old memories.

The Hopper Night contribution has been set to a very affordable amount in appreciation of your contribution towards the annual Kalaizh Chuwei event.

When: Saturday, 4 July 2015, 6pm
Where: West Pennant Hills Valley Community Centre, 42A Hill Road, West Pennant Hills
Contribution: Adult - $15 & Family - $30

RSVP by 14 June 2015 to:
Fred Thinesh - 0411 017 346 (e-mail to or
S. Kathirgamanathan - 0427 667 402

Refer to the flyer for further details.

Kalaizh Chuwei 2014 Videos

[02 May 2015]

We are proud to publish the videos of Kalaizh Chuwei 2014. We hope you will be enjoying this mega hit show.

KC 2014 Part 1

KC 2014 Part 2

KC 2014 Part 3

KC 2014 Part 4

Palmyra - Leaf 26 - April 2015 Newsletter from HCPPA-NSW

[12 Apr 2015]

We are delighted to present our Newsletter - Palmyra - Leaf 26 - April 2015
In this issue you will find....
- President's Message
- NSW Branch News - 2014 AGM update & Cricket match results
- School News - Hostel opens its doors / AL & OL Results/ Annual Sports Meet
- Community Projects update
- Future Events Calendar

Annual Inter-House Athletic Meet of Hartley College

[23 Feb 2015]

Annual Inter-House Athletic Meet of Hartley College was held on Saturday, February 14, 2015 on the school grounds.

The chief guest was Mr.K.Arulanantham, retired Deputy Principal, Hartley College.

A Big Thank You - Special Appeal for Exercise books support project-Thirukkovil, Eastern Province

[09 Feb 2015]

We received overwhelming support from our NSW members for the special appeal sent via email on 16th December 2014. Within 6 days the contributions exceeded the target amount of $850

This funding request was made from the Zonal Director of Education Thirukkovil (through the Rotary club of Kalmunai), Eastern Province of Sri Lanka, asking for support and funding to provide exercise books to the needy students in three schools in Thirukovil Educational Zone. Most of the parents of these school children have been resettled after the conflict, still not able to support the needs of their children due to lack of steady income. The estimated cost of the request is $850.

Total amount received $925.00.

Here is the list of contributions received from members:
Total: $925

Members have been notified that the funding request has been closed. There will be more opportunities to assist in the future. We may send out appeal if we identify a suitable request.

Once again thank you and we wish you & the family a Happy New Year.


HCPPA-NSW AGM 2014 & Family BBQ

[08 Feb 2015]

Hartley College PPA-NSW AGM 2014 took place on Sunday 19 October 2014 from 11am to 1:15pm at West Pennant Hills Valley Community Centre, West Pennant Hills, NSW.

Member Attendance: 33

Agenda Items: Past year activities (College, Charity and Local), Annual Report, Financial Report, Future plans & opportunities, Election of 2014-2015 committee and Q&A Open discussions.

The details of elected committee members can be found in the Office Bearers' Page on our website.

Detailed account of the AGM will be made available with the AGM Minutes.

Family BBQ: Family Members and Friends took part in the BBQ from 11:30am. The members joined the family and friends by 1:15pm following the AGM. The sunny weather with 240 an outdoor BBQ with delicious food, drinks and refreshments.

The event concluded at 3:30pm.

Photos of the AGM and Family BBQ can be accessed via the Photo Gallery Page of HCCPA-NSW

Dropbox Link to download AGM photos:

Hartley Vs Jaffna Hindu College (Over 40 years)

[30 Dec 2014]

Played on 6 October 2014 at Jones Park, Parramatta

After early departure of the openers Kannan showed some resistance and scored 17 runs against some fine bowling by Ramesh from Jaffna Hindu followed by some big hitting by our star all-rounder Johnson who stroked 60 with five elegant boundaries. We finished with an impressive 196 runs.

Jaffna Hindu fell short of the target by scoring only 129 with notable contributions of 25 runs from Kukku and 20 from Suba. If you were not at the ground to witness then you have missed an entertaining match. Man of the match was Johnson for his sixty runs and 4 for 23 with the ball. Vasee who scored a courageous 39 runs in the lower order that included 2 towering sixes won the best batsman award. Best bowler was Ramesh from Jaffna Hindu.

Hartley won the match comfortably by 67 runs.

Click here for some photos.

Hartley vs Colombo Royal (open age)

[30 Dec 2014]

Played on 2 November 2014 at Henley Park Grounds, Enfieled

Batting first Hartley made an impressive total of 188 runs. Johnson scored 35 runs in a quick fashion with three big sixes and two fours ably assisted by Ramanan, Keeran and Vasee who scored 37, 36 and 32 respectively. Gopi plundered two sixes and two boundaries in the dying overs but remained unbeaten.

Royal could not match the brilliance exhibited by Hartley and folded for a mere 83 runs. Notable scores with the bat from Royal came from Raj Karu 17. Selva 15 and Nimalan 11. Praba and Nandan from Hartley sharing the bowling honours by capturing 3 wickets each and demolishing the opponents early in the play.

Hartley won the match by 105 runs with ease.

Link to photos

Kalaizh Chuwei 2014 photos

[19 Oct 2014]

HCPPA NSW's annual cultural program was held on 13 Sep 2014 at Bahai Centre Silverwater. The event was a very successful in all ways. The quality of the programs was excellent. The time management and presentation were brilliant. The team has been receiving very good feedbacks.

HCPPA NSW would like to thank the live music group Puthiya Poobalam from Melbourne and its director Niroshan Sathiyamoorthy for their excellent performance. It was astonishing to see that much of talent from youngsters.

We also would like to thank the participants for the stand-up comedy act. The quality of this comedy act greatly improved from last time. We would like to see more and more participants for coming years

We also would like to wish the award winners for all categories.

Here are some photos of the Kalaizh Chuwei night.

Obituary Notice : DR.S.K.PRABAHARAN PhD (1954 -2016)


Dr Kanagarajah Prabaharan ("Sivam"), from Valvettiturai, lived in Louisiana,USA, passed away on March 14,2016 in Louisiana.
Loving son of late Sellathurai Kanagarajah & late Thaiyalnayaki ammal,
Loving father of Krishna,
Dear brother of late Gnanapaskaran(was a medical student - Colombo), Kanaga Manoharan( Attorney at Law-Canada), Karunakaran(Engineer, Accountant - India), Pathmarani Lankaneson (USA), Pushparani Ganesan (SriLanka), Dr. Dhayaparan (New York, USA), Ramanakaran ( Software Engineer, Sri Lanka)
Loving In-Law of Premavathana (Canada), Gowribai (India), Lankaneson (USA), Ganesan (Sri Lanka), Dr. Thayani (USA) and Sujatha, Dear Uncle of Thiruvetkaran, Dr.Elilnila, Vadivetkaran, Dr.Prahalathan, Dr.Parathan, Jayanthan, Vijayatharshini and Yarlnila

Viewing & Funeral service:
Resthaven Gardens of Memory & Funeral Home 11817 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70816,USA
Saturday, March 26, 2016 11am--3pm, followed by cremation.

KanagaManoharan - 1 416 531 1650
Karunakaran - 91 44 24320544
Pathmarani- 1 512 731 5761
Pushparani - 94 112364492
Dhayaparan - 1 718 570 6976
Ramanaharan - 94 775930335

Obituary Notice - Mrs Anuthama Jeiram

With great sadness we inform that Mrs Anuthama Jeiram passed away in Sydney on Thursday, 3rd December 2015.

She was beloved wife of Jeiram Jegatheesan. Though Jeiram was not from Hartley College, he has been a long term supporter of Hartley College PPA NSW activities through performing dramas and organising and performing musical programs for HCPPA-NSW events. He has also been well known for his contribution to Tamil Literature through Kamban Kazhagam in NSW.

Further details can be found on the following Kallarai weblink:

Viewing: 08/12/2015 Tuesday 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Liberty Funerals, 101 South Street, Granville, NSW 2142

Cremation: 09/12/2015 Wednesday 10.30 am to 12.00 pm
Palm Chapel Macquarie Park Crematorium,
Cnr. Delhi and Plassey Roads, Macquarie Park, NSW 2113

Obituary Notice - Mr. Thangarajah

With deepest regrets we inform you that Mr. Thangarajah (from Thunalai) passed away peacefully in Sydney on Wednesday 28th October 2015.

He was the loving husband of Mrs Padma Thangarajah (former Teacher at Methodist Girls High School, Point Pedro) and beloved father of Sasitharan (Hartley 1975 O/L Batch), Nalayini, Suganthini, Rajivi and Prabhakaran (Hartley 1983 O/L Batch)..

Viewing: Saturday, 31st October 2015 4pm - 7pm at Liberty Parlour, South Street, Granville, NSW.

Cremation: Sunday, 1st November 2015 10am - 1pm at Macquarie Park, Delhi Road, North Ryde, NSW.

Click here for more details or phone 02-8819 2575.

Obituary Notice Mr. Peethamparam Ravialahan

We regret to inform that Hartleyite Mr. Peethamparam Ravialahan (1992 A/L batch; University of Colombo) born on 27th August 1973, passed away in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday, October 17, 2015.

He is the youngest son of Mr & Mrs Peethamparam, beloved husband of Meenatharshini, loving father of Kaaviyah and Oppielahn, and brother of Ahalya (Canada) and Hartleyite Mathialagan (New Zealand) and Hartleyite Anpalahan (UK).

Funeral (Viewing and Crematorium)

Wednesday 21 Oct 2015 between 1.15 pm - 3.15 pm
Springvale Crematorium
Chapel of Reflection (close to Café Vita et flores and The Clarence Reardon Centre's)

Contact : Dr. P. Anpalahan (Brother):

Click here to view the details in tamil.

Obituary Notice - Mr. Chelliah Ratnavael (Retired Maths Teacher - Hartley College)

We regret to inform that Mr. Chelliah Ratnavael native of Point Pedro, passed away on September 04, 2015 in Melbourne. Click here for more details.

Obituary Notice Mr Kanapathippillai Manikkavasagam

We regret to inform that Mr Kanapathippillai Manikkavasagam, Retired Additional District Registrar, Point Pedro, passed away on 07 August 2015 at the age of 81 in Sydney, Australia.

He is the beloved son of Late Mr and Mrs Kanapathippillai, beloved husband of Padamawathie, Father of Shanthini Jeyadevan (Former Hartley College Teacher), Father-in-law of Hartleyite Jeyadevan, grandfather of Jeyvicknan and brother-in-law of Mr Padmanathan (Retired Hartley College Teacher), Hartleyite Mr Ramanathan, Hartleyite Mr Senthilnathan.

He studied at Hartley College in early 1950s and was Deputy Head Prefect in 1954.

Funeral (Viewing and Crematorium)

Wednesday 12 August 2015 between 2pm - 4pm
West Chapel Pinegrove Crematorium
Kington Street, Minchinbury

Contact : Mr Jeyadevan 0403 519 488

Kalaizh Chuwei 2014 by HCPPA NSW

[08 Jun 2014]

Update on Sports Facilities Improvement Project

[06 Jun 2014]

HCPPA NSW has initiated Sports Facilities Improvement Project in early 2014. In order to facilitate this, HCPPA NSW has submitted a project brief to school to carry out the feasibility study to implement the action plan in stages. In order to fast track and implement this project, few members from HCPPA NSW are in Point Pedro to facilitate and implement the initial stage of the this project. Please click here for more detail..

RESULTS - G.C.E (O/L) Examination - December 2013

[18 Apr 2014]

GCE (O/L) - Dec 2013 results have been released ! 142 students have sat for this examination and more than 97% of the students got through ! Please click here for some highlights...


[18 Apr 2014]

As part of HCPPA's on-going community projects, five schools in Vadamarachi have been identified as in need of essential library books for their libraries worth of $940.

These have been facilitated through Vadamarachi East Undergraduate student union and supervised by a Hartleyite on behalf of HCPPA, NSW. Please click here for more information..

Annual Tennis - March 2014

[18 Apr 2014]

Once again, it is time for our annual tennis match with Jaffna Hindu Past Pupil Association! This annual tennis match has been jointly hosted by HCPPA, NSW and Jaffna Hindu College, OBA, NSW. This sports event has commenced at 8.30 am on Sunday, 30 March 2014 at Barton Park, Parramatta. Please click here for more information..

Re: Educational Development Projects in Mullaithivu - An update

[18 Apr 2014]

Dear friends,
As you are aware, Assist RR has been funding the above programme to assist O/L & A/L students in Mullaithivu district since June 2013. Serendip part funded (Rs 100,000 per month for 5 months) and stopped funding since the end of last year. Tamil Forum Malaysia has now agreed to pay 50% of the cost of this programme from the beginning of this year. Assist RR endeavour to fund the other 50% of the cost through Hartley College Past Pupils' Association of NSW, Australia's contribution of Rs 25,600 per month for one year, our existing Standing Order donations and Money Box collections from shops in the UK but would still need more. I attach a report to provide an update.

As part of this project, we recently carried out an evaluation process, assisted by Mr Sivasithamparam, ex Karaveddy Vigneswara College principal and Mr Gunalseelan, ex Point Pedro Hartley College principal. I attach the results of Mullaithivu zone, which are very encouraging and indicate that the pass rates have improved since 2011. However, the results show that they need more support especially in Chemistry and Physics.

Sivanarulillam had already agreed with the GA to do monthly weekend seminars/crash courses for A/L students, which are being organised by the same ex principals from Jaffna using teachers from Jaffna. Assist RR suggests that we should increase this frequency and organise extra assistance over weekends every two weeks. This means that we need to fund 50% of this weekend extra classes in Physics and Chemistry. We believe that with a bit more assistance, the students taking A/Ls this year would do a lot better than last year in Mullaithivu.

Following Assist RR's recent appeal for helping students with solar lamps, Anbaalayam and Tamil Engineers Foundation, both from Australia have provided funds to import 450 lamps from China. These lamps have arrived in Colombo and will be distributed to needy A/L students in remote areas of Thunukkai and villagers in Mullivaikal in April 2014. We could provide lamps to more needy students, could collect more funds.

Educational Development in Mullaithivu
Evaluation Test Result march 2014

Kind regards,
Dr Velautham Sarveswaran
Assist Resettlement & Renaissance

Palmyra Leaf 24 (March 2014)...

[29 Mar 2014]

Autumn 2014 edition of Palmyrah leaf, newsletter of Hartley College PPA (NSW) has been published. It contains information about our upcoming annual cultural program, student achievements and new hostel opening at the school and also project updates and sports news.

Kalaizh Chuwei 2013 Videos

We are proud to publish the videos of Kalaizh Chuwei 2013. The whole program is divided into 4 parts. We hope you will be enjoying this mega hit show.

Part 1 - Introduction and Cultural Dance by Pathmalaya Acedamy of Fine Arts

Part 2 - Thank you Speech, Kalakkapouvathau Yaaru, and Live Music by Vishwaas

Part 3 - Live Music by Vishwaas continues

Part 4 - Live Music by Vishwaas, Awards and Conclusion


Hartley has again produced very good results in the A/L examination 2013. There are 27 students received good results including 13 students in the maths stream. Click here for the details.

Annual Blood Donation Camp - November 2013

Hartley College held the annual blood donation camp on 19th and 20th November 2013 in memory of the five students drowned during an educational excursion in 1999. This year, the school achieved a proud national record with 264 members including teachers, parents, students and well wishers donating blood to this remembrance event.

Entrants to Universities from Z- score (GCE A/L)

We would like to mention that this is an another successful year to Hartley College in relation to the number of students entering to various universities across the nation based on the recently released GCE AL Z- Score by the University Grant Commission. As per the released Z-score, 42 Students from our school will be entering to number of universities including 12 students for engineering and 4 students for Medicine. The detail information with the individual names and the their streams have been uploaded here

Annual Cricket Hartley Vs Hindu

Cricket summary

The annual cricket match between Hartley College and Jaffna Hindu College was conducted on the 7 Oct 2013 at Jones Park Parramatta. This is the big sporting event in our calendar. As usual we had two games. One for open age group and the other one for over 40 age group.

This event was organised as family event. Families from each side were encouraged to come, support, and meet each other. Players and members from both schools brought delicious food for morning and lunch. We thank for that great effort first.

We should also mention the support of Excellent Jewellers for their continuous sponsorship for this annual event.

The weather was good on that. It started as sunny and became overcast. But, no rain interrupted the play. The match summary is given below:

Open age game

Jaffna Hindu won and toss and elected to bat first. Hartley bowlers bowled well in the opening overs and took 3 early wickets. Ranjaan and Vasanth bowled well at the beginning overs. Hindu was restricted to 5 for 104 in 25 overs. Nirmalan batted well and made 49 runs and Murali making 21 runs. But, it was Vijithan who really scored a quick fire 56 runs for Hindu to reach 206 at the end of 40 overs.

Vasanth, Ranjan, and Ananth bowled well for Hartley College. Hartley's run chase began poorly by losing two early wickets. However, Vasanth played a gem of an innings to march towards the required total. After losing 3 wickets for 44 runs Vasanth steadied the innings with the help of Vinoth. Both had a partnership of nearly 80 runs before Vinoth was out for 19 runs. Vasanth continued on and scored an excellent 84 runs. But, in the end Hartley could not cross the required runs and finished scoring 183 runs. It was a very close game and well done boys. Better luck next time. Nirmalan bowled well for Hindu by picking up 4 wickets.

Player of the match - Nirmalan (Hindu)
Best Batsman - Vasanth (Hartley)
Best bowler - Nirmalan (Hindu)
Best fielder - Ranjithan (Hindu)

Over 40 game

Again Jaffna Hindu won the toss and elected to bat first. Hindu lost their first wicket early. However, Viji and Ramesh played well and added nearly 80 runs partnership. They scored 45 and 35 runs respectively. It was then Suba who really batted well with a solid 52 runs. Sri and Naresh scored some quick runs at the end to help Hindu reach 221 runs in the 40 overs. For Hartley Johnson and Ragavan bowled well by picking up 3 and 2 wickets each.

Hartley began the run chase well with Kannan and Krishna opening the batting with a 54 run partnership. Krishna lost his wicket for 22 runs. Kannan continued on and scored 56 runs. Hartley lost their way in the middle overs. Baskaran's quick runs (23) at the end were not enough. Hartley was all out for 167.

Siva and Srikantha bowled well for Hindu by picking up 3 wickets each.

Player of the match - Subathasan
Best Batsman - Kannan
Best bowler - Siva
Best fielder - Manimaran

HCPPA-NSW AGM2013 and Family BBQ

Hartley College PPA NSW Branch Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday, 20th October 2013 at Ted Burge Sports Hall Merrylands from 11am to 1:30pm.

Along with the AGM, family members of the past pupils enjoyed BBQ Lunch and sports activities.

The AGM started at 11:10am presided by the president R. Krishnakumaran. There were 28 members present.

Summary of AGM:

Presentation of past year activities - by the President.

Mr. Krishnakumaran thanked all the members and well wishes for the continued support towards the association and its activities specially School Development, Kalaizh Chuwei cultural fundraiser program and humanitarian efforts.

Refer to the attached presentation slides to the summary of the activities and future plans

Financial Report - by Treasurer

Mr A. Aravinthan presented audited 2012-2013 Financial Report indicating a strengthening position to previous year. After few questions financial report was adopted unanimously.

Key activities presented are as follows:


  • Funded 5 new computers for lower class students-stage 1($2,750)
  • Funded six different annual awards to recognise high performing students in various subject areas
  • Funded a pilot program for G.C.E(O/L) and A/L students($250)


  • Funded annual soccer expenses($1,100)


  • Contributed for 175th year celebration held at school(1,230)
  • Contributed to buy land which will be used for technical laboratory($7,300)
  • Contributed to other school needs($600)

Wider community Assistance:

  • Funded community/education hall at Visvamadu($2,060)
  • Funded two teachers for after school teaching(Rs.100,000)
  • Contributed to Rama Krishna Mission flood appeal ($1,800).
  • Awards program to encourage Tamil students in NSW.


  • Annual Tennis match with Jaffna Hindu College
  • Annual Cricket matches with

  • . Jaffna College
    . Royal College
    . Combined school
    . Anbalayam trophy- charity event
  • Update about Kalaizh Chuwei 2013

Election of New Committee Members

Election was conducted for the new office bearers. Mr. R. Krishnakumaran was elected as the new president and Mr. S. Subenthiran was elected as the vice-President. Please the link below for the full details of the new members and their positions.

Click here for HCPPA-NSW 2013-2014 Committee Members

Family BBQ Lunch and Fun Games

Following the AGM members joined the family with BBQ and Fun Games involving the children.

Click here for AGM and Family BBQ Photos

Click here for the full presentation

Kalaizh Chuwei 2013 Photos...[17 Oct 2013]

Kalaizh Chuwei 2013 Photos have been uploaded to our web site.

Special Appeal for Vision 2020

Update [06 Apr 2014]

"We would like to thank the members for their generous and quick response for this appeal. We have so far collected $1,800 towards this. We would like to leave this appeal open for few more days before we send this contribution".

I am glad to meet you all through this special message/appeal. As you all are aware HCPPA NSW has been implementing number of community related projects. This year we have initiated (or continuing) the following major projects:

  • Continue to support Vishvamadu educational/community facility. This year we are funding the teachers' fee, roof repair works for an existing facility, books and power connection. The total contribution for this year at this facility is $1,800
  • Funding for an after school tuition centre for the entire Mullaitivu zone A/L students (325 in total). The total contribution for this is $2,600
  • Support Feeder Schools to Hartley College. Five schools from Vadamarachchi East were selected. HCPPA NSW decided to support Book donation to each school library. Each school will receive Rs.20,000 as the stage 1 support (plus transport cost, total of $970). We will then monitor and consider stage 2 support of another Rs.20,000 each.

We annually commit at least one third of the Kalaizh Chuwei collection of the previous year for community projects. This year we have exceeded this allocation. However, as we all know there are lots of community needs and through this appeal we would like to request a special contribution from you to fulfil one of those.

Special Appeal

In partnership with Vision 2020, Assist RR has organised four cataract surgery camps restoring vision to nearly 400 patients within the last 9 months in North and East of Sri Lanka. They also provide lenses and consumables to assist surgeries to needy patients at hospitals, where there are house surgeons.

Vision 2020 informed Assist RR that they are struggling to supply lenses and other consumables to hospitals for the cataract surgeries. Vision 2020 mostly depends on donors to supply lenses and consumables. If we could donate lenses and other necessary items at a cost of around $30 dollars per surgery and they will supply these to hospitals in the North and East of SL.

Our target is to donate 50 lenses and other necessary items at a total cost of $1,500. Please consider supporting this and forward this to your friends and family. Your assistance would help to eliminate treatable blindness and restore vision to many vulnerable people back home. Our account details are given below. Please reply back to us ( if you are depositing any money.

Vision 2020 confirmed that they will arrange list of patients benefiting from these surgeries, and acknowledgement letters from Vision 2020 and the surgeons. HCPPA NSW will also publish these documents on our website.

Account Name : HCPPA-NSW
Bank       : St George bank
BSB         : 112879
Account   : 109066062

PS: Please put "your name" as reference to reconcile our books.


More information about Assist Resettlement & Renaissance can be found below.

Report on the Kalaizh Chuwei 2013

The Kalaizh Chuwei (a symbol of Tamil cultural program) by HCPPA (NSW) was held in the evening on Saturday September 14, 2013 at Bahai centre, Silver Water, New South Wales. This event also marked the commemoration of the 175th Anniversary of the Hartley College. As part of commemorating the anniversary a beautiful collection set of souvenirs were released and made available at the event.

The program was split into two halves, with the first half showcasing dance performance (Nandalala) and comedy act (Kalakkapoavathu Yaru?) , whilst the second half entertaining the audience with a live band music. Dr. David Gunaratnam (a Hartleyite) was the chief guest at the event.

Mr. Krishnakumaran, the president of HCPPA (NSW), opened the event with his welcome speech at 5.59 pm. He then introduced the master of ceremonies (MC) for the event. The president invited the chief guest, accompanied by his wife (Mrs. Gunaratnam ) to light the traditional lamp according to the Tamil customs. Following this, one minute silence was observed to remember the fallen heroes and people, who lost their lives during the war.

Ms. Babitha Selvananthan sang the Tamil Mozhi Vaalthu and the Australian National Anthem followed by the Hartley College's Anthem sung by Mstr. Raahulan Subendran.

The First event was the dance performance (Nandalala) performed by the students of Pathmalaya Academy of Fine Arts. This was a Bharathanatya Recital, relating the story of Lord Krishna, directed by Mrs.Pathmaranjini Umashakar. All the students displayed their best dance performance, and kept the audience entertained.

Mr. Subendran, the vice president of HCPPA (NSW) delivered his speech by highlighting the projects and initiatives that the association has been working on for the past year. He also summarised the three key goals of the association, and then thanked all the sponsors, advertisers and members for the ongoing support rendered.

Followed by his speech, the second event commenced. This was the first time a comedy act under the title of 'Kalakkapoavathu Yaru' was introduced by HCPPA(NSW). The performances as individuals and groups were displayed, and the whole audience enjoyed the comedy delivered. As part of this event, the audience were given the opportunity to vote and choose the best performance. Overall, this program was well received and Mr.Arampamoorthy Raguramankumar was voted as the winner. The voting process was coordinated by Mr. P.S.Paramatheva, and observed by Dr. Bala Vignewaran being the judge of the selection process.

Soon after the comedy drama, the audience were offered with a thirty minute break to taste and enjoy the delicious dinner, and also to meet and greet their fellow Hartleyites and community members. This annual event gives everyone an opportunity to meet their fellow Hartleyites and share the stories and experiences among themselves.

For the send half of the cultural program, it was 'Vishwaas', a music group of talented and emerging youth from Sydney. The music group sang well chosen Tamil and other songs by having the Theme narrated in the background. The theme related a story linking to Eelam and the life of the people over there, and here in Australia, which attracted most of the viewers. In addition, the songs kept the audience live throughout the second half beyond doubt.

As final part of the evening, the Best student award program was introduced to the audience. Mr.Yoganathan coordinated the award program by briefing the audience about the objective of the award. All the winners of the awards received their respective category of awards from the chief guest in the presence of the president, Mr. Krishnakumaran. Following this, the music group was honoured for their excellent performance both by the president and Mr.G. Vaseeharan. Mr.Ganithipan Aruneswaran, the music director received the award on behalf of the group.

Kalaizh Chuwei program has grown from strength to strength every year in terms of the audience and the types and quality of programs. Without any doubt, everyone had a wonderful evening!

Click here for TamilMurasu link on Hartley Kalaizh Chuwei 2013.

Hartley History

Hartley Souvenir

175 years Celebration by HCPPA NSW

[01 Sep 2013]

As we have informed you previously this year's Kalaizh Chuwei program (14 Sep 13 at Bahai centre Silverwater) will also be a memorable occasion to mark the 175 year celebration of Hartley College. We (HCPPA NSW) have organised few things for celebration. This year's program itself will be different with the introduction of Kalakkapovathu Yaaru also with a young and energetic live music band performing in an innovative way.

We will be publishing a booklet to highlight the history of Hartley College

We will be also selling a gift box at a cost of $50 and the gift box contains a pen, a key tag, and crystal ornament (all contains Hartley College logo and symbol). We would like to encourage all members to purchase this and we have only limited numbers.

Seyoon Ragavan won Bronze for Australia...

[07 Aug 2013]

Seyoon Ragavan represented Australia at the International Mathematical Olympiad competition held in Santa Marta, Colombia from 18 to 28 July 2013. Seyoon was the third ever Australian to be chosen from year 9 and he is the son of Mr S. Ragavan who was a Hartley College old student (1982 A/L) and an active member in our HCPPA NSW activities. We (HCPPA NSW) would like to congratulate Seyoon for his achievement and wish him well to achieve more in the future.

The Australian team won one Gold, two Silver and three Bronze medals at the competition. The team made Australia proud by putting Australia to the 15th place compare to 27th place last year. Please click here to find more information about the results.

HCPPA NSW will honour Seyoon in our annual cultural program "Kalaizh Chuwei" 2013 on the 14 Sep 13 at Bahai Centre Silverwater. There will be more awards to be awarded to local (NSW) tamil students to recognise their achievements.

Palmyra Leaf 22 (July 2013)...

[05 Aug 2013]

Latest newsletter of Hartley College PPA (NSW) has been published. It contains information about our upcoming annual cultural program and 175th year celebrations at the school and also project updates and sports news.

Awards for Students at Hartley...

[05 Aug 2013]

The committee likes to thank HCPPA NSW members who sponsor the awards for number different categories at Hartley College. It is important to recognise the best achievers to encourage them as well others who could be inspired by these winners to be the future winners. The committee will work with you (members) to expand this program in the future.

There is one more award to be awarded and that is the top ranked student selected for BSc maths stream. This has not been awarded yet as the University admissions have not been finalised. The committee will inform this award in the near future once the information becomes available.

Click here for details of the award winners and photos.

Annual Tennis Tournament 2013 - Hartley College PPA (NSW) Versus Jaffna Hindu OBA (NSW)...

[23 Jun 2013]

This year's annual tennis tournament between Hartley College PPA (NSW) and Jaffna Hindu College OBA (NSW) was held on 18th of May at Barton Park in North Parramatta. On a chilly, but sunny autumn morning, our players were at the court by 8 o'clock in the morning and were warming up. This showed their commitment and team spirit. The matches started on time at 8:30am. Each side had five teams playing each of the opposing teams. Due to time constraint, each of these sets was restricted to eight games altogether.

Projects and Progress Update - May 2013...

[01 Jun 2013]

HCPPA (NSW) is now embarking on supporting the Tamil community and the broader Tamil students besides developing and supporting the school (Hartley College).

Site Update...

[19 May 2013]

KalaizhChuwei 2012 Video has been uploaded in parts to Youtube and the parts have been embedded in our Photos & Videos page to overcome the performance issue with our host servers.

Calling nominations for Best Tamil HSc student...

[11 May 2013]

Hartley College Past Pupil Association in NSW (HCPPA-NSW) had planned to recognise young high achievers in NSW Tamil community. As a start, we decided to recognise the best Year 12 (HSc) Tamil student this year during our annual event, Kalaizh Chuwei 2013.

Kalakkapoavathu Yaru...

[25 Apr 2013]

"Kalakkapoavathu Yaru", a new comedy program will be introduced in this year's Kalaizh Chuwei. Auditions for this program will be held on Sunday, 02 June 2013.Click here for more information.

KalaizhChuwei 2012 Video Upload...

[07 Apr 2013]

The video from KalaizhChuwei 2012 has been uploaded in 13 parts in the Videos section of the Photos & Videos page. The videos are in mpg format and can be viewed using windows media player.

Palmyra publication has been uploaded to the site...

[04 Mar 2013]

The latest Palmyra publication has been uploaded to the publications page

Obituary- Pakkianathan Alagaratnam

[27 Jul 2013]

Mr P Alagaratnam a committed Hartleyite had suddenly passed away on Wednesday, 24/7/2013. He was ever supportive of Hartley & the Hartley College Past People Association.

Viewing is on Saturday, 27 July from 2.30 pm to 5 pm at Merrylands Baptist Church, 9/15 Newman street [cnr. of Memorial Ave, near Railway Station],Merrylands.

The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, 29 July at Mausoleum of the Resurrection Hall, Rookwood Cemetery (opposite the "Mary, Mother of Mercy Crematorium)" The funeral service and cremation is expected to conclude by 12 noon.

The family of Late Mr Alagaratnam extends an invitation to all attending the funeral service for a fellowship meal at 75 Albert Road, Strathfield after the funeral.

Obituary- Kandiah Balakrishnan

[05 Jun 2013]

It is with deep sorrow we inform you that Kandiah Balakrishnan passed away in Karaveddy, Sri Lanka on 4th June 2013 at the age of 96. He is the father of Satkunanathan (France), Pathmavathy (Sri Lanka), Paramanathan (Sri Lanka), Loganathan (Sri Lanka) and Selvananthan (Sydney, Australia). Selvananthan was in 1974(O/L) batch in Hartley College. The funeral will take place in Karaveddy, Sri Lanka today (5/06/2014) at 11:00 am. For further details, please contact Bala Selvananthan on 0408643340.

Obituary- Mrs. Karunadevi Santhalingam

[04 May 2013]

Mrs. Karunadevi Santhalingam, sister of Mr. N.Karunakaran (Old Hartleyite, Sydney) passed away on Wednesday (1.5.2013) at Point Pedro, after a protracted illness.

Her funeral took place yesterday at Point Pedro.

Mrs. Karunadevi Santhalingam completed her 65th birthday on the 20th of April, this year.

She is survived by her husband, Mr.S.Santhalingam, who is a maternal uncle to Mr.V.Ragunathan (Old Hartleyite, Sydney) and five children ; four sons and a daughter.

HCPPA NSW Projects Update...

[14 Feb 2013]

HCPPA NSW has recently agreed to support a community project in Visuvamadu and a Pilot project at the school in Point Pedro.

Click here for the details of the projects.

Hartley Student First in Jaffna District in AL Exams...

[09 Feb 2013]

Hartley College AL student, Balagobalan Kabilan, following on the foot steps of his brother topped the AL results in the Jaffna district and came third in the island.

Click here for other Results

AL Student Article

RamaKrishna Mission Appeal for Flood Relief...

[07 Jan 2013]

The recent floods affected many parts of Sri Lanka especially where people have already been going through difficult periods. Following an appeal from RamaKrishna Mission HCPPA NSW initiated a request to its members requesting contribution towards this flood appeal. I am proud to inform that we have collected a total of $1,800 (including $400 from HCPPA NSW fund) towards the Flood Relief Contribution and this is a great achievement within the short timeframe (within a week). We will keep you informed about mission's acknowledgement and respond. Please keep visiting our web site to get more information.

I would like to thank you very much for your support on behalf of HCPPA NSW.





Click on the following links for the Letter of Acknowledgement and a Progress Report of the relief efforts sent by the Ramakrishna Mission.

HCPPA(NSW) AGM & BBQ 2012...

[01 Dec 2012]

HCPPA-NSW Branch's 21st Annual general Meeting was held on Sunday, 14th October 2012 at Ted Burge Sports Hall Merrylands from 11am to 1:30pm. This time the AGM was organised in a family friendly manner with sports for children and snacks and BBQ for all. Number of young volunteers took lead role in arranging and managing sports activities for the children in addition to assisting in catering and cleaning chores. Children enjoyed the games while all parents had immersed in friendly chit chat while having BBQ and choices of traditional meal.

Cricket Photos...

[14 Nov 2012]

Photos from the HCPPA (NSW) cricket matches against JHindu OBA and Royal Masters have been uploaded to the photos page.

HCPPA(NSW) Cricket Roundup...

[11 Nov 2012]

HCPPA (NSW) cricket teams have had an excellent start to this summer, winning the annual open and over-40 encounters against J/Hindu OBA teams and also the inaugural Masters game against Royal College Masters.

Hartley ranks in the National Schools Chess 2012 ...

[03 Nov 2012]

In the recently held National Schools Chess competition, Hartley College Under 15 and Under 19 Boys teams were ranked 9th and 11th respectively. They finished ahead of any other schools from the northern province. HCPPA(NSW) congratulates the teams on their proud achievements.

National Ranking Table

Obituary- Mrs. Subramaniam Rasamani

[06 Jan 2013]

Mrs Subramaniam Rasamani passed away in Vavuniya, Sri Lanka, on 02 January 2013...

Obituary- Mr M Krishnamoorthy

[11 Dec 2012]

Mr M Krishnamoorthy, an active Hartleyite, had passed away on Monday, 10 December 2012...

HCPPA(NSW) Vs Royal College OBA Annual Masters Cricket...

[31 Oct 2012]

After their recent resounding win over the J/Hindu OBA Masters, the "Hartley Masters" will take on the "Royal Masters" in the inaugural cricket encounter between the two teams on Sunday, 04 November, in Henley Park, Enfield.

The 35-over match will start at 11a.m. and all are invited to come and cheer the players.

Watching cricket

The players representing Hartley are:

  • R.Baskaran
  • R.Elankeeran
  • B.Kannan
  • R.Krishnakumaran
  • B.Kuganesan
  • J.Jesuthasan
  • R.Manimaran
  • S.Nanthakumaran
  • G.Ramanan
  • J.Reginold
  • Dr.S.Ragavan
  • G.Vaseeharan

Kalaizh Chuwei 2012 Photos...

[19 Oct 2012]

Kalaizh Chuwei 2012 Photos have been uploaded to replace the DVD that was posted earlier.

Annual General Meeting and Family BBQ...

[11 Oct 2012]

You are invited to attend the HCPPA-NSW AGM & Family BBQ to be held on the Sunday, 14th October at Ted Burge Sports Hall, Centenary Road, Merrylands, NSW.

AGENDA for the AGM

  1. Welcome address by the President
  2. Presentation and adoption of the minutes of the 2011 Annual General Meeting
  3. Matters arising from minutes.
  4. Presentation and adoption of the Annual Report by the President detailing the key activities of the "Committee of Management" during the year.
  5. Presentation and adoption of the Audited Financial Report for the financial Year 2011/2012
  6. **Constitution update - Elango & Vasee
  7. Election of the committee members and Auditor for the year 2012/2013
  8. Any other business

Click on this link for the Audited Financial Statements for 2012

Kalaizh Chuwei 2012 Photos and Publication...

[22 Sep 2012]

Kalaizh Chuwei 2012 Photo DVD and Souvenir Publication have been uploaded to Photos and Publications pages respectively.

HCPPA(NSW) Vs J/Hindu OBA Annual Cricket...

[20 Sep 2012]

Contrary to earlier notice, the annual cricket encounters with J/Hindu College OBA in Sydney will take place on Monday, 01 October 2012, in Jones Park, Parramatta. More information will be provided shortly.

Obituary- Mr S Thurairajah

[17 Aug 2012]


Great achievement in Tamil day competition...

[25 Jul 2012]

The students of Hartley College [group song- division2] secured the first place at the Tamil day completion held in Colombo nationally on the 14th of July 2012.

Hartleyite Mr. Ananthakuhan from Bostan, USA who visited the college recently promised to meet the expenses if the team win the first place at the national level. As he promised he paid Rs.27, 155/= just after they won the first place.

In the below photograph, students are with the Principal, Vice Principal, the teacher who trained the students, Mr.A.Krishnananthan, teacher Mr.K.Ramanan, Mr.Ananthakuhan and Prof.Thevanayagam.

School Cricket Tournament Results...

[25 Jul 2012]

Click here for the results of recently held cricket matches

Site Update...

[04 Jul 2012]

The flyer for our annual fund raising event Kalaizh Chuwei has been posted on the right of this message along with the major sponsors of the event. It has all the details of the event and we hope that you have already reserved your tickets (Mouse over the images for an enlarged view).

Photos from the Tennis event held recently have also been posted in the Photos page

HCPPA(NSW) Vs J/Hindu OBA Tennis ...

[24 Jun 2012]

J/Hindu OBA Lifts the Team Trophy...

Annual Tennis Encounter...Sunday, 20 May 2012

[14 May 2012]

Annual Tennis Encounter between the Past Students of Hartley College and Jaffna Hindu College in NSW will be held on Sunday, 20 May 2012 at Barton Park, Parramatta.

HCPPA(NSW) is lending a hand to develop literacy in Vanni...

[13 May 2012]

Our association has donated two (2) cabinets, books and games equipment worth Rs.100,000/= to the village libraries Kilali and Ketpali to increase the literacy levels of war affected students in the above villages...

Obituary- Mr Thambithurai Vijiraj

[09 May 2012]

Mr.Thambithurai Vijiraj, a Hartleyite, has passed away on the 5th of May 2012 at the age of 72.

He is leaving behind his wife Flora (Sinnadurai) and two sons and a daughter-in-law. He is the brother-in-law of Professor Wilson who is the brother of Victor Sinnadurai.

He is from Chavakachcheri and studied at Hartley College from 1956 to 1958 for his A-levels.

Funeral Service:
Thursday, 10th May 2012 at 9.15 a.m
Pathway Community church, Cnr of Pendle Way and Dunmore Street, Pendle Hill

Thursday, 10th May 2012, After viewing and service at 9:15 a.m.
Castlebrook cemetery(Kellyville)

Home Address:
Flora Sinnadurai, 10 Apple Street, Constitution Hill, NSW 2145

New uploads...

[22 Apr 2012]

The latest issue of Palmyra (Leaf 19) has been uploaded to the Publications page.

Also uploaded are photos of the hostel plaque unveiling ceremony and visit by Ian Karan.

Mr. Yoganathan, President, Hartley College PPA, NSW, visits school...

[Updated 13 Apr 2012]

During his recent visit to the school, Mr. Yoganathan gathered valuable information about the current activities of the school and brought back a lot of photographs.

Click on the link above for news gathered from the visit. Photographs are published in the Photos & Videos Page

Donation to purchase a musical instrument "Veenai"...

[28 Jan 2012]

As a part of academic curriculum students at Hartley are keenly learning music as a subject. The school has difficulty in sourcing various musical instruments from the Education department. The Principal has requested OBA's around the world through the Global trust to source various musical instrument.

The HCPPA-NSW immediately swung into action & donated Rs.55, 000 for the purchase of Veenai. There is no maintenance or training cost as it is within school activity & paid by the department.

HCPPA-NSW has donated $1000 dollars to a worthy cause...

[07 Jan 2012]

Hartley College PPA, NSW, has donated $1000 to the NGO, The Centre for Child Development (CFCD), to help with their charitable activities in Vanni.

Read more by clicking on the link above.

Foundation stone laid for new Canteen & Conference hall...

[07 Jan 2012]

Last month, fulfilment of a long-term need of the school took shape when the foundation stone for a new canteen and conference hall was laid by the Principal and Mr. Sivanesan Muruguppillai, President, HCPPA (Point Pedro)

Click on the link above for photos of the ceremony and an architectural view of the building.

JHOBA donates sports items to Hartley College PPA, NSW

[07 Jan 2012]

In December, Jaffna Hindu OBA in Sydney organised a gala day where they played a cricket match and then donated sports equipment to other past pupils associations in Sydney. Hartley College PPA, NSW will pass these on to schools in Vanni where there is a real need for such equipments.

Click on the link above for a brief write-up of this event and a list of equipment received by our PPA.

Obituary- Mrs Ponnammah Sittampalam

[Updated 13 Nov 2011]

Mrs Ponnammah Sittampalam (Past Pupil of Hartley College Yr 3-7: 1940-1944) passed away in Canberra on Sat, 12th November 2011.

She was the wife of late Sethar Sittampalam (retired postmaster - Old Hartlyite) and sister of Mrs Sugirtharatnam Mahadevan (Melbourne).

She was the mother of Rev. Sithamparapillai (Point Pedro, Sri Lanka. Hartley O/L 1967 Batch), Mrs Thevaki Nagarajan (Canberra), Kesavan (UK, Hartley O/L 1971 Batch), Dr. Ragavan (Sydney, Hartley O/L 1973 Batch), Subenthiran (Sydney, Hartley O/L 1974 Batch) and Late Pirapaharan (Hartley O/L 1978 Batch).

She was the mother-in-law of Ruby Sithamparapillai (Point Pedro, Sri Lanka), Kidnapillai Nagarajan (Canberra), Dr. Manohari Ragavan (Sydney) and Pamini Subenthiran (Sydney).

She was the grandmother of Joel Sithamparapillai (Canberra, Hartley O/L 1996 Batch), Andrew Sithamparapillai (Canberra, Hartley O/L 2002 Batch), Joshua Sithamparapillai (Canberra, Hartley O/L 2005 Batch), Senthooran Nagarajan (Sydney), Mathivathanan Nagarajan (Sydney), Krishanthan Nagarajan (Sydney), Sharon Kesavan (UK), Darren Kesavan (UK), Shamanthy Ragavan Iyer (Sdyney), Gopinath Ragavan (Sydney), Raahulan Subenthiran (Sydney), Lavan Subenthiran (Sydney).

Grandchildren's spouse: Sharon Sithamparapillai (Canberra), Malithi Sithamparapillai (Sri Lanka), Dharani Nagarajan (Sydney), Dr. Janani Nagarajan (Sydney), Shyam Iyer (Sydney).

She was the great grandmother of Eshani Nagarajan (Sydney).

Funeral will be held in Canberra.

Wednesday, 16th November 2011, 6 - 8pm
William Cole Funerals 60, Nettlefold Street, Belconnen ACT 2617

Hindu Rituals at Home:
Thursday 17th November 2011, 9:30 - 11:30am
3, Lindwall Place, Nicholls, ACT 2913

Thursday 17th November 2011, 12 - 1pm
Norwood Park Crematorium 65 Sandford Street, Mitchell ACT 2911

Contact Details:
Thevaki Nagarajan (H) 02 6253 9862
Dr. Ragavan (M) 0402 387 920
Subenthiran (M) 0422 888 432

Home Address:
Thevaki Nagarajan, 3 Lindwall Place Nicholls, ACT 2913

Kalaizh Chuwei 2011 - Videos...

[03 Oct 2011]

Video clips from Kalaizh Chuwei 2011 have been uploaded to the Photos & Videos page.

Kalaizh Chuwei 2011...

[24 Sep 2011]

Kalaizh Chuwei 2011

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the branch, HCPPA (NSW) held its second annual cultural program Kalaizh Chuwei earlier this month. On this occassion an article, TWENTY YEARS IN THE LIFE OF HCPPA, NEW SOUTH WALES, written by N.Karunakaran & K.Kaneshalingam was published in the program souvenir.

Click here to view the Photographs from the program

A new branch of HCPPA inaugurated in Vanni...

[24 Sep 2011]

Click on the link above for a brief write-up on the objectives of this branch and pictures of the gathering at the event.

SL born German Senator gives back to Point Pedro alma mater

[24 Sep 2011]

Click on the link above for a media report on the laying of the foundation stone for the Hostel which was reported earlier on this site

Annual General Meeting-HCPPA (NSW)-2011

[10 Sep 2011]

You are invited to attend the HCPPA-NSW AGM to be held on the 25th September at "Alpha Park Centre". All the Hartleyites are kindly requested to attend the AGM. This is an opportunity to meet fellow Hartleyites and share your experiences and ideas towards the development of the school.

Date : Sunday, 25th September 2011
Time : 4.00pm to 7.00pm
Venue: Alpha Park Centre, Alpha St, Blacktown [Opposite to West point shopping centre]
Car park: The hall car park and also can use either West point car park or K Mart car park.

Location Map


  1. Welcome address by the President
  2. Presentation and adoption of the minutes of the 2010 Annual General Meeting
  3. Matters arising from minutes.
  4. Presentation and adoption of the Annual Report by the President detailing the key activities of the "Committee of Management" during the year.
  5. Presentation and adoption of the Audited Financial Report for the financial Year 2010/2011
  6. HCPPA: Celebrating 20 years
  7. Election of the next committee members and Auditor for the year 2011/2012
  8. Any other business

Thank you.

A. Srikumar
Secretary, HCPPA-NSW

Hostel Rebuilding Project

[10 Sep 2011]

We are happy and pleased to inform you that the Hostel rebuilding project initiated by President S. Yogendranathen and the Ex Co members of HCPPA Colombo Branch, took off the ground, when the foundation stone was laid on 07th Sept '11, around 9.40am, at a simple ceremony in Point Pedro.

The building is being funded by an Old Boy and a mischievous hosteller, Senator Ian Kiru Karan ,now a minister in Hamburg , Germany, at an estimated cost of around Rs. 40.0M.

A steering committee of ten members jointly lead by Senator Kiru's nominee in Sri Lanka and President, HCPPA Colombo Branch, S.Yogendranathen, and co-ordinated by the Embassy of Germany in Sri Lanka is in operation for this project. The other members are The President and Secretary, Global Trust, The Principal, the Architect, a member of the S. D. S and Senior Ex-Co members from Colombo Branch.(with the option of co-opting members when necessary)

The function was held under the patronage of Principal . Mr. N.Theivanandarajah. On behalf of President Yogendranathen and the Ex Co members of the HCPPA Colombo Branch, Mr. D. R. Arumaynayagam, a senior Vice President and a former Warden of the HOSTEL and teacher for 25 yrs. at Hartley, laid the foundation stone, in the presence of a selected gathering of past and present pupils and other dignitaries.

Among those present were:

  • Present Director of Education, N.P., Mr. T. Vigneswaran (an Old Boy)
  • Zonal Director of Education, Mr. V. Selvarajah,
  • Asst. Director of Education , M/s .S .Pushpalingam and N.Nanthakumar.
  • President School Development Society, Mr.P. Kumaraswamy.
  • Past President Global Trust, Mr. Shan Shanmuganathen.
  • Past President and V.P, Of Colombo Br., Mr. S. Balachandran
  • Secretary ,Colombo Br., M. Sunthar
  • Architect , Mr. A. Puvanendrarajah
  • President HCPPA Point Pedro, Mr. M. Sivanesan, Secretary Mr. Jeyabhaskaran
  • President HCPPA Vanni, Dr. S. Sivakumar, Secretary Mr. S.Salasalosan
  • Rtd. Senior Teacher Mr. J.S. Rajaratnam
  • Principal Methodist Girl's High School.( Sister School), Ms. Selvamalar Sutharsan.
  • Staff and Students of Hartley College.

Religious ceremonies were conducted by the Hindu Priest Iyer V. Gananathan and Methodist Priest Rev. Thangarajah.

HCPPA(NSW) honours Professor Sivapalan

[30 Jul 2011]

HCPPA(NSW) honoured one of the outstanding Hartleyites, Professor Sivapalan and Mrs. Banumathy Sivapalan, by hosting a dinner at Ambhis restaurant in Pendle Hill.

Click on the link above for a brief write-up on this event and the link below to view a video clip of the speech made by Prof. Sivapalan on the night.

Hartley College Polished Rough Diamonds

Assistance for mid-term exams...

[25 June 2011]

Principal advised us that the school is conducting mid-term examination for students from grade 6 to grade 11 to motivate them in learning and also to help them to face the term examination with confidence. The examination will be conducted in Tamil, Mathematics, English, History, Religion and Science. As the A/L teachers are busy with additional classes and coaching they are unable to mark the additional (mid term) exam papers. Principal requested financial assistance to encourage past students waiting for university admission to help in marking the papers. The estimated cost of this evaluation examination is Rs.10, 800/=. This proposal was immediately acknowledged by a member of HCPPA (NSW) and he came forward to support the cost in full. We greatly appreciate his contribution towards this and transferred the requested fund to the school on 20th of June 2011.

Cricket Coaching...

[25 June 2011]

Ravindra Pushpakumara, Sri Lanka Provincial coach and former Sri Lankan cricket player, conducts cricket coaching for our students once in a week and he started coaching from the 21st of June 2011 for the current season. He visits our school with his team and this will enhance the skills of our students to be more competitive.

Remarkable achievement by our school chess team...

[25 June 2011]

The national chess competition has been conducted at provincial level for past several years. We are very proud to inform that this year our Under 15 and 19 teams were crowned as champions at the Provincial level in the competition held at Vavuniya Tamil Maha Vidyalayam between 17th June to 19th June 2011.

Hartley college has been the champions for the last five years at the Provincial level. Principal thanks all HCPPA branches for their generous financial support which lead towards this achievement.

Towards International Mathematics competition


K Mahinthan Kanagasabai Mahinthan from grade 10 has been selected to participate in Asia Pacific level competition from All Island. This is a mathematics quiz conducted every year. This year the Asia Pacific level competition will be held in Indonesia from 18th July to 23rd July 2011. The expected travelling cost for this student to participate in the event is about Rs.63,600/= and the parents were unable to meet every cost. Principal asked all HCPPA branches through the trust to meet the expenses. Total cost was met by following branches & the individuals within 24 hrs, which shows the close relationship among the branches & the trust.

We thank for this great effort by everyone within a short time frame.

HCPPA(NSW) & HCPPA (VIC) Rs.28,000
HCPPA(UK) Rs.14,700
Mr.Thiruneelakandan Rs.15,900
Dr.J.N.Chinniah Rs.5,000

Remembering the timely help...

[June 2011]

One of our sponsoring activities outside Hartley College was for the Puttalai Maha Vidyalayam. Puttalai gave refuge and lifeline to Hartley College during the turbulent period between 1984 to 1989.

As a token of appreciation HCPPA (NSW) recently donated three custom made office cupboards with glass windows to show case their own trophies and medals. Its financial worth was Rs.80,240/= or equivalent to AUS$680.

We are humbled to receive this letter of appreciation from the Principal, Mr.M.Anandeswara.

Click on this link to view the picture of the cupboard

Venugobal Self Learning Computer Centre(VSLCC)(NSW)

[June 2011]

Recently, HCPPA (NSW) has donated Rs.57,400 to the school to purchase seven 7KVA UPS(Uninterruptible Power Supply)systems to protect the computers donated earlier by HCPPA(NSW) from adverse effect of fluctuating electrical power.

The Principal has advised that VSLC is profoundly used by all grades of students to develop various skills.

Computers Sent to School Computer Lab 2011

Mathematics Quiz

[June 2011]

The students of Hartley College excelled in a Mathematics Quiz held earlier in the year in Vadamaradchy Zonal Level in both English & Tamil mediums.

The school sent 25 students to the competition and won 19 places. These 19 will now proceed to provincial level competition. This is a great achievement by the students and the dedicated teachers.

Student Placings

Shortage of Geography Teachers

[June 2011]

Recently Department of Education transferred the Geography teacher from Hartley College to his previous station at Kilinochchi and couldn't find a replacement. This is mainly because of shortage of teachers in this field.

This sudden transfer affected 39 students from first year & second year batch. In previous year's students who took Geography as a subject in G.C.E (A/L) Arts stream secured effective z-score in the examination.

The school is fortunate to arrange a talented tuition teacher, a graduate Mr. Nanthakumar, to teach the students for two years. Mr. Nanthakumar will be paid Rs.5,000 per month except the vacation time(9 months). The total cost will be Rs.90,000.

The Principal made the request for the funds through Global Trust to all the HCPPA branches. A few committee members from NSW branch volunteered to cover the cost of first year expenses. The HCPPA (NSW) worked as a conduit and, in early April, transferred Rs.48,400(AUS$ 400) to school directly.

Funding of Laboratory Materials

[June 2011]

A shortage of laboratory materials especially the Chemicals and Laboratory utensils hindered G.C.E (A/L) students conducting experiments and the G.C.E (A/L) exam. The materials required were acids & chemicals. The school estimated the total cost to be Rs.120,000 & requested all HCPPA via Global trust to cover the half of the cost(Rs.60,000) & the rest to be covered by the fund allocated by the Department of Education.

Immediately HCPPA (NSW) came forward and in April, absorbed half the cost of Rs.60,000 to enable students to conduct their experiment without any delay or interruption.

Old Computers have been replaced...

[June 2011]

About 20 computers were sent to Hartley College in early May 2011 with the support of HCPPA NSW. We are happy to inform you that we have successfully cleared all the computers from Sri Lankan customs even though we had some difficulties initially and we would like to thank all those who helped to achieve this here in NSW and in Colombo. These computers will replace old computers in Computer Learning Centre, set up and maintained by HCPPA NSW.

NSW branch supports needy students

[June 2011]

By now all of you would be aware of the creation of a specific fund by our branch to support students with unfulfilled basic needs and this fund is named as "Basic Necessities fund". This marks a shift in our assistance to the school which in the past almost exclusively focused on rewarding and recognising accomplished students. Basic Necessities fund aims to assist students from economically disadvantaged families to perform at their best. The principal along with the staff identify the students who need support.

We have been funding Rs. 50,000 per year until last year and this has now been increased to Rs.100,000 to cater for more students. This is not funded from the branch income but by individual contributions by a few Hartley College past students living in Sydney. If you are interested to know more about this please contact us through our group e-mail.

Our support towards Batticaloa flood victims

[June 2011]

We broke the barriers by not only supporting Hartley College but also the wider community. There is an absolute necessity for this in the current environment in Sri Lanka. Further, our cultural program is patronised by not just the old students of Hartley College.

Our association donated Rs. 60,000 to Ramakrishna Mission for flood relief works. We are committed to provide similar support in the future as well.

Letter from Ramakrishna Mission thanking us for our contribution.