The 8th Decade (1992 – 2001)
One of his last significant contributions to education while at St. Peter’s could arguably be the opening of the Branch school at Gampaha which was declared open on 2nd February 1993 by the Auxiliary Bishop of Colombo, His Lordship Oswald Gomis.
Rev. Fr. Joe Wickremasinghe retired from the Rectorship of St. Peter’s College on 5th September 1994 to later take up appointment as Episcopal Vicar for the Negombo Region. Upon the retirement of Fr. Joe Wickremasinghe, Rev. Fr. Felician Ranjith Perera took over the reins at College on 5th September 1994.
September 1995 saw St. Peter’s lose 78.54 perches of land on account of the extension of the R A de Mel Mawatha (Duplication Road) but all wasn’t lost as an underpass was provided at state cost for the use of the boys to access the College Grounds without having to cross the new road.
He had to shoulder the responsibility of celebrating the 75th anniversary of the College on 18th January 1997. The main event was the re-enactment of the entry of Josephians to College which was led by Fr. Victor Silva, the Josephian Rector. The Chief Guest at the celebrations was His Grace the Archbishop of Colombo, Rt. Rev. Dr. Nicholas Marcus Fernado and the Rector Emeritus, Rev. Fr. Joe Wickremasinghe. As precursors to the main event, a choir and chorale musical show, an oriental music jubilee extravaganza, a school band festival and a special OBU 70th anniversary celebrations were held.
Carrom is officially recognised as a game played at St. Peter’s, with Fr. Camilus Fernando guiding the enthusiastic players.