I came upon your site quite serendipitously and was awash with memories as a result. Thank you.
Just a few comments: 1. Vyvil Ludowyk's"Academy for the Backward" (never heard that nickname before, but it's catchy) was at No 5, 8th Lane, Colpetty so was sadly out of the Bambalawatte paradise.
2. I am his eldest son and knew Bamba well, being an ex of St Peter's under Fr Basil Wiratunge (a wonderful man); I remember having long theological discussions with Fr Mervyn Weerakoddy (who must have had the patience of a saint to put up with uppity me!), and I well remember Fr Theodore Pieris, an inspiring English teacher. Fr Noel Cruz I remember too.He wrote and produced a somewhat maudlin play on St Maria Goretti (called, I think, "The Pontine Marshes") which, because of my precocious then, I was determined not to swallow. Eheu fugaces! Dad's sister Carmen taught English at Lindsay. Dad's older brother Lyn (E.F.C. Lud) was then Professor of English at Peradeniya Uni to which I went after St Peter's. Noel Phoebus taught me Latin and Classical Greek at St Peter's.
I would dearly love to hear about this man who moulded me so much. Sadly, he must be dead by now. I would also love to hear from or about my colleagues at St Peter's (vintage 1952) - Edgar Coorey, Michael Mack,Otley Perera (who joined me at Paradeniya but we lived in different halls and slowly lost touch), Cedric Forster.
Anent the B'pitiya Flats, one resident was Bernard Swan and his wife Irene (née Paul). Dennis Bartholomeusz (now retired as an academic at Monash University), Bernie, and I used to meet every Sunday at Bernie's to go for a lazy swim in the sea, followed by a lunch cooked by Irene and Angela (Dennis's wife) and an even lazier afternoon playing Monopoly or Battleships and Cruisers at which we all used to cheat outrageously (the point being not to get caught). Haec olim meminisse iuvabit! Apropos Bamba and Galle Road, diagonally across from St Peter's in the Colpetty direction and on the land side was the house set in a large garden in which Justice St Clair Swan ("Uncle Synco", a courtesy title) and his family lived. Uncle Synco's son David was at St Peter's, some years junior to me.
I'm sorry to inflict this large screed on you. It's your fault for rousing my memories and yearnings for my past. I live in Canberra now and edit "Ozwords", a twice-yearly publication sponsored jointly by the Australian National Dictionary Centre at the Australian National University, Canberra, and Oxford University Press Australia.