De Mazenod College

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Coordinates: 7°03′N 79°54′E / 7.050°N 79.900°E / 7.050; 79.900

De Mazenod College, Kandana, Sri Lanka
Caption De Mazenod College Logo
Latin: Animo-et-fide
("Courageously and faithfully")
Location
Kandana
Sri Lanka
Information
Type Govt. aided Grade One Catholic Private School
Established 1914
Founder Rev.Fr. Romould Fernando
Principal Rev. Bro. Bertram Perera
Staff 160 members
Grades Class 1 - 13
Gender Boys [Girls since grade 6]
Age 6 to 19
Enrollment 3800
Colour(s) Blue , white and gold

            

De Mazenod College (DMC) was first founded in 1914. It is considered to be the leading Catholic Private school in Negombo Division, Western Province, Sri Lanka. It is a controlled by De La Salle Brothers which means the school is mainly a Catholic school.

De Mazenod College is a mixed school. It has classes from grade 1 to grade 13. Conducts classes in Sinhala medium and English medium. Girls are admitted to the school since grade 6.

History[edit]

1914 Rev. Fr. A. Y. Keeger founded St. Sebastian's English School at the Mission House of Kandana Church.

1919 Rev. Fr. Romould Fernando took charge of the school.

June 15, 1925 Government of Sri Lanka recognised the school. From that year the School came to be known as St.Sebastian Boys English School.

1927 School was renamed as St. Sebastian English High School.

October 12, 1930 Colombo Archbishop Peter Marque laid the foundation stone for a new building at the new location (current location).

1931 Renamed the school as De Mazenod College.

1933 De La Salle brothers took over the control of the school.

1937 First Ever Prize Giving was held under the patronage of the principal Rev. Bro. Charles Louis. Deputy Education Director Mr. W.R. Watson graced the occasion as the Chief Guest

1938 First ever inter – house Sport meet was held. Chief Guest was Mr. S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike. College Houses were Delasalle, Marque and Romould.

1943 Inaugurated an Old boys union with about 100 members

1947 Starting of Sinhala Medium classes.

Motto[edit]

Animo ET Fide

means:

By courage and faith is the English equivalent of 'Animo et fide'.

Houses[edit]

The students are divided into four houses. They are,

Alban House[edit]

  • Named after Rev Bro. Alban Patrick. A past principal of the school.
  • Color : Red     

De La Salle House[edit]

Marque House[edit]

  • Named after Colombo Archbishop Rev. Peter Marque.
  • Color : Yellow     

Romould House[edit]

  • Named after the founder of school Rev. Fr.Romould Fernando.
  • Color : Green     

College Anthem.[edit]

Lads of De Mazenod, arise one and all
Stand we together, or else we shall fall
Doing our duty with gladness untold
Strive we to rank with the brave and the bold


Hark!'tis the voice of our Alma Mater dear
"Animo et Fide", it rings within our ear
Bravely and loyally each task must be done
Urged on by love and with hatred for none

Hearts that are yearning to do what is right
Burn in our bosom all day and all night
Training the steps of our Savior and Guide
Crowned in His Kingdom, in bliss we’ll abide

Notable Alumni[edit]

This is a list of notable alumni of De Mazenod College, Kandana

Past Principals of the De Mazenod College[edit]

  1. Fr. Romould Fernando
  2. Bro. Andrew Etienne
  3. Bro. Theodoret of Mary
  4. Bro. Charles Louis
  5. Bro. Alban Patrick
  6. Bro. Casimir
  7. Bro. Federick Peter
  8. Bro. Cassian of Jesus
  9. Bro. Athanasius Navarre
  10. Bro. Glastone Oliver
  11. Bro. Hermangild Joseph
  12. Bro. Athanasius Navarre
  13. Bro. Anselm Calixtus
  14. Bro. Alexander Cyrillus
  15. Bro. Conrad Rodrigo
  16. Bro. Sylvester Pius
  17. Bro. Hugo Anthony
  18. Bro. Camillus Silva
  19. Bro. Benjamin Goonatilleke
  20. Bro. Granville Perera
  21. Bro. Camillus Silva
  22. Bro. Bertram Perera(Present)

Notable Teachers[edit]

  • Donald De Silva - First Head Master of De Mazenod College ( 1931 - 1956)
  • Vincent Jayalath
  • M D Peter
  • S D Stephen
  • Benedict Fernando
  • Henry Senaratne
  • Lennie Kuruppu
  • C J Perera
  • Sebastian Fernando
  • Pablis Perera
  • Br. Stanislaus
  • Premadasa Welimane
  • Dewruwan De Alwis
  • Godfrey Perera
  • Palitha Devarajah
  • H A Abeyratne
  • S G K D Calistus
  • Achira Tennakoon
  • Aruna Nishantha Hettiarachchi (since 2007 to present)
  • S G F Appuhami

References[edit]