School of Our Fathers

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The School of Our Fathers is the school song of Royal College Colombo.[1][2][3] It is sung at the start of every school day except for Monday,when the National Anthem is sung, and on other important occasions. The words of the song were written by Major H.L.Reed, a Principal of the school in the third term of 1927.[4] The music was later revised by S. Schmid.

It was first performed on 13 July 1928, that year Royal College Colombo won the Meaden Shield in the school's singing competition for the 8th year in succession, School of Our Fathers presented at the competition.


Thy spirit first to life awoke
In eighteen hundred and thirty five
Beneath the sway of Marsh and Boake
Thenceforth did Lanka's learning thrive
School where our fathers learnt the way before us
Learnt of books and learnt of men, through thee we'll do the same
True to our watchword "Disce Aut Discede
We will learn of books and men, and learn to play the game (Refrain)
Within thy shade our fathers trod
The path that leads to man's estate;
They have repaid the debt they owed;
They kept thy fame inviolate.
And we their loyal sons now bear
The torch, with hearts as sound as oak;
Our lusty throats now raise a cheer
For Hartley, Harward, Marsh and Boake.

The Sinhala version[edit]

A Sinhala version of the college song was composed in 1968 on the request of the Principal Messrs W.A. Wickramasena and S.J.F. Dissanayake, who were masters of the school and had been part of the combination which composed the first song.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Royal college salutes the Royalist war heroes, The Island
  2. ^ The Royal class of 1949, The Island
  3. ^ Royalists to remember their war dead, Sundaytimes
  4. ^ A brief history of Royal College

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