St. Sebastian's College, Moratuwa

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St.Sebastian's College
St. Sebastian's College, Moratuwa crest.jpg
Exspecta Dominum Viriliter Age
- Expect the Lord and act manfully-
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Coordinates 6°46′55″N 79°52′50″E / 6.781952°N 79.880637°E / 6.781952; 79.880637Coordinates: 6°46′55″N 79°52′50″E / 6.781952°N 79.880637°E / 6.781952; 79.880637
Type Roman Catholic Secondary School/ College up to University Entrance
Established 1854
Grades 1 to 13 Local Syllabus
Gender Boys
Age 5 to 19
Colour(s) Green, White & Gold

St. Sebastian's College is a Catholic educational institution in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, established in 1854. The college has over 4,000 students and a staff of over 200. The college motto is "Exspecta Dominum Viriliter Age", meaning "Expect the Lord and act manfully" in Latin.


  • Proprietor: Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo
  • Rector / A/L Sectional Head:Rev. Fr. Bonnie Fernandopulle
  • Vice Rector and Upper School Principal: Rev. Fr. Carlton
  • Primary School Principal : Fr. Treson Silva
  • Middle School Principal : Fr. Ruwan Pradeep
  • Vice Principal: Dominic Fernando


St.Sebastian’s College commenced sessions in 1854 on the verandah of St.Sebastian’s Church, Moratuwa with 22 pupils, administrated by the Parish Priest with the help of a Headmaster and his assistant. The medium of instruction was English. At the request of the Catholics of Moratuwa and the church authorities the administration of the school was handed over to the De La Salle Brothers on 3 January 1926. The last headmaster of the school was Mr.Lawrence Perera and the first Brother Director was an Irishman, Bro.Bonaventure Idus. The other two pioneers were a Frenchman, Bro. Athanasius Charles and a Sri Lankan, Bro.Glaster Oliver. With the arrival of the Rev.Brothers they were provided accommodation at Chevalier walauwa, the present Moratuwa police station, within a few months secondary classes were started on the ground floor of the Brother residence. The main school was situated at Uswatte Circular Road, opposite the engine shed of the Moratuwa Railway Station. Senior Cambridge and Junior school certificate classes were organized and the school was registered as a secondary school in 1927. Realizing the necessity of the rapid development of the school, a ten acre block of land at Uyana, Moratuwa was purchased for Rs.30 000/= by obtaining a loan of Rs.15000000/= form the Archbishop and a donation of Rs.15000/= from Bastian Fernando. The college commenced operations on the near site on 23 December 2004. With the take over of Denominational assisted school by the government in 1960 St.Sebastian’s College decided to have the option of continue as a non-fee levying private school. This was one of the most difficult periods in the history of the college and Rt.Rev.Bishop Edmund Fernando who was the parish priest of Moratuwa at that time organized the collection of funds for the maintenance of St.Sebastian’s College and Our Lady of Victories convent, Moratuwa. Rev.Bro Modustus an old boy of the college was the director of the college at that turbulent period. Rev.Bro.Raymond Benildus was the Principal of the College from 1964to 1973 and almost single-handed managed a number of fund raising projects and also set up a welfare office to collect funds directly from parents. In 1974 college faced another financial crises and the welfare society formed with President’s counsel Mr. Eardley Perera, as president was responsible for maintaining St.Sebastian’s College as a Private School. The financial situation improved, when in 1979 the government decided to give a grant to the non-fee levying private schools. In 1989 the principal, Bro.Granville Perera started an overall building project for the school and in two years 16 primary classrooms were built. In March 1991 Bro.Emmanual Nicholas the Provincial Visitor introduced a Board of Governors as an advisory body to assist the administration of the college. President’s counsel, Mr. Eardley Perera was appointed as the Chairmen of the Board of Governors. In June 1991 the Board of Governors established the School Development Society, to be in-charge of the financial management of the college. With the cooperation of the Rev.Brothers and the Board of Governors the teachers, parents and the old boys gathered round the college to build a three-storyed classroom building and a main hall. St.Sebastian’s College entered a new era in 2003 when Bro. Henry Dissanayake, the Provincial Visitor of the De La Salle Brothers handed over the college to the Archbishop of Colombo from April 2003. The college is administrated by Fr.Bonnie Fernandupulle, Principal, Fr.Sylvester Ranasinghe, Deputy Principal, and Fr.Pradeep Fonseka, Principal Primary department.

The College today[edit]

Fernandupulle took over the Rectorship in 2003. The school functions as an 'assisted school" with substantial state funding. The school prepares students for Local Ordinary and Advanced Level examinations in Sinhalese and English. In 2011 St.Sebastian's won the Battle of The Gold against Prince of Wales' college after 44 years.

The College crest[edit]

Top Left – Sword, arrows and the centurion’s helmet The sword and arrows were used to make him a Marty. Top Right – National Flag of Sri Lanka. Bottom Left – Signifies carpentry professions in Moratuwa. Bottom Right – The Torch of Learning moral and physical education of children


Grade 1 to 9 : White collared shirt with the school badge as well as Blue colored short-Pants with White socks and Black Shoes.

Grade 10 to 13 :White collared shirt with the school badge as well as White colored long-pants with white socks and black shoes.

For Special Occasions : White collared long sleeved shirt with white colored pants plus the college tie and also white socks with black shoes



  • Colour  : Green & White


  • Colour  : Gold & White

De LaSalle[edit]

  • Colour  : Red & White


  • Colour  : Blue & White


Head Prefects[edit]

|1949 Dixon Mendis |1950 Senerat R. Gooneratne |1951 George Fernando |1962 Priyantha Fernando |1964/5 Douglas Perera |1966 Tony Jesudason |1966/7 Leofric Silva |1967 Pricille Fernando |1968 Primus Bandara |1969 Rohan Fonseka |1970/1 Rohan B. Fernando |1971 Rex De Silva |1972 Flavian Aponso |1972 Jude Fernando |1973 Jayalath Fonseka |1973 Rohan Jude Perera |1974 Hemantha Silva |1974/5 Ajith Fernando |1975 Ajith Fernando |1976 Shermal Silva |1977 Roger Wijesuriya |1978 Roger Wijesuriya |1979 Ranapriya Cooray |1980 Rosario Mendis |1981 Rosario Mendis |1982 Rainier Goonewardena |1983 Christian Kumar Fernando |1984 Philan Fernando ||1985 Indrajith Mendis ||1986 Rasika Fernando

||1988 Marlon Maddock ||1989 Chandika Fernando ||1990 Roshan Fernando ||1991 Rukshan Fernando ||1992 Anthony Fernando ||1993 Bevan Perera ||1994 Dilshan Fernando ||1995 Summith Peiris ||1996 Chinthaka Fernando ||1997 Anura Prasanna Silva ||1998 Lalindra Fernando ||1999 Ramesh Fernando ||2000 Lahiru Kodituwakku ||2001 Niroshan Dias/Asanka Fonseka ||2002 Nuwan Perera ||2003 Mahesha Muthukumarana ||2004 Sameera Maduranga ||2005 Sachintha Cooray ||2006 Harin Samat ||2007 Ravindha Silva ||2008 Jerome Cooray ||2009 Shehan Kandanearachchi ||2010 Nimantha Perera ||2011 Dhiren Dissanayake ||2012 Praveen Salinda Perera ||2013 Edyl Fernando ||2014 Nadeesha Sumesh Fernando


The College has many sports and games for its students.

  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Battle of the Golds[edit]

The Battle of the Golds is the annual cricket contest Big Match between St. Sebastian's College, Moratuwa and Prince of Wales' College, Moratuwa.[1]

Clubs and societies[edit]

College has many clubs and societies which students can join. Many of these clubs and societies organize several projects on an annual basis. The Computer Club, The Interact Club, The Radio Club, The Aeronautical Society, the Stamp Club, the Senior Science Association and the Red Cross Society are just some of clubs and societies at S. Thomas'. All of the above are fully or partially funded by the College. Joining and actively taking part in club activity is strongly recommended. All such clubs and societies are supervised by a Master-in-Charge and have their respective President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer elected from among the students.

  • Art Club
  • Astronomical Society
  • Cadetting
  • Choir
  • Chess Club
  • Commerce Society
  • Computer Society
  • Eastern Band
  • English Literary and Debating Society
  • Interact Club
  • Junior Science Association
  • Media Society
  • Road Safety Patrol
  • Scouting
  • Science Society
  • Sinhala Literary and Debating Society
  • Society for Social Work and Welfare
  • Young Christian Students Movement
  • Western Band

Notable Alumni[edit]

His Lordship Most Rev. Dr. Vincent Marius Joseph Peiris (The Auxiliary Bishop of Colombo / Vicar General)

His Lordship Most Rev. Dr. Maxwell Silva (Auxiliary Bishop of Colombo)

His Lordship Most Rev. Dr. Winston Fernando SSS (Bishop of Badulla)

His Lordship Most Rev. Dr. Bishop Valence Mendis (Bishop of Chilaw)

The College Anthem[edit]


Wave, O wave the Green, White and Gold, And bear it aloft, still to heights so bold: O lads brave lads of lealty’s lure Awaiting the Lord, Him manfully serve.

O come, ring out your song Sebastianites And loyal be your hearts: your voices free Unite, unite your Alma Mater calls, To dare to fight to win beneath her shield Your life she moulds, be wise in learning’s lure Be true the Crown is won in Heaven’s shore

Chorus: Wave, O wave the Green, White and Gold, And bear it aloft, still to heights so bold: O lads brave lads of lealty’s lure Awaiting the Lord, Him manfully serve.

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