St. Sylvester's College

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St. Sylvester's College
ශාන්ත සිල්වෙස්තර විද්‍යාලය, මහනුවර
புனித சில்வெஸ்டர் கல்லூரி, கண்டி
The Statue of Sylvester Gozzolini at St. Sylvester's College Kandy Sri Lanka.jpg
Statue of Sylvester Gozzolini at St. Sylvester's College, Kandy
Motto Fortiter in re
(Success through dedication)
Established 1 November 1940
Type Boys public school
Principal Mr. T.Ranil.S. Meetiyagoda
Students 3000+
Location Kandy, Sri Lanka
Colours Maroon, Ivory, and Blue
              
Website www.sylvesterscollegekandy.com
St.Sylvester's College crest.jpg

St Sylvester's College, Kandy is a college in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka.

History[edit]

St. Sylvester’s began as a separate institution on 1 November 1940 with very Rev. Fr. D. Robert. Perera O.S.B. as the principal. The college owed its inception to the foresight of his Lordship Bishop Bernardo Regno O.S.B. and Abbot Weerasinghe, the heads of the Sylvestro-Benedictine congregation. They felt that a good catholic school in Kandy town was a prime need, once St. Anthony’s had been completely shifted to its home on the banks of the Mahaweli at Katugastota. Rev father Robert was given the tremendous task of rearing the new that had just been born. St. Sylvester’s had made name for itself in the field of education, not only in Kandy but also throughout the length and breadth of the island. Starting with a mere 250 pupils and 12 teachers in 1940.

Father Robert was not expected to do big things at St. Sylvester’s. The buildings were not teeming with scholars, the laboratories were empty, and libraries were without books. Even the wherewithal to run the school was not available. It is said that he had to start with an over draft, but the picture of the institution now is a very different one. It is full to capacity, and its financial stability is assured. The authoritarian of the Sylvestro-Benedictines intended originally to develop St. Sylvester’s only as a junior school and affiliated to St. Anthony’s but such restrictions were not dampen the ardour of Father Robert. He early had visions of his institution as a collegiate school, second to none in the Island.

Principals[edit]

  • Late Rev. Fr. D. Robert M. Perera O.S.B. 1940–1949
  • Late Mr. D. J. N. Senevirathne (M.A.Hons. (Columbia), B.A.Hons. (London), Cert. Cey. History, Trd.) 1949–1968
  • Late Mr. K. S. Gunarathne (B.A. (London) – Trained) 1968–1970
  • Late Mr. W. B. Gopallawa (B.A.Hons. (London) – Trained) 1970–1976
  • Late Mr. A. Karunarathne – Interim 1979
  • Late Mr. Bertie Niilegoda (B.Sc. (Cey.)) 1976–1995
  • Mr. Ashoka B. Herath 1995–1998
  • Late Mr. G. W. Abeysinghe 1998–2001
  • Late Mr. Bandula Gunawardana – Interim 2001
  • Mr. T. Ranil. S. Meetiyagoda 2001 – Present

School anthem[edit]

St. Sylvester’s College has used various school anthems since 1940. First his sons were singing ‘Pasal Mavuni Jaya Wewa’ anthem and in the 1970s it was changed to ‘Dana Mana Ranjitha’ anthem.

Affirmation of Oath of School[edit]

I am legitimate of my Alma mater St. Sylvesters college, with a long prestigious history. In order to achieve the maximum benefits of my school days, I do hereby affirm to carry out my tasks under the supervision and guidance of the principal and the staff, and guide my colleagues along the correct path, to follow the rules and regulations of the school to the world, to maintain cordial relationship with the whole student population of the school, to actively participate in the matters pertaining to subject of study, to respect and honour my school, with all my might and to follow the path of distinguished old Sylvestrians.

St. Sylvester's Old Scout Union[edit]

In 1945 St. Sylvester's College, Kandy started their first scout troop with the patronage of our founder Rev. Fr. Robert M. Perera. The scout troop had been started by Mr. B.M. Guyes.

In the year 1949 just four years afterwards, Mr. B.M. Guyes had left us leaving our scout in charge of Rev. Fr.Dom George who was a very keen scouter. Next came Mr. K.S. Gunarathne. He was joined by another able scouters Mr. N.H. Shalwyn and Mr. W.L.D.V. Jayawardene.

Both of these scout masters had contributed in great measure to the success of our scouts troop. In the year 1950 our scouts had been able to win the "Island Merit Flag", awarded to the best troop in the Island. The presentation was made by His Excellency Governor General Lord Soulbury. In 1986 and 1988 our group won the "Gulam Hussain" flag for the group with highest number of president's scouts.

Millennium Sylvestrians Union (MSU)[edit]

Millennium Sylvestrian Union is for the Sylvestrians who sat for their A/Ls in 2000 and above in St Sylvester's College, Kandy, Sri Lanka and it was established in 2010. Even though the MSU was formed by the batch of 2000, it has been a practice that everyone takes part in all the events organized by the MSU.Sylvestrians Motor Rally which is organized annually during the Big Match (Battle of the Babes) between St. Sylvester's College & Vidyartha College is one of the main event organized by MSU.

St.Sylvester's College Gymnastics Club[edit]

In 2002 St.Sylvester's College introduced "Gymnastics" as a primary Sport to the College Students. St.Sylvester's Gymnastics Club founded by The Principal, Mr. T.R.S.Meetiyagoda, Assistant Principal Mr. A.K.B. Dodanwala, former Prefect of Games Mr. D.C. Mahawaththage & Mr.Amal Rasanga Liyanagamage. (Coach & Old Boy)

St.Sylvester's College Gymnastics Team could win number of National and Provincial victories during this short period.

Recent Victories:

  • Sri Lanka Schools Gymnastics Gold Medalist 2014 (Ravindu Shehan)
  • Sri Lanka Schools Gymnastics Bronze Medalist 2014
  • Kandy District Gymnastics Champions 2014
  • Kandy District Gymnastics Champions 2013
  • Kandy District Gymnastics Champions 2012
  • Central Province Gymnastics Champions for 2013
  • Central Province Gymnastics Champions for 2012
  • Central Province Gymnastics Champions for 2011
  • Kandy District Gymnastics Champions 2011
  • Ravindu Shehan won the Sri Lanka Gold Medal & Bronze Medal at the Sri Lanka Junior National Gymnastics Championship 2010.
  • Central Province Gymnastics Championship 2010 with 25 Medals (Organized By Central Province Gymnastics Association)
  • Central Province Gymnastics Championship 2009 (Organized By Central Province Gymnastics Association)
  • Team Captain, K.Aravinth secured the Best Gymnast of the Award at Central Province Gymnastics Championship 2009
  • Bronze Medal at 35th Sri Lanka National Sports Festival Gymnastics Chapmpionship 2009
  • Central Province Gymnastics Champions 2008 – (Organized By Central Province Gymnastics Association)
  • Two National Places at Sri Lanka Juior National Gymnastics Championship 2009
  • K.Aravinth of St.Sylvester's College was the best Boys School Gymnastics Player of the Year 2009 ( According to the CPGA)

Patron: The Principal, Mr. T.R.S.Meetiyagoda Master in Charge: Mr.Hemantha A. Ranasinghe Head Coach: Mr.Amal Rasanga Liyanagamage Captain: Ravindu Shehan

Units, forums, associations, clubs and societies[edit]

Notable alumni, list of Old Sylvestrians[edit]

Artists and media personalities[edit]

  • Tilake Abeysinghe - Painter & Sculptor
  • Madawala S. Rathnayake - Populer Writer, Novelist
  • Leel Gunasekara - Novelist, Government Agent
  • Errol Kelly - Film Art Director(Hollywood)
  • Nimal Rathnayake - Tele Drama Director
  • Tikiri Rathnayake - Tele Drama Director
  • Senaka Wijesinghe - Film/Drama Actor & Director
  • Mohan Niyas - Film/ Tele drama Director
  • Dr. Devananda Waidyasekare - Singer
  • Dr, Punchi Nilame Meegaswatte
  • Eric fernando, Former director generel, - President media division,
  • Roshan Hadjji, Music Director, (Founder - ZODIAC )
  • Gayan Ganakadhara, Music Director,
  • Uditha Anupama Alwis, Singer / Musician
  • Deric Fernando, Populer Make up Artist
  • M. E. Marikkar - Veteran Journalist & Sports promoter

Academics[edit]

  • Prof. Sarath Abeykoon - Vice Chancellor, University of Peradeniya
  • Prof. Chandana Udawatte - Vice Chancellor, University of Sabaragamuwa University, Chairman of Lanka Phosphates Ltd
  • Prof. H.B.S. Ariyarathne - Dean Faculty of Veterinary Medicine & Animal Science- University of Peradeniya
  • Dr. Maithree Rajapaksa - Consultant Anaesthetist at General Hospital, Kandy
  • Dr. Neil Fernando - Senior Consultant Psychiatrist, Head of National Institute of Mental Health
  • Dr. M.B. Adikaram - Founder of Nation Builders Association, Registar of University of Peradeniya
  • Dr. Upali Sedara - Rector Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy
  • Mr. Ranil Meetiyagoda - Principal St. Sylvester's College
  • Dr Leel Gunasekara -Chancellor- University of Rajarata

Diplomats[edit]

  • Mr.Lionel Fernando - Secretary to the Ministry of Media, Tourism and Aviation, Secretary to the Foreign Ministry, Sri Lankan Ambassador to the Netherlands, Sri Lankan Ambassador to France, Governor of North Eastern Province.
  • Major General Lalith Daulagala - Deputy High Commissioner, Sri Lanka High Commission Kuala Lampur Malaysia
  • Mr Gamini Rajapakse - Sri Lankan Ambassador to Jordan, Central provincial Minister
  • Mr Ananda K Eriyagama - Sri Lankan Consul to South Australia
  • Mr George Pelpola - Sri Lankan Ambassador to Italy and Maldives, member of the parliment

Entrepreneurs and businessmen[edit]

  • Shirley Samarawickrema - Managing Partner Shokmen & Samarawickrema
  • Mahinda Munasinghe - Chairman Siri Ramya Hotels, President Mahanuwara Sinhala Welenda Peramuna
  • Nimal Peiris - Chairman Telepix (Pvt) Ltd
  • Manjula Pathirana - Managing Director Litrumm Unlimited, Managing Partner Virgin Clothing, Sakith Apparel

Government and politics[edit]

  • Hon. Hemal Gunasekara - Deputy Minister Internal Trade and cooperative
  • Hon. Daya Palpola - Member Of Parliament, Legal Secretary United National Party, Chairman Sri Lankan Air Line
  • Hon. Tikiri Kobbakaduwa - Governor Central Province
  • Hon. Lional fernando - Former Secretary to the Ministry of Media, Tourism and Aviation, Secretary to the Foreign Ministry, Sri Lankan Ambassador to the Netherlands, Sri Lankan Ambassador to France, Governor of North Eastern Province.
  • Hon. W.P.B. Dissanayake - Former Chief Minister Central province, Founder Ranabima Royal College
  • Hon. Percy Samaraweera _ Former Chief Minister UVA Province
  • Hon. Gamini Rajapakse - Agriculture Minister Central province, Sri Lankan Ambassador to Jordan
  • Hon. Ranjith Gunasekare - North Western Provincial Councilor, Police Media Spokesmen
  • Hon. H.M.G.B. Kotakadeniya - Western Provincial Councillor, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police
  • Hon. Mohamed Hamjad - Central Provincial Councilor
  • Hon. Velu Kumar - Central Provincial Councilor
  • Hon. Raja Uswatakeyyawa - Councilor KMC
  • Hon. Hafiz Marikkar - Councilor KMC

Senior civil servants[edit]

  • General Cyril Ranatunga - Chief of Staff Sri Lanka Army, first General Officer Commanding the Joint Operations Command, Secretary Defence
  • Lionel Fernando - Secretary to the Ministry of Media, Tourism and Aviation, Secretary to the Foreign Ministry, Sri Lankan Ambassador to the Netherlands, Sri Lankan Ambassador to France, Governor of North Eastern Province.
  • Leel Gunasekara - Novelist, Government Agent (GA) Sri Lanka Administrative Service
  • H.M.Gamini senevirathne - Government Agent (GA) & District Secretary
  • T.A.C.Namal Thalangama - Assistant Election Commissioner
  • Dr. Punchinilame Meegaswatte - Director Sri Lanka Rupawahini Cooperation, media coordinater
  • Eric Fernando - Director-General of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, Sri Lanka's first Television Newscaster
  • Thilak Dharmarathne - Director General of Gem & Jewelry research &Training Institute
  • Buwaneka Aluwihare - Additional Solicitor General, Supreme Court Judge
  • Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage - Chairman of the Ceylon Shipping Corporation (CSC), 18th Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy
  • Hon. Daya Palpola - Member Of Parliament, Legal Secretary United National Party, Chairman Sri Lankan Air Line

Judges and Senior Counsel[edit]

  • Justice Buwaneka Aluwihare - Supreme Court Judge, Deputy Solicitor General
  • Justice Sampath Abayakoon - High Court Judge
  • Justice Sampath Wijerathne - High Court Judge
  • Justice Priyantha De Silva - High Court Judge
  • Justice S.U.B. Karalliyadde - High Court Judge
  • Justice Sampath Hewawasam - Magistrate
  • Justice Y.R.B. Nelumdeniya - Additional District Judge
  • Justice Mohamed Fareekdeen - Magistrate

Military and police[edit]

Sri Lankan Army[edit]

  • General Cyril Ranatunga - Chief of Staff Sri Lanka Army, first General Officer Commanding the Joint Operations Command, Secretary Defence
  • Major General Susantha Mendis
  • Major General Nihal Pelpola
  • Major General Lalith Daulagala - Deputy High Commissioner, Sri Lanka High Commission Kuala Lampur Malaysia
  • Major General Mahinda Ambanpola - Colonel Commandant Sri Lanka Army Corps of Engineer Services and Director General (Projects) - SL Army
  • Major General Srinath Rajapakse - ( Former commadant, Sri Lanka commando regiment )
  • Major General Ashoka amunugama
  • Brigadier R. M. B. Randeniya
  • Brigadier C.Mudannayaka
  • Colonel Rex Fernando

Sri Lankan Navy[edit]

  • Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage - 18th Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy
  • Rear Admiral Malcolm Marshall - 2nd in Command Sri Lanka Navy
  • Rear Admiral Kithsiri Weerakoon - Area Commaner North Central Naval Area
  • Commodore Ajith Boyagoda
  • Commodore N.A. Ekanayake
  • Captain Prasanna Rajaratne
  • Lt. Denagama

Sri Lanka Air Force[edit]

  • Air Vice Marshal Wasantha Balasooriya
  • Air Vice Marshal Dr. Ashoka Amunugama - Director of Dental Services
  • Commodore Sagara Kotakadeniya

Sri Lankan Police[edit]

  • H.M.G.B. Kotakadeniya - Senior Deputy Inspector General (SDIG) of Police
  • Gamini De Silva - Senior Deputy Inspector General (SDIG) of Police
  • Nimal Lewke - Senior Deputy Inspector General (SDIG) of Police (Former commadant, Special Task Force )
  • Lucky Peiris - Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police
  • Lakshman senewirathne -Deputy Inspecter General(DIG)Of Police
  • Rukman silva - Deputy Inspecter General(DIG)of Police
  • Wijaya senevirathne - Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Kandy
  • Ranjith Kodithuwakku - Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP)
  • Ranjith Gunasekara - Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP)Former Police media spokesperson
  • Ravindra Karawita - Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Galkissa
  • Eric perera _ Senior superintendent of police ( SSP )
  • A.H.M.Nazeem - Superintendent of Police (SP)

Professionals[edit]

  • Shan Heenkenda - Assistant Vice President DFCC Vardana Bank
  • Delvin Pereira - Deputy General Manager Seylan Bank PLC
  • Hemal C.Lokugeegana - Chief Risk Officer Sanasa Development Bank PLC
  • Gerry Hidelarachchi - MD/CEO United Motors
  • Athula Thalagala - GM Edna Group, CEO E I & M (Bangladesh) Ltd
  • Mervin Rodrigo - GM Jinasena Ltd
  • Lal Udagedara - Senior Vice President Li & Fung Bangladesh Ltd
  • Nishan Perera - Head of Group Risk & Control LAUGFS Holdings Ltd
  • Rienzie Nanayakkara- Chairman of Sinhaputhra finance PLC

Sportsmen and administrators[edit]

  • Malcolm Bulner - Sri Lankan Boxer, National Boxing Champion - Australia, International Boxing Referee Ceylon at the 1964 Summer Olympics
  • Donald Labrooy - Boxer
  • Ishak Sahabdeen - Sri Lanka national team Cricketer
  • Malcolm Perera - Manager Coaching Sri Lanka cricket
  • M.A.M. Ashroff - Sri Lanka National Hockey Coach
  • Aruna Rankothge - Rugby Inter Panel Referee
  • Faleel Marikkar - Sri Lankan cricket board's official representative in UK
  • Prasad nugegoda - Sri Lankan Champion boxer, Gold medalist SAF games 1992
  • Nimal Lewke - Former President of Sri Lanka Rugby Union, National Coach

Religion[edit]

Buddhist Sangha[edit]

  • Ven. Hanthane Dhammagaveshi Thero
  • Ven. Dangolle Madupani Thero
  • Ven. Ehelepola Mahinda Thero

Catholic[edit]

  • Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Vianney Fernando - 6th Bishop Kandy

External links[edit]