St Peter's College, Colombo
|St. Peter's College|
Virtus Et Veritas
Virtue and Truth
|Bambalapitiya, Colombo 04
|Type||Roman Catholic Secondary School|
|Established||1922 July 9|
|Rector||Rev.Fr. Trevor Martin|
|Grades||1 to 13 Local Syllabus
|Age||5 to 19|
|Colour(s)||Blue, White & Gold
St. Peter's College (Sinhala: සාන්ත පීතර විදුහල, Tamil: செயிண்ட் பீட்டர் கல்லூரி) is a boys-only primary to secondary (inclusive) school in the Bambalapitiya zone of Colombo, Sri Lanka, founded in 1922.
In 1919, just after the end of World War I, Fr. M.J. Le Goc, Rector of St Joseph's College, Colombo, wanted to start a college in the southern suburbs of Colombo, and acquired a block of cinnamon land in Bambalapitiya.
Construction began on July 7, 1921 under the supervision of J R J Jayesuria, an alumnus of St. Joseph's College. In December 1921, Fr. Le Goc announced that St. Joseph's College South would open in January 1922.
The buildings were designed by Fr. Le Goc, and were built in six months. The quadrangle in front had an oval drive running around it. Fr. Le Goc also incorporated the concept of open-air classrooms.
The inauguration took place on Wednesday January 18, 1922. 204 students were admitted on that day and by the end of the year the number had risen to 268. The First rector was Fr.D.J.Nicholas Perera O.M.I. As of 2013[update] the rector was Rev. Fr. Travis Gabriel, and there were 6,088 students.
- 1 St. Joseph’s College South
- 2 1956 - 1977
- 3 From 1978
- 4 Prefects
- 5 Sports
- 6 Clubs and Societies
- 7 Past Rectors
- 8 The College Anthem
- 9 Notable Teachers
- 10 Old Boys Union
- 11 St. Peter's College Photo Gallery
- 12 References
- 13 External links
St. Joseph’s College South
St. Joseph's College, Colombo was founded in March 1896. St. Joseph’s College South, later St.. Peter’s College, was built on neglected cinnamon land bordering the Galle Road and alongside the Wellawatte Canal, starting on 7 July 1921.
On 18 January 1922, Fr. LeGoc with a large number of Josephian students and Staff opened the new school.
Thus was St. Joseph’s College South born on 18 January 1922. Rev. Fr. D. J. Nicholas Perera was appointed President of the College, with classes from Grade 1 to Grade 7, while the number on roll was 204. 
1956 - 1977
The period 1956 to 1977 covers the Rectorships of Five Rectors, all of whom were dogged by the problem of the Schools Take over bid, with severe financial constraints consequent to the decision by St. Peter’s not to be vested with the State but to function as a ‘Non Fee Levying Private School’. Nevertheless and notwithstanding each of the five Rectors of this difficult era made their individual contribution to the progress of St. Peter’s never succumbing to problems of the times.
Fr. Arthur Nicholas Fernando, who succeeded Fr. Basil Wiratunge as the Third Rector of St. Peter’s from 1956 to 1963, developed Aesthetic Studies and started the first school's Fife and Drum band on June 30, 1956. A Cultural Centre to promote Music, Drama, Dancing and Art was started in November 1956 with the help of Fathers Mervyn Weerakkody and Marcelline Jayakody. Kandyan Dancing, Oriental Singing and the Western and Oriental Orchestras were set up. Rowing was introduced to St. Peter’s in 1959, as also a unit of the St. John’s Ambulance Brigade. On December 1, 1960 St. Peter’s decided to remain as a private non-fee-paying institution. Arthur Nicholas Fernando set up the Welfare Society, a modern canteen, college boarding.
Fr. Mervyn Weerakkody succeeded Arthur Nicholas Fernando and was the Fourth Rector from 1963 to 1971. He formed the Parent Teacher Association. Boards of Discipline, Studies and Sports were formed. He established the Employees Provident Fund for the Teaching Staff. On the 24 July 1971 he left St. Peter’s to take up the Rectorship of St. Joseph’s.
Fr. Theodore E. Peiris O.M.I., who had been on the Tutorial Staff of St. Peter’s in the 1940s, succeeded Weerakkody, and was Rector from 1971 to 1975. He presided at the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the College on 18 January 1972.
The Sixth Rector of St. Peter’s, Fr. Claver Perera, was the first Peterite rector, from 1975 to 1976. He decentralised the administration with the appointment of Sectional Heads from Grade 6 to the Advanced Level. He enlarged and renovated the College Chapel for the first time in 50 years.
Fr. Francis Madiwela took over from Fr. Claver Perera, from 1976 to 1977. He arranged for the Old Boys to have their own president, from 4 December 1977. He transferred to St. Thomas, Kotte as Principal.
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Fr Joe.Wickramasinghe took over the Rectorship for 16 years from 1978. He built a vocational training centre with computer Lab, audio visual studio, a science Laboratory building, the swimming pool complex, new primary school building, new dental clinic, canteen and a mini zoo for the primary school.. He set up scholarship funds to support students entering university and established a board of administration to assist in managing the school. The first branch school in Gampaha was opened.
St. Peter's College, Gampaha Branch
The branch, St. Peter’s College, Gampaha, was inaugurated by Archbishop Oswald Gomis on 2 February 1993, as the first Branch school in Sri Lanka after the schools take over act No.8, passed in 1961. As of 2013[update] it had more than 14 staff members.
St. Peter's College, Udugampola Branch
Oswald Gomis, the Archbishop of Colombo, initiated opening Branch Schools of the Catholic Colleges in Colombo and rural areas. St. Peter's College Branch School at Gampaha was the first of 10 branches opened as of 2013[update]. Udugampola Branch School was opened on 24 September 2005 by Archbishop Gomis, and Fr. Siri Cooray was appointed Principal of the Branch Schools of both Gampaha and Udugampola in January 2007. Fr. Suranga Fonseka became Assistant Priest to the school in January 2008.
New Chapel at St. Peter's College Branch, Udugampola was blessed and dedicated by Archbishop Gomis on 21 October on the occasion of the 4th Anniversary of the Branch School.
Old Boys Union Gampaha branch and Udugampola branch
On 15 March 2009, all the Old Peterites of Gampaha and Udugampola gathered to the Udugampola School college hall to form the 1st Branch OBU under Main OBU at St.Peter's College Colombo 04.Under the Guidance of
Rev. Siri Cooray (Principal - Udugampola and Gampaha) Bernard Fernando (Vice Principal) Thilak Rodrigo (Vice Principal) Mrs. Chandani Perera Suranga Senevirathne - President of SPC OBU Lasantha Dissanayake - Vice President of SPC - OBU
Senior Prefects are selected from amongst the Junior Prefects, students who study in grade 13. The Head Prefect is selected along with two Deputies and they bear ultimate responsibility of the Prefect Body, which includes the Junior Prefects and House Stewards. Senior Prefects duties include supervision of the Junior Prefects and Stewards in order to assist the college authorities in maintaining discipline within the primary, middle and upper schools at college. Senior Prefects play more of a managerial role in their duties. Senior Prefects remain as students of the school until the end of the year (January to December) even though all their final examinations have been complete as they are able to exert more influence upon the other students who are still studying. General duty kit of a senior prefect consists of white-on-white shirt and trouser with an engraved blue and silver metal badge with the College Crest and the words "SENIOR PREFECT" splayed across it. For official duties, the college tie, tie-pin, long sleeve white shirt, white trouser and blue blazer are worn with the College Crest pinned onto the left lapel of the Blazer.
Junior Prefects are selected from amongst the House Stewards, students who study in grade 12. All candidates are selected from an interview carried by the disciplinary board of the college. Their duties include maintaining of discipline of students, and advising the House Stewards in their duties. Junior Prefects are selected based on their academic and extra-curricular performances. Their term extends from the month of January to December of the school year. House captains are chosen amongst them to represent all 6 college houses. General duty kit consists of white-on-white shirt and trouser with an engraved blue and silver metal badge with the College Crest and the words "PREFECT" splayed across it. For official duties, the college tie, tie-pin, long sleeve white shirt, white trouser and blue blazer are worn by the Juniors with the prefect badge pinned onto the left lapel of the Blazer.
House Stewards are selected from amongst the Peterite Helpers. Main duty is to provide assistance to the Junior and Senior Prefects in their duties. Their official duty-kit consists of a White-on-White long sleeve shirt and slacks, a white plastic badge bearing the words "SPC HOUSE STEWARD" which is expected to be worn above the left shirt pocket, the college tie and tie-pin. General duty-kit consists of White-on-White short sleeve shirt and slacks and the Steward Badge.
Peterite Stewards are post-O/L students who have volunteered for this post and were introduced lately. They carry out day to day activities at school.
Primary Prefects are appointed from Year 5 and the appointments are based on nominations from class teachers. They are expected to help the teachers maintain discipline within the Primary Section of College. Duty kit includes a metal badge worn above the left shirt pocket with the College Crest and the words Primary Prefect printed on it, college tie, long sleeve shirt and shorts - white for official functions, blue or white for general duties. 
There are 4 houses in the Primary School and 6 houses in the Upper School.
|Primary School Houses||Upper School Houses|
Battles of the Saints
St. Peter's College, Colombo 4 has a rich history in the game of Rugby Football, being among the first four schools to take up the game in Sri Lanka; For more information on Peterite Rugby, click on the links below:
St. Peter’s Sports Centre
St. Peter’s sports Centre is an indoor sports complex that is built alongside the extended duplication road. This is a 4 storey multipurpose sports complex comprise of 4 - Badminton courts, a Basketball court and a concert hall with accommodated for 1500. Plus there is a fitness centre, Martial arts centre, Table tennis concourse, Gymnastics. The Sports complex is open to all the students, old boys and to the General Public (Membership) to access its facilities.
Clubs and Societies
- Aeronautical Club
- St. Aloysius' Altar Servers' Association
- The ICT Club
- English Literary and Drama Society
- Interact Club of St. Peter's College
- Junior English Literary & Drama Society
- Legion of Mary
- Maths Society
- Muslim Majlis
- Philatelic Club
- Red Cross Society
- Science Society
- Sinhala Literary Society
- Students' Service League
- Tamil Literary Association
- The Explorers Society
- The Archaeology and History Society
- United Nations Club
- Young Cristian Students' Movement (YCS)
- Western Brass Band
- Western choir
Western Brass Band
The western band of St. Peter’s college was formed on 30 June 1956 during the period of Rev. Fr. Arthur Fernando as the rector of St. Peter’s college. It was the first school cadet band in Sri Lanka. The maiden performance with the roll of drums, the crash of symbols with the Bugle Blast was at the Annual Athletic meet. In 1983 they were runners-up in the "Colombo School Band Display" competition. The Western Band of St. Peter’s was the first to organize an Indoor School and Outdoor School band displays and they were named as "PETERITE TEMPO" and "VERTUS et VERITAS". They have organized another four band festivals, there are
- "VERTUS ET VERITAS" outdoor band display in 1997
- "PETERITE CANTABILE" indoor band display in 1999
- "PETERITE TEMPO II" indoor band display in 2001
- "PETERITE CANTABILE II" indoor band display in 2003
The western band completed 50 years of great service to St. Peter’s and to God in the year 2006.
The Western Band celebrated their 50th Golden Jubilee in year 2007 by organizing a Band Fiesta "Ritmico Con Spirito", under the guidance of the Rector, Rev. Fr. Travis Gabriel, the priest in charge Rev. Fr. Siri cooray.
The ICT Club
The ICT Club of St. Peters College, Colombo 04 is a very active and versatile assosiation both inside College as well as in the local arena. The Club has proved to be one of the most outstanding and hardworking amongst College groups in Sri Lanka.
The Explore Project
The Explore Project was initiated in 2011, in the presence of many local ICT Clubs and reputed Companies. The aim of the Explore Project is to bring to the forefront, student abilities by means of both Intra-School and Inter-School Competitions in the form of an annual ICT Day. The inaugural ICT Day was ceremoniously held on November 3, 2011, at the Galle Face Hotel, Colombo with the attendance of many reputed schools and educational institutions Islandwide.
|Rev. Fr. Maurice J. Le Goc OMI||1922-1927|
|Rev. Fr. D. J. Nicholas Perera OMI||1927-1943|
|Rev. Fr. Basil A. Wiratunge OMI||1943–1955|
|Rev. Fr. Arthur Nicholas Fernando Mis. Ap.||1956–1963|
|Rev. Fr. Mervyn Weerakkody||1963–1971|
|(Rev. Fr. Basil Weeratunge OMI- Acting Rector)||March 1967-August 1968|
|Rev. Fr. Theodore E. Peiris OMI||1971–1975|
|Rev. Fr. Claver Perera||1975–1976|
|Rev. Fr. Francis Madiwela||1976–1977|
|Rev. Fr. Joe E. Wickramasinghe||1978–1994|
|(Rev. Fr. Kingsley C. Jayamanne- Acting Rector )||July 1983-August 1984|
|Rev. Fr. Felician Ranjith Perera||1994–2005|
|Rev. Fr. Travis Gabriel||2005 to 2014|
|Rev.Fr.Trevor Martin||2014-to date|
The College Anthem
Lend a Heart and lend a Hand
- And lift the flag on high,
Let its glorious colours give
- A greeting to the sky.
Golden gleam and silver sheen,
- And blue that crowns the world
Set the flag a – flying Boys,
- Keep the flag unfurled.
While in boyhood, here we linger,
- Midst a garden’s fragrant flowers
Who shall dare to point a finger
- When such joys are ours
Work enduring, play alluring,
- Fill our happy hours,
Ills all – curing health ensuring
- In St.Peter’s bowers,
And our flag is floating proudly
- Let us sing its praises loudly.
"Strong as rocks" we'll meet the surges,
- Of the stormy sea of fate,
Ever led where conscience urges,
- Towards a nobler state:
"Strong as rocks", in play or study
- Meeting friend and foe,
Fields of Culture, fields all muddy.
- Watch us as we grow !
See, Our Banner's floating proudly
- Let us sing its praises loudly !
"Strong as rocks", we'll play the game Boys
- Ever fighting for the rights,
Never stain the College name, Boys:
- Keep the flag in sight:
Lit us march, eves front, together
- Helping those in need,
"Mid Life's foul or fairer weather,
- We'll be friends indeed,
While our Flag is floating proudly,
- Let us sing its praises loudly !
- Words by L.T. Minor, Music by George De Niese
- Rev. Fr. Marcelline Jayakody OMI - Well-known Sri Lankan Catholic priest, musician, lyricist, author, journalist and patriot.
- Ediriweera Sarachchandra - A Famous Sri Lankan playwright, novelist, poet, literary critic, essayist and social commentator.
- Archibald Perera
- Sunil Aponsu
- J.C. Fernando
- Gihan Alwis
- Ajith Happuarachi
Old Boys Union
A few months after the change of the name from St. Joseph’s college south to St. Peter College, The inaugural Meeting of St.Peter’s College Old Boys’ Union took place on 15 October 1927, presided over by the rector, Rev. Fr. Nicholas Perera. From 1927 to 1977 a period of 50 years, the college Rector was ex-officio the President of the Old Boys’ Union. In 1977 Rev. Fr. Francis Madiwela mooted the idea of electing a President among members of the Old Boys’ union, with Rector becoming the patron of the union. Accordingly a 3 man Sub Committee comprising J. A. R. Felix, C.E. Maurice Perera and George Wijesinghe was appointed to draft a new constitution incorporating the new proposal. This new constitution was adopted on the 4th December 1977, and J.A.R. Felix was elected as the first President of the Old Boys’ Union. Today after a long history of more than 80 years the old Boys’ Union consists of a membership of over many thousands takes pride in the fact that the objectives of the union as spelled out in the constitution.
- To keep the past students of St. Peter’s College in a purposeful relationship with their Alma Mater and thereby maintain within them and among them a spirit of Loyalty to their Alma Mater.
- To obtain the advice, support and co-operation of past students in all matters affecting St. Peter’s College particularly
- In promoting the advancement, progress and welfare of the school.
- In promoting and advancing the educational, cultural, recreational,social and economic welfare of the students of St. Peter’s College.
The AGM of the OBU is held on the mid month of June annually and the financial year of the OBU starts from the 31st of March each year.
main Site of Old Boys Union of St. Peter's college
|Gen. Deshamanya Denis Perera||1987–1990|
|N. A. L. Kabraal||1996–1999|
|Gerry De Mel||1999–2002|
|Mano Chanmugam||2002–2003 (re-elected)|
|Roshan Dharmaratne||2009 - 2011|
|Dr.Nielhaan Samaranayake||2011 to 2013|
Old Boys Union - Overseas
- SPCOBU - Australia, Melbourne St.Peters College Social Club
- SPCOBU - Canada, Toronto Josephian-Peterite Alumni Association - Canada
- SPCOBU - Italy
- SPCOBU - Oman
- SPCOBU - States of Qatar, Doha
- SPCOBU - United Arab Emirates, Dubai
- SPCOBU - United Kingdom, London St.Peter's College, Colombo, Old Boys'Union (U.K. Branch)
- SPCOBU - United States of America, Washington DC (Initiated 1989 / Formalized 2003) SPC OBU WDC
- SPCOBA - United States of America, East Coast USA
Old Boys Union - Batch Groups
Old Peterites Sports Club (OPSC)
- Cricket Fellowship
- Rugby Fellowship
- Basketball Fellowship
- Athletic Fellowship
St. Peter's College Photo Gallery
- ST. PETERS' COLLEGE
- Mecci Carder - Senior Prefect batch of 03 A/L
- College Record Book (2013)- page 22
- Constitution of St. Peter's College Old Boys' Union
- Annual report of OBU 2007/2008
- Sports - Rugby