De Mazenod College

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De Mazenod College
De Mazenod College Logo.svg

Coordinates7°03′N 79°54′E / 7.050°N 79.900°E / 7.050; 79.900Coordinates: 7°03′N 79°54′E / 7.050°N 79.900°E / 7.050; 79.900
TypeGovernment-aided private school
MottoLatin: Animo-et-fide
(Courageously and faithfully)
FounderA. Y. Keegerat
PrincipalJanaka Fonseka
GenderBoys (Co-educational from grade 6)
Age6 to 19
Colour(s)Blue and gold

De Mazenod College (DMC), founded in 1914, is a Catholic school in Kandana, Sri Lanka, managed by the De La Salle Brothers. De Mazenod College is a mixed school and has classes from grade 1 to grade 13. Classes are conducted in Sinhala as well as English. Girls are admitted to the school from grade 6 upwards.


St. Sebastian's English School was founded by Rev. Fr. A. Y. Keegerat at the Mission House of Kandana Church in 1914. In 1919, Rev. Fr. Romould Fernando took charge of the school, and a few years later, on June 15, 1925, helped the school gain recognition from the Government of Sri Lanka. From 1925 to 1927, the school became known as St. Sebastian's Boys' English School until being renamed St. Sebastian's English High School.

On 12 October 1930, Colombo Archbishop Peter Marque laid the foundation for a new building at the school's current location. In 1931, it was renamed to De Mazenod College, and in 1933, it came under the control of the De La Salle brothers. The first Prize Giving was held in 1937 under the patronage of the Principal, Rev. Bro. Charles Louis, and was attended by Deputy Education Director W. R. Watson.

The first ever inter-house sports meet was held in 1938. The chief guest was S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike. The college houses at the time were De La Salle, Marque, and Romould.

An old boys' union with about 100 members was inaugurated in 1943, and Sinhala-language classes began in 1947


The students are divided into four houses:

Alban House[edit]

  • Named after Rev Bro. Alban Patrick, a former 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  

Notable alumni[edit]

Below is a list of notable alumni of De Mazenod College

Name Notability Reference
Rohan Amarasinghe Rear Admiral (Rtd) Sri Lanka Navy-Former Commander Eastern Naval Area [1]
Shihan Mihiranga Bennet singer, songwriter [2]
Kingsley De Silva obstetrician, gynaecologist [citation needed]
Dampath Fernando Deputy Chief of Staff of Sri Lanka Army (2017–present) [3]
Dilhara Fernando international cricket player (2000–2012) [citation needed]
Amal Jayawardane historian [citation needed]
Harry Jayawardena Businessman [4]
Jayalath Jayawardena member of Parliament - Gampaha (1994–2013) [5][6]
Vijaya Kumaranatunga actor, politician (founder Sri Lanka Mahajana Pakshaya) [7]
Sriyantha Mendis dramatist [citation needed]
Gihan Fernando dramatist [8]
Dhammika Prasad international cricket player (2008–2015) [citation needed]
Lakshan Sandakan international cricket player (2016–present) [citation needed]

Past principals of De Mazenod College[edit]

  1. Rev. Fr. Romould Fernando (

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


  1. ^ "De Mazenod Colours Nite today". 27 June 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  2. ^ Jayawardana, Ruwini (2 October 2017). "Taming his Temper". Daily News. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  3. ^ "New Army Deputy Chief of Staff appointed". Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  4. ^ Ananadappa, Ranjan (10 May 2009). "A swimming pool worth Rs. 70m. for De Mazenod". Sunday Observer. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Dr Jayalath Jayawardena: Remembering the Educator". Daily Mirror. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  6. ^ Thirimanne, Anil K. (May 2013). "Negombo Maruda Madhu Feast Organization's Tribute" (PDF). Our Lady of Madhu. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  7. ^ "A humble humanist with broad vision". DailyNews. 21 October 2006. Archived from the original on 27 June 2013. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
  8. ^ "One actor, many roles". Daily News. Retrieved 25 April 2019.