St. Mary's College, Kegalle

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St. Mary's College, Kegalle
Sri Lanka
Coordinates7°15′9″N 80°20′17″E / 7.25250°N 80.33806°E / 7.25250; 80.33806Coordinates: 7°15′9″N 80°20′17″E / 7.25250°N 80.33806°E / 7.25250; 80.33806
TypeNational school
MottoLatin: Non Sibi Sed Patriae
(Not for Self but for Country)
Religious affiliation(s)Catholic
Established1 March 1867; 152 years ago (1867-03-01)
FounderRev. Fr. Domenico Pingulani
Age range6–19
Medium of languageSinhalese
Colour(s)Red and Gold         

St. Mary's College is the oldest boys' school in Kegalle, Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka.


St. Mary’s College was established on 1 March 1867, the fifth Catholic school in the country established by the Benedictine Missionaries.[1][2][3] The school was founded as a vernacular English school in 1867 by Rev. Fr. Domenico Pingulani, a Benedictine missionary, in connection with St. Mary's Church.[1] It initially had 22 students and one teacher. The Jesuit Missionaries took over the running of the school in 1893.[3] In 1902 Lucian van Langenberg was appointed the school's principal. In 1921 Rev. Fr. Berneart took over the administration of the school and by 1922 it had 110 students enrolled.[1] In 1933 Rev. Fr. P. M. Baguet was appointed as principal. In 1947 St. Mary's College was elevated to a secondary school, with classes in English, Sinhala and Tamil. The same year the house system was re-introduced to the school, with the houses named after colours: Red, Blue, Green and Gold.[1] In 1960 it was changed to a government school with 688 students enrolled and 36 staff.[3] The school was elevated to a national school in 1995.[1] In 2015 it had 3,600 students with 164 staff.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Subasinghe, S. A. N. B. (2 March 2017). "St Marys College Kegalle celebrates its 150th Anniversary". The Daily Mirror. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Kegalle St. Mary's College 150th anniversary". Sunday Observer. 5 February 2017. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Miranda, Sujitha (4 October 2015). "St Mary's College Kegalle wins awards in studies, chess and sports". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Kegalle St Mary's College felicitates Navy Chief". The Daily Mirror. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  5. ^ Kariyawasam, Maxie (15 February 2009). "Tharanga Paranavitana – The new kid on the block". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  6. ^ Nagahawattte, Ravi (12 January 2003). "K. T. Francis: the most respected Sri Lankan Cricket umpire". Retrieved 29 March 2019.