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-
Address

St.Sebastian's College, Uyana, Moratuwa

            
Moratuwa
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
Information
Type Roman Catholic Secondary School/ College up to University Entrance
Established 1854
Rector Rev.Fr.Ranjith Andradi
Faculty 200
Grades 1 to 13 Local Syllabus
Gender Boys
Age 5 to 19
Colour(s) Green, White & Gold
Website

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.

Administration[edit]

  • Proprietor: His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo
  • Rector /A/L Sectional Head: Rev. Fr. Ranjith Andradi
  • A/L Sectional Head: Rev. Fr. George Tissera
  • Vice Rector and Upper School Principal: Rev. Fr. Vincent Ashley
  • Primary School Principal : Rev. Fr. Treeson Silva
  • Middle School Principal : Rev. Fr. Priyan Subhashana
  • Vice Principal: Mr. Dominic Fernando
  • Sunday School Teacher: L.A.D. Nimal Udayasiri

History[edit]

St.Sebastian's College commenced sessions in 1854 on the verandah of St.Sebastian's Church, Moratuwa[1] with 22 pupils, administrated by the Parish Priest, Fr. Bondani with the help of a Headmaster and his assistant. In 1863, it received endowments from Chevalier Jusey de Silva Deva Aditya, founder president of the church and the medium of instruction was English.[1][2] 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 residence. The main school was situated at Uswatte Circular Road, opposite the engine shed of the Moratuwa Railway Station.[2] Senior Cambridge and Junior school certificate classes were organized and the school was registered as a secondary school in 1927. In 1930 Mrs. R. A. de Mel and Mrs. C.H.Z. Fernando, the daughters of H. Bastian Fernando gifted Rs. 75 000.[2] 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 1964 to 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

Uniform[edit]

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

Houses[edit]

Alban[edit]

  • Colour  : Green & White

Bonaventure[edit]

  • Colour  : Gold & White

De LaSalle[edit]

  • Colour  : Red & White

Luke[edit]

  • Colour  : Blue & White

Sports[edit]

The College has many sports and games for its students.

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

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.[3]

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
  • Alter Serve & Vocation Society
  • 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
  • Sinhala Drama Society

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Chevalier Jusey de Silva, Knight of St. Gregory - Dr. K.N.M.D.Fernando Cooray Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) Retrieved 22 December 2014
  2. ^ a b c The De Soyas of Alfred House by Rupa de Soysa, p.74-5 (Karunaratne & Sons)
  3. ^ Tame draw at Battle of the Golds Moratuwa
  4. ^ Moratuwa-Moratuwa, A. C. I. Fernando (The Island) Retrieved 9 January 2015

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