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 St. Servatius’ College 

 MATARA 

THE COLLEGE HISTORY AND THE PRESENT

WITH THE MOTTO OF“ESTOVIR” (BE A MAN). ST. SERVATIUS’ COLLEGE WAS FOUNDED IN 1897 IN SRI LANKA.THOUGH THE ORIGIN WAS IN BELGIUM BY ITS NAME AND NOW IT HAS BEEN CONVERTED INTO A UNIVERSITY. AT PRESENT THIS IS THE ONE AND ONLY COLLEGE BY ITS NAME IN THE WORLD. THE FOUNDERS OF THE COLLEGE WERE BELGIAN MISSIONARIES WHO HAD VISITED THE ISLAND IN LATE 18TH CENTURY.

AT HE BEGINNING THIS WAS ESTABLISHED IN A SMALL LAND CALLED “KAMMALA WATTA AT PALLIMULLA MATARA CLOSE BY THE RIVER NILWALA IN A CAD JAN HUT WITH A HAND FULL OF MALE STUDENTS AS A  BOY’S SCHOOL. AND LATER SHIFTED TO BROWN’S HILL BY THE SEA SIDE. AND FINALLY IT WAS BROUGHT TO THE PRESENT PLACE. TODAY IT IS WELL ESTABLISHED AT KOTUWEGODA MATARA WITH A STUDENT POPULATION OF WELL OVER TWO THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED. THOSE DAYS THE TEACHES WERE ENGLISH EDUCATED CATHOLICS APPOINTED BY THE CHURCH. THERE WERE TWO LITTLE STATUES OF LORD JESUS , ONE IN THE MAIN HALL AND THE OTHER WAS ON THE FRONT PORTION OF JOE RAJAPAKSA  BUILDING.BUT LATER THESE STATUES WERE REMOVED BY MEAN INFLUENCES. iN 1960’S THE SCHOOL WAS CONNECTED WITH THE CHURCH.THERE WAS NO PARAPET WALL BETWEEN THE COLLEGE AND THE CHURCH.WE AS SMALL BOYS WENT UP TO THE FRONT PORTION OF THE CHURCH DURING THE INTERVAL. PRINCIPAL’S  OFFICE , THE CANTEEN , THE BELFRY CLASSROOMS WERE INSIDE THE CHURCH LAND. THERE IS A BELIEF THAT THE NAME SERVATIUS ALSO HAD COME AFTER A SAINT CALLED SERVATIUS.

TODAY THE COLLEGE IS WELL EQUIPPED WITH QUALIFIED STAFF OF MALE AND FEMALE TEACHERS .THE COLLEGE HAS CLASSES FROM GRADE ONE TO GRADE THIRTEEN WITH ALL INFRASTRUCTURE FACILITIES. THE COLLEGE HAS PRODUCED A PROMINENT  SPORTSMAN TO THE COUNTRY AS MR. SANATH  JAYASOORIYA AND  MANY ELITES AS FORMER GOVERNOR OF CENTRAL BANK MR. WARNASENA RASAPUTRA ,MR. N.U. JAYAWARDENA THE FORMER GOVERNOR OF CENTRAL BANK, MR. ANANDA GRERU, FORMER DISTRICT JUDGE, MR. DULLAS ALAHAPPERUMA M.P, MR. RAZIK ZAROOK FORMER C. W. E. CHAIRMAN, AND FORMER MINISTER MR. TENNYSON EDIRISOORIYA.

IN 1963 THE COLLEGE HAD BEEN TAKEN OVER BY THE GOVERNMENT. SINCE THEN THE MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION HAD BECOME ENTIRELY SINHALA AND IN 1996 THE COLLEGE HAS BEEN UPGRADED INTO THE STATUS OF A NATIONAL SCHOOL. EARLIER THE COLLEGE WAS A PROPERTY OF THE HOLY CHURCH AND IT WAS RUN BY THE PATRONAGE OF THE CHURCH UNDER MANY REV.FATHERS. REVEREND FATHER. JOE RAJAPAKSA WHO HAD BEEN THE PRINCIPAL OF THE SCHOOL FOR MANY YEARS HAD SACRIFICED HIS MONEY AND TIME TO CONSTRUCT THE PRESENT JO RAJAPAKSA BUILDING WITH A LABORATORY  IN 1960.AND IT IS DURING HIS TIME THE SCHOOL WAS  TAKEN TO THE GOVERNMENT. NOT ONLY THAT BUT ALSO  HE HAD GIVEN MUCH ENCOURAGEMENT TO BUILD UP CRICKET AND FOOTBALL. SINCE THE PRINCIPAL MR. GALAPPATHTHI’S TIME COLLEGE HAD TAKEN OVER THE ADJOINING BUILDING  AND THE LAND WHERE THERE  IS THE PRESENT FOUR STOREYED BUILDING. AND ALSO HE WAS ABLE TO PUT UP TWO , TWO STOREYED BUILDINGS IN THE PRIMARY THROUGH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE DEPUTY. MINISTER OF EDUCATION MR.B.Y.THUDAVE. NOT ONLY THAT BUT ALSO MR. GALAPPATHTHI  TOOK THE INITIATIVE TO FORM THE PRESENT COLLEGE ANTHEM REPLACING THE FORMER ENGLISH ONE. THE LYRICS OF THE ANTHEM WAS COMPOSED BY MR.THIHAGODA SOMAWANSA AND MUSIC WAS COMPOSED BY MR. S.WANIGASEKERA. HOWEVER THE COLLEGE WAS IN THE SAME LAND OF THE CHURCH UNTIL IT WAS SEPARATED BY A PARAPET WALL LATER IN 1970. HOWEVER STILL THE COLLEGE IS TAKEN FOR THE ANNUAL CHURCH FEAST IN EVERY SEPTEMBER ,ALTHOUGH IT WAS TAKEN TO THE GOVERNMENT.

IN 1993 IT HAS BEEN UPGRADED INTO THE STATUS OF A NATIONAL SCHOOL DURING THE TENURE OF THE PRINCIPAL MR. M.J.GUNESEKERA. AND TODAY IT IS WELL ESTABLISHED WITH SEVERAL BUILDINGS AND A HUGE STUDENT POPULATION. TODAY SERVATIUS’ COLLEGE PROVIDES SCIENCE ARTS AND COMMERCE EDUCATION TO THE STUDENTS.I AS THE INITIATOR OF THIS WEB SITE JOINED THE SCHOOL IN 1952 AND WAS THERE UNTIL I ADMISSION TO THE UNIVERSITY OF COLOMBO IN 1968. LATER IN 1976 ONCE AGAIN I HAVE JOINED THE SCHOOL AS A GRADUATE TEACHER. I WORKED THERE UNTIL MY RETIREMENT IN 2008. (THIS HAS BEEN A RECORD BREAKING INCIDENT OF THE COLLEGE AS I HAVE JOINED IN 1956  LEFT TO UNIVERSITY IN 1968 AND AGAIN JOINED AS A TEACHER  IN 1976 AND WAS THERE UNTIL 2008. )MY OWN SONS STUDIED UNDER ME AND TODAY THEY ARE(A.M.AJWARD AND A.R.AJWARD)SENIOR LECTURERS OF STATE UNIVERSITIES HAVING  BSC, MSC, AND PHD.I BELIEVE THAT THESE TWO ARE STILL THE ONLY MUSLIM STUDENTS OF THE COLLEGE TO HAVE FOREIGN DOCTORATES.

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St/ Servatius College. The List of principals. From the beginning to the present

1.     1897.11.02. Fr. Standeart A.

2.     1901-1905 Fr. Adolphus Closet.

3.     1905- Fr. Anth Wepon.

4.     1905-1910 Fr. Walter Wickramasinhe

5.     1910 Fr. Bernard.

6.     First Headmaster Mr. Siman Costa.

7.     1922 Fr. Frustrate.

8.     1922-1930 Fr. O.Feron.

9.     Fr. S.G.Perera.

10.     Fr. S.Crabe.

11.     Fr. Bestinears.

12.    1930-1936 Fr. Terrence De Silva.

13.     Fr. Mark Anthoney.

14.    1942-1945 Fr. Baguet.

15.    1945- Fr. Anglia.

16.     1945- Fr. Alles.
17.    1945-1947 Fr .Guide.

18.     1947-1966 Fr. Rajapakse.J.
19.     1967-1968 Mr. S.E.W.Munaweera.
20.     1968- Mr. J.Shelton De Silva.

21.     1970-1971 Mr. S.K.H.Jayawardana.

22.     1971-1985 Mr. G.L.Galappaththy.

23.     1985-1986 Mr. K.A.Dharmadasa.

24.     1987-1997 Mr. M.J.Gunasekara.

25.     1997/01/05-1997/03/17 Mr. A.H.N.Jayaweera.

26.     1997/03/18-1998/12/16     Mr. M.G.R.M.Wijesinghe.

27.     1998/12/17-2001/04/02 Mr. D.Jayaweera.

28.    2001/ 4/2 – 2001/9/10 Mr. W. Somawantha.

29.     2001/9/10 – 2002/10/27 Mr. Kodippili.

30.     2002/10/28 (Present Principal  (Mr.D.Widanapathirana. )

Servatuius CollegeThe Old English  Song 

 ESTO VIR

The College Motto)

Now here’s to the lads of Matara,

Of Matara ,the fair

Where the sun shines strong and the winds blow wild

Where hope lifts high in hearts we’re defiled,

For they breed sound laddies there.

And again to the lads of Matara,

In St.Servatius Halls,

Where they speak the truth and hate a lie,

Where they keep truth faith through do and die,

And go where duty calls.

Yet again to the lads of Matara.

On Lanka’s golden strand,

Through conflicts dire and labours long,

they march upright with a gladsome song

That echoes through the land;

Esto Vir ,in Matara,

Estote viri ,all

To figth the wrong ,and protect the week,

To learn ,and dare ,and endure ,and seek

The Right ,whate’er befall.

Esto Vir ,in Matara,

A valiant band are we!

We unite our hands ,our heart and mind,

In hope and work that all mankind,

May better ,nobler be.

Esto Vir ,in Matara,

Loudly let it ring !

We stand steadfast and we don’t given way,

We fear no fear when we knee! and pray

In our service of the king.

පාසල් ගීය

සරසවි නිවසන රසකාමී

සිරිකත ගැවසෙන සරුභූමී

රණ හඩ පැතිරෙන රණභුමී

අප පණ ගැන් වූ ජයභූමී

ශාන්ත සර්වේශස් මහ විදුහල් මාතා සැරදේවා ……………//

විදුසක් දැනුමෙන් ලලිත කලා

රසයෙන් හැගුමෙන් ඔකඳවෙලා

පෙරමුණ ගෙන යති දෑ අභිමානේ

මවුනි ඔබේ දරුවෝ …………….//

සරසවි නිවසන රසකාමී ……………//

ජය ඛෙර හඩ ජය පිටිය කරා

ජය සක් නාදය දිගත පුරා

පතූරති හැම විට දෑ අභිමානේ

මචුනි ඔබේ දරුවෝ …………….//

සරසවි නිවසන රසකාමී ……………//

ADMINISTRATION

ACADEMIC STAFF

PRINCIPAL

DEPUTY PRINCIPAL (Administration)

DEPUTY PRINCIPAL (Development)

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL (Advance level)

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL (Ordinary level)

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL (Primary branch)

SECTIONAL HEAD (SCIENCE)

SECTIONAL HEAD (COMMERCE)

SECTIONAL HEAD (ARTS)

BOARD OF PREFECTS (SENIOR)

BOARD OF PREFECTS (JUNIOR)

NON-ACADEMIC STAFF

LIBRARIAN

ASSISTANT LIBRARIAN

LABORATORY TECHNICIANS

CLERICAL STAFF

SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY

THE HON. PRESIDENT

THE HON. SECRETARY

THE HON. DEPUTY SECRETARY
THE TREASURER

THE TREASURER AND THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.

SOME OLD MASTERS OF THE COLLEGE WHOM I CAN REMEMBER

IN 1950’S

  • MR. ALLAS (MATHS TEACHER)
  • MR. NANAYAKKARA (SINHALA)
  • MR. WENGAPPULI (SCIENCE)
  • MR. WILLIAM (MATHS)
  • MR. SUMANASINHE ( ARTS)
  • MRS. WICRAMASINGHE
  • MR. DHARMADASA.
  • MR. MUNAWEERA. (MATHS)
  • MR. WALENTINE GUNASEKERA
  • MR.JAYAWARDENA (ENGLISH)
  • IN 1960’S
  • MR. GA KARUNASENA
  • MRS. P.BUDDHAPRIYA
  • MR. SHELTON SILVA.
  • MR. GUNARATNE
  • MR.PIYADASA (WOOD WORK)
  • MRS. ANANDA KARUNARATNE
  • MR. NAWARATNAM (FROM VELVETITHURAI)
  • MR. BERGMAN (FROM JAFFNA)
  • MR. SOMAPALA (SINHALA)

 

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