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St. Servatius College. Matara.
Logo of the St. Servatius' College, Matara, Sri Lanka
Crest of the College
Be a Man
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Type All-Boys government school
Established 1897
Principal K.Ranasinghe
Grades 1–13
Number of students Over 2500
Color(s) Green and White

St. Servatius' College is a boys' school located in the Matara District, the southern-most District of Sri Lanka's. Founded by Jesuit fathers in 1897 the high school was nationalized in the 1970s and is now run as a government school.


The beginning of the St. Servatius'[1] college goes back on well in the course of 100 years. The bishop of Galle, Joseph Van Reeth wishing to develop education in his newly erected diocese called on the Belgian Jesuits to come to his help. Father Augustus Standaert and a few others arrived in Galle in 1896, and the 2 November 1897, opened an English medium school on a small block of the land at the bank of River Nilwala in Pallimulla, Matara. The school opened with 5 students... By 1898 the students were already 54.

In August 1898 a new structure was erected for the school. As the construction funds came from the St Servatius Jesuit school of Liège (Belgium) the Matara new school adopted the same patron saint and was named after St. Servatius. Saint Servatius was a 4th-century missionary in Belgium and one of the first bishops of the area Tongeren-Maastricht-Liège. A popular figure, much devotion to his memory and veneration to his name developed after his death.

After some years the school was exchanged to the present position where the school stands in Kotuwegoda, Matara. In 1961 with taking over from private schools to the government this college was taken over by the education department and until 1965 administer by Catholic Fathers

The original St. Servatius has been built by Servatius in to the Nilwala river much closer position. It has been laid later by the present meeting place under the clientele the Jesuit missionaries who cleared the way for English medium education in Ceylon, then (Sri Lanka)

St. Servatius college Today[edit]

Today St. Servatius college is home to over 2500 students and is guided by over one hundred staff, led by principal Mr. Nimalsiri Wanigabaduge. St. Servatius college has been the Sri Lankan national schools in the foremost row[citation needed].


  Name Period
01. Rev. Fr. Augustus Standaert 1897 – 1901
02. Rev. Fr. Adolph Closset 1901 – 1905
03. Rev. Fr. Anth Weapon 1905
04. Rev. Fr. W. Wickramasinghe 1905 – 1910
05. Rev. Fr. A. Beernaert 1910
06. Mr. Samson Costa Unknown
07. Rev. Fr. E. Frutsaert 1922
08. Rev. Fr. Olivier Feron 1922 – 1930
09. Rev. Fr. S.G. Perera Unknown
10. Rev. Fr. S. Crubg Unknown
11. Rev. Fr. E. Bastineer Unknown
12. Rev. Fr. Terrence De Silva 1930 – 1933
13. Rev. Fr. Mark Anthony Fernando Unknown
14. Rev. Fr. P.M. Baguet 1942 – 1945
15. Rev. Fr. Angia 1945
16. Rev. Fr. Alles 1945
17. Rev. Fr. C. Guida 1945 – 1947
18. Rev. Fr. Rajapakse J. 1947 – 1966
19. Mr. S. E. Munaweera 1967 – 1968
20. Mr. J. Shelton De Silva 1968 – 1970
21. Mr. S.K.H. Jayawardena 1970 – 1971
22. Mr. G. L. Galappaththi 1971 – 1985
23. Mr. K. A. Dharmadasa 1985– 1986
24. Mr. M. J. Gunasekera 1987 – 1997
25. Mr. A. H. N. Jayaweera 1997
26. Mr. M. G. R. M. Wijesinghe 1997 – 1998
27. Mr. D. Jayaweera 1998 – 2000
28. Mr. W. Somawantha 2000 – 2001
29. Mr. Kodippili 2001 – 2002
30. Mr. D. Vidanapathirana 2002 – 2008
31. Mr. Nimalsiri wanigabadhu 2008 – 2012
32. Mrs. Ashoka kumara 2012 – 2013 April
33. Mr. K.Ranasinha 2013 April – 2014 Octomber
34. Mr. M.Rathnasekara 2014 Octomber – present

College Houses[edit]

College Houses' names Listed in the alphabetical order.

  • Adolfast Colour : Green     
  • Bearnard Colour : Yellow     
  • Standart Colour : Red     
  • Walter Colour : Blue     

St. Servatius–St. Thomas' Cricket Encounter[edit]

St. Servatius–St. Thomas' Cricket Encounter known as the Battle of the Blues (Matara) is the annual cricket match played between St. Servatius' College Matara and St. Thomas' College, Matara.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "The history of St. Servatius College". 
  2. ^ St. Servatius Matara is in the process of team building, The Sunday Times
  3. ^ St. Thomas’ have the edge over St. Servatius, The Sunday Times

External links[edit]

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148 news items

DailySports (press release)

DailySports (press release)
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 12:00:46 -0700

Group 'I' – Sri Devananda College Ambalangoda, Vidyaloka College Galle, Revatha College Balapitiya, St. Servatius College Matara, St. Aloysius College Galle, Tissa MMV Kalutara, Dharmasoka College Ambalangoda. Group 'J' – St. Thomas College ...

Ceylon Daily News

Ceylon Daily News
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:45:00 -0700

Recalling his early days as a schoolboy cricketer at St. Servatius College, Matara, Jayasuriya said winning the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year title is everyone's dream from the good old days. “When I won the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of ...

DailySports (press release)

DailySports (press release)
Sun, 24 Apr 2016 23:58:27 -0700

Group 'K' – Rahula College Matara, Richmond College Galle, Karandeniya Central College, Vidyaloka College Galle, Revatha College Balapitiya, Sri Devananda College Ambalangoda, St. Servatius College Matara, St. Aloysius College Galle. Group 'L' ...

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka
Sat, 02 Apr 2016 13:48:45 -0700

St. Servatius College made amends to their near defeat at the hands of St. Thomas' College Matara in the 116th Battle of the Blues by registering a 7-wicket win in the 17th limited over encounter between the two schools which was played at the ...
Ceylon Daily News
Wed, 17 Feb 2016 12:15:00 -0800

Ramesh Nimantha scored 143 off 200 balls with 17 fours and a six to steer St. Servatius College Matara to a first innings win over last year's league runner-up Thurstan College and a place in the Singer Trophy Under 19 division 1 inter-schools cricket ...

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka
Sat, 31 Oct 2015 13:03:45 -0700

Rahula College with 426 points and Sujatha College with 623 points dominated the boys and girls events at the 4th Matara District short course Age Group Swimming Championship organised by the Aquatic Sports Association of St Servatius College.

Ceylon Daily News

Ceylon Daily News
Sun, 27 Mar 2016 13:37:06 -0700

The gritty Matara Thomians turned tables on favourites St Servatius College but were unable to grab the last two Servatian wickets to register a deserving win at Uyanwatta stadium last evening. The Servatians chasing a victory target of 193 were 95/8 ...
The Sunday Times Sri Lanka
Tue, 22 Mar 2016 04:03:45 -0700

... spirit causes injury to the game itself' and hence it is hoped that both teams would uphold the spirit of the game when St. Servatius College host St. Thomas' College at the Uyanwatte Stadium for the 116th edition of Matara's Battle of the Blues on ...

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