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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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54 news items

Ceylon Daily News
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:38:04 -0800

St Servatius College helped by back to back half tons by Kavindu Umesh and a match bag of ten wickets by Ashen Deemantha overcame Anuradhapura Central College by 110 runs at the Uyanwatta stadium yesterday. St Servatius invited to bat first posted ...

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.
The Island.lk (subscription)
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 13:26:15 -0700

St. Servatius' College spinner Keshara Nuwantha and Dilum Sudeera of Karandeniya Central shared bowling honours as Southern emerged champions of the SLC conducted Under-15 Inter Provincial Tournament beating North Central by seven wickets at ...
Ceylon Daily News
Fri, 16 Oct 2015 12:39:13 -0700

Trinity College Kandy were sitting pretty having already obtained first innings points against St. Servatius College Matara in day one in the first round match of 'Singer Trophy' Under 19 inter schools cricket tournament at Uyanwatte stadium Matara ...
Sunday Times.lk
Sat, 24 Dec 2011 11:52:30 -0800

Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lanka's 'Master Blaster' studied at St. Servatius College Matara. The school is very proud of this fact. This educational institution which has a history of over 112 years has made a name for itself for quality cricketers. They ...
The Island.lk (subscription)
Tue, 02 Jun 2015 13:26:15 -0700

Anslem de Silva is well known for his association with snakes, amphibians and crocodiles. He was born in 1940 in Matara and received his education from St. Servatius' College. Anslem, as a young boy of seven years evinced a keen interest in snakes ...

Sunday Leader

Sunday Leader
Sat, 14 Mar 2015 11:51:23 -0700

Trinity College (ranked no 1) earned their 'champions' tag by beating out right the following schools: St Servatius College, Matara (ranked no 18), Bandaranayake College, Gampaha (rank 20), St Aloysius, Galle (rank 29), Dharmapala, Pannipitiya (rank 33 ...
nation.lk - The Nation Newspaper
Sat, 24 Jan 2015 10:33:45 -0800

He went to the same school where our world renowned cricketer Master Blaster Sanath Jayasuriya learnt his cricket basics – St Servatius College, Matara. Palliyaguruge was senior to him and Sanath played under his captaincy. All the cricketers who ...

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